In honor of our new Twitter friend Prudence (@cowtailchewtoys) and all miniature dog citizens we decided to do a Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on Breed post. Because we would be the first to agree that good things, do come in small packages. The Yorkie poo is one of the many crossbreeds, or hybrid dogs, that have been gaining popularity over the past several years. These small dogs are a cross between the Yorkshire terrier and the toy or the miniature poodle.

Height: 7 to 12 inches tall at the shoulder.

Weight: 3 to 15 lbs

Coat: Since they are a mixed breed, a Yorkie-poo’s coat may have characteristics of either a poodle or a Yorkie. Its coat is soft and silky and generally low-shedding, and can be curly, wavy or straight.The coat may even be a combination of the two, such as curly hair on the head and wavy or straight hair on the body.

Color: The Yorkie poo can come in apricot, white, black, silver, blue and tan, black and tan; may be solid, sabled, or distinctively marked.

Appearance: Yorkipoos are a hybrid dog crossed from a Yorkshire terrier and a Poodle. This cross gives a smooth silky wavy coat with a well-balanced and proportioned dog. The ideal Yorkie Poo should be well-proportioned, sturdy and robust in appearance. They typically possess a lively and keen expression. Their ears may drop like a Poodle or may stand up like a Yorkshire Terrier. Their eyes are dark with a lively expression.

Temperament: Yorkie-poos are friendly, energetic and people-oriented dogs. They are intelligent, loyal, loving, affectionate, sensitive, feisty, self confident, clever, playful and sweet loving dogs. Highly trainable, but can be stubborn, though this is usually overcome by patience and consistency in training. They make good family dogs, do okay with children. They are just as willing to run around and play as they are to snuggle up on the couch. They also make good watchdogs despite being so small. Because of the Yorkie-poo’s energetic nature this breed requires walks, and enjoys time at dog park or other places where they are allowed to run off-leash.

Yorkipoos are personable, playful, bright and spunky. They enjoy romping around with other pets, cats or dogs. Much like their Yorkshire terrier heritage, they are also brave and very loyal. Like their Poodle heritage, they are quite sharp and quick learners. Yorkipoos are gentle natured and not very mischievous. Smart and capable, they are always eager to learn new tricks.

Health: The average lifespan of this breed is between 12-15 years. Yorkie-poos can inherit problems from either their Yorkie or poodle heritage, especially problems common to all toy breeds. Examples of possible diseases are luxated patellas (where the patella slides off the knee), hypothroidism (thyroid does not produce enough hormones), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), mitral valve disease (where the valve between the atrium and left ventricle heart chambers does not close properly) and urolithiasis (stones in the urinary tract). Do not let your Yorkie-poo gain too much weight, as this may cause or exacerbate problems.

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