Yorkie-Poo Characteristics

This Yorkie-poo is a handsome, alert little boy.

This Yorkie-poo is a handsome, alert little boy.

A cross between the Yorkshire terrier and the miniature or toy poodle, Yorkie-poos aren't registered purebreds, but they're recognized "designer dogs." Your Yorkie-poo makes up in cuteness what he lacks in papers. A plus for anyone suffering from allergies is that the Yorkie-poo coat is hypoallergenic.


The Yorkie-poo's coat usually has a soft curl or wave, a nod to the poodle side of the family. Yorkie-poo coats come in a wide variety of colors, including black, white, silver, tan and apricot, and combinations of these. The ears may favor either the Yorkie or the poodle side, either upright or hanging. Poodles tend to be hypoallergenic, so pups who have the non-shedding poodle type of non-shedding coat will be less likely to cause allergic reactions in people.


The Yorkie-poo matures at between 6 and 12 pounds, and is between 6 and 9 inches high at the withers. Males are generally slightly taller than females. Take note -- these little dogs tend to think of themselves as big dogs trapped in a small dog's body.


Poodles are known for their intelligence, and Yorkshire terriers are loyal and love attention. Cross these two breeds and you have a very trainable, personable dog. Yorkie-poos tend to be playful, friendly and attached to their person. This cross generally is easily housebroken, and can excel in dog obedience and agility. Yorkie-poos are happiest as companion dogs, sitting in a lap or going on walks.


Overall, Yorkie-poos tend to be healthy little dogs. Your pup may live 15 years or more. Like other small breeds, your dog could develop Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, a hip joint deformity. Surgery can correct this condition. Yorkie-poos may also experience hip dysplasia and vision and eye problems. Have your vet check your dog at least annually, so any such issues can be handled as quickly as possible.

About the Author

Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.

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