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What is a Yorkie-Poo?

By Sherry Holetzky
Updated Jun 04, 2024
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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.

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Discussion Comments
By anon944847 — On Apr 09, 2014

I have a 12 year old Yorki-Poo. She does not shed, she is very smart and is a great watch dog. I always knew when my teenage kids got home because she would wait up for them and alert me. She was a little slow to potty train and will still potty in the house if she is mad at me. She is very smart and will go potty on command.

She loves our cat and also likes to control her. She is one of my favorite things in life. I wish she could live forever.

By anon356158 — On Nov 22, 2013

I have a 10 year old Yorkie Poodle mix. He has been a good dog. He is smart, loves his toys, knows lots of tricks and he is very smart. He requires a lot of attention, he follows me everywhere I move and he barks at every little noise he hears. If you are looking for one of these dogs, just remember they need to be groomed and need a lot of attention.

By anon350518 — On Oct 05, 2013

I have had my Yorkie-poo for over five years now and she does not shed at all. She still loves to play, especially after she eats. The only issue I have with her is she is hard to walk because she thinks she's a big dog and likes to try to bite big ones when they come around.

I have read the comments on my blog and find people talking about the Yorkie shedding. What someone else said may be right: one of the parents may not have been pure bred Yorkie or poodle. I've seen both the parents of my Yorkie and they were pure poodle and Yorkie. I have no shedding at all. The problem is the curly hair. When it does grow, it is hard to comb out.

By anon327844 — On Mar 31, 2013

Love this site. I've read all 81 post and my favorite is the most recent no. 81 anon311654. She is right on with the training, attention and love.

My Yorkiepoo is almost six months, has lost most of his baby teeth. He is paper trained and outside trained, works for us. He was born in October and we didn't want to go out in the snow and cold. My suggestion is get one born in the spring if you don't want to paper train.

If you want to know how big your Yorkiepoo will be, ask your vet. My vet said look at his feet; he will be 10 to 13 pounds. The friend who needed a home for him said seven max, at two months when we got him he was 4.5

As has been said they are a mixed breed (we wanted the mix; we didn't want purebred), and if you don't meet the parents hard to say. Yes we love him. Raskal is his name, at four and seven pounds, and will at 10 or 13 pounds. Just don't make size a condition of your love. If you want small, do more homework.

I will just add in my experience there is a common trait in all these animals or even human being (my children and husbands) dogs, cats, horses, kids and husbands. They will do what they have to (or taught) and get away with what they can. Not helping with chores, cleaning up messes etc., barking, chewing, potting. By the way, we had to break ours of eating his poo. --Chris H

By anon311654 — On Jan 03, 2013

I have a six month old male Yorkie-poo. I have had him since he was seven weeks old. He doesn't shed. He has curly hair at the roots but if it grows out its straight. He looks like a little fluffy teddy bear. People ask me is he real quite often.

His father is a nine pound Yorkie and his mother is a 12 pound toy poodle. My baby is now nine pounds. He is smart, playful, loving, cuddly, friendly, stubborn and protective. He loves to play, take long walks, ride in his car seat, is always underfoot and sleeps under furniture. He has never been crated and prefers freedom inside. He doesn't make a mess while I am at work, etc. He is very well behaved when he is home alone. He doesn't have separation anxiety when I leave. He loves tearing up paper and playing fetch. I give him time outs when he is too excited and jumps on company. Once time out (closed off in the bathroom for 5 minutes) is over, he comes out and behaves. He follows routine commands. When I return home he is excited, but I don't give him attention for 5-10 minutes as to not encourage his hyper demeanor.

Yorkie poos crave attention. Do not reward bad behavior at all costs. He knows when he has been a bad boy, but he prefers being a good boy because it comes with loads of praise, smooches and neck rubs. Potty training wasn't a challenge unless there was a change in routine. Be consistent and watchful of sniffing all around because that is a clear signal they are looking to potty after eating. It could be 15-30 minutes after a feeding. Don't free feed so you can monitor his potty time after meals. I live upstairs so he had to be pad and outdoor trained. Mostly pad trained but he knows how to hold off.

I was raised with poodles and he exhibits a lot of their traits. He was a yapper and barked at anything, but I stopped that by teaching him that barking is a no-no and what bad boys do. He loves to hear you are such a good boy and good boys don't bark. He knows a stern voice and knows who is the pack leader. Basically, he isn't any different than my 29 year old son was as a toddler. If you've raised children, you can raise a dog, in my opinion. Patience is a virtue! Raising a Yorkie poo is rewarding. A cute pup can cure the empty nest syndrome and lift your spirits when you feel down.

