Owning a Yorkie Poo pros and cons
Poodle mixes as well as Yorkie mixes are gaining popularity among pet owners and Yorkie Poo is a hybrid dog that unites the great qualities of Poodles and Yorkies. For people interested in owning a Yorkie Poo dog, there are some pros and cons to consider before getting a Yorkie Poodle mix dog. Let's look into the many reasons why YorkiePoo dogs make great companion pets and then we can consider some of the challenges of owning a Yorkie-Poo dog.
Pros to owning a Yorkie Poo include the dog's hypoallergenic and at the same time low-shedding coat. Poodles as well as Yorkshire Terriers are considered to be nonshedding dog breeds that produce less pet allergens than many other dog breeds. It is not surprising that the offspring of Yorkies and Poodles inherits the same low shedding coat. People who want to own a dog but worry about being allergic to some dog breeds may find that some breeds such as the Yorkies, Poodles and consequently Yorkiepoos may not trigger their pet allergies. Of course, if you or any of your family members have pet allergies, it is best to be cautious and spend time with your potential new pet BEFORE you make the final decision and sign the papers. It is unfair to the dog or to the new owners to get attached to the pet and then having to give it up due to allergic reaction to the pet once you already own it. We encourage you to spend some time with the dog to find out whether you have an allergic reaction prior to acquiring the Yorkie Poo, especially if you are sensitive to allergens produced by pets.
Yorkie Poos are small in size, which is another advantage for people who live in the city and don't have a lot of living space. Small Yorkie Poos are small enough to live comfortably in a city apartment as long as the dog gets plenty of exercise that involves going for several walks every day in addition to playtime indoors or outdoors. Having a fenced yard is great for any dog to enjoy and explore, but for those people who don't have a private yard, taking the dog to a local park for a walk is a great way to keep Yorkie Poo engaged mentally and physically every day. Yorkie Poos make wonderful walking companions for people who enjoy taking their pet for a walk. During longer walks, the small size of Yorkie Poo may also be an advantage as the owner can easily carry the dog or use a small dog carrier where the dog can rest some time in case he or she gets tired from walking.
Another pro to owning a Yorkie Poo dog is that this dog is highly intelligent and in most cases responds well to training. Yorkie Poos learn new commands quickly and they often surprise their owners with their clever behavior. In some cases Yorkie Poo dogs may be stubborn and more independent in temperament, which means the owner may need to be more patient with training. These personality traits are associated with Yorkshire Terriers and some Yorkiepoo dogs inherit these characteristics from their Yorkie parent.
Yorkie Poo dogs make good pets for many family situations - from single adults to active owners to families with older kids, Yorkie Poos make fun and active dogs for those who are willing to invest time and energy into raising a smart and confident companion pet that will bring you many happy moments and will give you the unconditional love that makes it worthwhile to overcome any challenges associated with this bright and joyful pet.
What are the cons associated with owning a Yorkie Poo dog? Owning any dog comes with responsibilities that include taking good care of the dog, feeding the dog, walking the dog, taking the dog to the vet whenever the dog is not well and training your pet to be a pleasant and well behaved family dog that you are so proud of. In many ways getting a dog is so much like having a baby - small Yorkie Poo puppies need a lot of attention, love and care from their owners. It may be overwhelming for new dog owners to realize how many details need to be taken care of when there is a small Yorkie Poo in the house. Puppy-proofing your home to make sure that little sharp teeth won't damage any of your electronics or electric devices, not to mention your new leather shoes or brand new designer bag. Yorkie Poos can teach their owners to be more neat and not leave anything that a dog can chew on the floor, which is another pro to owning a Yorkie Poodle mix dog.
Another challenge associated with owning any dog, including the Yorkie Poo is that there has to be a good plan in place for the time when you travel without your pet. Going for vacations is great, but when you have a Yorkie Poo, who will take care of the dog when you are away? Before you get a Yorkie Poo, figure out who will be pet sitting when you are not there to take care of your Yorkie Poodle mix dog.
Owning a Yorkie Poo comes with expenses that include grooming the dog at the professional dog grooming salon, taking care of the veterinarian bills should your pet run into any health issues, general supplies such as food, dog bed, dog crate, indoor dog potty, dog diapers, hiring a professional dog trainer or taking the dog to the basic obedience training course can be expensive. Be sure that you are financially prepared for expenses associated with pet ownership before you bring a Yorkie Poo puppy home.
Pros of a Yorkie Poo
Yorkiepoo dogs are highly adaptable and can live in the city apartment or in a large country home
Yorkiepoos are always ready to be the center of attention and make great companion pets for seniors, singles and for families
Most Poodle Yorkie dogs are highly trainable and respond well to positive reinforcement training
Yorkie Poo dogs are low shedding
Yorkiepoo dogs produce less pet allergens
Yorkie Poodle mix dogs make great watchdogs
Cons of a Yorkie Poo
Yorkie Poo puppies need a lot of dedication and time investment from their owners for socialization, training and care
Yorkie Poodle cross dogs tend to bark a lot
Some Yorkie Poos are stubborn in temperament and may be more challenging to train
There are some health conditions associated with Yorkie Poo mix dogs
Small size makes Yorkie Poos vulnerable around small children
Yorkie Poos may have a strong prey instinct and may chase small animals.
Yorkshire Terrier Poodle mix dogs are demanding when it comes to grooming.
Yorkiepoo health problems
What are the most prominent health issues associated with Yorkie Poodle mix dogs? In general, Yorkiepoos are healthy pups, but like with all other hybrid dogs they are prone to inheriting health problems from their parents. The most common health conditions in Yorkie Poo dogs include the following
Atopic dermatitis which is a chronic skin disease that occurs due to allergies caused by either, plants, food, pollen or mites. Symptoms also include excessive scratching, biting, rubbing, and licking of some body parts.
Epilepsy. This disease is inherited by some Yorkie Poo dogs. This health condition causes seizures in Yorkie Poos which can be either mild or severe. If seisures happen, make sure you take your dog to the vet for diagnosis.
Patellar luxation is a condition that is usually common in small breeds, which causes the patella or the kneecap to slide out of the correct position, thereby leading to discomfort and pain in Yorkie Poo dogs.
Tracheal collapse usually happens when the main airways to the lungs get constricted. It's a condition that mostly affects the Terriers due to their small frames, thus making small Yorkiepoos prone to it as well. To help relieve the pressure on the dog's neck during walking, be sure to use harness that doesn't apply the pressure that may be dangerous for dogs that are prone to tracheal collapse. Wearing a collar is not recommended for Yorkie Poo dogs.
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