A Yorkiepoo is also known as a Yo-Yopoo or a Yorkiedoodle. It is not a pure breed dog but is a cross between a Yorkshire terrier and a miniature poodle. At the time of publication (June 2010) the Yorkiepoo is not a recognized breed by either the American kennel club or the Canadian kennel club.
The Yorshire Terrier originated in Yorkshire, England in Victorian times and was bred to hunt rats. It came to America in 1878. The poodle originated in the 13th century in Germany, where it was a water retriever. The Yorkiepoo first originated in America. They have become very popular in recent years and have become something of a designer accessory.
It is important when buying a Yorkiepoo to know which hybrid the breeder has, as there are several different varieties. F1--this is 50 percent poodle and 50 percent Yorkshire Terrier. This is a first generation offspring and is therefore thought to be a more healthier cross. F1-B--this is 75 percent Yorkshire Terrier and 25 percent poodle. This is a Yorkiepoo crossed with a Yorshire Terrier, the coat is much more like a Yorkshire terrier. F1-B--this is 75 percent poodle and 25 percent Yorkshire Terrier. They tend to have a much more curly and longer coat. F2=F1--this is a cross between a Yorkiepoo and an F1 Yorkiepoo. F3--this is a cross between an F2 Yorkiepoo and an F2 Yorkiepoo cross.
Yorkiepoos can be a variety of colors. They range in size from approximately 6 to 9 inches and weigh between 4 and 14 pounds. Yorkipoos are very popular with allergy sufferers as they have a non shedding coat which is usually soft and silky and can be either curly or straight.
The Yokiepoo has a very even temperament. They are usually a very loyal breed, playful and intelligent and very easy to train. They are very energetic animals that need a lot of exercise despite their size. Yorkiepoos are very good with children, they love to be cuddled and are very much a lapdog.
On average, a Yorkiepoo can live for 14 to 18 years, but like other small dogs can suffer from a variety of health problems. These include hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, this is very common in small dogs; patellar luxation, which affects the dogs kneecaps; urolithiasis, this affects the urinary tract and may result in stones in the bladder; cataracts, which affects the eyes, and can result in blindness; epilepsy can begin between the ages of two and five years, and means the dog may suffer from fits; an portosystemic shunts affects the blood flow to the liver resulting in blood toxins and other related illnesses.