The Yorkshire Terrier and the Bichon Frise are both very popular family dogs around the world. You might think that mixing them would provide a dog that is excellent for families of any size and age.
Well, turns out you’d be right. The Yorkshire Terrier and Bichon Frise mix, also known as the Yo-chon, Borkie, or Yorkie Bichon, is considered an excellent dog for any family. This is due to their playful temperament, their loyalty to their owners, and their famous ability to get along well with children.
Read on to find out more about why a Yorkie Bichon could be a great dog for you and your family.
Table of Contents
- Yorkie Bichon Temperament
- What do Yorkie Bichons look like?
- Are Yorkie Bichons hypoallergenic?
- Do Yorkie Bichons have any health problems?
- Are Yorkie Bichons easy to train?
Yorkie Bichon Temperament
More important than anything else for what makes a good family dog is the dog’s temperament. Making sure your dog is safe to be around, and always acting in a manner that is safe for you, your children, and other pets that may be in the house is crucial for having a safe environment for all.
Yorkie Bichons are curious and independent and tend to have a ton of energy. They are also exceptionally loyal. This makes them great family pets as they are easy to be around, fun to play with, and safe for children. Yorkie Bichons can be yappy, but they will more often than not use their shrill, high-pitched bark to attempt to guard your home.
What do Yorkie Bichons look like?
The Yorkie Bichon is a very small breed. They grow to only about 9-12 inches and max out between 6 and 8 pounds as adults. Talk about a toy-sized dog! However, there is a ton of energy in this tiny package.
Yorkie Bichons tend to have quite round heads with equally round and very dark eyes. Their ears vary, as they can inherit the ears of either parent. This means they can have ears that are quite floppy like their Bichon Frise parents, or ears that stick up straight, more like what you’d see on a Yorkshire Terrier.
They have quite blunt muzzles and always black noses. Their coats vary in length and style, sometimes being quite long, smooth, and silky like a Yorkshire terrier, and sometimes being more fluffy like that of a Bichon Frise. They tend to have longer tails.
Are Yorkie Bichons hypoallergenic?
Yes! Yorkie Bichons are considered to be a hypoallergenic breed. This means that people who normally have dog allergies can usually be around Yorkie Bichons without experiencing the same symptoms.
However, unlike most hypoallergenic breeds, Yorkie Bichons do shed a lot. Keep this in mind when people who are severely allergic to dogs come over, as extra fur around the house can probably still trigger allergies. Keeping your Yorkie Bichon well-groomed and clean will help with the excess shedding, though.
Do Yorkie Bichons have any health problems?
There are some health issues that Yorkie Bichons can inherit from Yorkies and Bichon Frises. Watch out for slipped kneecaps, hypothyroidism, eye issues, and teeth issues as well. These are the most common issues that Yorkie Bichons experiences. Talk to your vet for more information on how to watch out for specific issues, and what treatments your dog might need.
Are Yorkie Bichons easy to train?
Yorkie Bichons are active, excited, and quite intelligent dogs. They show a high level of interest in learning tricks, and love to please their owners. If you start early, these pups can actually be quite easy and fun to train!
Make sure to use positive reinforcement instead of negative reinforcement and punishment to train bad behaviors out of (and train good behaviors into) your Yorkie Bichon. They will respond better to this strategy, retain the information long term, and it will be less cruel to the dog.
Taking care of your Yorkie Bichon
There are several different ways you need to make sure your Yorkie Bichon is well taken care of so it can live a long and happy life. To make sure you’re taking care of your Yorkie Bichon properly, you’ll want to pay the most attention to its diet, exercise, and grooming.
What kind of diet does a Yorkie Bichon eat?
Yorkie Bichons thrive when they’re being fed high-quality dry food. Make sure that the food has animal-based instead of plant-based proteins, and plenty of carbs for energy rather than filler. Since they’re such small dogs, they can usually do just fine from just 1/2 a cup of food every day, probably split into two even meals.
However, talk to your vet to see exactly how much food you should be feeding your furry friend.
How much exercise do Yorkie Bichons need?
Since they are a smaller breed, Yorkie Bichons tend to need less exercise than larger breeds of dogs, since they have less energy that needs expending. This doesn’t mean you don’t have to be diligent about making sure your dog is active though. They should still be exercising daily.
Their curious and energetic nature leads them to a lot of exploring, so simply allowing them to roam around the yard or a dog park can be plenty of exercise for these little guys. Around 20 minutes of high-energy exercise, plus walking and exploring throughout the day should be enough to keep your Yorkie Bichon in shape.
Grooming your Yorkie Bichon
One of the most important aspects of taking care of any dog, as any good owner knows, is grooming the dog properly.
Even though they’re considered a hypoallergenic breed, Yorkie Bichons do tend to shed a good amount. This means they should be brushed more often than breeds that don’t tend to shed as much. Try to brush your Yorkie Bichon around 3 times a week. This might seem like a lot, but it’s important to keep your Yorkie Bichon’s coat healthy!
Also, make sure to trim the dog’s coat regularly. Occasionally take your pup to the groomer to make sure its hair isn’t obscuring its face and eyes, and also make sure that its fur isn’t getting too long.
The Yorkie Bichon isn’t a particularly smelly dog, but still, it should be bathed on at least a semi-regular basis. This will keep its fur and skin clean, which will help it remain healthy and comfortable.