I've had pure breds and mutts throughout my life. Everyone needs and deserve love. Before getting a dog of any kind, think long and hard about your lifestyle, living conditions, family size and personality. Dogs are a long term commitment.

By anon296229 — On Oct 10, 2012

My yorkie-poo is going on about four months old. He is exactly like the energizer bunny. I was wondering at what age, if ever, do people see their yorkie-poos being less hyper? My dog would walk for three hours a day and play all day with barely taking any naps if he could. --Kara

By anon289577 — On Sep 04, 2012

I have a now three year old female Yorkie-Poo named Michigan (We got her from a breeder in the USA and imported her to Canada). This is the best dog I have ever owned in my life. Our whole family is extremely attached to her, as she is to us.

They can demand attention, bark at crazy things (like garbage bags on the curb) and are constantly ready to play, but extremely smart. They understand a lot of words and let you know in no uncertain terms what they want. They require a lot of fresh water and ours weighs 7 pounds. This is the best dog ever!

When I walk through the door, I know how much I am loved and how much trouble I am in for being late! She does not like large dogs who approach her -- she does nip their noses. She never bites humans! She has a luxating patella (floating kneecap) which is common in this breed, but it certainly doesn’t slow her down or seem to cause any distress. She also has a strange wheeze at times when very excited which I am told is a trachea issue with this breed.

Overall, my very spoiled baby (even the kids complain she gets more than they do) is the best breed of dog ever! I can’t even start to imagine life without her, ever. I love her to pieces. We also have a Shih-tzu who is older and was here first (a rescue dog) and they play and play like siblings for hours. They get along great and even the older, larger Shih-tzu knows that when I come through the door, our Yorkie is first in line for attention. She will demand it and the Shih-tzu just lets her have it. It’s better than being shoved and bitten to wait a few minutes for mom’s attention!

If you are considering a Yorkie, get one! They are the best dogs ever. Be cautious, though. If you are not home a lot or have small children that demand a lot of time, these dogs need their attention and will do whatever it takes to get it.

If you have time to dedicate to one of these dogs and are prepared to be bossed around, I recommend them. It will change your life! I love my yorkie-poo!

By anon256912 — On Mar 23, 2012

Here is the only thing. I have an F1 YorkiPoo and he is wonderful, but he sheds, a lot. Besides that, at six months, he knows sit, down, come, etc. He does his business where he is meant to, and when I leave the house he stays in his play pen so he doesn't get into trouble. Delightful puppy. And smart too.

By anon252455 — On Mar 05, 2012

I have a Yorkie Poo who is now 9-1/2 years old. He never sheds and is totally adorable. He eats a raw diet, and is nuts on raw carrots and apples, but I take the skin off. I don't know what I would do without him now, as he is an integral part of my life.

By anon247868 — On Feb 15, 2012

Yorkie-Poos are the perfect "prescription" for chemo-therapy! Faithful, loyal, and empathetic -- at least mine certainly helped me through my treatments.

By anon222831 — On Oct 16, 2011

I have a 10 year old yorkie poo. His father was a 4 lb poodle and his mom a 20 lb yorkie. He is about 20 pounds and has lost weight. He has all the traits of a yorkie poo. He is stubborn and doesn't like other dogs he doesn't know. He has a brother that is a persian cat and they get along great. They just act like the normal siblings. He has curly poodle hair but the yorkie color.

By anon219701 — On Oct 03, 2011

My Yorkie poo turned 16 in August. Great dog.

By anon181123 — On May 28, 2011

I have a 10 week old Yorkie Poo and he is spoiled to the tee! Although I have had him for only couple of days, he knows to potty outside and he has not gone potty inside the house yet. He has major separation anxiety. He is my protector and follows me everywhere. He never lets me out of his sight. They are good watch dogs and are very observant. I love him so much! He is my silent protector!

By anon168163 — On Apr 15, 2011

i have a 16 month old yorkie-poo and he is our baby! he is very demanding very cheeky and very loving, oh and so so spoiled! just perfect!

By kristin1025 — On Mar 24, 2011

I currently have an almost seven year old yorkie-poo that is about 13 pounds. She lives with another purebred yorkie in the house, but he was there before my yorkie poo and he's never cared for my yorkie poo because she's bigger and more dominant. He used to come in my room before I got her, and now he doesn't really come near it. Occasionally he will.

My yorkie-poo, Lily, is very spoiled! She thinks she is a real human baby at times. At Christmas time, she had some gastrointestinal problems as well, but besides for that has been very healthy. My main concern is how will Lily be if I bring another yorkie-poo female home that is about three pounds smaller than Lily.

