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Yorkie Poo - A Different Breed of Dog

Updated on April 22, 2015
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Dogs are man's best friend. Mary has been around dogs all her life and loves every breed she's met. You can never go wrong with a 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:

  • Cockapoos
  • Labradoodles,
  • Bich-poos
  • Chi-poos
  • Dalmadoodes
  • Doxiepoos
  • Goldendoodles
  • Jack-a-Poos

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.

Yorkshire Terrier

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.


One of my granddaughters giving Gizmo the Yorkie Poo a ride.  (Don't worry she was well supervised.)
One of my granddaughters giving Gizmo the Yorkie Poo a ride. (Don't worry she was well supervised.)

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 - Gizmo

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Here's looking at youCuriously looking at the backyardSniffing to see what's aroundA sound in the other yard got his attentionMore sniffing to find out what's thereJust walking byLooking up from way down there
Here's looking at you
Here's looking at you
Curiously looking at the backyard
Curiously looking at the backyard
Sniffing to see what's around
Sniffing to see what's around
A sound in the other yard got his attention
A sound in the other yard got his attention
More sniffing to find out what's there
More sniffing to find out what's there
Just walking by
Just walking by
Looking up from way down there
Looking up from way down there

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!

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The cuteness factor just oozes from this little guy.
The cuteness factor just oozes from this little guy. | Source
Yes, believe it or not, they do sleep.
Yes, believe it or not, they do sleep. | Source

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      23 months ago

      I have a Yorkie Poo that looks just like this handsome little fella!! I love her more than words can express. She is sweet, funny, bossy, spoiled, and gives our lab/border collie mix a run for his money...and he loves her too!!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      From one animal lover to another, there's nothing like that surprise attachment, we always remember it fondly.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      A former customer had a yorkie, and he was the sweetest. He took to me for some reason, and whenever I was in his house, he just glued himself to me. It's just so nice to be adored like that.

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      Kristen Howe 

      4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Aww thanks Mary. I'll keep it in mind.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Glad you enjoyed Kristen. I was really surprised at how adorable he is! Thanks for the votes. If you ever get one you won't be sorry.

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      Kristen Howe 

      4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Mary, he's so adorable. I might want one of my own someday in the future. How cute. Thanks for sharing him with us in this hub. Nice pics too! Voted up for beautiful!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thank you Faith. As with all small dogs you have to be careful how children handle them but as for taking care of himself, the Yorkie Poo does just fine! He runs around challenging and playing with all the dogs that visit my house. You can almost see him become more sure of himself as he gets older (I think six months now).

      Thank you for the vote and all the shares! May God bless you and yours as well!

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, how adorable is Gizmo! I have actually been thinking about a small, friendly and especially cute and gentle, easily trained dog for my grandchildren. But, as you have stated, I am concerned about being underfoot. They do have a big dog in their home ... hmm maybe I can get one for my home, although we have a Lab and cat already. Your photos of Gizmo are off the charts cute, especially that one where he is sleeping. Looks like your granddaughter loves to play with Gizmo.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Your photos alone are enough to put the desire in one's heart to have a Yorkey-Poo. Great info provided here to help all make that decision if they are thinking about one.

      God bless you and your precious family

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Mary thank you so much for letting me know and for coming back. I appreciate your vote and share too.

      I know what you mean. We got to watch this little guy for five days while my son and his family were away and I totally fell in love with him! He's smart and adorable.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      4 years ago from Florida

      This is just the most adorable dog I've seen in a long time! I would say the combination of Poodle and Yorkie is just about perfect. I love my Min. Schnauzer, but when it comes time to replace her (God forbid), I would consider a Yorkey-Poo.

      Glad to see we may now leave comments. I read this yesterday, but could not leave a comment.

      Voted this UP, and shared.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Nell. He is the cutest little thing I've ever seen! I appreciate the vote and share.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Awwwwwwww! LOL! how cute is that? I didn't realise there was such a thing as a yorkiepoo but he is definitely on the cutesy list! as for those that you listed above, I need to play catchup! never heard of some of them! loved this mary! voted up and shared, nell


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