Friendly, adorable, fun-loving, and highly intelligent, the Yorkiepoo is a very popular designer dog breed. The Yorkiepoo, also known as the Yorkiedoodle, is not a purebred but a hybrid usually born of two purebred parents. According to the We Love Doodles website, hybrid dogs come in different generations, suggesting how much each parent's genes are present in the pups. Breeders can use different combinations for specific characteristics, like certain coat types or particular temperaments.
For example, the Yorkiepoo inherits the best culmination of traits from its parents, the Yorkshire Terrier and the Toy or Miniature Poodle. Both parents are categorized as hypoallergenic, so the Yorkiepoo is low shedding, no matter which parent it takes after most. When the Yorkiepoo has dominant Poodle genes, it displays a more curly or wavy coat. If its Terrier genes are stronger, it could have straighter fur. It's also possible to have a combination of straight, curly, or wavy fur on different parts of the body. The coat can come in a medley of colors. Yorkshire Terriers are known for their black/blue and tan/gold/ color combination hallmark. At the same time, Poodles are notoriously solid colors, usually either black, brown, or white. If the pup is solid, it likely takes after the Poodle parents slightly more. If the puppy is multi-colored, it likely takes after the terrier side more. According to the dog breed info website, there are various ways to produce the Yorkiepoo, which can slightly alter its' physical appearance and temperament. This chart was taken from the We Love Doodles website:
The pups with stronger Poodle genes will be the most hypoallergenic. However, all should shed minimally. Ask your breeder which generation they sell better to understand appearance, temperament, and allergy sensitivity. Yorkiepoos can range from a toy to a small-sized dog depending on the parents. Yorkshire Terriers are approximately 7 pounds.
On the other hand, Toy Poodles are between 4-6 pounds, and Miniature Poodles are 10-15 pounds. For this reason, a Yorkiepoos weight can range from three to 15 pounds, depending on which parents it has. They can grow to become around 7-15 inches tall at the shoulder and live for about 12-15 years.
According to the All Things Dogs website, the Yorkiepoo is a reasonably new designer dog breed. It likely originated around 1980-1990 when the Poodle was bred with many other breeds. The exact origin of the breed is unknown. However, it is known that people mixed the two to see if they could reproduce the loving personality of the Yorkshire Terrier with the Poodles' hypoallergenic coat. It worked beautifully! The Yorkiepoo breed was born. Even though the origin of the Yorkiepoo is unknown, its parent breeds are well documented.
The AKC website says terriers come from Great Britain. In Latin, "terrier" means earth. These scrappy dogs were bred to combat critters in badger holes and fox dens. Although the breeds' ancestry extends to Scotland, the Yorkshire Terrier is associated with the County of York in England. Today, three main breeds are responsible for the Yorkshire Terriers' appearance, the Clydesdale, Waterside (Otter), and the Old English Terrier. One of the earliest ancestors was the Clydesdale Terrier. This was a small breed but not considered a toy dog. It had a soft, silky, blue, and tan coat, the exact coloring the Yorkshire Terrier is famous for today. Now a rare breed, the Skye Terrier was named after the Scottish island in the west, where it lived for centuries. It has a long, hard coat that is never patterned. This breed has a slightly longer and lower silhouette. At dog shows, judges preferred the Skye to the Clydesdale, so it eventually went extinct.
A similar breed, the all blue Paisley Terrier, merged with it. Although, the Clydesdale genes served as a primary foundation for the Yorkshire Terrier breed today. Thanks to the Industrial Revolution, many Scottish weavers' lost their jobs and migrated to Yorkshire, bringing their terriers to work in the mills sometime in the mid 19th Century. The Scottish Terriers bred with the local dogs, the Waterside and Olde English Terrier. The dogs helped take care of vermin in the mills. The Toy Terrier breed developed and captured the judges' hearts at show rings for its long, luxurious coat. In 1870, the dogs were so popular that they coined the title Yorkshire Terrier and became associated with the area.
By the 1940s, World War II war raged, and the breeds' popularity began to wane due to a lack of time for its grooming demands. Smoky revived the breeds' favor, a 4-pound Yorkie found in a foxhole in the middle of the New Guinea jungle. Smoky accompanied an American GI on his combat flights over the Pacific and survived 150 air raids. He warned of incoming shots and ran telegraph wire through narrow pipes to help build vital air bases. After retiring from her military service, Smoky became the first documented therapy dog, where she entertained veterans at hospitals with an impressive bag of tricks, including walking a tightrope blindfolded!
The Poodle is one of the oldest dog breeds! It is the national dog of France. However, it originated in Germany as a retriever water dog more than 400 years ago! The Poodle we know today evolved in France from a combination of dogs, such as the German, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, French water dogs, and the North African Barbet. It is also theorized that the Poodle descended from Asian herding dogs and is an ancestor from the Asian steppes who came with the Moors in the 8th Century, settling in Portugal after conquering the North African Berbers. Poodles were used primarily for duck hunting and sometimes as performers in the circus. Their crisp, curly coat served as a vital protection against the elements while retrieving ducks in freezing waters. Hunters needed the dogs to have a free range of movement in the water and wanted to protect vital areas of the anatomy from the bitter cold. They shaved the legs, neck, and tail and left the chest, hips, and leg joints coated, creating the flamboyant yet practical look people fawn over today. These rounded puffs are called pompons! Their flamboyant yet practical coat served as vital protection. The American Kennel Club registered the first Poodle in 1888! The Toy Poodle was first bred in the U.S. in the early 20th Century as a city-dwelling companion dog. It was created by breeding miniature Poodles together. It is classified as a non-sporting dog.
