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The Yorkiepoo Breed: A Complete Guide

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Introduction to the Yorkiepoo Breed

When it comes to adding a new furry family member to your household, choosing the perfect dog can be a challenge. So many things go into choosing the perfect pup, such as size, temperament, age, activity level, and more. Becoming familiar with various dog breeds that interest you before adopting is a great way to know what to look for and expect. Some owners want small dogs, others want working dogs, and for many, a dog that is good with kids is highly important. Recognizing your needs can make the adoption process much easier. 

So many owners all over the country love the Yorkiepoo mixed breed, which comes as no surprise. Yorkipoos have two very popular parent breeds, the Yorkshire Terrier and the Toy Poodle. Both of these breeds are considered extra small, meaning the Yorkiepoo breed follows in their tiny footsteps. If you are looking for a smaller dog you can easily carry and that will thrive in an apartment, the Yorkiepoo may be for you.

Given that the Yorkiepoo is a mixed-breed, these dogs can take after either parent breed in a variety of ways. Some will more closely resemble their Yorkshire Terrier parent, while others may look more like their Toy Poodle parent. 

In addition, behaviors may favor one parent breed or the other. It can be difficult to predict just how a Yorkiepoo will turn out as they get older, but thankfully both of these parent breeds are known for their easy temperaments and adorable looks. No matter who your Yorkiepoo puppy takes after, they are sure to be nothing short of loving and as cute as a button.

Yorkiepoos are the offspring of two very small dog breeds, meaning you can expect the Yorkiepoo size to be anywhere between 7-10 inches tall and weighing somewhere between 4-8 lbs at an ideal weight. 

Besides Yorkiepoo size, Yorkiepoo coats can also vary to favor one parent breed or another. Overall, all Yorkiepoos have coats that are long and soft. The texture can vary from curly to straight or somewhere in between. Your Yorkiepoo puppy may be a combination of different colors including white, brown, black, tan, red, and even apricot. One major plus about the Yorkiepoo coat is their infrequent shedding. Despite this breed being long-haired, they shed much less than some other pups. They are even safe for owners who suffer from allergies, as their Toy Poodle genes have made them hypoallergenic. 

If you are looking for a dog to keep up with you when going about your day to day tasks, the Yorkiepoo may be for you. This breed has a very high energy level, and they love to play and simply follow you around your home.

While a Yorkiepoo does have a high energy level, given their small size, they don’t need an abundance of exercise. Running around the home or yard or simply playing fetch is usually enough activity to keep them satisfied. This high energy level but low need for exercise makes them ideal for a variety of owners, including seniors and young families with children.

Yorkiepoos are very excitable dogs that love to be the star of the show and gain attention from their family members. Because of this, they are very eager to please during training. If you want a dog that can do some unique tricks, a Yorkiepoo puppy or adult is almost sure to live up to the task. Yorkiepoos are very smart dogs, meaning they will pick up on what you want them to do rather quickly. 

Yorkiepoos love their humans, meaning they don’t like to be left home alone for long periods of time. If you live in a household where at least one person is home the majority of the time, you may be the perfect fit for a Yorkiepoo home. They are very friendly dogs, meaning you can easily take your Yorkiepoo to run some errands with you throughout the day without worrying about them becoming aggressive with other humans or canines. They can tolerate being alone if they must be, though it’s not their regular preference. 

Adding a Yorkiepoo puppy to your home can even be great for cat owners. Yorkiepoos are very adaptable and won’t harass their feline sibling. No matter the type of home that you have, a Yorkiepoo is likely a great fit.

Yorkiepoo History

The Yorkiepoo size is small and well loved, and this isn’t by accident. Both of the Yorkiepoo parent breeds are very small and perfect for smaller living spaces. It’s not known how long ago the Yorkiepoo mixed breed came to be, but both the Yorkshire Terrier and Toy Poodle breed have an extensive background. Yorkiepoos have become much more popular in the last two or three decades.

The Yorkshire Terrier, descended from Scottish Terriers, has a history that began in Scotland sometime during the 1800s. They were brought over to England from Scotland a short time after their creation and became the perfect working dogs. Yorkshire Terriers were known for the ability to hunt rats and other pesky rodents. These hunting abilities were greatly due to how small they are, something also seen in the Yorkiepoo size. 

Yorkshire Terriers didn’t remain hunters for long because they gained mass popularity with English women. This is how they got their current reputation as lap dogs. In 1866, around the time they became known as household pets, the Yorkshire Terrier was officially recognized by England’s Kennel Club.

