Porkies, also known as Yoranians, are half Yorkshire Terrier and half Pomeranian. Porkies are part of an ever growing genre of dogs known as "designer breeds," in which two different purebreds are crossed to produce offspring with desirable traits from both parent breeds.
A Porkie puppy can take on characteristics of both parent breeds. Yorkshire Terriers are a toy breed with a long flowing silky coat that is blue and tan in color. Yorkshire terriers typically weigh between 4 to 7 lbs. Pomeranians are another toy breed of compact structure. They have fluffy coats that come in a wide variety of colors, and a plume-like tail. Pomeranians typically weigh between 3 to 7 lbs. A Porkie puppy, therefore, could have the fluffy coat of the Pomeranian and the coloring of a Yorkshire Terrier, or vice versa. Porkies should remain relatively small as well.
Both the Yorkshire Terrier and the Pomeranian are outgoing, friendly dogs who are well suited to family life. They are eager to please, and love human companionship. Since they are toy breeds, however, Porkies may not be well suited for a home with small children. Their small size makes them very susceptible to injury and a well-meaning child could easily hurt them by mistake. Children should always be supervised when in the company of dogs, but it is especially important to be diligent when there are toy breeds involved.
Yorkshire Terriers as well as Pomeranians are energetic little dogs who love to play. Because they are small, they do well in small dwellings such as apartments. This would hold true for the Porkie as well. A romp in the living room provides plenty of exercise for these little dogs. Porkies thrive on human companionship, and must have daily interaction with their human companions.
Porkies, like all "designer dogs," are less likely to have genetic health problems than their purebred parents. However, it is still possible for a Porkie to inherit one or more health issues from one of their parents. These could include liver problems, knee joint problems, eye diseases or skin conditions. It is important to ensure that the parents of your new puppy are free from genetic problems before choosing your puppy. Porkies, like all dogs, benefit from early and regular veterinary care as well.
Choosing Your Porkie
Remember to look for a puppy that is curious, friendly and trusting, but not overly aggressive. Be sure to observe both parents in order to see their personalities as well. A good breeder should be able to show you the pedigrees of both purebred parents as well as offer you a health guarantee on your new puppy.