The Owners Guide to Buying a Yorkipoo – Care Tips and Advice You Need to Know
The Yorkipoo is a designer dog and a cross between the Yorkshire Terrier and a Toy or Miniature Poodle. It’s loved for its cute appearance and fun temperament and is ideal for dog owners who don’t have much space in their home. Yorkipoos are especially suited to flats and apartments because of its small size. It’s also an intelligent, affectionate, and gentle dog – but it does bark often. And surprisingly, a Yorkipoo can run fast and jump high, despite its stature.
We’ve highlighted everything you need to know about this pretty pup below, including its physical characteristics, personality traits, and training advice.
The Yorkipoo has been popular for the last decade, making it a fairly new hybrid. Many genetic disorders affect the Yorkshire Terrier and the Toy or Miniature Poodle. Both breeds also don’t have a hypoallergenic coat, so the Yorkipoo was first created to try and breed out these issues.
While the Yorkipoo is now a popular breed of dog, it is still a hybrid and as such, crossing the Poodle with the Yorkshire Terrier has seen mixed results. Not all Yorkipoos are born with the desired traits – many breeders have turned to multigenerational crossing (breeding a Yorkipoo with another Yorkipoo) to try and produce these sought-after attributes instead.
Other than this, very little is known about the origin of the Yorkipoo, making it a fairly elusive breed of dog.
The Yorkipoo comes in many colours, including black, white, cream, red, apricot, grey, silver, sable, tan, and chocolate. Its coat can also boast a mixture of colours and markings that makes each one unique.
Its coat is low-shedding and is easy to care for. It’s considered hypoallergic too, which is perfect for allergy-suffers. Its coat is wavy and tends to feel silky and soft, but it requires regular maintenance to keep it healthy.
Yorkipoos are also tiny, which is what makes them so popular with dog owners looking for a toy breed. They have cute, floppy ears and adorable puppy-dog eyes that makes it an attractive choice for dog owners wanting a small breed of pup.
Age and size
The Yorkipoo is a small breed that ranges from 7-15 inches in height, and around 3-14 lbs in weight. Larger Yorkipoos generally take after the Poodle parent. Smaller dogs take after the Toy or Miniature Yorkshire Terrier parent.
What this does mean, though, is that Yorkipoos are prone to injury – especially if they get under their owners’ feet or try to climb a piece of furniture that is too big or high. Extra care must be taken around a Yorkipoo to prevent this.
A Yorkipoo’s life span ranges from 10-15 years. This will depend on a range of factors, from the health of its parents to its lifestyle. Its lifespan will increase with excellent care, a high-quality diet, regular grooming and exercise, and general companionship.
When your Yorkipoo is around 3-4 weeks old, start introducing a high-quality solid food to its diet. This will help your puppy transition once it’s old enough for weaning. The best and safest way to do this is to mix 1/3 water with 1/2 cup of dry puppy food. This will allow the food to become soft and moist, and less of a choking hazard.
When your puppy is around one year old, switch to a premium adult dog food. Depending on your dog’s preference, you can choose either dry kibble or commercial wet food. Buying high-quality food is highly recommended. Food that is high in nutrients will better nourish your Yorkipoo and keep it in better condition. You should not give your pet human food under any circumstances.
How much and often to feed
The recommended daily amount of food for a Yorkipoo is around 1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dog food, split between two meals a day. How much your dog eats will depend on its size and activity levels. Smaller dogs that don’t require as much walking will be fine with 1/4 cup a day. If your pet appears to be hungry though, increase the amount until you find a good balance. Always measure the food to keep track of consistency and to ensure that you’re not over-feeding.
If you’re worried that your dog is eating too much, try to reduce the amount you are feeding. There’s an easy way to tell if your Yorkipoo is overweight. Firstly, look down at your dog from a height to make sure you can see its waist. Place your hands on its back with your thumbs along the spine and spread your fingers downwards. If you can feel the ribs without pressing too hard, your Yorkipoo is at a good weight. If you have to press hard to feel the ribs, you need to reduce the amount of food you’re feeding and give your pet more exercise.
Temperament and personality
The Yorkipoo is full of energy. Despite its size, it’s an active, fun-loving dog who loves being in the company of its owners. The Yorkipoo is also loyal and a companion dog. It doesn’t like being on its own for extended periods because it can get lonely.
