Yorkipoo

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Yorkie-Poo
Yorkipoo.jpg
The appearance of Yorkipoos may vary from tan to black to white and brown
Other namesYorkiepoo, Yorkapoo, Yorkerpoo, Yoodle
 
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Yorkie-Poo
Yorkipoo.jpg
The appearance of Yorkipoos may vary from tan to black to white and brown
Other namesYorkiepoo, Yorkapoo, Yorkerpoo, Yoodle

A yorkiepoo (also called a yorkapoo or yoodle) is a mutt or mixed breed dog hybrid dog, bred for the first time in the United States, by crossing a Yorkshire Terrier and a poodle (in most cases the miniature poodle or toy poodle), or by breeding yorkiepoo to yorkiepoo. It's known for being one of a few varieties of hypoallergenic dogs. The yorkiepoo is not recognized by any major kennel clubs.

Description[edit]

This dog may range in height from 6-9 inches and may weigh between 4 and 14 pounds.[1] These dogs may be bred from two purebred parents or two hybrid parents. They tend to have a smooth coat, of silky and wavy hair, and can come in a variety of colors. Depending on which parent's genes are more dominant, the dog may be hypoallergenic and thus be more suited to homes with allergy sufferers.[1]

Health[edit]

Yorkipoos can suffer from several diseases, but are typically very healthy dogs.[2] They can suffer from hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia as well as hypothyroidism, von Willebrand's disease, and thrombopathia, and should be assessed for all of these conditions.[2] Other possible problems include epilepsy, as well as patellar luxation, portosystemic shunts, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, hyperadrenocorticism and atopic dermatitis.[2] Like many very small dogs, yorkipoos are prone to periodontal disease. Good dental care will protect their health and prolong their lifespan.

Temperament and Behavior[edit]

If bred from parents of sound temperament and adequately socialized in puppyhood, the yorkipoo is likely to be a confident, playful companion combining terrier boldness and poodle intelligence. Yorkipoos require exercise, mental stimulation and social interaction, and enjoy activities like dog agility and learning tricks. They can adapt well to apartment living because of their small size, but most yorkipoos love to bark and may be prone to prolonged barking if left alone. A yorkipoo makes a good playmate for dog-savvy older children, but due to its size and excitability is probably not a good choice for a toddler.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hochberg, Ilene. Dogs by Design: How to Find the Right Mixed Breed for You. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Yorkipoo". Dog Time. Retrieved February 4, 2013.