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Yorkipoos are a popular designer breed of dog that bring together the best qualities of the Yorkshire Terrier and the Miniature/Toy Poodle. Also referred to as Yorkiedoodles, Yorkie Poo, or Yo-Yopoos, they’re a small companion dog that are known for their loving personalities, low-shedding coats, and affinity for training.
Whether you’re looking for a lapdog or a loyal companion, Yorkipoos make an excellent addition to any home.
What is a Yorkipoo?
|Yorkipoo Breed Facts
|Toy Poodle (or Miniature Poodle) and Yorkshire Terrier
|4 to 15 pounds
|8 to 15 inches
|Intelligent, playful, courageous, and affectionate
|Designer cross breed
A Yorkipoo is a mixed breed that is created by crossbreeding a Toy/Miniature Poodle and a Yorkshire Terrier. They are small dogs known for their charming appearance and friendly, affectionate personalities, which make them a popular choice for families!
The size of a Yorkipoo can vary depending on the size of the parents, however, they are a small dog that generally won’t be very big. They typically weigh between 4 and 15 pounds and can be 8 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder.
Despite their small size, they have plenty of energy and are great small dogs for apartment living.
Different Types of Yorkipoos
Before we move onto the traits and characteristics of a Yorkipoo, it’s important to understand the different types as the type of Yorkipo determines its coat, colors, and even personality. Here’s a quick rundown:
- F1 Yorkipoo: 50% Yorkshire Terrier and 50% Miniature Poodle.
- F1b Yorkipoo: There are two variations for this type of Yorkipoo. The first is 25% Poodle and 75% Yorkshire Terrier, which results when you breed an F1 Yorkipoo with a Yorkshire. The second is 25% Yorkshire Terrier and 75% Poodle, and results when you breed an F1 Yorkipoo with a Miniature Poodle.
- F2 Yorkipoo: Breds with two F1 Yorkipoos, resulting in a dog that is 50% Yorkshire Terrier and 50% Miniature Poodle. This type is less likely to shed and can be better suited for people with allergies. However, if you’re allergic to a dog’s saliva or urine (which is very common) the level of shedding will make no difference to your allergies.
- F3 Yorkipoo: Bred with two F2 Yorkipoos. Even less likely to shed.
Yorkipoo Coat and Colors
Yorkipoos come in different coat types, and depend on the parents. However, the most common coat for a Yorkipoo is a semi-curly coat. This coat type comes from the Miniature Poodle parent and is soft, dense, and curly. The curly coat requires regular grooming to maintain its appearance and prevent tangles.
Another coat type is the silky coat, which is common in Yorkipoos with a Yorkshire Terrier parent. This coat is soft, silky, and straight and is relatively low-maintenance compared to the curly coat. However, the silky coat still requires regular brushing to prevent tangles.
A third coat type is the wavy coat, which is a combination of curly and silky coats. This coat type has a wave to it and requires regular grooming to maintain its appearance.
Finally, the wire coat. The wire coat is a less common coat type in Yorkipoos and is thick, dense, and has a rough texture. The wire coat requires regular grooming to prevent matting and tangles.
Both parents come in different colors and the Yorkipoo is no exception! The Yorkipoo can come in black, white, silver, apricot, cream, red, and chocolate. They may be one solid color, or retain the same markings as the Yorkshire Terrier parent.
Breeders are unable to predict the colors of the litter, however, they can make educated guesses (but never promises).
The rarest color of Yorkipoos is solid white, however, cream is a popular color and is similar to the white Yorkipoo.
A Yorkie Poodle mix is a combination of the best traits from both their parent breeds, making them friendly, affectionate, and playful. They get along well with children and other pets, making them a perfect choice for families or households with other animals.
But in order to fully understand the Yorkipoo dog breed, it’s important to learn about its parents:
Poodles are known for their high intelligence and friendly, loyal personalities. They are great with children and other pets and are highly trainable, making them a great choice for families and individuals looking for a well-behaved pet. Poodles are also known for their affectionate nature.
Yorkshire Terriers are affectionate, energetic, intelligent, and playful. Surprisingly, Yorkshire Terriers make good watch dogs. They are quick to bark at strangers and will bark to alert their owners of any potential threats. Not to mention, they are courageous and won’t shy away from a potential threat.
The Yorkipoo is an energetic and playful breed. They are always ready for a game of fetch or tug of war and love to run and play. This breed is also known for their mischievous and curious personalities, making them great at keeping their owners entertained.
