The Yorkie Poo, also called Yoodle, Yorkapoo or Yorkerpoo, is a cross between a Poodle and a Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie). It is a small dog — most are just seven to ten inches in height, weighing in at around ten pounds (5 Kgs). Their typical lifespan ranges between 12 and 15 years.
Poodle mixes are at the forefront of the “hybrid movement”. Hybrids, or crosses, aim to eliminate the health problems associated with deeply inbred purebreds while providing the best of both breeds involved in the cross.
The Yorkie Poo, as any owner will insist, is one of the best examples of what’s right about hybrids.
Yorkie Poo Temperament
As one would expect, the temperament of a Yorkie Poo has features of both the Yorkshire Terrier and the Poodle.
Intelligent and Lively
The Yorkshire Terrier was bred to be catch rats in the clothing mills of late nineteenth century England. The Poodle also has significant hunting instincts. As a result, expect your Yorkie Poo to be highly intelligent.
Cuddly, Cute and Social
Most Yorkie Poos love to get the attention involved with cuddling. Just being with you while you converse with your friends satisfies some innate need for attention.
Cuddly as they are, it is not a good idea to mix your Yorkie Poo with little children who haven’t yet learnt to deal with active, wriggly dogs. A Yorkie Poo can nip a child; also, if a Yorkie Poo is dropped onto a hard surface, it can easily fracture a leg.
The average Yorkie Poo is a bundle of pent-up energy. So, besides mental stimulation, he needs physical exercise. Regular walks in the neighborhood will help him dissipate that energy while also providing the mental stimulation a typical Yorkei Poo craves.
The Yorkie Poo temperament lends itself to training. His intelligence allows him to quickly grasp what’s required and he is likely to revel in the social environment.
However, getting back to his parentage, remember that his Yorkshire Terrier ancestry had evolved into independent hunters, so if your Yorkie Poo displays stubborn independence you know who to blame.
Because your Yorkie Poo likes human contact, he will adore his daily brushing. Nail trimming can be a challenge unless you introduce him to it as a pup. His distinctive “out-of-control” fur will need regular brushing and trimming, especially in the head region.
For detailed tips to groom your Yorkie Poo click here.
Yorkies are prone to dental problems, so it would be wise to commence regular teeth brushing at an early age — veterinarians are increasingly recommending this to owners of all breeds.
A Yorkie Poo can take his watch dog role to extremes. If you live in an apartment, you may find that his incessant barking at the slightest sound outside the front door is more than just a source of embarrassment.
Early socialization and training is essential to prevent barking from becoming an issue. Go to “Stop Barking”, for a number of tips that will help.
Your Yorkie Poo’s independent nature can prove to be a stumbling block when it comes to house training.
Patience, persistence and predictability are key to house training your Yorkie Poo.
Keep in mind that positive reinforcement works much better than negative reinforcement — that is, be generous with encouragement and praise while avoiding sharp words or, horror of horrors, physical punishment.
You can find additional tips in the article, “Dog Temperament and Bad Dog Behavior”.
Your Yorkie Poo, being a cross breed, is at a huge advantage over his purebred buddies. Because of the way most genetic weaknesses are passed on, it is very likely that he will not experience a number of problems that his parents were plagued by. However, Yorkie Poos have been known to be prone to the following:
- Ear Infections. Your Yorkie Poo is more susceptible to ear infections simply because of structural issues — his ear canals are narrow and he has a lot of hair around his ears. Be sure to regularly examine and clean his ears.
- Skeletal problems. Yorkie Poos rear hip joints are somewhat susceptible to malformations. Additionally, their rear knee joints, specifically their knee caps, can suffer from instability. Your local veterinarian should be in a position to comment on your pet’s specific susceptibility to these. In many cases, malformations can be corrected surgically.
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