- Pets and Animals»
- Dogs & Dog Breeds»
- Dog Training
Yorkie Poo - A Different Breed of Dog
Hybrid Dog Breeds
Call them designer dogs, hybrid dogs or mixed breeds, but the pairing of two different breeds of dog to produce the perfect dog has been going on for awhile. Each dog has its own traits, ones that especially endear it to man are the ones most sought after. Some are bred for size, some for agility, some for hunting, etc. They are purebred on both sides so are not what we remember as mutts.
Poodles are revered for their intelligence and not shedding, as a result they are one of the most popular breeds to mix. You have:
Those are but a few of the resulting breeds. One of the ones I didn't list is the one I want to write about, the Yorkie Poo.
Two Breeds of Yorkie Poo - Yorkshire Terrier
Yorki of course stands for Yorkshire Terrier. Yorkies were bred in Yorkshire, England to control rats in cotton mills and coal mines. Originally they belonged to the workers but soon moved to high society. Their long, silky hair seemed to suit the prestigious upper class. The Yorkie came to America in 1872.
Today Yorkies are known for their adaptability, they require limited exercise, but they can be yappy and bossy. They are, after all, terriers and can be suspicious of strangers in their house. They're very inquisitive as well.
Their colors can range from black and gold to blue and tan. Their maximum size should be seven pounds but there have been Yorkies weighing up to fifteen pounds.
In spite of their long hair, they are considered a hypoallergenic breed. Not to say they never ever lose hair, they seem to lose hair only when bathed or brushed.
They are active little dogs and love their owners. They love to cuddle and be kept warm. They are not good with very young children because they can be overprotective and not very submissive and, think about it, they could be easily hurt by young children. You also need to be careful not to step on them or dropthem.
They are, however, easy to train. They do need exercise, but limited walks and play will fit the bill. They are difficult to housebreak, but it can be done. Every site I visited noted this difficulty. Since they don't like the cold or rain, if you're getting a Yorkie puppy you want to housebreak, get one in the summer when the weather is usually warm and dry.
I know you want him to be sociable, just like any other dog, so socialize young and often. The more different people and situations he meets the better he will be able to cope with them and the more at ease he will be with other animals.
Two Breeds of Yorkie Poo - Poodle
Poodles come in three different sizes; Standard, Miniature, and Toy. The poodle was originally a water retriever, used for waterfowl. They started out in Germany but they were supposedly perfected in France. Actually their history dates back to Roman times, paintings and artifacts have shown them during those times.
The "poodle cut" was used to allow the poodle to swim without getting snagged on things in the water and the longer hair was left to protect their joints and organs. I don't know if it was quite as fancy as it is now, but that's how it originated.
Poodles are well known for their intelligence. They are easily trained and love their families. They are very good at agility and are easily trained to do tricks. I'm sure you've seen them in circuses or on TV. They do however, get bored so you have to challenge them and give them 'chores' to keep them active. The miniature and toy are even more susceptible to boredom.
Poodles are a non-shedding breed which makes them great for people with allergies. They come in a variety of colors from black to apricot. Poodles are great with kids, but like other small dogs, the toy poodle may not be a good choice for small children.
The Yorkie Poo
You certainly know by now that our little friend is a Yorkie Poo. My son's family lost their Bichon several months ago and swore there would be no more dogs. Every dog owner that loses his loving companion feels that way, at first.
One night my granddaughter called and asked me to come over to the house. When I got there I was asked to wait in the kitchen until the whole family assembled. When they did we went into the living room and there was this teeny, tiny, moving, black ball of fur! He was adorable and so tiny. He was only three months old. The family's surprise!
Yorkie Poo - GizmoClick thumbnail to view full-size
Yorkie Poos have only been around for about ten years, the new designer dog trend. Colors include black, silver, cream, red, apricot and more. Their coat needs to be trimmed and brushed to keep it nice and silky. All small dogs are prone to tooth decay so it's a good idea to start brushing his teeth early. Once or twice a week will do. They weigh between five and twelve pounds. I think that range depends a lot on whether or not the Yorkshire Terrier is mated with a Toy Poodle or Miniature Poodle. Their life expectancy is between twelve and fifteen years. As for eating, it's best to limit them to two meals a day, otherwise they will just eat and eat.
Yorkie Poos are known for their intelligence, gentleness, and affection. I can attest to that. They love to snuggle and sit on your lap. However, they run faster than you would ever imagine and jump higher, wait a minute, they could be superdog! Sorry, couldn't resist the joke though it's true they run really fast and can jump higher than you'd expect. Watching one play will make you laugh. Maybe I should change that to superdog clown.
When my son's Gizmo was visiting us, he ran around the yard with our Min Pin, out pacing him all the way, even though his legs are a fraction of the length of my Min Pin. Seeing him run around the yard so fast was truly something to watch.
It is said the Yorkie Poo was bred to be a companion dog who is hypoallergenic. They are also great lap dogs because of their gentle and loving disposition. Their basic gentleness is easy to see, I know that too, having watched this tiny puppy with my two year old granddaughter, he was gentle yet playful.
They do like to bark so you need to consider that. They are, however, good watch dogs. I'm sure they won't scare a burglar away, but they will alert you. Did I mention they are easy to train? They respond well to treats and they get along well with other dogs. Sound like a perfect little dog? Darn close.
If you want a Yorkie Poo, remember they can get underfoot so you have to be careful not to trip over them or step on them. Other than that, you have to love them cause they're so darn cute!
Copyright Tillsontitan - All Rights Reserved - All photos are property of Tillsontitan unless otherwise noted. No photos in this article may be reproduced without the owner's permission.