When two breeds of dog are bred to create a new breed that has the best attributes of both, the resulting dog is often referred to as a designer breed. One such dog is the Yorkipoo, which is the result of breeding a Yorkshire Terrier with a poodle. If you are considering getting one of these dogs, you should find out as much about them as you can before welcoming them into your home. Doing so will help you to decide if they are the right breed for you. Here are 20 interesting facts about the Yorkipoo that you might not know.
1. They Can Vary in Size
While some dog breeds hardly vary in size, Yorkipoos can vary significantly in size. According to Dogtime, the height of a Yorkipoo is anywhere between seven inches and 15-inches tall. Similarly, they can vary in weight, with smaller Yorkipoos weighing as little as three pounds and heavier Yorkipoos weighing as much as 14 pounds. The size of the poodle used for crossbreeding is usually reflected in the height and weight of the resulting Yorkipoos. If you have not seen the parents, then you may not know how big your Yorkipoo puppy will grow until it is an adult.
2. It is Not a Registered Breed
The Yorkipoo is a relatively new breed, and like many other crossbred dogs, it does not appear on official registers of breeds. Most Yorkipoos are the result of first-generation breeding, although some breeders are now concentrating on multigenerational breeding. The aim of this is to make thee traits of the Yorkipoo more consistent from one dog to the next. As the breed is gaining popularity, there are efforts to create a directory for all breeders of Yorkipoos.
3. There Are Straight or Curly-Haired Varieties Available
While the Yorkshire Terrier is a straight-haired dog, the poodle has curly hair. Therefore, it is possible for Yorkipoos to have either straight or curly hair, depending on which traits they have inherited from which parent. Regardless of whether their hair is curly or straight, it is always so silky that you can easily run your fingers through their hair. Therefore, grooming these dogs is relatively easy, and that is one of the bonuses of choosing this breed.
4. They Have a Lifespan of Up To 15 Years
According to Animalso, the average lifespan of a Yorkipoo is between 12 and 15 years. However, many factors can impact the lifespan of this breed, or of any breed of dog. Proper care, a healthy diet, and general health are key factors determining your dog’s lifespan. Whether they are prone to certain health conditions is also relevant.
5. They Are a Good Option for Allergy Sufferers
Although no dog breed can claim that they will not affect all allergy sufferers, the Yorkipoo is about as hypoallergenic as you can get. One of the reasons that this dog was bred in the first place was to create a toy breed suitable for allergy sufferers. It is the hypoallergenic fur of poodles, which makes them so popular as one of the breeds to include when crossbreeding to create designer breeds. Another reason is that the fur of poodles and breeds that are crossed with poodles shed little hair. The lack of shedding is not only good for allergy sufferers, but it can also reduce the time spent cleaning your house because of the dog.
6. They Are Attention Seekers
An appealing feature of the Yorkipoos that they love attention. If you want a dog that will become an affectionate companion and enjoy spending time with you, then a Yorkipoo is a good option. Their affectionate nature is inherited from the Yorkshire Terrier parent, as this breed is known for being one of the most loving.
7. Yorkipoos Are Very Intelligent
Another appealing feature of the Yorkipoo is their intelligence. Poodles are the second-most intelligent breeds, with only the Border Collie ranked as more intelligent. In addition to their hypoallergenic fur, their intelligence is one reason poodles are often used in crossbreeding. It is one of their positive attributes that is passed on to Yorkipoos in the breeding process. Therefore, Yorkipoos are ideal for those who want a small dog that is both affectionate and intelligent. Their intelligence means that training this breed is relatively easy if you begin while the dog is still young.
8. They Tend to Bark
Some breeds bark more than others. Unfortunately, Yorkipoos are a breed prone to barking, which is one of their few negative traits. The constant barking is something that many dog owners do not like, and behavior that many want to curb. Due to Yorkipoos’ intelligence, it is possible to train them to bark less, although you are unlikely to stop them barking altogether. However, it is important to remember that some barking is normal, as this is how a dog communicates. Therefore, it is not something that you should try to stop completely.
9. They Are a Low-Maintenance Dog
One of the many things that Yorkipoos have in their favor is that they are quite low-maintenance dogs. Although their coat needs brushing either two or three times a week, it is not difficult to groom them, and they hardly shed at all. Brushing is important to avoid your dog’s hair becoming tangled, although you can also reduce the risk of this by having their hair trimmed short. A Yorkipoo needs to have a bath once a month for cleanliness and to keep their coat and skin healthy. It is best to use conditioner to stop their skin and coat from drying out, says The Dog People.
10. They Can Live in Small Houses or Apartments
Some dog breeds are unsuitable for living in smaller properties, such as apartments, especially if the dog is large or needs a lot of exercise. Due to their small size, Yorkipoos can live in smaller environments, and they will get a reasonable amount of exercise from running around the house or in a small yard. However, it is worth noting that Yorkipoos have high energy levels, so they will benefit from regular walks. Taking them out on walks can also curb their barking, to which this designer breed is prone.
