Is a Yorkie Poo right for you?

“Yorkshire Terrier Toy Poodle Mix”

Have you ever encountered names like Goldendoodle, Jackabee, Raggle or Yorkie poo? Nope, they’re not food brands or trendy toys. They are “designer” dog breeds. Yep, you heard that right, they’re dogs! A designer dog (as the media calls it) is a cross between two purebred dogs. Before the term “designer” was popularly used, these dogs were called mixed breeds, mutts or crossbreeds. Another term commonly used is “hybrid,” but from a scientific point of view, this is totally inaccurate.

Are you one of those pet lovers who just can’t get enough of adorable, cute and playful dogs? If your answer’s a big yes, then designer dog breeds like the Yorkie poo is the one for you!

The Yorkie poo is bred in the United States, and is a cross breed of a Poodle with a Yorkshire Terrier. The dog is also known as Yoodle, Yorkipoo, Yorkapoo, Yo-Yopoo, or Yorkiedoodle. It has a life expectancy of 10 – 15 years. So if you’re not ready for a long-term commitment, you should think twice before getting one.

Like other designer dog breeds, the Yorkipoo is considered a young hybrid.  They’ve been popular for just about a decade. They were originally bred to create a toy-sized dog with a hypoallergenic coat that is without the genetic disorders of the parent breeds. The successful process of crossing the two breeds has had varying results, just like with other hybrids. However, the Yorkie poo has grown to become more popular.

A Yorkiedoodle weighs around 3 to 14 pounds and is 7 to 15 inches tall. Its ears can be erect or hanging. It has a round head and its eyes are almond-shaped. It is rare to find pure white or pure black yorkipoos. Most of them have coats that are composed of two or more colors. Their color varies from apricot, silver, gray, tan, chocolate, white, sable, cream, black and red.

What kind of maintenance does it require?

To be able to take good care of Yorkie poos, you have to familiarize yourself with the parent breeds. Reading and doing additional research work on the Yorkshire Terrier and Toy or Miniature Poodle wouldn’t hurt.

The Yorkshire Terrier is well known for its long and silky coat. It is more popular for being a companion pet. They were first bred in England with the main purpose of catching rats in textile factories. Since then, they’ve become more common as companion dogs. Yorkshire Terriers are called “Yorkies” and they have a bold personality, and are full of energy. They need frequent exercise, daily grooming, and companionship to keep them happy and healthy.

Toy poodles, on the other hand, have delightful and intelligent traits. They live on attention. They love to be at their owner’s side all the time. They are hardy little dogs that can live well into their teens. Later into their autumn years, they would likely require veterinary attention to make sure that they live to a ripe old age. Taking care of a toy poodle means you have to give your dog enough and proper attention. You also need to have the financial capability to provide for his needs like regular grooming, health care when they reach old age, and preventive treatments like deworming.

What are the pros and cons of owning a Yorkiepoo?

This specific kind of designer dog breed is suitable for first time pet owners. It is also good for people living in apartments. The Yorkie poo loves having fun and being around people. He will provide his family with great pleasure and will always be eager do some tricks, whenever your guests are around. He has a clear understanding of his own abilities and situation. He can be a really great escort to someone who is looking for a bold yet small dog who has enough energy and bigger affection.

Just like other designer dog breeds or hybrids, the Yorkiedoodle was originally bred to become the dog of choice that can live with people who suffer from allergies. The main goal was to come up with a miniature dog that does not possess the disorders of either the Yorkshire Terrier or Toy Poodle.

Both the Yorkshire Terriers and the Toy Poodles are intelligent, and so is their crossbreed Yorkiepoo. Like both breeds, the Yorkiepoo also likes performance competitions that involve cleverness and acquiescence. The Yorkshire Terrier is more autonomous than the Toy Poodle. Therefore, a Yorkiepoo’s autonomy is dependent on the personality of the individual parent, more specifically the Poodle parent. Yorkies don’t have to be constantly on your lap, but the Toy and Miniature Poodles are like parasites; they tend to be clingy. With the Yorkiepoo, again, it all depends on the parents.

The Yorkiepoo has a coat that doesn’t shed much. It is a designer dog breed that is small and has low-dander. He can be delightful with many varied types of residence and can be a great assistant for the old or aging people. He has shown that he can be a great dog for therapy, with his gentle and loving disposition.

Sadly, like other dogs that weigh less than 10 pounds, he is clueless about his size and has been known to hurl himself at bigger dogs. To secure your Yorkiedoodle from himself, you have to acquaint him with larger dogs under your strict supervision before you allow them to socialize on their own. This is to ensure that there won’t be any potentially catastrophic consequences.yorkiedoodle

The Yoodle does great during training. He is also a fast learner like his parents, although he can be difficult sometimes. You don’t need to worry much about this because this stubbornness only shows up if the training is too jarring or eventually becomes monotonous.

You need to remember to make his training or lessons amusing and fascinating. Also keep in mind that you should go easy on him. To train him, the only viable way is through consistent positive reinforcement.

