Species group: Mixed Breeds
Other name(s): Yorkiepoo; Yorkie-Poo; Yorkiedoodle; Yo-Yopoo; Yoodle
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 Yorkie-poo is a cross between a pure Yorkshire Terrier and a pure Toy or Miniature Poodle, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. There's no denying that this little bundle of energy is one of the most popular of the so-called "designer" cross-breeds. They can be the right size for apartments, and they're absolutely adorable. Expect that terrier energy. This highly social dog loves to play. If you're too busy to keep up, you might want to look elsewhere.
Appearance / health:
All mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, but in general with the Yorkie-poo you can expect an adorable little toy with a low-shedding coat.
Behavior / temperament:
With any mixed-breed, there can be variation in the dog's personality. But with the Yorkie-poo, you can usually expect a highly social, people-oriented pet who expects to be involved in all of the family fun.
gentle companion, real lap dog, older person
potty training, sharp piercing bark, small children, constant grooming issue, small bladder
negative stereotypes, ultimate chick dogs., puppy pads
"It was not my decision to get Dutchess, she was kind of forced on me. At first I was worried due to the negative stereotypes associated with small breeds. I assumed she'd end up being one of those yippie little ankle biters. However, I've been pleasantly surprised. She wasn't the easiest to potty train (since she is a small dog with a small bladder). I had to get up multiple times throughout the night to let her out until she settled on a schedule. Dutchess is very nice with people and she adores meeting strangers. She's not quite so friendly with strange dogs though. She will growl and bark at them, straining at her leash. It's a good thing she only weighs 4lbs!."
From BuckeyeDogLover Aug 29 2014 2:41PM
"I volunteered at an animal rescue organization and one Sunday the woman who ran the group told me we had a new arrival - a black Yorkiepoo. I went to see her in her large cage and it was love at first sight. She had been given up by her owner who no longer wanted her. The rescue group suspected the dog had been mistreated. The owner also said that she'd been unable to housetrain the little dog even though she was nearly a year old. She was shaking when I opened the cage and I held her in my arms. She cuddled into me and basically stayed there all day. I joked that it was like she had suction cups on her paws and stuck to me. Since she was lightweight it was no problem to carry her. By the end of the day I knew I wanted her. The only problem was that I was just beginning college and living at home, so I needed to get my parents' permission. I called my mom and asked her to meet me at the shelter. She, too, fell in love. We adopted the dog, whom we named Missy.<br>She was shy and skittish at first, confirming the fact that perhaps she'd been mistreated. But she craved affection and was the sweetest little girl. She'd been neglected and had tons of mats in her long hair. It took lots of patience and time to cut the mats out but she let us do it, as though she knew it was helping. From then on, it was a constant grooming issue and with each bath we had brushing and mat removal to do. This breed is not easy - no "wash and go" situation. But Missy's temperament was so docile that it was only a time issue, not a power struggle. We never had to take her to a groomer.<br>She had a slight heart murmur and the vet said this was a bit more common in Yorkies or Toy Poodles. He said she might outgrow it...and she actually did. <br>She was playful and could almost always be found with a ball in her mouth just in case anyone wanted to have a quick game. She barked at the mailman and at birds and if anyone came to the door. Not aggressively, mind you -- it was a protective issue.<br>The housetraining situation was resolved in a matter of weeks. She was not good at going for walks because she seemed to fear a leash. I always wondered if she had been hit with the leash for misbehaving. She instead preferred to go outside in the open. We had a grassy, fenced-in backyard and she soon learned to go to the back door and scratch or quietly bark to go out. I suspect the previous owner never had a backyard or never took the time to work with her.<br>We had three cats at the time and Missy loved them. One of the cats, the male, was rather aggressive and occasionally tried to attack one of my female Siamese because she was shy and would not defend herself. Though the attacks were not meant to really do harm, he was big (about 25 pounds) and bold and wanted to assert himself as the dominant pet. Missy became best friend and defender to my Siamese. It was amusing and touching to see little 9-pound Missy rushing in to pull the big gold cat off the Siamese. More than once she broke up the fight by pulling the gold cat off by the neck and standing over him while the Siamese scurried away!<br>When she was 14 years old, Missy just went to sleep and did not wake up. The vet said it could have been a heart attack since she had originally had heart problems. We'll never know. She was a joy to have had in the family and one of the sweetest animals I could imagine.."
From davidsmom May 18 2013 12:38PM
"Finley is our little Yorkie Poo. I do have to admit I am more of a large breed dog person and will never get a small dog again. However, he is a nice dog and is tolerable, but he does have the sharp piercing bark which can be annoying. He also still have issues with potty training and he is almost five now! I have talked with other people and they have the same issues with this. So you need to take this into consideration. I know this is something which you will want to think about, but they do not leave massive amounts of pee behind and generally it is hidden so you have to find it. Something else to consider is these breeds live a long time so you should make sure you are ready for the long life span of these dogs.."
From Isabellas2008 Aug 28 2012 7:23PM