Lily sleeps in bed with me, and has her own dog bed, but spends most of her time in my room; it's hers too. How will Lily feel with me bringing in another female dog in her room? I know she will be extremely jealous, because that is how she is. If I kiss the purebred male, she will weasel her way in to get in front for me to pay attention to her.

I need suggestions please. I've been extremely torn all week! I want to get the other girl dog, but I don't want to cause my Lily any distress or cause her to get sick because she can't accept another girl in her room or sharing her mommy (me). Should I get the dog or not? --Concerned Dog Mommy, FL

P.S. I'm supposed to pick up the new little girl on Saturday.

By anon149341 — On Feb 03, 2011

I have a 3.5 month old Yorkie poo boy and I couldn't be more in love! He is with me at home where my mother runs a daycare, and he gets along very well with the kids and loves the attention they give him. He is a great family pet who does seem to have some problems with potty training but we are working on it.

He is four pounds right now So I think he will be under eight pounds when full grown. I would definitely suggest this breed to others that want a small loving dog to share their life with.

By anon144478 — On Jan 19, 2011

I have a six year old yorkie poo named GSXR and a brand new six month old named Jetta. GSXR is on the larger side of the spectrum, but so was his mother. Jetta is itty bitty and is about three pounds now. I had no idea before I went to pick her up that she was going to be so small. I love both of them to death. GSXR is my best friend and knows how to put a smile on my face.

He was fully potty trained at nine months and that was due to around the clock super vision. Jetta is following right in his footsteps and does whatever he does. I found that the female yorkie poos are a lot more relaxed then the males. I am thankful that she is not as playful as he is. She likes to play more with dogs and I think he is just getting used to it.

All in all, I wouldn't trade them in for the world!

By anon143070 — On Jan 14, 2011

I have a two year old female Yorkie-Poo, Sasha, that I am head over heels in love with. Some people have asked about the negatives about this breed.

Health-wise, Sasha has a luxating patella kneecap that slips). This is not a "Yorkie-Poo only" issue. Luxating patellas are common in toy and small breed dogs. Luckily her kneecap issue has not slowed her down. She was also diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia at five months. Again, this heart condition is not a "Yorkie-Poo only" issue. But you should ask your breeder about the health of both parents. It is my understanding that this is an inherited condition.

Personality-wise, Sasha is a spunky, fun-loving, stubborn and attention-seeking little dog. She suffers from separation anxiety when left alone. I take her to doggy day care two to three times a week to help. It's not cheap where I live. She is very jealous of my attention and doesn't like it when I pet or play with my two cats. Sasha gets along much better with the male cat who is very low-keyed. But she will lunge at and bite the female cat.

I envy those who have quiet Yorkie-Poos. Sasha barks at everything! I don't remember her barking as much when she was a puppy. However, with patience and training she is learning the meaning of quiet.

Overall, my experience with Sasha has been wonderful. She loves people, hasn't bitten anyone, and has not shown aggression toward other dogs (just my female cat). She gives as much love as she gets.

By anon138050 — On Dec 30, 2010

Our yorkie poo called Rolo is 18 weeks old now.He's a great boy and very loving. He snuggles on the sofa with us and likes to take naps on your lap. He comes and licks my tears when I cry! He can also be extremely cheeky and can really try your patience!

Puppies are just like small children - they have no concept of right or wrong - it's up to you to show them. Keep rewarding the good behavior and don't give in to their demands. Be firm and consistent. Dogs need lots of time, love and attention. Puppies more so.

By anon137630 — On Dec 28, 2010

our poko arrived home one week ago at 8 weeks old. he is the joy of the house. potty training is coming along fine. In another week poko should be trained. he loves to be cuddled.

By anon137280 — On Dec 27, 2010

We have a nine month old blonde male yorkie poo from a breeder. He is huge and weighs 15.5 lbs, was suppose to be 9 lbs. He is a love, to say the least.

He really does not like to sit on laps much at all. He prefers to sit by us on a blanket. We trained him to do this, worked with a water squirt bottle, effective and gentle if not over used. We walk him off leash on wooded trails two times each day, sometimes three times.

By anon132102 — On Dec 05, 2010

Simply the worst dog I have ever seen. My roommate has one and bred it. Awful now three of my friends have one of these dogs. The original one (scruffy) is a sexually frustrated dog, mean as can be, the worst attitude I have ever seen on a dog. (bi-polar)

people should stop breeding these little rat looking dogs. I wish they all would go away. I was just curious to the breed's temperament. Two of the ones I know bite people and dogs smaller than them.

By arielpaige1 — On Dec 01, 2010

anon105312: i have a cha-poo (chihuahua and poodle) it is over a year old and weighs probably 10 to 12 pounds.

