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Yorkie Breed and Personality

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Yorkie Breed and Personality

Posted by Sara Ochoa on
Updated at: November 13, 2020

Yorkie Breed and Personality | Innovet Pet

What do you get when you cross a Yorkshire terrier with a toy poodle? A yorkipoo, of course! As one of the few dog breeds recognized as designer dogs, yorkie poos are small, cute, and adored with ease. If you are unfamiliar with the term designer dog, like the yorkiepoo, a designer dog is essentially a dog that is genetically a combination of at least two popular dog breeds, and sometimes more than that.

Yorkie poos tend to reach an average age of about ten years old, while the maximum life expectancy of yorkie poos is fifteen years. Yorkie poos can be born with a number of different fur colors.

The most common coat colors of yorkie poos are...

  • Cream 
  • Silver
  • Apricot
  • Gray
  • White
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Shades of brown

Similar to labradoodles, one of the main reasons behind the initial breeding of Yorkshire terriers and poodles was for the sake of creating a hypoallergenic dog that was also small in size. It is rare that a small lap dog will be hypoallergenic, and that rarity led breeders to envision the yorkie poo roughly ten years ago.

The most amazing aspect about yorkie poos is that breeding poodles with Yorkshire terriers does not put the litters at any sort of health risk. The genetics play out very well and yorkie poo puppies are born healthy. Temperament wise, yorkie poos are very calm, easygoing, and relaxed. This baseline temperament bodes well with just about every possible yorkie poo personality type, which is great news for anyone looking to adopt a yorkie poo!

What Type of Breed is a Yorkie Poo?

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Yorkie poos are a mixed breed that result from breeding a poodle with a Yorkshire terrier. These two dog breeds contribute an equal amount of DNA to the litters of yorkie poo puppies. As a result, yorkipoos exhibit traits, both physical and psychological, that are accredited to terriers and poodles alike. Some yorkie poo puppies resemble poodles more than they do Yorkshire terriers, while other yorkipoo dogs are more similar to poodles than Yorkshire terriers. To give you a better understanding of yorkie poos, let’s talk about the backgrounds and histories of the two dog breeds that come together to create yorkie poos!

Yorkshire terriers originated in England. In the late 1800s, Yorkshire terriers arose in the city of Yorkshire, England. Their primary mission back in the day was to help their owners catch mice that were infiltrating buildings and scurrying around in places that were inconvenient for people in nearby areas. In particular, mice became an infestation problem in the mines and factories of Yorkshire, England, so Yorkshire terriers were recruited to help catch the mice that were causing issues in the work areas.

Yorkshire terriers descended from breeds of pre-existing terriers, though the specific terriers that Yorkshire terriers evolved from are not fully known for certain. Yorkshire terriers have a silky coat made up of straight fur that tends to grow to a considerably long length.

The colors that Yorkshire terrier fur tends to be include...

  • Black
  • Blueish grey
  • Golden yellow
  • Light brown

Poodles comprise the other half of yorkie poos. The poodle, otherwise known as the Caniche or the Pudelhund, are dogs that originated in the European countries of Germany and France. The three most recognized categories of the poodle include the miniature poodle, the standard poodle, and the toy poodle. However, there are two types of poodles that exist despite being unrecognized officially by kennel clubs around the world. These two types of poodles include the Klein poodles and the teacup poodles. Yorkie poos can be bred with any type of poodle, but the most common breeding of yorkie poos results from a Yorkshire terrier mixed with either a standard poodle or a miniature poodle.

The Temperament and the Personality of the Yorkie Poo Dog Breed

Yorkie poo puppies that are shown love, attention, and adequate socialization will blossom into yorkie poo adult dogs that have a certain level of confidence and belief in themselves. Yorkie poos are incredibly sociable and playful when they are comfortable in their environment, and this stems directly from the combined temperaments of poodles and Yorkshire terriers.

Yorkie poo dogs are all about attention, and they thrive in situations where they are the life of the party. Attention is one of their favorite things to receive, and it's nearly impossible to give them too much attention through the eyes of a yorkie poo. They settle into new situations fairly easily, so if you are looking to introduce another dog to your family, a yorkie poo is a dog breed worth considering. Yorkie poos are very excitable, happy, and eager to explore the world around them.

Yorkies are one of the more confident dog breeds out there, and they embody the perfect combination of poodle qualities and Yorkshire terrier traits. When welcoming a yorkie poo into your life, you can bet that your mood will be elevated just by being around your new yorkiepoo best friend. These dogs are social butterflies, and they may look small but they are full of energy nearly at all times.