11. They Have Been Popular for at Least 10 Years
Strictly speaking, Yorkipoos have been around for a while as they are simply the crossbreeding of a Yorkshire Terrier and a Poodle, which is not a new combination. However, they have been popular for between 10 and 20 years, says Vet Street. During this period, people began deliberately crossing the two breeds to create a dog that had the best attributes of both, specifically to create a hypoallergenic toy breed that was both intelligent and a fantastic companion dog.
12. The Traits of Yorkipoos Can Vary Greatly
As most Yorkipoos are first-generation crossbreeds, the exact personality traits and physical characteristics are difficult to predict. Usually, they are an affectionate and intelligent toy breed with silky hair. However, they can get more traits of one breed and fewer of the other. Likewise, they may inherit traits for some health conditions of both breeds, only one, or neither, so there is a certain element of the unknown when you choose a Yorkipoo.
13. There Are Various Colors Available
You will have lots of choices if you decide to adopt a Yorkipoo as they come in many colors. Yorkipoos can inherit any of the traditional colors of Yorkshire Terriers, including blue and gold. It is also possible for them to inherit the standard colors of poodles, including black, chocolate, mink, and white. In some cases, Yorkipoos are white plus another color, which is known as particolor.
14. They Are Usually Good with Children
If you have children in your house, then choosing an appropriate dog breed is essential. Due to their affectionate nature, a Yorkipoo is usually good with older children, although like with all breeds, each dog has a different personality. However, the general advice is that toy breeds are not a good option in houses with very young children, and this is due to the safety of the dog rather than for concerns about the dog’s interaction with children. Toy breeds are quite delicate, and younger children are not always careful in their handling of them, which can result in injuries.
15. Most Yorkipoos Will Live Alongside Other Pets
People who already have a pet in their home need to think carefully before deciding to get another pet as not all dog breeds get along, and some dogs do not like other species of animals. Fortunately, the Yorkipoo is generally happy to live with other dogs as they are not naturally jealous or aggressive creatures. Similarly, Yorkipoos are usually fine with other types of pets. Therefore, they are a good option for animal lovers who keep multiple pets in their homes. If you are getting a rescue dog, it is best to check if they interact well with other animals. A dog that has suffered a bad experience in the past may not enjoy living with other animals.
16. They Are Prone to Hip and Knee Problems
Like all dog breeds, there are some conditions to which Yorkipoos are prone. Of particular concern is their tendency for hip and knee problems. Patella Luxation is a condition where the kneecaps slide in and out of place, which is painful for dogs. Yorkipoos are also prone to a condition called Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, which is a condition affecting the hip joint. It is caused by decreasing blood flow to the neck of the femur, leading to the joint’s disintegration. Symptoms of this condition start while the dog is still a puppy, and it requires corrective surgery.
17. Yorkipoos Are Prone to Skin Problems
Another condition to which Yorkipoos are prone is skin problems, especially atopic dermatitis. This condition is a predisposition to developing allergies, often to pollen or dust mites. Dogs that suffer from atopic dermatitis feel severe irritation, which causes them to lick, bite, scratch, and chew the affected area. In turn, this can cause redness, thickening of the skin, and even hair loss. Often, dogs that suffer from predispositions to allergies need treatment with hypoallergenic shampoos, antihistamines, and steroids.
18. There Are Several Other Health Conditions Linked to Yorkipoos
There are also several other conditions to which Yorkipoos are prone to suffering, and one of these is epilepsy. Another is Portosystemic Shunt (PSS), which is a condition where the dog suffers from abnormal blood flow between the liver and other parts of the body. There are also two hormonal conditions common in Yorkipoos: Hypothyroidism and Hyperadrenocorticism. The former is a disorder of the thyroid gland that causes obesity, skin conditions, hyperpigmentation, lethargy, hair loss, epilepsy, and pyoderma. The latter, which is also known as Addison’s Disease, is a condition that causes the insufficient production of adrenal hormones. It is a very serious condition that can even lead to death.
19. Yorkipoos Benefit from Positive Reinforcement
One of the negative personality traits that most Yorkipoos display is stubbornness. Their stubbornness is often evident during the training process, especially if you are using repetitive behavior to reinforce your training instructions. However, they are not a difficult breed to train if you choose the right approach, despite their stubbornness. Yorkipoos are much easier to train if you use positive reinforcement strategies, as this something to which they respond well.
20. They Are Playful
Although every Yorkipoo has its own personality, one personality trait that is common amongst most dogs of this designer breed is their playfulness. They are a naturally fun animal that enjoys playful interaction with their owners. You can have a lot of fun playing with your Yorkipoo, as they love getting involved with what the family is doing, and they particularly enjoy ball games.
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