By anon123955 — On Nov 03, 2010

I got a female Yorkie Poo from pet rescue and she is now 16 months old. She wasn't quite a year old when I got her. We went through eight weeks of puppy training and she did pretty good but I'm having loads of issues with her now. Stubborn, won't come when called unless I scream at her(which I hate doing) and she barks at everything!

She still does the 'excited tinkle' also, despite trying to keep her calm and socializing her with other people and pets. I work from home and can't have her barking while I'm on the phone. Help! I don't want to get rid of her but may not have any choice. --JK

By anon120551 — On Oct 21, 2010

I just bought a yorkie poo and had him for four days now. The first two days he was playful but quiet. then these past two days, he's barking up a storm, still very playful and sneaky when he knows he is not supposed to do something, he still does it.

Also he loves loves loves to bite/nibble on anything and everything in sight. My question is why is he barking all of a sudden? Is he going to be barking crazy like this all the time?

I have a jack russell at my mom's house that barks like crazy when you walk him, or when you leave the house. I don't want my puppy to be like that. I know I have to be patient for him to listen to me, but I feel like he isn't paying attention to when I am talking to him. any advice?

By anon116891 — On Oct 08, 2010

my yorkie poo is a nine year old male, 25 pounds. his dad was a five pound poodle and his mom was a 22-pound yorkie pure. so they are not always little. but he has a very bad temper and i would not have a problem having him around children. he does seem to have problems with dogs he doesn't know. he will lunge and show teeth. i love him to death.

By anon115249 — On Oct 01, 2010

Mine is over five years old, and I think he has every stereotypical trait: soft and fluffy fur, which mats if not trimmed well and brushed, thinks he's bigger than he is, (ask any Lab), hates to be left out and is an excellent watch dog.

His name is Mr. Chewiston Q. Bonaparte, or Chewie, like the sci-fi character; sometimes Chew Bones; and he definitely has a Napoleon complex. Does anyone have any more info on how I should expect him to age? i.e. life expectancy or health concerns? Thanks!

By anon113745 — On Sep 25, 2010

I've had my Yorki-Poo for about a week and a half and he's so great to have around! house-breaking Jethro was super fast and easy. He's also very intelligent. sometimes i think he forces himself to pee since he knows I'll reward him, hah. he hates his "crate" and instead, sleeps under the bed.

By anon110510 — On Sep 12, 2010

I am really glad that I found this thread. I just brought my Yorkie Poo home yesterday, and have never had a dog before. I love her so much already. Now I just need to figure out how to potty train her. Any ideas on how I am supposed to know when she has to go?

By anon105314 — On Aug 19, 2010

i have a yorkie poo. she keeps on using the bathroom in her crate. how do i house train her right? help!

By anon105312 — On Aug 19, 2010

my yorkie poo annabelle is 13 weeks old and two pounds. how much do you think she will weigh when she is fully grown?

By anon97153 — On Jul 18, 2010

We have had our Yorkie Poo for about three days now and it is such a wonderful dog! He is a wonderful lap dog and plays with the kids great too. Such a cute little guy! I was worried about the "first night" anxiety, but we put him in his crate and didn't hear a peep out of him. He keeps up with the kids. Surprising how fast he is. So far the Yorkie Poo seems like a fantastic breed!

By anon91053 — On Jun 19, 2010

I have a yorkie poo female named Holly. She's a second generation. She's two years old. She doesn't shed. She's very spunky and energetic. A real sweetheart. I also have two cats and they all get along great, but Holly gets jealous easily. She loves to be included in playtime.

She will sometimes be aggressive with the cats, though isn't strong enough to really hurt them. I'd suggest early socialization with other pets. Early training is important as well to keep them from being too aggressive. They can be stubborn so training with rewards is very helpful.

By anon88171 — On Jun 03, 2010

I have a female yorkie poo that is six months old. Her name is Nolee. She doesn't shed at all and she looks like a yorkie with the same colors as a yorkie. I believe her nose is a little longer, which probably came from the poodle.

She is very smart! She loves attention and lounging around with me. She loves children, but tries to chew on my nephew who is seven months old, I believe she does this because she wants the attention.

She gets along with any and every kind of dog. Nolee is very playful. She does not bark unless she is frightened or being protective. Nolee weighs about two pounds. She gets bigger a little at a time, but hasn't gained much weight even though she eats all the time! I love my yorkie poo!

By anon84762 — On May 17, 2010

I have a four month old yorkie poo. i believe she was the runt of the litter, because she only weighs about two pounds. she is mainly black with a little brown on the sides of her face and her paws. she is very friendly and loves to cuddle.

i also have a five year old little girl, and the two of them get along just great. she does seem to be a bit protective but isn't big enough to hurt a fly. she also gets along great with our bulldog.

