Bichon Frise / Yorkshire Terrier Mix

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Is the Bichon Frise / Yorkshire Terrier Mix right for you?

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Other name(s): Yorkie Bichon, Bichon Yorkie, Borki

The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.

The first generation Bichon Yorkie is a cross between a pure Bichon Frise and a pure Yorkshire Terrier, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. This so-called designer mix is intended to create a small, cute apartment-sized dog that's easy to maintain and that fits easily into many families. However, as with all mixed breeds, the ultimate outcome of the mix is never guaranteed. Although a first-time owner may feel comfortable starting with this mix, you should know how to kindly and confident train with positive reinforcement.

Appearance / health:
All mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, but in general with the Bichon Yorkie is a petite furry toy with big eyes.

Behavior / temperament:
It can be a challenge to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog, especially when the parents have such different personalities as the boundlessly energetic and sometimes yappy Yorkie and the more easy-going Bichon Frise. But it's almost certain that this mix will thrive best in a home where it can spend a lot of time around its favorite people. Some may be a bit diva-like and demand to be the center of attention.

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