Toy Poodles have descended from larger Standard Poodles. Standard Poodles were discovered in Germany as water retrieving dogs for duck hunting and other forms of prey. Their waterproof coat and high intelligence allowed them to fulfill this duty with ease. Poodles have commonly been believed to have been a French breed due to their massive popularity in that region. After their arrival in France, Poodles became more household pets than working, which led to their smaller size variations that we see today. Poodles have been very popular in Europe since as early as the 14th century and are not believed to have been introduced to the rest of the world until around the 17th century.

One of the main reasons this mixed-breed has become so loved and popular is the hypoallergenic aspect. Many owners desired a Yorkshire terrier but couldn’t own one due to health reasons. Thus, when the Yorkiepoo breed was created, this allergy issue was eliminated. The Yorkiepoo is perfect for owners who love the Yorkshire Terrier breed and need a hypoallergenic dog. Yorkiepoos have also had genetic disorders bred out that may have affected their parents greatly. Mixed-breed dogs typically see less genetic problems, thanks to the larger gene pool that they can pull from.

Yorkiepoos are not recognized by the American Kennel Club. This is typical for any mixed-breed dog, as the American Kennel Club doesn’t typically recognize hybrid breeds, though many hope they will begin to. The Yorkiepoo Breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club as their own distinguished breed. 

Despite unclear origins of the mixed-breed themselves, we do have a pretty clear story of both the Yorkshire Terrier and Toy Poodle parent breeds. This can help owners and Yorkiepoo lovers understand just how their favorite breed came to be. 

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Yorkiepoo Intelligence

If you have a new Yorkiepoo puppy or full grown dog in your house, one of the first things you will notice is just how smart this breed is. Since both of their parent breeds have hunting backgrounds, these intelligent genes have been passed down through generations to your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult. Though these smarts aren’t typically used for hunting anymore, they can still benefit you as an owner.

One of the great things about the Yorkiepoo breed being so smart is they’re extremely easy to train. Yorkiepoos want to please you any way they can and love positive reinforcement. 

When training your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult, it’s important for you to focus on praise rather than punishment. Your Yorkiepoo may not learn or perform as well in training when they are scolded. The best way to train your Yorkiepoo is by rewarding them for their progress with treats, pets, and positive words. They love feeling like they are doing something right that you like!

With the correct training process and approach, your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult will be rolling over, high fiving and playing dead, if you so want them to, in a matter of no time. They will surely pick up on even the most complex of tricks very quickly, making the training process a fun and rewarding experience for both of you. Simply choose a trick to focus on and get to work with your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult for amazingly fast results. 

Yorkiepoo Cognitive Health

As with any smart breed, cognitive health is an important part of what keeps a Yorkiepoo sharp and ready to learn. Without healthy cognitive functions, Yorkieepoos may forget some of the amazing tricks and household rules they have learned and may not be able to pick up on new things as quickly. Healthy cognitive functioning will also ensure your Yorkiepoo is able to do all of the things they love and that they have a fulfilling, happy life as they age.

As much as we humans and dogs would love to avoid it, aging is an inevitable part of life. Full grown Yorkiepoos are, unfortunately, going to age just as we are, and with this aging process can come some issues in regards to cognitive health. Knowing the common signs of cognitive impairment that commonly arise as full grown Yorkiepoos grow older is the key to ensuring they have the highest quality of life possible.

Canine Dementia

The most common cognitive health issue seen in dogs, including full grown Yorkiepoos, is called canine dementia. Canine dementia, also known as canine cognitive dysfunction, can affect all dogs, including adult Yorkiepoos. This condition will never be seen in your Yorkiepoo puppy, as it is a result of aging and typically affects dogs 11 years and older.

Canine dementia is caused by an occurrence of plaque build-up in the brain. This plaque build-up is due to a presence of abnormal proteins. Nerve damage occurs due to this plaque build-up, which results in an impairment of cognitive functioning, known as canine dementia.

Unfortunately, this condition commonly goes unnoticed.

One of the main reasons canine dementia goes unnoticed so often is because of the slow symptom onset. These symptoms typically worsen slowly and at different rates and may be confused for typical signs of aging. Due to their slow and different onset rates, it may go unnoticed that canine dementia symptoms are actually related to one another. Typical symptoms of canine dementia in older Yorkiepoo adults include memory loss, forgetting learned behaviors, irritability, disregard for household rules and expectations, and impaired motor skills.

Another reason canine dementia may commonly go unnoticed in older Yorkiepoos is because it may overlap with other unrelated conditions. A Yorkiepoo full grown adult may also be experiencing conditions such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis or kidney disease. Because of these common other conditions, symptoms of canine dementia may be blamed on these known health issues rather than recognized as symptoms of a different cognitive condition that Yorkiepoo full grown adults may be facing.