She is a joy to have in the family!

By anon73639 — On Mar 28, 2010

I am a small breeder of such dogs as the yorkie poos. Yes they can be very active but lets remember the yorkie is a terrier and if anybody knows anything about terriers, this is very normal.

That being said, do not let these so-called animal activists make you feel bad about buying a puppy. I know there are many dogs at shelters who need homes but not everybody wants to get a dog from a shelter.

Yes, I have rescued several dogs in my lifetime to keep them from going to shelters and I have even paid to rescue dogs to get them out of bad situations but this rescuing thing is not for everybody.

So all you animal rights loudmouths, quit giving people a hard time when they ask for help with a new pup or just want to brag about their new pup. I am proud of the puppies I raise and their parents and if you do right by your animals, there is no money in breeding your dogs.

I do it because I enjoy it. Yes, it is a lot of hard work and lots of cleaning up after babies. My dogs or puppies are not kept in kennels or crates all the time. So I know I make it harder on myself by letting them run around in the house but my puppies are very well socialized and happy little rascals.

Enjoy your puppies and don't let anybody make you feel bad about paying for what you want. It's your money, not theirs.

By anon71248 — On Mar 17, 2010

Yorkie poos are not designer dogs and end up in shelters and rescues just like so many other mixed breed and purebreds. They all deserve a loving home.

This breed is no different and any idiot who can't see it is not really a dog lover. The person who says these dogs are for people who can't handle a real dog has no clue.

Why are they even visiting this site if they have an issue?

In a perfect world all animals that need loving homes would have them.

By anon68245 — On Mar 01, 2010

Yorkie Poos are created for people who cannot handle real dogs. The ones who are already sitting in shelters because other people didn't know what to do with a dog. Go rescue a shelter mutt or pure bred. They will love you and be just a loyal as an expensive accessory dog like a Yorkie Poo!

By anon67954 — On Feb 28, 2010

My family and I just recently rescued a yorkie poo from a nearby facility. She is estimated to be between four and six years old and is golden red.

Workers at the rescue center said they found her in a random neighborhood one day, absolutely filthy and frightened. I have to say that she is the sweetest dog I have ever came across and the fact that we were able to give her a loving home is an amazing feeling.

My one issue is this: my parents do not want her on the furniture and I do understand that, however after reading many of the above posts, it seems that yorkie poos are lap dogs and love the comfort of that. Can anyone tell me if it is all right that this dog may not be able to always be on a lap? Thanks

By anon64845 — On Feb 09, 2010

My little Nugget was so easy to train. You put a bell on the door that you want him to to go out to potty and you say "you have to go potty" and ring the bell. Take him out only to go potty and then back in. If he does go he gets a treat right away; if he does not, no treat. After one week he started doing it all by himself.

You can't in the beginning let him go out to play because he will be confused. They are smart dogs. He is nine months now and knows how to sit, come, wait, treat, potty, fetch and many more. He is my buddy.

I chose this dog because he will stay little (little poop ), no shedding, hypo, and most of all very smart.

By anon64844 — On Feb 09, 2010

I have a nine month old male and he weighs almost 13 pounds. Surprise! You just never know.

By anon64447 — On Feb 07, 2010

We just brought home our Yorkie Poo three days ago. What a joy! He is simply amazing. He is black with just a small patch of white hair on his chest. His coat is curly but not as curly as a poodle.

He is very sweet, very playful but yet settles right back down after the playing has ended. I would say that they are definitely family dogs, esp. if you have children (our only child is an 11 year. old boy).

I am disabled and only 39 years old with a terminal illness. We (I) had a therapeutic Mini Schnauzer for nearly 11 years. (this March will be one year since he passed). I never dreamed that I could find such a dog again but I have with this Yorkie Poo.

His name is "Scooter" and he weighs 10 pounds. (For Evelyn). Our son has horrible allergies therefore that's also a reason that we previously owned a Schnauzer (hypoallergenic). Poodles have the consistency of human hair and both Yorkie and Poodles are also hypoallergenic. Crossed they are absolutely perfect for even the worst of suffers, like my son.

You should not have a dog that's shedding. Of course you may have (some to little) but not a lot. I'd check back to where you got the dog, etc., do your own research or even get your vet to check the dog to 1)make certain you do have a Yorkie Poo and 2)make certain that the dog itself has no skin irritations. Just what I would do. Take care.

