Which Is Better Yorkie or Yorkie Poo? (Solved & Explained!)

Both Yorkies and Yorkie Poos are desirable toy breeds – they are affectionate, loving, and intelligent. Their small size makes them great family pets, they are good with small children, and are excellent lapdogs or watchdogs. Yorkie Poos are more intelligent and less stubborn than Yorkies so are easier to train, which makes them ideal for beginner dog owners.

Let’s explore the differences between these popular toy breeds features and characteristics to decide which is the best Yorkie for you.

Are Regular Yorkies or Yorkie Poos Better?

Yorkies are purebred Yorkshire Terriers, whereas Yorkie Poos are not because they are a mix between a Yorkie and a Miniature or Toy Poodle. Yorkies are consistent in their standard colors, coat, and size. Yet Yorkie Poos can vary in size, coat curliness and color. Yorkie Poos are more intelligent, less stubborn, and easier to train.

What is a Yorkie?

A Yorkshire Terrier is a purebred terrier which originated in the UK. These tiny, toy dogs are known for their long luxurious blue coats. They are wonderful companions, lapdogs, and family dogs – yet they are also stubborn and have a terrier feistiness.

What is a Yorkie Poo?

A Yorkie Poo is a mix between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Miniature or Toy Poodle. These small dogs are similar to Yorkies, yet they also have typical Poodle characteristics and features. They vary in size, coat, and color. They are highly intelligent, affectionate dogs.

What is the Difference Between a Yorkie and a Yorkie Poo?

The main differences between a Yorkie and a Yorkie Poo are size, coat, and color. The following will explore in more detail these key differences between Yorkies and Yorkie Poos.

Origin

  • Yorkshire Terriers originated in the 19th century and were bred from other small terriers in the Yorkshire mills at this time. Ancestors of Yorkshire Terriers include breeds from Scotland such as Skye Terriers, Clydesdale Terriers and Paisley Terriers. They hunted vermin in mills and mines before gaining popularity as lapdogs due to their small stature and silky coat.
  • Poodles originated in Germany as water retrieving dogs – they were bred with waterproof coats and high intelligence for this purpose. Yet the breed became popular as a pet in France due to their stylish appearance and easy trainability. They then began being bred in smaller sizes such as the popular Toy and Miniature Poodles.

American Kennel Club Registered

  • The Yorkshire Terrier breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885.
  • Yorkie Poos are not recognized by the AKC as they are a mixed breed and not purebred.

Coat

  • Yorkies are known for their long, silky, straight coats which are similar in texture to human hair. They do not have an undercoat and so they rarely shed. Their coats are hypoallergenic, which make them popular pets. 
  • Yorkie Poo coats vary depending on the combination of the type of Poodle and Yorkie. Yorkie Poos can have straight coats similar to Yorkies, have very curly hair like Poodles, or have a wavy coat. Both Yorkies and Poodles have hypoallergenic fur so Yorkie Poos are also hypoallergenic.

Coloring

  • There are 4 standard color variations for Yorkshire Terriers: blue and gold, blue and tan, black and gold, or black and tan. Yorkies are renowned for their blue color coat. Yorkie coats are solid without patterns, and the color is distributed with lighter tan and gold colors around their face and a darker blue or black body. 
  • Poodles can have many different colored coats, so Yorkie Poos too can be any color. Yorkie Poos can be born apricot, brown, black, white, or grey. They could be born a solid color or have similar markings to Yorkies with lighter colors around the face.

Features

  • Yorkies have distinctive small, pointed, triangle ears. When they are born the ears will be floppy but stand up and point when they are between 3 and 6 months old. 
  • Yorkie Poos have floppy ears like their Poodle parents, but in some instances if the Yorkie genetics are stronger their ears can stand up.

Size

  • Yorkies are one of the smallest breeds, at a height of 7-8 inches, and weigh up to 7 pounds. 
  • While Yorkie Poos are still small they vary in size depending on the size of the Poodle they are mixed with – Miniature Poodles are slightly larger than Toy Poodles. Yorkie Poos range from 7-15 inches in height and between 5 and 15 pounds in weight.

Health

Both Yorkshire Terriers and Poodles are healthy breeds, but these smaller breeds can have common health issues which are passed on – Yorkie Poos inherit health conditions from both parent breeds which owners should be aware of.

Yorkies:

  • When Yorkies are six years old and above, they are more susceptible to tracheal collapse.
  • Dislocating eye lens is a condition that affects terrier breeds.
  • As Yorkies have such small jaws their adult teeth can overcrowd the mouth and gather bacteria.
  • Toy breeds are more susceptible to health issues such as dislocating kneecap, urinary stones, and hypoglycaemia.

Yorkie Poos:

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  • Yorkie Poos can have the skin condition atopic dermatitis, causing itchiness, dry patches, and hair loss.
  • Small breeds like the Yorkie Poo are more susceptible to Legg-Calve-Perthes disease than larger Poodles. This disease is a degeneration of the femur bone, causing pain and inflammation.
  • Yorkie Poos can have hypothyroidism, causing high cholesterol, lethargy, and weight gain.

Life Expectancy

Both Yorkies and Yorkie Poos are healthy breeds which have a life expectancy of around 10-16 years.

Characteristics

  • Yorkies are loyal, affectionate, and loving. They are great family dogs as they are good with small children. They are wonderful companions and lapdogs. They are also alert, brave, and protective so are good watchdogs. Yorkies are also stubborn, feisty, and energetic.
  • Yorkie Poos inherit great qualities from both Yorkies and Poodles. Yorkie Poos are extremely intelligent, independent thinkers, but are less stubborn than Yorkies and are therefore easier to train. They are also affectionate, loyal, and eager to please their owners.