While Yorkshire Terriers remain one of the world’s most popular dogs, there are many Yorkie Mixes that have become increasingly common.
You may have your heart set on a Yorkie for a pet, but by opting for a cross breed, you could in theory get some of the best attributes of two different breeds.
Not only will you have an affectionate and loyal dog given these are traits of Yorkshire Terriers, but you could find a mix with a coat that requires less maintenance.
Yorkies were initially thought to have been bred by Scotch dogs before their owners travelled to work in the cotton and wool mills in northern England.
The Yorkshire Terrier played a role in the formation of other breeds, such as the Australian Silky Terrier.
In this article, we’re going to take a close look at what types of Yorkie Mix are available.
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Where do Yorkshire Terriers come from?
Before we look at the varieties of Yorkie Mix, it’s important to get a brief understanding of the Yorkshire Terrier breed.
Yorkies were brought to England from Scotland during the 19th century as Scotch men arrived in Yorkshire to work in cotton and wool factories.
These dogs were bred to hunt mice and rats in the mills, which explains their small size as they were adept at squeezing into tight spaces.
However, they became popular with Victorian noblewomen and established themselves as a lapdog, despite their working dog traditions.
They didn’t arrive in the United States until near the end of the 19th century. The first Yorkie was registed with the American Kennel Club in 1885.
Despite their numbers dwindling between the two world wars, Yorkshire Terriers became popular in the second half of the 20th century once more.
Now, they’re regular ranked in the top 10 most popular dogs in the United States.
The advent of designer breeds has seen purebreds mixed to create a hybrid dog in the hope of creating an even better and well-rounded dog.
Of course there are no guarantees that this will happen, but nevertheless some new types of dogs have emerged, such as the popular Yorkie Poo.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at 15 Yorkie Mixes that have become increasingly common and popular.
15) Yorkie Poo
Perhaps the most famous Yorkie Mix of all. Yorkshire Terriers were bred with Poodles to create the Yorkie Poo (they can also be called Yorkiepoo or Yorkiedoodle). Yorkshire Terriers are considered to be a good breed for those with allergies to dogs with their human-like hair. Poodles, on the other hand, don’t shed. So in theory, they should be a great breed for those who find their allergies triggered around dogs. However, there’s no guarantee. They’re coat does require a lot of maintenance – too.
A Dorkie is a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Dachshund. Created at the start of the 1990s, a Dorkie is similar in height and weight to a Yorkshire Terrier. However, their coat is dark, thick and long, so it does require some maintenance. They’re usually usually black and brown or brown and tan, which mirrors the common colour of the Dachshund. They’re also loved for their big, floppy ears.
Next up is the Snorkie, which is a mixed between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Miniature Schnauzer (they’re also nicknamed Shnorkie and Schnerrier). They usually come in a variety of different colours, including black, tan, silver, white and brown. Snorkies don’t tend to a shed a lot but their coat does require regular grooming. While Yorkies have a reputation for being yappy dogs, Snorkies don’t tend to bark a lot.
It might take quite a bit of guessing to work out what was combined with a Yorkshire Terrier to create the Borkie. Their other name, the Yorkie Beagle, gives the game away. Once again, this type of dog was created in 1990s. While Borkies have a coat that looks a lot like Yorkies, their physical build tends to mirror the Beagle more than the Yorkshire Terrier. These energetic dogs love to be part of a family environment.
A cross between a Pekingnese and a Yorkshire Terrier, two apartment-sized dogs were mixed to create the Yorkinese. These dogs love to receive their affection and are extremely loyal to their owners. However, often described as independent dogs, the Yorkinese are happy to be left to their own devices. Sometimes aloof, they benefit from socialisation from a young age.
What do you get if you cross a Chihuahua and a Yorkie? A Chorkie. No, it’s not a joke. These two small dogs have combined to make the Chorkie (also known as Yorkie Chi, Yorkchi, York chi, Chiyorkie). While they may be very small dogs, no-one has told them. They can often try to act like big dogs – they like to bark a lot. They do make good watch dogs for this reason.
9) Yorkie Russell
No prizes for guessing what two breeds were used to create the Yorkie Russell. Jack Russell Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier were combined to create the Yorkie Russell or Jorkie. They relish the opportunity to have some play time with their owners, so you’ll have to devote some energy and time to a Yorkie Russell.
Nothing to do with wine, a Corkie is a mix between a Yorkshire Terrier and Cocker Spaniel. This cross didn’t start to emerge until the early 2000s. You can find a lot of variety in color: white, black, gold, brown, blue, and red. They need a lot of socialisation from a young age to ensure they get along with other pets, children and new people.
7) King Charles Yorkie
Quite an obvious cross to decipher, two of the world’s best-loved lap dogs have given rise to the King Charles Yorkie. They’re affectionate and loving dogs with a beautiful appearance. King Charles Yorkie should make great family pets due to their playful, sociable and well-mannered nature.
Rivalling the King Charles Yorkie for the beautiful appearance and personalities is the Morkie. Using a Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier has created this loyal and playful cross breed. These affable pups should get along with new dogs and people alike. However, Morkies have a reputation for suffering with separation anxiety as they do not like to be left alone.
5) Shorkie Tzu
A simple mix to figure out, Shorkie Tzu is the result of cross breeding between Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier. Given the Shih Tzu is a calm, gentle and friendly dog, it’s not surprise that the Shorkie Tzu is growing in popularity. Ranging between 6-14 inches in height and 7-15 pounds in weight, this cross is perfect for apartment living.
No this is not a new planet discovered by NASA, it’s a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Pomeranian. Yoranian (Yorkie Pom or Porkie) make good watch dogs as they’ll be quick to alert their pet parents to any visitors at the door. They become quickly attached to their owners, which can lead to some separation anxiety issues.
When you cross a Papillion with a Yorkshire Terrier you get a Yorkillon. Given the Papillon are an elegant and friendly breed, they combine well with the Yorkie. With a beautiful coat, they’ve got a beautiful appearance. Bred to be a companion pet, they love to be in the company of humans and family.
Pugshire is the result of breeding between a Pug and Yorkshire Terrier. You can find a lot of variety when searching for your perfect Pugshire given their available in the following colors: brown, red, black, blue, silver, merle, white, brindle. Given both the Pug and Yorkie are lap dogs, they’ll make great companion dogs for anyone looking for a family pet.
Last but not least is the Affenshire. A cross between German breed Affenpinscher and English dogs Yorkshire Terrier has created a small and shaggy dog. They can be quite difficult to train given both breeds have reputations for being quite tricky to work with. They’re so small that the Affenshire is better suited to a home without small children where they can be handled appropriately.