If you’re into designer dog breeds, you’ve probably heard about the incredibly sweet and tiny yorkiepoos. These gentle and loving dogs can brighten the daily lives of families and the elderly alike.
If you’re wondering whether they’ll be a perfect fit for your household, keep on reading. Experts from Pet Place reveal all you need to know about yorkiepoos and their care needs.
Yorkiepoo Breed history
The yorkiepoo is a relatively new breed. It became popular nearly a decade ago and is still gaining new admirers. Yorkiepoos are a result of crossbreeds of the Yorkshire terrier and Miniature or Toy poodle. Breeders wanted to create a toy-sized dog with a hypoallergenic coat, friendly and intelligent, combining the best characteristics of his breed parents.
Many yorkiepoo litters are first-generation, which means they are a result of crossbreeding two purebred parents. However, multigenerational breeding practices are becoming increasingly popular to reinforce desired character traits.
Yorkiepoos are tiny dogs, ranging from 7 to 15 inches in height and 3 to 14 pounds in weight. Because they are a hybrid breed, they may look different from one another according to genetic traits passed down from their parents.
When it comes to life expectancy, it also differs in individual cases. Generally, Yorkshire terriers can live up to 15 years. The average Toy poodle life expectancy is between 12 and 14 years.
For Miniature poodles, that range is 10 to 13 years. The average yorkiepoo lives between 10 and 15 years, taking from one of his parents. Overall, their lifespan is quite long and can only increase with proper care and attention.
Basic care tips
The yorkipoo is an indoor pet, being far too small to live outside. He’s going to feel equally comfortable at home and in an apartment. Even though he’s tiny, he has a surprising amount of energy and requires daily exercise.
To keep him healthy and happy, walk with him and play fetch – he’ll gladly chase after the ball even down your hallway.
When it comes to feeding, it’s an individual matter – the amount of food your dog eats depends on his age, size, metabolism, activity level, and so on. However, you can feed him ¼ to 1 full cup of high-quality dry food a day. Rather than leaving the food out all the time, divide it into two meals.
Coat color and grooming
Yorkiepoos have a soft and silky coat that can range from straight to curly. They can be seen in a wide variety of colors, including cream, black, white, gray, silver, chocolate, apricot, or tan. Yorkiepoos can sport multiple colors and markings.
Yorkiepoos are low- to non-shedders, which makes them perfect companions for people with allergies. However, don’t neglect their grooming needs. To keep their fine, silky coat free of mats and tangles, remember to brush them daily. Brush their hair away from their eyes to prevent them from getting irritated.
If the hairs get too long, you can trim them gently with a pair of scissors. Also, feel free to trim their coat to whatever length you prefer. After all, it’s a designer breed and there’s no “incorrect cut”. To keep their coat silky and smooth, bathe them, but only when it’s necessary.
Teeth and nails
Toy breeds are notorious for dental problems, and your yorkiepoo won’t be an exception. However, you can keep him in good shape by brushing his teeth two or three times a week. All those teeth in such a tiny mouth are hard to get, but you need to remove the tartar buildup and bacteria to prevent gum diseases and bad breath.
When it comes to nail trimming, you can do it once or twice a month. You can tell that they’re too long if you can hear them clicking on the floor. Remember not to cut too far, or you can cause bleeding.
Remember to always look for a reputable breeder if you want to be sure that you’re getting a healthy puppy. Make sure the breeder tests all breeding dogs to confirm they’re free of illnesses or genetic diseases that could be passed on to their offspring.
Ask for health clearances for both of your puppy’s parents. Yorkiepoos are generally healthy, and as long as you take good care of them, they will become an apple of your eye in a heartbeat.