There are many beautiful Doodles out there. And it seems like every day there are more and more created. But today, we are going to talk about a special Doodle; the Yorkiepoo. What’s it like to own a Yorkiepoo, you ask? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know and more.
What Is A Yorkiepoo?
Breeders often spell it as Yorkie Poo or Yorkie-poo, but they are all the same breed. A Yorkiepoo is half Yorkshire Terrier and half Poodle. Standard Poodles originated as water hunting dogs. Specifically to help chase down duck and even fish. People loved Poodles for their loyalty and water-proof coats. Nobility caught on to the possibility of making these dogs pets, and then came the toy and mini sizes. Those smaller sizes were perfect companion dogs, and where our small Yorkiepoos come from.
And Yorkshire Terriers had the original task of hunting rats and mice in England. Some people even trained these small dogs to chase fox and small animals out of burrows. These spunky little dogs eventually made their way into the hearts of families all over. Before long, Yorkies became a common household breed.
The goal of crossing these breeds was to create the perfect companion. A breed that has the sass of a Yorkshire Terrier and the intelligence of Poodles. Thus creating a popular new lapdog that everyone wants and loves. In recent years the Yorkiepoo has grown in popularity, which is what has brought you here today. Let’s look more at what it’s like to own a Yorkiepoo.
The Yorkiepoo Temperament
So what does this mix mean for our Yorkiepoo? It means that the Yorkie Poo temperament is the perfect blend of a loyal lapdog and strong independence. Your Yorkiepoo will try to pretend that they ignore you. But don’t let their strong spirits fool you. Yorkiepoos thrive off interaction and affection.
Yorkiepoos don’t like to be left alone for long, and they won’t go far from you. And their playful natures are their way of telling you that they love you. They often take items and run with it to tease. And they might also crouch down in a play position to start a game of chase around the yard. So the next time it feels like your Yorkiepoo is playing a practical joke on you, take it as a love tap.
You wouldn’t think by looking at them, but Yorkiepoos are very intelligent breeds. But they can also be a little stubborn to train. The Yorkie’s infamous independent streak often gets passed down. In these cases, your dog might know the command but refuses to do it.
The best way to deal with Yorkie Poo training is to stay calm and be consistent. Positive reinforcements are also a good idea. It shows your puppy that there is an incentive for doing what you ask. A tasty treat or special toy might be the trick up your sleeve in training Yorkiepoos.
Contrary to size, Yorkiepoos have a high amount of energy. Yorkiepoos love to run and play all day long. When they get worn out, Yorkiepoos will take a nap and wake up fully charged and ready for more. To combat this, you will need to take at least one 30 minute walk a day.
But it doesn’t stop there. You will also need to do lots of hands-on playing to wear out your Yorkiepoo. This is especially true for puppies who need extra attention. Activities such as tug of war, fetch, swimming, and even agility are all great ways to exercise your Yorkiepoo.
And don’t forget about mental stimulation as well. A Yorkiepoos mind runs a mile a minute. So you will need to give lots of brain teasers to keep them busy. Without enough to do, your Yorkiepoo will get bored and find other ways to entertain themselves. Boredom is where Yorkiepoos get into trouble. They will often chew your belongings, get into cabinets, or even dig through the trash.
The best quality about these dogs is the Yorkiepoo hypoallergenic coat. Both the Yorkie and Poodle are low to non-shedding dogs, so it impossible to get a Yorkiepoo that sheds. Typically Yorkiepoo hair ranges from slight waves to curly and has a silky soft touch.
Wavy hair types are most common in first-generation Yorkiepoos. But you might also find them in the second generation. But curly coats are the most common in the F1B cross.
And if you were wondering about all possible colors, don’t fear. You could get a black Yorkie Poo for a stunning dog. Or you could get a Yorkie Poo white and every shade in between.
You might find yourself wondering, what’s it like to own a Yorkiepoo? Well, you should think about the high maintenance of Yorkie Poo grooming. Most people find this part of owning a Yorkiepoo the most difficult. It’s time-consuming and gets expensive over time. But with the right knowledge, you might find it therapeutic for you and your dog.
Doodles of all kinds need brushing every day. To get started, you need a comb and a slicker brush. Using the comb, gently brush through your dog’s fur to find any knots. Once you have taken out the knots, you can smooth out the hair with the brush.
Occasionally, you might find that there are larger mats in the hair. To avoid ruining the coat, you should never cut them out. Instead, use a dematting rake to break up the mat evenly. In severe cases, you might need to make a grooming appointment.
The other part of owning Doodle’s is getting them groomed often. Taking your Yorkiepoo into the groomer for regular haircuts can prevent issues. We recommend every 6-8 weeks for a light trim, nail grinding, and bath to keep your puppy looking clean and presentable. And the best part of grooming is that you can choose a fun and cute Yorkie Poo haircut to give your sassy dog more character.
Yorkiepoo Size And Lifespan
Poodles come in miniature and toy sizes, and Yorkies are only 4-7 pounds. That makes Yorkiepoos a toy breed by nature. The average Yorkiepoo size is 3-14 pounds. The reason this size a Yorkie Poo full grown is larger than Yorkies is their mix. If the Poodle used is a mini, the puppies will be larger. But Toy Poodle parents produce smaller Yorkiepoos on average.
Smaller dogs are known to have longer lifespans than larger breeds. For instance, the average Yorkie Poo lifespan is 10-15 years. But it isn’t out of the realm of possibilities to have your dog live longer. With proper care, breeding, and checkups, your dog could live well onto 18. And who doesn’t love to spend as much time as possible with their precious dogs?
While Yorkiepoos are a healthy breed, there is a lot that goes into ensuring this. For one, proper breeding is essential. Reputable breeders always have their dames and sires tested for common heath traits. An example of this is most Doodle’s suffer from hip dysplasia. A good breeder will have x-rays and DNA tests done to prove that their breeding dogs are in great shape. These types of tests could help irradicate diseases if done more often.
Here are some of the most common illnesses in Yorkiepoos:
- Prone to skin conditions
- Addison’s disease
- Joint issues in hips, elbows, and knees
- Liver disease
- And hypothyroidism
Not all Yorkie-Poos have these issues, and most of them are manageable. But knowing what to look for helps you choose a breeder with the best practices. It also helps the owner catch issues before they become too severe. The sooner you know there is a problem, the faster you can treat your dog.
Yorkie Poo Price
Designer breeds are never cheap. The average cost of a well-bred Yorkiepoo is $1,800-$5,000. This price might seem like a lot to some, but it is money well spent. A well-bred Doodle will come with a guarantee and the DNA tests to prove their health.
You might find Yorkiepoos for as low as $600 in some areas. But you should always check out the breeder’s qualifications. Touring the facility and meeting all the dogs is step number one. Next, you should check that the parental dogs are vet checked and cleared of genetic diseases. It is possible to find hobby breeders with excellent practices for this cheap. But it’s not likely.
Another option is to find a Yorkie Poo rescue. While you might not find a shelter specifically for Yorkie-Poos, you might find them for Doodles. You could also look at local Poodle or Yorkie rescues that take in mixed breeds as well. Rescuing your Yorkie-Poo comes with its pros and cons, so be prepared for everything.
What’s It Like To Own A Yorkiepoo?
Owning a Yorkiepoo is a life filled with amusement and cuddles. Your Yorkipoo is a fun addition to any family. With their sharp minds and playful antics, you will never have a dull moment. If that doesn’t convince you to own a Yorkie Poo, we don’t know what will.
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