Common symptoms of canine dementia can vary. The most typical ones seen in older Yorkshire full grown adults can include memory loss, forgetting learned behaviors, irritability, disregard for household rules and expectations, and impaired motor skills. If you notice your full grown adult Yorkiepoo is forgetting tricks they used to perform, this may be a sign they’re experiencing canine dementia, and it’s best to get them checked out.

Canine dementia can have various impacts on the life of your Yorkiepoo. Yorkiepoos who are experiencing canine dementia may have a difficult time locating toys or treats they have dropped. They also may not react the same way they used to when you bring out their favorite toy. Overall, Yorkiepoo full grown adults with canine dementia become more disoriented and confused than they did before their diagnosis. All of these cognitive impairment behaviors can impact your Yorkiepoo’s life by making tasks they loved before become challenging or even forgotten at times. 

As of now, there are no known treatments or cures for canine dementia. Studies are still searching for ways to manage these symptoms or possibly reverse them, though diet has been noted as one of the most promising ways to slow the progression of canine dementia in older Yorkiepoos. 

Foods that have been specially formulated specifically for senior dogs include extra antioxidants. Some of these antioxidants can include vitamin E, vitamin C, L-carnitine, alpha-lipoic acid and carotenoids. In addition to antioxidants, senior dog foods are also formulated with additional omega-3 fatty acids. Both antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids are known to help improve brain function in adult Yorkiepoos and even puppies. Including these agents in your Yorkiepoo puppy’s diet is a promising way to ensure they maintain healthy brain function and combat canine dementia the best that they can as they age. If your Yorkiepoo is already an adult, switching them over to foods with these ingredients can help keep their cognitive functioning healthy. Be sure to consult with your vet before beginning supplementation or diet changes.

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Stress and Your Yorkipoo Puppy or Adult

Humans and dogs can be prone to stress and are likely to experience it more than once in their lifetime, and this also goes for Yorkiepoos. What causes stress for an individual dog can vary and may be based on things such as their breed, age, environment, and more. Some of the most common causes of stress for dogs can include being left alone, unknown noises or places, and meeting new people. Knowing what causes stress in your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult and finding ways to cope with this feeling is the best way you can help your dog live a life with minimal times of stress.

Yorkiepoos are just absolutely adorable dogs that almost everyone they meet will take notice of, but this may cause them stress. Though Yorkiepoos are typically social dogs, some may feel stressed because of new people or a lot of attention from strangers. Your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult dog is highly intelligent, meaning they differentiate people they see everyday from those that they don’t or hardly know. With people that your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult doesn’t know, they may fear this new stranger may be a threat. Given the small Yorkiepoo size, it’s hard to blame them for being nervous around unknown, much bigger humans than they are. One good way to combat fear of new people in your Yorkiepoo puppy is to socialize them from a very young age. A Yorkiepoo puppy who has been socialized early will be used to meeting new people and not so apprehensive about these situations once they are a full grown adult.

In addition to new people, new places can also be a cause of stress for your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult dog. With unknown places come potential threats that Yorkiepoos aren’t aware of or used to. Most dogs like having a routine and knowing what to expect, including Yorkiepoos. When you move to a new home or are visiting a new location, your Yorkipoo may become stressed by this major change in their usual environment. The more time you spend in this new location, and the more exploring you do alongside your Yorkiepoo, the more comfortable they will feel and less stressed they will become.

Yorkiepoos are typically very social dogs with humans and other animals, but this may not always be the case. Sometimes, your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult dog may become stressed because of another new dog they don’t know. When another dog is barking or on high-alert because of something they noticed in their environment, this may cause your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult dog to also become stressed. This can be because they don’t understand why the dog is barking or on alert, or because they think the dog has seen a threat that they haven’t. The cause of stress might also be that they simply aren’t used to this dog being around, and their presence acts as a major change in their environment. 

Either way, when your Yorkiepoo is feeling stressed because of another dog, it’s a good idea to either have them meet that new dog and be comfortable around them or to leave the situation. Never have a Yorkiepoo puppy or adult meet a new dog if they seem to feel threatened or you are worried that either dog may become aggressive. Despite the small Yorkiepoo size, if they feel threatened, they will likely defend themselves. The last thing any dog owner wants is a situation caused by stress that could have been avoided, such as a confrontation or aggression. It’s important to note that a Yorkiepoo puppy that has been socialized from a young age is much less likely to become stressed around other dogs, further highlighting the importance of ensuring your Yorkiepoo puppy is out and about.

