Have you been looking at Yorkipoo puppies in your quest for a new dog?
These dogs are adorable but, as with any dog, you should do your research on this Yorkshire Terrier and Poodle mix.
Where To Get Yorkipoo Puppies
Although it’s usually easy to find a mixed breed in shelters, this isn’t the case with Yorkipoos. Bad news for those committed to adopting! These dogs have reached designer breed status, and Poodle mixes are very popular. You can always look around but chances are, you won’t be able to find a Yorkipoo in a shelter. Gilly_coop…
Instead, you’ll be looking for a breeder.
You should always do lots of research on the breeder and ensure they’re ethical. Unfortunately, mixed breed breeders are more likely not to be, because they don’t have to provide AKC papers. That means they can falsify the breed a lot more easily and tell you that you’re getting a mix of something you aren’t.
The best way to ensure your breeder is a good one is to ask to see the papers of the parents. make sure the parents are health-tested, ask lots of questions, and check there’s a spay/neuter contract in place. Although backyard breeders and puppy mills might be tempting due to the cheap price tag, you can end up paying lots in training and vet bills later trying to fix their mistakes.
This Yorkipoo is a very small dog. They also tend to be fluffy, although their coat will depend on the parents. It can come in different textures and colors and they’re often claimed to be hypoallergenic. While this isn’t strictly true, they do tend to shed a lot less. That’s good for those who suffer with allergies.
Because of its size, this dog’s energy needs aren’t too high but they’ll still have to be walked every day and a fenced-in backyard helps any dog! Make sure you’re giving them plenty of mental stimulation too. These dogs are intelligent, and need enrichment. You should have patience with their potty training, however, as they’re small dogs which means bladder control may come a little later in life. Saban…
They’re very playful dogs who love their people. Your Yorkipoo will want to spend hours with you, all day every day. They can be a little clingy, so you should ensure you work on avoiding separation anxiety early.
They do tend to be vocal and can make good watchdogs for this reason, however, training a “quiet” command early is always a good idea. These dogs can get along with kids, cats, and other dogs, though introductions should always be slow and careful.
Yorkipoo Puppies – Veterinary Needs
It’s difficult to predict the health issues that may arise with a Yorkipoo since they’re a mixed breed. Yorkies, for example, are prone to things like Pancreatitis, so they could inherit this! Mostly, you should make sure you keep an eye on them and take them to the vet if anything seems wrong.
Otherwise, you just need to thing about routine things. They’ll need their puppy shots as babies to protect them from parvovirus, distemper, and other horrible diseases that can be picked up from the ground and other dogs. Until they’ve had these, no taking them on walks. Parvovirus especially can live for a long time on the ground. They’ll also need a rabies vaccine, and optional bordetella. Kobe…
After this, take them to the vet at least once a year for a check-up and booster shots. You should also keep them up to date on monthly flea and heartworm prevention, which usually comes in the form of a pill.
When choosing a kibble for your dog, don’t just run in and grab the cheapest one off the shelf! Many kibbles are full of fillers rather than nutrients, and this can be bad for your dog in the long run. Instead, make sure you’re asking your vet for advice and picking good food. With Yorkipoos, it’s a good idea to find a small-breed food, as this will meet their needs better than generic food. Gilly_coop…
You should also avoid grain-free diets, which have been linked to heart disease in dogs.
Some owners choose to feed their dogs raw diets, but it’s important to do your research if this is your choice. Dogs have complex dietary needs and need more than just raw meat! Some subscription services will prepare the meals for you so you don’t have to do it yourself.
Although this dog is good for allergies and shouldn’t shed too much, you’ll still have to brush them frequently. Otherwise, their coat can get matted. They may also need professional grooming every once in a while.
Otherwise, you should ensure you clean their ears and teeth regularly. You should also clip or file their nails every six to eight weeks. This will keep them short and healthy. If your dog struggles with this, provide lots of high-value treats! This will give them a positive association with the process.