By anon61549 — On Jan 20, 2010

I have a 7 month old yorkie-poo and she is the sweetest baby girl. Her name is Sophia. She is my second yorkie-poo due to the sad fact that my first one, Gigi was hit and killed by a car.

I love Sophia, she has a mischievous nature and likes to play 24 hours a day. She gets mad if my attention is not on her and tries to tear up something. I have so much fun with her. We like to play tag. I recommend this wonderful dog to anybody.

By anon59755 — On Jan 10, 2010

I have a six year old yorkie-poo female named Miss Molly B. MacSchnooter, and she is the most precious "baby" I've ever had the pleasure to live with. She is so smart! She doesn't shed. Once she got past the "puppy chewing" stage, we've never had any problems with bad behavior - quite the opposite. She was extremely easy to train - and still loves to learn new things.

Her vocabulary understanding is amazing - I'd guess that she's at least as smart as the average four year old human.

She is blond, and her hair is soft like cotton.

She'd love nothing better than to sit in my lap all day, but she also loves being outside.

She's fast as lightning when she runs, and our other dog (part papillon and part long haired chihuahua) can't even begin to catch her when they play. She is a joy.

By anon58541 — On Jan 02, 2010

We have a wonderful yorkie-poo. He is now 2.5 years old and great with children. He doesn't bark a lot and never sheds! He is a super cuddler and is always by my side. My husband never thought he could get so attached to a dog, but he did. My son is six and his best friend is his doggy. If you are looking for an all around family dog, this is it!

Amanda Crawford

By anon58000 — On Dec 29, 2009

my boyfriend and i have been looking for a yorkie poo for about three months now. last night we called an ad on the internet and found a girl yorkie poo puppy for 200!!

jen, the lady who has the puppies said they were 250 but she would take 200 for her!

this is a really good price for a yorkie poo so were really excited!! were going to pets mart later on today to get everything we need. i can't wait to pick her up tomorrow! we're going to name her Holly. [=

By anon55547 — On Dec 08, 2009

I have a 20-month old son who isn't going to get a sibling for awhile.

we keep talking about getting a puppy since we just bought our new home and finally have the space and a yard for one.

we are considering a yorkie poo. Anyone have any experience with a yorkie poo and a toddler?

Just want to find the best family dog for us. Thanks.

By anon55195 — On Dec 05, 2009

We have an 18 month old female yorkie-poo. Her dad is a three-pound toy poodle and her mom is a six-pound yorkie.She is very cute. She only weighs five pounds. Very low maintenance dog. No chewing problems at all. We usually shave her hair every four or five months. She always looks like a puppy. Her name is Tiny.

By anon54542 — On Nov 30, 2009

My daughter has a year old male YorkiePoo who is causing quite a problem with aggression towards anyone who tries to take away something he shouldn't have.

He gets a mean look on his face, shows his teeth and then bites very hard. My daughter has been bitten on her face, her husband on the hand and I have had two very hard bites on my hand which is still bruised.

If this dog doesn't get some help, I fear for any children they might bring into their home someday. Help!

By anon51323 — On Nov 04, 2009

I never had a kid or a dog in my life until the age of 50! I have a beautiful, white yorkie poo, now 19 months old and I love her so much.

I paid 500 bucks for her from a 75-year-old breeder, who was very nice and we spent the afternoon at her house.

It is quite an adjustment having to take care of a dog, just like you would a child. She is sooo smart. One thing: Don't get them neutered until their adult teeth are coming in, around six months, because some vets are stupid and don't tell you this and then your poor dog will have to undergo anesthesia twice! Their teeth are sometimes impacted and need to be pulled, I guess.

We love our little Keno. She is the joy of our life and knows exactly what to do to get her way, but who cares?

Everything we do ends in ees: poopies, peepees, luvies, bities, chewies, runnies, walkies. Oh, we run every day just about and she is so fast!

I am an excellent runner and she sprints with me. I like to tire her out and she is very strong and muscular, like her mommy.

By anon49546 — On Oct 21, 2009

I have a sweet Yorkie-Poo 10 months old. I got hom at 3 months. He is very active--loves to play ball -- all the time. I think he would play all day if you played with him. First thing in the morning-ball in mouth, and last thing at night--ball in mouth. He will run down the hall and catch the little football in his mouth. He is very smart and catches on quickly. He does have allergies--common trait. The only thing I have trouble with is his coat. He has lost hair in a lot of places--took him off of beef products which has helped a lot. Still, he has more of his mother's coat--short and curly. On his paws his fur is longer like the Yorkie. Around the face the same. But on his entire body, short and curly. He is an absolute joy. Gets along well with some of my cats--those that don't fear him--others that do, he takes advantage of. lol. He is very protective and has the "big dog" approach to some things. Full of fun and can brighten up anyone's day with his friendly air. I would recommend a Yorkie-Poo to anyone who has the time to devote to them. They do like their attention and need to be active.

