Yorkipoo Pros And Cons

helloBARK! staff
By helloBARK! staff
Updated on August 27, 2020

Yorkipoo are a cross between a Poodle and a Yorkshire Terrier.

They’re a small cross breed that can make excellent apartment dogs and loving family pets.

Yorkipoo will usually encompass traits from both their Poodle and Yorkshire Terrier parent.

This hybrid dog can often prove to be low shedding with hypoallergenic qualities.

However, as with all cross breeds, there’s no guarantee that a Yorkipoo will inherit certain desired traits.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at Yorkipoo pros and Yorkipoo cons.

We’ll hear from Jaxson (@actionjaxson_yorkiepoo) and Fred (@yorkiepoofred) to learn more about this cross breed from current owners.

Yorkipoo Pros

Fred the Yorkiepoo (Photo: @yorkiepoofred / Instagram)

Fred the Yorkiepoo (Photo: @yorkiepoofred / Instagram)

Apartment-Sized

The Yorkipoo is a small cross breed so they’re perfect for dog lovers living in cities or with limited space in their home. The Yorkshire Terrier is usually bred with a Mini or Toy Poodle to result in a petite pup. They tend to be between 15cm and 30cm (4 inches and 14 inches) in height and 1.5kg (6lbs) to 3.5kg (15lbs) in weight. Therefore, they’re easily portable, won’t require a lot of space in your home and are the perfect size to ease the concerns of wary landlords.

Emily gave us an insight into Jaxson’s size.

Jaxson is very small only 5 pounds with long legs. He has light brown hair that gets very fluffy and a little wavy when it’s grown out. He has big floppy ears and a tiny little face. He looks like a puppy even though he is almost 5 years old.

Sarah explained that Fred is likely to grow to the average size of a Yorkie.

Fred is 2.3kgs at the moment but will grow to the size of an average Yorkie. He’s a small dog with a big attitude!

Hypoallergenic

The Poodle is perhaps the most famous of all hypoallergenic dog breeds. Although the American Kennel Club write on their website that there is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic dog breed, the organization do list the Poodle as a type of dog that is more hypoallergenic than most other canines. The AKC don’t reference the Yorkie in their list of hypoallergenic breeds, the British Kennel Club put forward the Poodle and the Yorkie as breeds suited to those with allergies. There’s a good chance that a Yorkipoo pup will be a low shedding dog given the influence of their parental genes.

We asked Sarah whether her Yorkipoo Fred is hypoallergenic.

They’re a mix of two hypoallergenic dogs so no dog hair everywhere and no itchy eyes or sneezing.

Emily hasn’t experienced any shedding with her Yorkipoo Jaxson.

Because they are bred with the Poodle, they are hypoallergenic and do not shed.

Loyal

These dogs may be small but they’re fiercely loyal to their pet parents. You can expect your Yorkipoo to develop a deep bond with their fellow family members. The Yorkshire Terrier is typically considered to be a companion pet. So they enjoy being in the company of their pet parents, thriving on interactions and playtime.

Emily explained to hellobark.com that Jaxson loves to be with his family.

Jaxson is a great family dog and has bonded with all of our family members really well. He will go from lap to lap and is trusting of all of us. He is loyal and fun and has a playful personality.

Sarah revealed that Fred has quickly adapted to family life.

We have only had Fred a short time but can’t imagine life without him now. He is full of love, play and happiness. Loves to cuddle and play with toys. He was very easy to house train, positive reinforcement with treats worked wonders. He goes out, does his business and comes in and sits down for his treat.

Teddy Bear-like Appearance

Yorkipoo can inherit physical traits from both their Poodle and Yorkie parent. Every Yorkipoo will differ slightly, with different coat colors and coat textures. The possible coat colors of this hybrid breed range from black, brown, cream and more. Their fluffy faces usually earn comparisons to teddy bears. They have brown eyes with a black nose, presenting a charming and friendly appearance.

Emily revealed that Jaxson still gets confused for a puppy despite five years old.

Jaxson is very small only 5 pounds with long legs. He has light brown hair that gets very fluffy and a little wavy when it’s grown out. He has big floppy ears and a tiny little face. He looks like a puppy even though he is almost 5 years old.