Though they are lap dogs, yorkie poos are also very independent, which is a trait that stems from their poodle-like confidence. That said, a yorkie poo does not need consistent interaction and they will happily sit near you without needing direct coddling or endless physical contact. They like physical activity but they definitely do best when playtime involves mental games and learning new tricks as well.

How to Train Your Yorkie Poo Puppy

Yorkie poos are great learners. They view training as a fun experience and they are often very quick to master the art of a new trick. The very first trick that you should teach your yorkie poo is to learn that using the bathroom is an activity that has a certain time and certainly a designated place. You don't want your young yorkie poo to think that your furniture is fair game for bathroom time, but yorkie poo puppies won't know any better until they are taught better. The sooner you teach your yorkie poo puppy the way of the trade, the sooner your canine companion will know not to urinate freely around your home.

Once your yorkie poo has potty training down, you can start to incorporate additional training for tricks that are fun, impressive, and indicative of how well yorkie poos respond to training at a young age. If you have decided that you'd prefer for your yorkie poo to sleep in his or her crate during the nighttime, then crate training is another thing you should prioritize for your yorkie poo while the little guy or gal is still in his or her puppy years. Trying to make big changes when your yorkie poo is no longer a puppy, like sleeping in a crate or learning to stand by the front door when they have to use the bathroom, becomes much harder to stick in later years.

With training comes the concept of socialization and making sure your yorkie poo puppy learns how to play well with other dogs, whether they be other yorkie poos or dogs of completely different breeds. It is essential that you train your yorkie poo to be docile and friendly with children, adults, and anyone else that your yorkie poo encounters in public spaces. One of the scariest thoughts is a scenario in which your dog nips at a stranger.

Hopefully, that will never happen, but the truth of the matter is that you never know what could happen if your dog is not properly trained, so the best solution is to simply train your yorkie poo from the very beginning! It's far better to be safe than it is to be sorry. Training your yorkie poo is beneficial to your dog, but it also benefits the community because a trained dog is much safer to be around than dogs that are free to run wild and do as they please. Let your dog know that you love them while also teaching them how to behave with the use of positive reinforcements as part of your pup’s training.

Health Concerns to Look Out for With Yorkie Poos

Health issues are practically a given for any living being. Your dog will surely feel ill at some point in his or her life, but the hope is that they recover in due time and bounce back from whatever is ailing them. Naturally, yorkie poo dogs are prone to a few health problems. You shouldn't let this list of possible illnesses take hold of your mind or concentrate on them incessantly.

More than anything else, it's just important to keep these health problems in the back of your mind and just know that your yorkie poo has a higher chance of having these conditions than other dogs. Familiarizing yourself with the symptoms of these conditions will allow you to pinpoint the presence of these health issues sooner than later.

Here are health issues that yorkie poos might experience…

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is an allergic response that affects the skin the most. The allergens that dogs have can be just about anything. Pollen that flows with the wind can bring about atopic dermatitis, as can food allergies, bug bites, and toxic plants, to name a few. You will notice your dog's behavior being a bit different than usual when atopic dermatitis is present. A very obvious side effect of this skin condition is persistent licking, bitting, or scratching of their fur. Atopic dermatitis is very itchy so it only makes sense, but if the problem goes untreated, your yorkie poo might scratch themselves so much that their fur starts falling out in the infected area.

Epilepsy and Other Seizure Disorders

Seizures are scary when they first arise and it is never a pleasant site to watch your dog endure seizures, especially when they become habitual. Epilepsy is one of the most commonly recognized and known seizure disorders, but yorkie poos are prone to seizures in general, too, rather than just epilepsy in particular.

Seizures in yorkipoos can be moderate and occasional, constant and severe, or any combination of occurrence and severity. The best plan of action for a yorkie poo with epilepsy is to visit the veterinarian immediately. You cannot definitively say whether the seizures are life-threatening or not on your own, so entrusting a veterinarian to call the shots is the best route to take.


Hypothyroidism is denoted by a thyroid that is not functioning as it should. As opposed to hyperthyroidism where the thyroid activity levels are through the roof, hypothyroidism refers to instances in which the thyroid is underperforming. The thyroid is responsible for many internal functions, and the thyroid also plays a role in maintaining homeostasis within your yorkie poo's system, so any issues concerning the thyroid can really interrupt your dog's life.

