While walking to my car after a long day of teaching, I notice one of my student had a box and it was marked “dogs for adoption”. I went over to look at the dogs. My students’ dog just gave birth to five puppies and she didn’t know how she could take care of all of them, so she decided to find people who wanted to adopt them. The first time I lay eyes on them I feel in love, so I decide to adopt one of them. Taking care of a dog is a lot of work, so here is what I learned after adopting my Yorkie Poo.
Raising yorkie poo puppies is a very rewarding endeavor, but it isn’t always a walk in the park. Owners who are unprepared to cater to the mental and physical needs of this cross-breed may find it difficult to provide adequate care for the puppy. The yorkie poo is a very popular cross-breed between a Yorkshire terrier and a poodle. Another very popular cross-breed is the Husky Pomeranian Mix. Although the resulting cross-breed puppies are not capable of being registered as a purebred dog, they do carry many well-loved traits from their purebred parents. The following sections will explain some of the nuances of raising yorkie poo puppies including valuable information regarding this mixed breed’s temperament and physical needs, as well as tips for overcoming common training roadblocks.
Understanding the Yorkie Poo’s Temperament and Personality
Yorkie poo puppies pull the brunt of their temperament and personality traits from their parents. The Yorkshire terrier breed and the poodle breed vary quite a lot in temperament but each breed also has its own set of varying traits. For instance, one poodle may display an inherent calmness and be a wonderful pet for children while another poodle might be prone to hyperactivity and aggressive possessiveness. The same can occur with the Yorkshire terrier breed. Because there are so many possible personality and temperament combinations from both breeds, it is important that a yorkie poo’s owner realize and prepare for any theoretical mixture of traits from the Yorkshire terrier and the poodle.
In order to get a better idea of the possible traits that may be displayed in a yorkie poo puppy, let’s take a peek into some of the more dominant traits of each breed. It is often claimed that the poodle is the most intelligent of all dog breeds. Regardless of whether this is the truth, this is in fact a very smart breed. They are generally sweet-natured, lively, and sometimes downright chipper. Poodles require a lot of physical activity and those who are not given enough daily exercise may become hyperactive and inadvertently destructive. Toy-sized poodles may bark excessively and become overly protective which could result in nipping and growling/guarding. This occurs most often with children. Poodles are, however, very loyal and can make a wonderful pet if socialized with children and other animals from a young age.
The Yorkshire terrier is a spunky breed with plenty of liveliness and “smarts.” This breed is known for pushing the limits to test what it can and can’t get away with. Many owners have succumbed to the Yorkshire terrier’s persistent harping and cuteness only to end up being under the thumb of this clever dog. One has to be very disciplined with this breed to deter bad behavior early on, otherwise the puppy may grow to become a very spoiled adult. The Yorkshire terrier is a loyal breed with a well-developed sense of adventure. This is an entertaining and loving companion breed that is most suitable for older children and adults; however, this type of dog can be short-tempered with children.
Physical Needs and Care Guidelines
The size of the parents will be a major influence on the puppy’s physical stature and exercise needs. The Yorkshire terrier is a small breed with some particularly small offspring being nominated into the “teacup” category. The poodle may be large or toy-sized. Small yorkie poo pups are generally satisfied with a decent 20-minute romp around the yard every day. As they grow older they may require a brisk walk or a half-hour of heightened physical activity in the house or yard. Poodles, large and small, require a significant amount of activity to prevent destructiveness and restlessness. This breed generally requires a long walk every day and bit of hands-on play time when boredom strikes.
Puppies that are the result of a Yorkshire terrier and a toy-sized poodle will have a delicate, petite frame. Although somewhat sturdy for such a small dog, it will be important for all household members keep tabs on the puppy. Accidently stepping on a yorkie poo or allowing the animal to jump from furniture and other high-up places could result in a serious injury due to the dog’s fragile bone structure. One must also prepare for the grooming responsibilities associated with this cross-breed. Yorkie poos often have a curly or wavy coat that will need to be brushed at least once each day to prevent knotting. Regular clips will be necessary to keep the dog’s fur manageable and stylish.
There is no doubt that yorkie poo puppies are smart and capable of learning a broad assortment of commands and tricks. The primary roadblock that many owners run into with this mixed-breed is its tendency to resist the trainer and enforce its own authority. Plainly put, this breed is going to need some serious encouragement and incentive throughout the training process. Treats and praise are great tools to utilize, especially when teaching the puppy routine commands and tricks.
Potty training can also be difficult. To make the process a little smoother, the owner should give the dog a dependable routine on which it can rely. Start by taking the puppy out to potty about 20 to 30 minutes after each meal. One should attempt to arrange meal times and potty trips so that they occur around the same time each day. A puppy that is given a reliable and fair routine will be more likely to trust his owner. He will also be less likely to “eliminate” in the house out of uncertainty or fear that he will not be offered the chance to go outside.
Raising yorkie poo puppies isn’t easy, but in reality all dog breeds require some amount of effort on the owner’s part. Patience and a firm display of discipline and fairness will go a long way in raising a well-behaved and affectionate companion.