It is also affectionate and loving. It enjoys family activities and will join it with the fun wherever it can. However, because of its terrier heritage, the Yorkipoo can be overly confident. This can be a problem when it meets larger dogs, as it forgets its size and will often go for its new friend. Keeping your dog on a lead around other canines is advisable.
Yorkipoos are prone to barking at every sound or stimulus. This will need to be addressed at the puppy stage with consistent training to prevent this from becoming a problem. The Yorkipoo is less demanding than other smaller breeds, though. It’s generally an easy-going dog who enjoys watching the world go by.
However, Yorkipoos may have a strong hunting instinct. Yorkshire Terriers were bred to catch rats in clothing mills and mines. Poodles also have strong hunting instincts, which means your pet might inherit them too.
Meeting your Yorkipoo’s parents is a great way to find out what sort of personality your pet might have inherited. Early socialisation will also help your dog become comfortable around humans, leading to a wonderful friendship.
How are they around children?
While the Yorkipoo is a gentle and loving dog, it’s best to avoid this breed if you have very small children. A Yorkipoo is incredibly small and can be easily injured if manhandled by over-eager children. Instead, a Yorkipoo is a great addition to adult-only families or households with older children who are less likely to grab or squeeze their pet.
A Yorkipoo usually does well with other dogs and pets. Its prey instinct may cause it to chase after smaller animals, but this is usually a playful act rather than anything serious.
Care and training
A Yorkipoo should never be kept outdoors. Even though a Yorkipoo is small, it still requires a daily walk to burn off its energy. You don’t need to walk it too far but allowing it to run around will help tire it out. A game of fetch is a good way to keep your pet preoccupied as well as healthy. If you have a very small Yorkipoo, the very minimum you should walk your pet is three times a week.
Yorkipoos are fine to live in either a house or a small apartment, as long as it has access to go outside to the toilet. Yorkipoos will need toilet training to stop it from having accidents around the house.
When it comes to training, it’s a good idea to start your pet young so that it doesn’t take any bad traits through to adult size. This includes its famous bark, which can be a problem if not addressed while young. If you’re in a flat or apartment with neighbours that live nearby, it’s a good idea to try and prevent this excessive barking from causing a nuisance.
Yorkipoos are generally low maintenance, but they benefit from regular grooming to keep them looking and feeling their best.
A Yorkipoos coat can be straight, wavy or curly. It’s usually soft and silky and wonderful to touch, but it requires regular grooming to keep it looking and feeling healthy. A Yorkipoo that’s been bred with another Yorkipoo usually develops an odourless, non-shedding coat. Little dander (tiny particles of skin) is produced, making a Yorkipoo attractive to humans with an allergy.
To keep a Yorkipoo’s coat looking its best, brush it daily to remove any tangles. Also, brush the fur away from the eyes to stop it from irritating. It’s a good idea to trim the fur around your Yorkipoo’s eyes to stop it from becoming sore and uncomfortable. Just be incredibly careful around this sensitive area.
Bathe your Yorkipoo only when necessary – for example, if it has run through a muddle puddle. Bathing isn’t necessary and could strip the skin and fur from essential oils that keep them both healthy. Instead, keep the coat trimmed to a length that is easy to maintain.
When grooming your Yorkipoo, check its skin for any signs of redness or tenderness.
When it comes to a Yorkipoo’s teeth, brush them two to three times a week. This is to prevent tartar build-up. It can also prevent dental disease and bad breath – something that terriers are prone to.
If your pet doesn’t wear its nails down naturally, they can be cut once or twice a month. Be careful with how short you cut them though, as a dog’s toenails have blood vessels that, if cut too short, will bleed and become painful. Find out how to care for your dog’s nails safely here.
Because a Yorkipoo has floppy ears, they should be checked over weekly for any redness, discharge, or general signs of discomfort. Yorkipoos can easily pick up ear infections that can get sore quickly. Clean your pet’s ears with a wet cotton ball or use a pH-balanced ear cleaner that’s specifically made for dogs. If you notice any signs of infection, visit your vet straight away.