They love toys and love playing with children.
Bred from two of the most intelligent dogs in the world, you can expect a Yorkipoo to be highly-intelligent. They are quick learners and eager to please their owners, making them easy to train.
Lots of people want a dog for companionship, which is another reason so many people want a Yorkie Poo. The Yorkipoo is a highly affectionate and loving. They are loyal to their owners and love snuggling in their laps.
Their playfulness and ability to be calm and snuggle is why so many families with children consider getting a Yorkie Poo.
Where to Find a Yorkie poo puppy
There are two options available for finding a Yorkie poo puppy: from a reputable breeder or a rescue.
It’s important to do plenty of research when searching for a Yorkipoo breeder. It’s important to avoid backyard breeders by asking plenty of questions to your potential breeder. Some signs to watch out for indicating you may be working with a backyard breeder are:
- They don’t ask you questions. Reputable breeders want to ensure puppies go to the best homes possible and are very thorough with their application process.
- They won’t let you meet the parent dogs.
- Their prices are well-below what other breeders are charging.
Believe it or not, you can find many types of Poodle mix dogs in shelters and rescues. Seek our Doodle-breed rescues to make your search easier.
You can also reach out to breeders in your area and ask if they will put your name down on a list if any puppies get returned.
The cost of a Yorkipoo varies depending on the breeder. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000 for this stunning mixed-breed dog.
Common health problems in the Yorkipoo include:
- Patellar Luxation: a knee joint disorder where the kneecap dislodges from its normal position.
- Dental Issues: Both Miniature Poodles and Yorkshire Terriers have small mouths and crowded teeth which lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
- Eye Issues: Yorkipoos are prone to developing cataracts and retinal detachment.
- Skin Allergies: Many Doodle-breed dogs tend to have allergies related to food and the outdoors.
- Hypoglycemia: low blood sugar levels, common in small dog breeds, like Miniature Poodles and Yorkies. Symptoms of hypoglycemia in dogs may include weakness, confusion, trembling, seizures, and unconsciousness.
Buying from a reputable breeder who screens for health issues and regular visits to the vet will help you keep your Yorkipoo healthy.
Why you may want to reconsider getting a Yorkipoo
While the Yorkipoo can make a great pet for many people, there are some reasons why you might want to reconsider. Some of these reasons include:
High Maintenance Coat
Grooming a Yorkipoo with their curly and dense coats is lots of work. This can be time-consuming and costly and may not be suitable for people who do not have the time or resources to keep up with grooming.
High Energy Level
The Yorkipoo can have a high energy level and require regular exercise to stay healthy and happy. This can be a challenge for people who live in small apartments or who do not have a lot of time to devote to exercise.
The Yorkipoo is a social breed that may suffer from separation anxiety when left alone for long periods of time. This can lead to destructive behavior and other problems that can be difficult to manage.
The Yorkipoo can be a relatively expensive breed to keep, which may not be suitable for people who are on a tight budget. The cost of grooming, feeding, and vet care can add up over time, making the Yorkipoo an expensive pet to keep.
If you’re on the fence about getting a Yorkipoo, there are plenty of other small “hypoallergenic” dogs that might be a better fit. There are also many other Poodle-mixed dogs you can add to your family. Keep in mind no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, which is why I write the word in quotations.
Summary of the Yorkipoo dog breed
If you’re searching for a small companion dog with plenty of energy and a spunky personality, the Yorkipoo might just be the dog for you!
However, as with any breed, it is important to be aware of their potential health problems and to provide them with proper care and attention.
Regular visits to the vet, a balanced diet, and regular exercise can help ensure a happy and healthy life for your Yorkipoo!
Are you thinking of getting a Yorkipoo? Let us know in the comments below!
Yorkipoos are excellent dogs. They are intelligent, and playful, and get along well with children and other dogs.
Yorkipoos are designer dogs and are not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
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About the Author:
Dana owns a Sheepadoodle and a rescue merle Labradoodle. Her first dog growing up was a white Toy Poodle and she’s loved dogs ever since. She has years of experience fostering dogs and has helped find homes for a variety of different breeds, both large and small! After seeing so many dogs end up unwanted and in shelters, she began blogging about different dog breeds (specifically Doodle dogs, since that’s what she knows best) to help people make informed choices when adding a new member to their family.
When Dana’s not brushing her Doodles’ hair (it takes a lot of time for two!) you can find her playing nose work games and fetch with her two amazing pups.
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