Yorkie Poo Dog Breed 101

Yorkie-poo dog, otherwise known as a yorkiepoo, yorkipoo, yorkapoo or Yoodle
Lovely Yorkie-poo dog, looking at the camera

The Yorkie Poo is a cross breed between the miniature Poodle and Yorkshire Terrier. He is gentle, playful, affectionate and intelligent. He is a ‘designer dog’ and suits both apartment living and suburban life. When a Yorkie Poo is not relaxing on your lap, he is energetic and will jump and run quite fast!

Once trained your Yorkiepoo will amaze you with his capabilities. He is not aggressive or snappy and has great confidence. The Yorkie Poo is ideal for anyone looking for a small energetic dog that is affectionate and easy to train.

To check what your Yorkipoo puppy will be like as an adult you can visit his relatives. One or both of his parents or his siblings will give you a general idea of what his temperament will be like.

Yorkie Poo Characteristics Table:

Group Hybrid Dog or “Designer Dog”
Height 7 inches to 1 foot
Weight 3 to 14 pounds
Life Span 10 – 15 years
Temperament Energetic, lively, playful, and affectionate
Comparable Breeds Poodle, Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkie Poo, Yorkiepoo, Yorkie-poo, Yorkipoo, Yorkapoo or Yoodle?

This amazing designer dog is known by an assortment of names including:

  • Yorkie Poo
  • Yorkiepoo
  • Yorkie-poo
  • Yorkipoo
  • Yorkapoo
  • Yoodle

Personally we like the sound of Yorkie Poo although Yoodle is growing on us! Let us know in the comments what you prefer for your little guy. For the sake of this website we will be mixing it up a little to see what people prefer.

Yorkipoo Breed History

Originally, the Yorkiepoo was designed as a companion dog for people who suffer from allergies due to his likelihood of having a hypoallergenic coat. As a crossbreed, the Yorkiepoo does not suffer from as many of the genetic diseases and health problems that have affected both the Miniature Poodle and Yorkshire Terrier.

Similar to most ‘designer’ breeds, the Yorkipoo is a young breed and has gained popularity primarily in the last decade. Currently, most Yorkipoo breeds are from first-generation breeding. However, some breeders have attempted multigenerational cross breeding. The main goal of this is to produce a Yorkipoo with more consistent desired traits.

Yorkiepoo Personality and temperament

He is truly loyal and enjoys family activities and compared to other small dog breeds, he is less demanding and easy going. The Yorkipoo acquired numerous good qualities from its parents. He is intelligent and does not shy away from agility, obedience or performance competition. With positive and consistent training he makes a fantastic companion. He is more independent than the Miniature Poodle and does not need you to hold him constantly.

Some factors influence the Yorkiepoo temperament. These include heredity, socialization, and training. They are playful, curious and energetic. The Yorkipoo is fun loving and affectionate to people.

Yorkie-poo Breed Weight and size

The Yorkie-poo ranges from approximately 7 inches to 1 foot in height. He generally weighs between 3 to 14 pounds in weight (1.3kgs to 6.3kgs). Individual size differs, and mature adult size is determined by the size of the parent Poodle who was used for the cross breed, with miniature poodles producing the smaller Yorkie-poos.

Although the Yorkie-poo is small in size, it certainly doesn’t seem like he is aware of this bit of information! He can launch himself at bigger dogs (and from experience this can prove disastrous). For this reason we recommend introducing him to larger dog breeds under your close supervision before he can interact with them on his own.

Yorkie-poo Training

Every dog needs socialization and training to become a well-rounded dog and the Yorkie-poo is no exception to this rule. Expose him to different sights, sounds, people, and experiences as a puppy. Enrol him in puppy classes and invite visitors to your home to allow him to interact with different people. Take him for a walk around the neighbourhood and let him go with you to the on suitable errands so that he can polish up his social skills. Yorkiepoo Training is a fun endeavour  when you have a clear idea of your goals and can spend time reinforcing the behaviour.

