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A Yorkie-Poo is a mixed breed dog that results from mating a Yorkshire terrier with a poodle. Quite often, the parents are purebred and the puppies are a 50/50 mix, but not always. Yorkie-Poo is the official name accepted by the American Canine Hybrid Club, although there are other commonly used names as well, such as Yoyo-Poo or Yorkie-Doodle.
Some breeders also mate Yorkshire terriers with toy poodles or other toy dogs to achieve even smaller offspring. These pocket sized or purse size dogs are very popular and can often be seen peeking out from inside a handbag.
Having a mixed breed dog does have its benefits, often in terms of health, behavior, and other features such as not shedding. The Yorkie-Poo is a good example, as it is a smart, good-natured mix that sheds little if any fur. They do not seem to be as problematic as other pets sometimes can be for allergy sufferers.
The hybrid breed tends to be very playful and friendly, making it a great pet for children. Many are the ultimate lapdogs and love to cuddle. They are said to be fairly easy to train, if rewarded. Yorkie-Poos make great family pets and look like “perpetual puppies” because of their small size and sweet faces.
These dogs can run the range in size from between 4 to 10 pounds (1.8 to 4.5 kilograms) when full grown. These measurements are at the extreme ends of the spectrum, however, and those from 6 to 8 pounds (2.7 to 3.6 kilograms) are more common. Because these dogs are small, many people recommend adding a bell to their collars when they’re puppies to keep track of them better.
Coloring of Yorkie-Poos varies. Some have mixed coloring associated with Yorkshire Terriers, which is often brown, black, and white. Some have one solid color, which may be brown, golden red, white, or black. Others are mainly one color with just traces of another color.
Prices vary according to breeders, the way the dogs are bred, and if the dogs are registered. A 50/50 mix of purebred Yorkie with purebred poodle will produce puppies that go for higher rates. Cross-generational breeds tend to be a bit less expensive.