Yorkidoodles love to bark a lot. It’s like they’re trying to tell you that they love to bark and that they’re really great at it. This makes your Yorkipoo an outstanding watchdog. He will immediately bark and alert you when somebody comes through the door.

He would also bark when he notices something dubious, and you have to be aware that he has a very different interpretation of being “suspicious” than what you have in mind. It can become really annoying at times.

Therefore, you have to consider noise policies if you are renting before you get one. You can actually train some Yorkipoos to bark once or maybe twice; however, there are cases when this is not possible and they end up barking a lot more than you can handle.

What are the common health problems of Yoodles and how do I address them?

Yorkie poos are usually healthy animals. However, both his parent species have their own particular health concerns that they may be afflicted with. This means that mixed breeds are also at risk of suffering from the same health issues. The most common kinds of health concerns that Yorkiepoos might suffer from include:

Collapsed trachea

The reason for tracheal collapse is unknown. But usually, a congenital abnormality where the tracheal rings’ cartilage is less cellular and thus, weaker than normal, is deemed to be the cause.

Signs and symptoms of the disease may include a honking cough, labored breathing, exercise intolerance, and a bluish hue to the gums. These signs and symptoms may usually be stimulated by excitement, drinking, eating, tracheal irritants like smoke or dust, exercise, obesity, or hot and humid weather.

This condition is treated with bronchodilators, cough suppressants, corticosteroids which control inflammation, or antibiotics. In oversized dogs, weight loss is suggested to help decrease respiratory effort.

Surgery is highly recommended if the medical management done shows no positive result in two weeks or if extreme signs affect the pet’s functionality. Although there are different kinds of surgical techniques that can be done, applying prosthetic polypropylene rings to the external of the trachea is currently the preferred treatment because it has an overall success rate of around 75 to 85%. However, the outcome of surgical treatment is less favorable for dogs that are six years and older.

Cushing’s Disease

This disease sets in when your Yorkiepoo’s body is making excessive amounts of the hormone cortisol. This hormone is produced to keep his blood sugar levels in check, help him respond to stress, fight infections and control weight. But when too much or too little of it is produced, it can cause problems, one of which is Cushing’s Syndrome.

Cushing’s Disease, also known as hypercortisolism and hyperadrenocorticism, can be difficult to diagnose. It has the same symptoms as other conditions; therefore, it is very important to let your vet know about anything that is different about your pet. You should be observant and make sure to report anything unusual you notice in your dog.

The condition most commonly affects middle-aged and older dogs. The signs and symptoms may be harder to spot in the beginning, but you might notice that your dog is thirstier and hungrier than usual. You may also notice that he pees more often. House-trained dogs may have indoor accidents. They may lose hair or it could seem slow to grow. They may get a pot belly and have thinning skin or get skin infections. They may seem very tired, inactive and pant a lot.

The vet might be able to fix the problem with surgery if the syndrome is caused by a tumor on your pet’s adrenal glands. However, surgery may not be an option if the tumor has already spread to other parts of his body or he has other health problems.

A dog can live an active, normal life with medication to manage the condition, but he will need it for the rest of his life. Treatment through medication is the best choice for dogs that have Cushing’s syndrome that is caused by the pituitary gland or for those with a tumor on their adrenal gland, and can’t be removed with surgery.

It is very important that you follow your dog’s treatment plan. You have to keep a close watch on his behavior and symptoms. You need to give him the right medication doses at the right times. You and your vet should work together to help him live a happy and healthy life.

Epilepsy

How do you know if your normally happy-go-lucky pet is having a seizure? Have you noticed that there are instances when he may seem unsteady and confused, and then he would flop to the floor? Does he look like he’s treading on water even though he’s unconscious? If the answer is yes, he might be having a seizure.

He may have a seizure disorder if your dog has these episodes or signs often. Seizures are caused by an uncontrolled, abnormal, spurts of electrical activity in your pet’s brain. This affects how he looks and behaves. Seizures, also known as epilepsy, can look like a twitch or uncontrollable shaking. It can last from less than a minute to several minutes.

As for the treatment, your vet will first try to perform a thorough physical examination, and ask you to get some laboratory tests done to identify what triggered your dog’s seizures. Your vet may then prescribe medications to control the seizures. Some of these medications are potassium bromide or phenobarbital. The latter may be given twice a day, however, it has a long-term side effect. It can damage your dog’s liver over time. That’s why dogs that are given phenobarbital require blood tests every six months.

Potassium bromide is a better option for young dogs that require medication for life because it doesn’t work its way through the liver. You have to make sure to always obey your veterinarian’s instructions when you administer medication to your dog. You should make sure that he doesn’t miss a dose.

Conclusion

Raising Yorkiepoo puppies or any designer dog breed for that matter isn’t easy. In reality, all breeds need some amount of effort on the owner’s part. You may think that getting a pet is like choosing your outfit for the day. That’s where you’re wrong. Deciding to have a pet for a companion needs ample amount of research so you can decide whether to get one or not, which breed to get and how do you take care of them. It could be enticing to get a Yorkie poo because they’re super cute and affectionate. But before you decide to get one, please make sure you are 100% ready emotionally and financially.

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