Black Teacup Yorkie Poo Puppies Breeders: Yorkie and Poodle Mix
What is a Yorkie-poo? Sometimes called yorkipoo or Yorkie poo, she's a popular designer crossbreed cutie with sass, spunk, and smarts! As the offspring of a Yorkshire terrier (Yorkie) and a toy poodle or miniature poodle, she has a double dose of energy and wits. Sometimes she doesn't know (or care!) how petite she is and will tap into her inner terrier feistiness to rumble and play with children, cats, and other dogs.
Because a Yorkie-poo bonds so well with her humans, she's quite snugglesome and loves daily brush time. She also responds well to early positive reinforcement training and is eager to try games and tricks, making her a terrific pooch for dedicated first-time pet parents intent on building engaged relationships with their new pups. Yorkie-poos make great dog friends for seniors, too, as 20–30 minutes of exercise each day helps them stay at the peak of health.
Breeders responded to a demand for more hypoallergenic dogs by creating the hybrid Yorkie-poo, because the combination of Yorkies' silky coats and most poodles' soft, curly fur supposedly causes less reaction in people with animal allergies.
As the Mayo Clinic points out, there's really no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. All canines produce Can f 1, a common protein found in urine, saliva, and skin debris known as dander, and this is what aggravates an individual's immune response. However, with her parentage, it's possible a Yorkie-poo will be less likely to cause sniffles and sneezes in some people.
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Because of their diverse parentage, Yorkie-poo coats can come in all kinds of colors, patterns, and textures. Some might look like curly-haired Yorkshire terriers, while others are wavy and brown.| CREDIT: MARY SWIFT / SHUTTERSTOCK
Yorkie-poos also inherit an attractive cornucopia of coat patterns and colors. When you scroll through various Yorkie-poo pictures, some dogs have the typical bicolor or tricolor pattern of a Yorkie featuring black, brown, blue, gray, red, gold, and tan. Others pick up more solid hues from a poodle, such as black, rust, brown, gray, beige, and white. Coat texture might vary, too—often sleek and fluffy, but occasionally a tad coarse and scruffy or glossy and smooth.
Most Yorkie-poos have inky-black boopable noses and twinkling brown eyes that are the foundation of their sweet expressions. Their snouts are either slightly long and tapered like poodles or short and pert like Yorkies. You'll notice variance in their ears as well: Some Yorkie-poos have fur poofs framing their faces, while others have perky points on their heads. And on the other end, there's even more variety! Tails can be long plumes, short bobs, or a blend of the two.
Prospective pet parents often wonder, "How big do Yorkie-poos get?" Once again, their lineage determines a lot. The average Yorkie-poo size is 7–15 inches tall at the shoulder and 5–15 pounds. A Yorkie-poo adult with a toy poodle parent is tinier than one with a miniature poodle parent. Body styles differ, too, as some might have slender, petite frames while others display more robust, square shapes.
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Left: Yorkie-poo puppies look like cuddly stuffed animals, but there can be a bit of a bossy streak beneath that fluff. Enroll her in puppy kindergarten so she can learn good manners. | CREDIT: MQ / GETTYRight: With daily walks and playtime, your Yorkie-poo will tucker herself out and become a total snug bug. | CREDIT: STUSHD80 / GETTY
"Although they're small, Yorkie-poos are lively and spunky!" says Alicen Tracey, DVM at Den Herder Veterinary Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa, and a member of the Daily Paws Advisory Board.
This is truly a charismatic breed overflowing with personality, affection, curiosity and—we'll just say it—a smidgen of bossiness! Like other intelligent small dog breeds, Yorkie-poos can be a little scrappy and like to make their presence known, especially when they're ready to play or want to try a new trick.
Spritely Yorkie-poos thrive when they have consistent mental and physical stimulation and proper boundaries. "It's important to start behavior training with Yorkie-poos when they're young and provide them with a lot of positive experiences," Tracey says. Fortunately, they're easy to train and have a genuine fondness for being with their people.
Puppy kindergarten is a terrific way to help your new dog learn essential socialization skills, especially if she's in a home with children. Pet parents of pups usually wait until after vaccinations to start these classes. Tracey also recommends certain aspects of touch with a Yorkie-poo puppy to help her become more acclimated to being handled. "As with any small breed dog, it's important to get them used to you playing with their feet, messing with their ears, and having them be held in different positions when they're young," she says. "This not only provides them with exposure to make them comfortable in different situations, but also allows you the opportunity to examine them closely in case of health concerns."