By anon49267 — On Oct 19, 2009

We purchased a yorkie-poo at four months old and is now around eight months old. Very fun and smart and needs to go to the bathroom a lot when we are home. Hopefully with age it will not slow down. Great dog and fun to be with. Kenfun

By anon49035 — On Oct 16, 2009

I just got a yorkie poo today!

By anon46482 — On Sep 25, 2009

Hi Yorkie Poo Lovers! I have a female. She is a year and a half old. I have had her since she was six weeks old. She is a third generation. She does not shed, but she does require daily grooming to keep her free from matting, because i prefer her long coat. She is very smart, but she does bark a lot at almost everything. A plastic bag can blow down the street and she will bark at it until it is out of sight. She loves to look out the window, which creates more barking. She lets me know when she wants to go out to potty, by barking and sitting at my feet. She also does something like a sneeze to get my attention. All that being said she is a wonderful breed, and seeks attention, she lets you know that she loves you in return. -- Barbara

By anon43275 — On Aug 27, 2009

Hi there. i found all your comments really informative. i have a toy poodle who is due any day now. she was mated with a yorkshire terrier, so we are looking forward to seeing the yorkiepoo puppies. we intend keeping one for ourselves. We will be selling the rest and i was just wondering how much people have paid for their yorkiepoos, as i haven't got a clue. both parents are pedigrees.

By anon41473 — On Aug 15, 2009

I have yorkie poo and she is about 2 years old. it seemed like she never chewed up anything oddly. her name is mylie and she has poodle fur and is completely black. She acts like a yorkie though. Like a lot of lil dogs she acts like she is big and tough. She almost never gets her toys because our big huge dog takes them lol. they are great little dogs and easy to train she was potty trained in about a week. so they are great dogs.

By pmb — On Aug 09, 2009

I need some help with house training our 4 mos Yorkie Poo. We have had him for 2 months. This is our third dog (2 deceased), so we are not rookies. We are crate training. He has never had an accident in the crate. He sleeps in our bed and has never had an accident at night. Last night he was in bed from 11:30 pm til 8:30 this am. He can "hold" it.

The problem is he does not know how to tell us he has to go. I can take him for a walk- he will go. Then 5 minutes after we get back inside he may go again. To complicate the issue, we live in a split, our living space is on the second floor. He needs to go down a flight of stairs to get to the outside door. I am thinking this is part of the problem. He cannot just go to the door and sit or bark. Any ideas? He is so smart and good in every other way. How do you teach him to ask to go out?

By anon40597 — On Aug 09, 2009

It is my understanding that in the Yorkie Poo hybrid, the mother is always the poodle, the father, the Yorkie.

By anon40317 — On Aug 07, 2009

My husband and I have a 2 year old Yorkie Poo. She has a black head, chocolate moustache, and silver body. She is a very well-behaved dog! She never was a chewer of our things. We always made sure she had lots of chew toys of her own. She was housebroken in 3 days, literally! She is a cuddler and needs to be where we are. She is super smart and was easy to train. She does have a stubborn streak but nothing serious.

By anon40106 — On Aug 06, 2009

We have a 1 year old yorkie-poo that we got when she was about 11 weeks. She gets along great with our kids and our 12 year old Bichon Frise. The dogs love each other, and when one is off to the vet or the groomer, the other looks somewhat sad and lost. Our yorkie-poo has a playful, funny, snuggly, outgoing temperament and she has never met anyone or anything that she didn't love. We would get another one in a heart beat! She weighs in at about 6 1/2 lbs, but is very sturdy and tough for being so small. She still looks just like a puppy and I suspect that she is not going to lose that adorable look.

By anon38845 — On Jul 28, 2009

We have a five year old male yorkie Poo. He is extremely smart, easy to train, and has learned many tricks. He is very affectionate and loves the family. Very playful, curious, spirited little dog. No shedding. Loves to swim and hike with us. He's a tough little guy.

As for the negatives; it's just the other side of the coin. He loves us so much, that he has some separation anxiety. He is so smart that he needs mental stimulation, and can be demanding for affection and attention.

He is strong-willed and can be stubborn.

Being half terrier, he can be territorial about toys, etc.

A great little dog, but get all the info you can. These are wonderful companion dogs, but not low-maintenance.