Symptoms of thyroid issues usually appear as low energy, exhaustion, and just intense bouts of lethargy that cannot otherwise be explained. As such, your yorkie poo will likely exhibit signs of feeling weaker than usual, as well as lower levels of enthusiasm or enjoyment for things your yorkie poo normally loves. Hypothyroidism is a hormonal issue that can easily be treated by a vet, but first and foremost, it is important that you notify the vet as soon as you recognize that there is an issue.

Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

Legg-Calve-Perthe disease has a name that very accurately depicts the parts of the body that the disease affects. This health concern is an issue that breaks down the femur in your yorkie poo's leg, and as the bone is broken down, the act of walking, running, or moving at all becomes rather painful for your yorkie poo. The inflammation that results from Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease is out of this world, and your dog is going to be in a considerable amount of pain that continues to worsen the longer the problem goes untreated. This is not to imply that any limping or trouble walking should automatically be assumed to be Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease because leg problems can be attributed to an abundance of different causes. Just know that it could be Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, and notify your pup's vet at your earliest opportunity.

Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is a big possibility for yorkie poos, especially those that have experienced a hard upbringing in animal shelters or have been rehomed multiple times. Anxiety is a natural experience for the majority of people and animals, but anxiety becomes a recognizable issue when it starts to influence other parts of your dog’s life. If your yorkie poo cannot be alone for lengthy periods of time, or if the simple act of leaving your pup alone while you run a quick errand sends them into a panic, your dog might have separation anxiety. Thankfully, there is a remedy that your yorkie poo will be so grateful for, and that medicinal remedy for separation anxiety is something by the name of cannabidiol.

How To Help a Yorkie Poo that Has Chronic Anxiety

Sometimes, anxiety is an occasional emotional response to uncomfortable or unwanted situations. Anxiety can certainly be healthy in very low doses and it can even be helpful if your dog is in harm’s way because the anxious symptoms will give your dog a heightened sense of awareness. But when anxiety persists and it starts to control your dog’s life, something must be done to provide your yorkie poo pup with relief from the discomfort that anxiety brings. The best remedy for anxiety in yorkie poos is CBD oil for dogs. Let’s talk more about CBD for yorkipoos so you can learn more about the miracle worker! CBD works wonders for anxious yorkie poos.

CBD for Yorkie Poo Dogs

CBD from Innovet is derived from hemp plants that are grown in Colorado. We source our hemp oil from the United Kingdom as well as Germany, and the state of Oregon is the source of our hemp extract. Our cannabidiol oil for pets is considered full-spectrum, meaning it is as pure as cannabidiol can possibly be. CBD from Innovet is drawn from hemp plants by way of a cold CO2 extraction process. Everything about our CBD for pets is entirely legal nationwide in the United States.

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Something we pride our products on is the fact that there are absolutely zero unnecessary additions to our phytocannabinoid oils. Since we specifically design them for pets like your yorkie poo, you can find peace in knowing that we make sure there aren't any pesticides anywhere near the site where our hemp plants are grown and sourced. We don't believe in preservatives, chemicals, by-products, or anything of the sort when it comes to cannabidiol for pets.

After all, CBD is intended to be used as an all-natural remedy for a plethora of concerning symptoms that pet owners want to relieve for the sake of their pets' livelihoods. So, if CBD is entirely natural itself, why would you want a distributor to add anything to it? You wouldn't! That's why we triple-check our CBD for quality and only sell CBD oils that are undoubtedly safe for yorkie poos, no matter their situation. 

Check out our inventory today! You will find cannabidiol oils, CBD-infused balms, chewy doggy snacks, puppy treats, and CBD capsules for yorkie poos. If there is anything we can help you with, don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know if you have any questions!


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Approved by:
Dr. Sara Ochoa
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. Georges University

Sara Redding Ochoa, DVM was raised in north Louisiana. She graduated from LA Tech in 2011 with a degree in animal science. She then moved to Grenada West Indies for veterinary school. She completed her clinical year at Louisiana State University and graduated in 2015 from St. George’s University. Since veterinary school she has been working at a small animal and exotic veterinary clinic in east Texas, where she has experience treating all species that walk in the hospital. In her free time, she likes to travel with her husband Greg, bake yummy desserts and spend time with her 4-legged fur kids, a dog Ruby, a cat Oliver James “OJ”, a rabbit BamBam and a tortoise MonkeyMan.

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