Emotional Support Dogs

Yorkipoo can often make suitable emotional support dogs or assistance dogs. The Poodle is known as one of the smartest dog breeds in the world, ranking at number two just behind the Border Collie. The Yorkipoo will usually be pretty smart dogs, proving quick to learn new commands and tricks. The companionship trait can be inherited from both parents. although this characteristic is more commonly associated with the Yorkshire Terrier.

Emily explained why Yorkipoo can make excellent ESAs.

Yorkipoos are great at cuddling and are wonderful for emotional support dogs.

Low Exercise Needs

This designer breed has relatively low exercise needs, so they’re perfect for apartment or city living. Alternatively, senior dog owners will relish having a Yorkipoo given a short walk to stretch their legs can often suffice. Yorkipoo will benefit from a short walk around the block, some playtime at the dog park or some training at home to keep them mentally and physically stimulated.

Emily gave us an insight into Jaxson’s exercise regime.

Yorkipoos are small dogs and do not require a lot of exercise a walk or a nice game of fetch is usually enough for him. About once a week we will do a longer walk to get him some extra outdoor time but he loves playing fetch in the house too!

Yorkipoo Cons

Jaxson the Yorkie Poo (Photo: @actionjaxson_yorkiepoo / Instagram)

Jaxson the Yorkie Poo (Photo: @actionjaxson_yorkiepoo / Instagram)

Barking

The Yorkshire Terrier can sometimes be stereotyped as a yappy breed. This is perhaps a tad unfair as all dogs have the potential to bark too much. Having said that, a Yorkipoo could be yappy if pet parents don’t work on training their pup. While Yorkipoo are too small to act as guard dogs, they can make excellent watch dogs. If you’re receive noise complaints or you’re worried your Yorkipoo’s barking is out of control, you could always contact a professional dog trainer for help.

Grooming

Although this Poodle Yorkie mix aren’t big shedders, you’ll have to dedicate time to grooming your Yorkipoo most days. They can have curly, long hair that can become matted or tangled if dog owners don’t stay on top of this issue. By brushing your Yorkipoo on a daily basis, you can remove dirt and debris that could be caught in their coat. Every three months or so, your Yorkipoo will need a trim to ensure their coats don’t drag along the ground.

Small Dog Syndrome

Yorkipoo will benefit from socialization from a young age to ensure they feel comfortable around other dogs. It’s a good idea to take your Yorkipoo to puppy manners classes or socialization classes. Some owners of this mix breed that we spoke to mentioned that Yorkipoo can become aggressive or defensive around big dogs.

Emily discussed this issue in her interview with hellobark.com.

The cons are that some small dogs tend to bark more and can become territorial and want to show their dominance to bigger dogs. They are not always kind to big dogs when they see them.

Stubborn

Yorkipoo tend to be intelligent dogs but they’ll need consistent and persistent training from a young age to ensure they follow commands. Yorkshire Terriers have a reputation for being strong-willed dogs that can be stubborn where following commands is concerned. By laying down the ground-rules at a young age, you can continue to build upon your dog’s discipline.

Expensive

If you’ve got your heart set on owning a Yorkipoo, your first stop should be your local rescue shelter to see if they’ve got any members of this cross breed that need a forever home. There are some Yorkipoo breeders. We advise being wary of claims made by breeders. It’s a good idea to ask to see the parents of your puppy, view the pup interact with its mother, request proof of veterinarian assessments and ask any other relevant questions. In our research, we found the price of a Yorkipoo pup can range from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on the color and size.

Anything Else To Consider?

In our experience, dog owners on social media are more than happy to answer questions or provide insight into a particular breed or mix. Here are some Yorkipoo owners to check out on Instagram.

• Jaxson (@actionjaxson_yorkiepoo)

• Fred (@yorkiepoofred)

Wrapping Up

In this article, we took at look at some of the pros and cons of Yorkipoo.

While we carried out extensive research on this cross breed, you heard from some Yorkipoo owners who provided their perspective on Yorkipoo pros and cons.

They can make loving family pets that don’t shed a lot thanks to their hypoallergenic coats. While you won’t have to worry about copious amounts of dog hair, they’ll require regular grooming.