By anon37377 — On Jul 19, 2009

Hi i have a 4year old yorkie poo he is black with a speck of white. He is very playful and extremely smart. He jumps very high. it seems as he can be a circus dog if i trained him to do tricks. He can be as quiet as a mouse. i mean i can carry him with me on a 3 hour busride and he won't make a peep of a noise. he is very friendly and cute. Never sheds. I love my yoorkie poo had him from birth, doesn't chew up my shoes. He loves me he is very protective, and when walking he always checks that I am close behind even waits a little for me to catch up, when on a longer leash.

By anon36360 — On Jul 12, 2009

I am looking at purchasing a yorkie poo but I know very little about the breed accept that they are so cute. I have read the upside of the breed, but what are some of the downsides like health issues and life span?

By anon35125 — On Jul 02, 2009

I have an adorable little one year old female yorkie poo. She is smart, loves people, playfull, loving, cute as can be and does not shed, her hair is extemly long and slinky, all the trates of a yorkie. I just had her cut short, similar to a Westie. Now she tangles less and looks so cute you just can't stand it.

By wanjurak — On Jun 06, 2009

I am looking at buying a yorkie-poo and want to know if there are any negatives? I have heard the positives.. great with family, loving, cuddly. Are there any negatives I need to be aware of?

By anon28862 — On Mar 23, 2009

I think it's very strange some of you have shedding Yorkie-poos. Poodles do not shed, Yorkies do not shed...they're offspring will not shed. I think it's highly likely some of you have dogs that are mixed with something other than a Yorkie and a Poodle.

By Jess0314 — On Mar 15, 2009

I came here because I was at yahoo questions and got *completely lamb basted,* for buying a Yorkie Poo for my sister.

I was just looking for round-abouts of what anyone who had one got to be weight-wise (obviously she didn't). The one I got my sister is so tiny and cute as a button. This woman went completely want-to-be animal activist, and screamed at me saying *my sister's dog was* the Glorified PuppyMill *mutt* (not that the mixed breed thing bothers me, my dog is a mix of a million things), and ultimately ripping me apart. I'm hoping this way gets me slightly more productive answers.

Thank you


By anon25626 — On Feb 01, 2009

FYI...Female dogs shed relative to their being in heat, even when they are otherwise non-shedders. Males may also, hormonally. Other than that, yorkie poos are non-shedders.

By tdrred — On Jan 17, 2009

I have a 1 1/2 year. old yorkie poo. He is sweet and gentle but wants to aggressively go after my cats which is unacceptable. How do I make this a friendlier household?

By hannahpoo — On Dec 25, 2008

I have had my yorkie poo for a year and a half now. I got her when she was already a year old and she was already fixed and trained. The only downside to her was that she was very hyperactive but with a little work she has calmed down a lot. she responds well with kids in a home daycare and sleeps right next to me every night.

By anon21794 — On Nov 21, 2008

I have a Yorkie-Poo that is a little over a year old....he is wonderful! Does not shed a bit, and LOVES kids....he is not snippy with any of them and does not bark unless he is playing. He is pretty good at listening to me and smart. Although he is not fixed yet and I have another dog....so, he tends to spray in the house occasionally to mark his territory, but he knows he was bad as soon as he does it. He is a huge cuddler and has to sleep right between me and my husband at night....when he was under 1 lb as a pup that was so scary because we were so afraid of squashing him. I do think though the shedding part depends on how they are bred.

By anon20299 — On Oct 28, 2008

It sounds like your shedding Yorkie Poos might have another breed mixed in there. It is my experience that Yorkies don't shed, and Poodles don't shed... So, it would make sense that a mix of two non shedding dogs would produce a non shedding dog. Our YorkiePoo doesn't shed at all.

By anon19563 — On Oct 14, 2008

i have a yorkie-poo that does not shed at all! he is exactly as i have heard them described--very playful, loves to be with people, and smart/easy to train. i'm not sure what percentage of each breed he has, but he is much cuter than some of the ugly 100% poodle looking "yorkie-poos" i've seen on the internet.

By Lilbitlucky — On Jun 07, 2008

I am wondering if the traits vary whether the father is the Yorkie or a poodle and vice versa. I heard it can make a difference with other Hybrid species.

By Lilbitlucky — On Jun 07, 2008

My sister has a second generation Yorkie Poo and she sheds. Though we are concerned she was actually an offspring to a Jack Terrier also on the breeder site. This pup is a digger as well.

By anon10036 — On Mar 18, 2008

I have one that sheds as well. More in small clumps than single hairs... I've been told that despite the mix breeding to obtain specific traits, such traits are not 100% in all offspring.


By Evelyn05 — On Jan 30, 2008

I have a yorkie poo and it sheds a lot. i was told that they did not shed that much. what can you tell me about that? Her sister doesn't shed that much.

Thank you


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