Yorkipoo health problems
Yorkipoos are generally healthy dogs, but they are prone to some health conditions more than other breeds. While it’s unlikely your dog will suffer from any of them, it’s worth knowing about the most common health problems so you can be prepared. When choosing a puppy, only use a reputable dog breeder who can give assurance of your dog’s good health.
This is an inherited skin disease. It presents itself as skin irritation and causes hair loss, redness, and thickening of the skin. The disease is caused by over-exposure to an allergen, like dust mites or pollen, that manifests as a painful and uncomfortable skin condition that causes your dog to chew, bite, or scratch the affected area. Atopic Dermatitis will need to be treated with antihistamines and steroids, and the allergen will need to be removed.
Epilepsy is often inherited from the parent pups. As well as mild or severe seizures, epilepsy can cause strange behaviours in your pet. This includes frantic running, hiding, falling over, rigid limbs, and loss of consciousness. Epilepsy can be extremely scary, especially if the condition is undiagnosed in your pet and you’re seeing it for the first time. However, it’s treatable and manageable long-term with the right treatment from your veterinarian.
Patellar Luxation is when a Yorkipoo’s knee joint slides in and out of place. This can be extremely painful. It’s also known as ‘slipped stifles’ and while crippling, dogs can lead normal lives with the right care.
Involving the hip joint, Legg-Calve-Perthes is where there is a decreased blood supply to the head of the femur. The head of the femur (which is connected to the pelvis) will then start to disintegrate. This will cause limping and pain in the leg muscle. It normally occurs when a puppy is four to six months old and is usually corrected with surgery.
Portosystemic Shunt (PSS)
The liver is responsible for detoxifying the body, so Portosystemic Shunt is a real problem because it is an abnormal flow of blood between the liver and the body. Symptoms – which normally appear before your dog reaches the age of two – include loss of appetite, low blood sugar, strokes and brain diseases, gastrointestinal issues, urinary tract infections, plus more. Portosystemic Shunt is successfully managed with a special diet and corrective surgery.
Hypothyroidism is a disorder of the thyroid gland and causes epilepsy, lethargy, obesity, alopecia, and skin conditions. It can be treated with a special balanced diet and medication.
This is also known as Addison’s disease and is caused by a lack of adrenal hormones. It causes your dog to vomit and lose its appetite and energy. These common conditions can be mistaken for other issues, meaning hyperadrenocorticism isn’t always detected straight away. As it is a serious condition, this can be fatal.
While there is a lot of information to take in about owning a Yorkipoo, they are one of the most fun dog breeds around.
Do Yorkipoos bark a lot?
Yorkipoos take after their Yorkshire Terrier parents, which unfortunately means they love to bark. Without training, Yorkipoos will bark night and day. They’re territorial dogs that feel compelled to guard their home and will yap at any sound they hear.
To reduce the amount your Yorkipoo barks, make sure it gets enough daily exercise to tire it out. Teaching it to understand “no” also helps. Using positive reinforcement is a good way to do so.
Every time your dog reacts to the command, reward it with a tasty treat until it understands what you’re telling it to do.
Also, when you’re away from home, provide plenty of toys for mental and physical stimulation and to distract your Yorkipoo from barking all the time.
Is a Yorkipoo a good family dog?
Yorkipoos make a great family pet. With training, they’re well-behaved, sweet-natured dogs that get on well with children of all ages. As the Yorkipoo is a small dog, young children need to be encouraged to be gentle around their pets. But Yorkipoos love to play and provide endless hours of fun and entertainment.
Can Yorkipoos be left alone?
Yorkipoos don’t do well when left alone for long periods of time. They love attention from their owners and get bored very quickly. If left by themselves for too long, Yorkipoos are likely to bark constantly to get attention. They may also become destructive, chewing furniture and digging cushions to alleviate their frustration.
Are Yorkipoos aggressive?
Yorkipoos aren’t known to be aggressive, but they can sometimes be a bit too rough when playing. This is because of their terrier genes. Terriers were used to kill vermin and catch rabbits, ragging them to snap their necks.
These instincts have been retained by modern-day terriers, including Yorkipoos. This behaviour shouldn’t be encouraged – but similarly, it’s hard to breed them out of terriers.
Make sure your dog is supervised when playing in case it becomes over-enthusiastic. If it’s becoming aggressive, take its toys away and allow it to calm down.