According to the dog breed info website, the best way to measure the temperament of a mixed breed is to find all breeds in the cross. Then you know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. The U.S. Service Dog website claims that a pup's personality and temperament largely stem from their mother's genes, environment, and temperament. Early socialization and learned behaviors (from mother and sibling pups) can make a huge difference in a dog's temperament. To become well-adjusted adults, puppies need plenty of socialization before and after moving into their new home. A safe, loving home encourages an even keel temperament.
The YorkiePoo temperament can range between the full extents of both parents or somewhere in between. However, the Yorkiepoo is always a tiny dog with a big heart! They are a fun, energetic, and playful breed. Yorkiepoos love learning tricks to please their owners and are very intelligent! For these reasons, they make great dogs for first-time owners! The CPR website describes the Yorkiepoo as people-oriented dogs. They are easily trained, yet some can have a stubborn side. Patience, consistency, early training, and socialization should solve any potential problems. As with any toy breed, keep an eye on them around young children who may accidentally play too rough. Yorkiepoo makes excellent family dogs, but the small breed is delicate and can get hurt more easily than bigger dogs. Your Yorkiepoo will want to run, play around the house, and snuggle up on the couch with you! Despite their size, they also make good watchdogs!
Yorkipoo puppies will need a safe space to run, tumble, and do puppy things. They require access to freshwater, a dog bed/rest area, and plenty of fun toys. Puppies benefit from having bone or chew toys, not just for entertainment, but because teething can be particularly painful for puppies. Bones, treats, and chew toys, can help alleviate the pain and keep them entertained for hours! For young dogs, puppy gates can be an excellent idea to help set boundaries inside.
Teaching your puppy to be alone is an essential step in growing up. Crate training your puppy can help. Make sure to make the crate as warm, safe, and relaxing as possible. To make it feel like home, feed them meals there, give them special treats and toys they only get while in their crate. You want them to associate the crate with all positive things and not see it as a punishment. An incredibly anxious puppy may benefit from a white noise machine or other anxiety-easing products. Put the puppy in the crate or exercise pen and leave the room to see how he reacts. If the puppy whines, wait to see if he will self-soothe. Once the puppy responds positively and self soothes, leave the room for a little longer each time.
Yorkiepoo is a tiny but mighty dog with lots of energy! Their small size makes them apartment approved. The CPR website says the Yorkiepoo is excellent at exercising indoors, so they do just as well in a smaller space without a large yard. Be sure never to leave your Yorkiepoo unattended. This is a small breed, so they are vulnerable to predatory animals.
The Yorkiepoo is a mixed breed, so its coat may look like either the Poodle or Yorkie breed. According to the CPR website, the coat can be an even combination of the two, such as curly hair on the head and wavy/straight hair on the body. Yorkiepoos need frequent brushing to prevent mats in the coat. Coat care can depend on the coat type, but a trip to the groomers every 6-8 weeks can help keep your Yorkiepoo looking its' best. Make sure to trim the nails every month. Yorkiepoo benefits greatly from weekly teeth brushing. To clean their eyes, take a soft cloth, wet it with water, and gently dab the corners of the eyes.
Despite being tiny, the Yorkiepoo is quite lively and spunky! They love to play, entertain, and perform tricks for their owner. This breed can run fast and jump surprisingly high! When both parents are toy breeds, a bit of exercise can go a long way. This breed is pretty small, so short activities, such as a game of fetch or a walk around the block, are great for your Yorkiepoo. Fresh air and a change of scenery are highly recommended for all dogs' mental and physical well-being. Yorkiepoo should be given daily walks to burn out their excess energy. This breed is excellent with other dogs. They will love a visit to the local dog park where they can run free and meet new pup friends! However, if your pup is tiny, it's best to stick to a small pup dog park!
The Yorkiepoo will do well on any high-quality dog food. Commercial dog food or home-prepared food is recommended with your veterinarian's approval. According to the PetMD website, some studies have shown that dry food is overall more beneficial to dogs' health than a canned food diet, larger kibbles. One study found that increasing the kibble size by 50% resulted in a 42% decrease in the accumulation of dental tartar. Supplementing their food with a daily dental chew can further help oral hygiene. However, if the veterinarian says the dog is lean and needs to put on some weight, incorporating canned meals with their dry food diet works well. However, a diet that consists of purely wet food can make stools loose, not always!
It is essential to select a age-appropriate food for your dog (puppy, adult, or senior). Dogs' nutritional needs vary slightly with age. Typically, a pups' food contains more calories, while a senior dog's food usually contains fewer calories and more fiber. As dog's age, they need to consume fewer calories (than a puppy). Treats should be given in moderation and according to instructions. If your dog is obese, speak to your veterinarian to learn about weight and diet options. To keep your dog at optimal health, learn about which human foods are safe or unsafe for canine consumption. Make sure your dog gets plenty of freshwaters every day! Multiple water sources are encouraged.
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