Crate training is commonly used for dogs, and this can work well for the Yorkie Poo. The Ccrate training method ensures that your dog does not have accidents when in the house as well as giving your dog a place to retreat, rest or nap. Crating also allows your dog to be comfortable with confinement in case he needs to be boarded.

Yorkiepoo Health

Yorkipoos are typically healthy as far as dog breeds go. Similar to other small dogs, they are susceptible to canine diseases and  conditions affecting smaller breeds. Some of the Yorkiepoo health conditions you should check for on the health clearances include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, von Willebrand’s disease, hypothyroidism, and thrombopathia. Confirm the health clearances you get and ensure that your dog is seen by a veterinarian regularly.

When buying a Yorkiepoo puppy, ensure you obtain the health certificate clearances for both parents. The health clearances prove that your puppy has gotten all the required vaccinations and has been tested for certain conditions.

Caring for your Yorkiepoo

The Yorkipoo can live in an apartment or house. Either way, daily exercise should be given as he is an energetic dog. A daily walk or run outside will give him enough exercise for his well being.

Ensure you have trained him to interact with larger dogs before taking him to a dog park. Because of his small size, the larger dogs might see him as prey and be aggressive.

Yorkiepoo Diet – Feeding Recomendations

The recommended daily intake for the Yorkie-poo is a maximum of 1 cup of food a day. This should be high-quality pet food and if desired, can be divided into two meals. It is important to note that the amount of food your adult Yorkipoo eats is determined by his age, size, activity level, metabolism and build. An energetic, playful dog will obviously eat more than a dog that spends most of his day on the couch. Do not overfeed your Yorkiepoo and avoid leaving food out all day. Instead, measure out his food and feed him twice a day.

Yorkie Poo Coat and color

Yorkipoo coats range from curly to straight. The coat should be soft and silky when you run your hands through it. A multigenerational breed (a cross breed of two Yorkipoos) is odorless and nonshedding. The Yorkipoo produces very little dander. This is one of the traits that make it very ideal for people with allergies.

The Yorkipoo colors include black, red, cream, white, tan, grey, sable, chocolate, and apricot. He can have multiple colors and several markings which include black with tan points.

Yorkiepoo Grooming

To keep your dog’s coat clean and healthy you need to groom your dog daily. Check out our Yorkie-poo photos to see the latest grooming styles.


Brush his coat daily to keep it shiny, silky and healthy. Brushing his coat daily will also prevent tangles. You can trim the hair near his eyes so that it does not irritate his eyes. Trim his coat to the length you prefer. Bathing him does not have to be on schedule, and you can bathe him when it’s necessary. If you don’t feel confident trimming his coat then your local dog grooming salon or mobile pet service will take good care of him.


Brush his teeth two to three times a week. This will prevent bacteria and tartar buildup.


Trim Yorkiepoo nails at least once a month. Do not cut too far as this can cause bleeding.


Check his ears every week for bad odor or redness. This can be a sign of infection. Clean the outer ear with a dampened cotton ball. If anything causes you concern in this area it is best to visit the vet asap.

Yorkie-poos and Children

Help your children interact with your Yorkie poo under supervision, so they can get to know each other. The Yorkipoo is gentle and does well with children however he can be jumpy or enjoy a good bark so it is best to stay close.

Buying a Yorkie Poo Puppy

If you have done your research into the breed and know a Yorkiepoo is the right dog for you consider contacting a shelter to rehome a rescue Yorkiepoo needing a family. If you are wanting a puppy there are many reputable Yorkie Poo breeders that can help you find that perfect companion.

Yorkie Poo Cross Breeds and Similar Breeds

According to Google many people searching for Yorkie Poos also search for the standard breeds Poodles, Miniature Poodles, Teacup Poodles and Yorkshire Terriers.

Other similar cross breeds searched for include the Morkie, the Maltipoo, Cavapoo, Cockapoo and schnoodle.

Do you have a Yorkie Poo?

Do you have a Yorkie Poo you would like to tell us about? We would love to see your photos and hear your Yorkiepoo stories so we can better educate people looking into the breed. Contact us through the Yorkiepoo community pages, we would love to hear from you!

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