The final common cause of stress in a Yorkiepoo is loud or moving objects they aren’t used to seeing. Given their hunting background, Yorkiepoos take a lot of notice of things in their environment. Unknown objects that are moving or loud may be taken as a potential predator by your Yorki3poo puppy or adult dog. Since the Yorkiepoo size is so small, they are always keeping watch of larger predators that may be trying to sneak up on them. 

Yorkiepoo Anxiety

Along with stress, anxiety isn’t uncommon for your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult to experience more than once in their life. Anxiety in dogs can also be caused by a variety of things, including past trauma, loud noises, and traveling. They may also experience anxiety due to unknown people, places, dogs, or activities, as well as being left alone. Anxiety is not very pleasant for any human or dog to experience, including your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult. Finding ways to ease anxiety can help them live the happiest and best life they possibly can.

Anxiety can impact your dog’s life by making them distressed, nervous, and uneasy. Your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult may not enjoy things they usually love to do when they are feeling anxious. 

In addition, anxiety can cause them to look for coping mechanisms that may impact their health or ruin some of their beloved items. Many anxious Yorkiepoo puppies and adults may chew at their skin, causing hot spots and fur loss. Some Yorkiepoo puppies and adults will eat less than usual when anxious, causing them to become underweight.

In other cases, Yorkiepoos may look for something to keep them busy and distract them from their anxiety, which may include chewing things they aren’t supposed to, such as shoes and furniture. Getting in trouble for doing things they aren’t supposed to when anxious can also negatively impact their life. This is why it’s important to know the correct way to handle anxiety in Yorkiepoo puppies and adults and avoid its life impacts on your Yorkiepoo.

Anxiety is certainly not enjoyable for any Yorkiepoo puppy or adult to experience, but it certainly won’t shorten their life expectancy. Other than impacting your Yorkiepoo’s quality of life and happiness, anxiety has little impact on their overall health and how long they will live. Nevertheless, anxiety should still be combatted to the best of your abilities to make sure your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult is as happy as they can be. You won’t have to worry about missing out on any treasured days with your Yorkiepoo because of this condition.

There are a variety of ways you can prevent your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult dog from experiencing anxiety. Getting out of the house by going on daily walks or to the dog park is a great way to prevent anxiety in your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult. Given the small Yorkiepoo size, they don’t need much exercise, but this small amount can help them burn off some of that anxious energy they may have been feeling. Being outside also gives them some stimulation and socialization, which are both shown to reduce chances of anxiety in Yorkiepoos. These are simple steps that any owner can take to minimize anxiety in their beloved Yorkiepoo puppy or adult.

On the market today, there are an abundance of stimulating dog toys that keep dogs engaged and interested. These are a great method of preventing Yorkiepoo anxiety. When your Yorkiepoo is feeling anxious and you are unable to take them out, focusing on these stimulating dog puzzles can help them get their mind off of whatever is causing them anxiety and get that energy out in an appropriate and helpful way.

Separation Anxiety

Yorkiepoo puppies and adults are also very affectionate dogs and generally form an extremely strong bond with their owners. Because of this, they may develop separation anxiety when their owner leaves. Having an absent owner causes them to feel anxious about being apart and a strong desire to find a way to be near you again.

The best way to avoid separation anxiety in Yorkiepoo puppies and adults is to ensure they are socialized from an early age. Yorkiepoos who have not been socialized from an early age are more prone to separation anxiety. If you have a Yorkiepoo puppy this should be an easy task, but if you have adopted an older Yorkiepoo, they may have already developed this condition. If this is the case with your dog, don’t worry, as there are still ways you can help combat their separation anxiety.

Many supplements are on the market for canine separation anxiety that have been shown to naturally minimize this condition. Some supplements used for canine anxiety may include CBD, a naturally calming compound that won’t negatively impact your Yorkiepoo. These CBD based supplements are rising in popularity and can typically be found at your local pet store. Be sure to consult with your vet before adding supplements to your dog’s diet.

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Yorkiepoo Allergies

A large majority of humans have allergies to one substance or another, and the same goes for dogs. Like humans, dog allergies can be triggered by a variety of different allergens. Flea allergies, food allergies and skin allergies are three types of allergies that are seen in dogs, including in some Yorkiepoos.

Skin Allergies

Your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult may be prone to skin allergies, which are caused by a wide variety of environmental allergens, making it somewhat difficult to pinpoint exactly what is triggering an allergic reaction. A Yorkiepoo puppy or adult does have a genetic predisposition to skin allergies. They typically inherit skin allergy genes from their Yorkshire Terrier parent, who is also prone to skin allergies. 

It’s important to note that just because Yorkiepoos have a genetic predisposition for skin allergies doesn’t mean this condition is inevitable. Many Yorkiepoos will go their entire lives without ever experiencing skin allergies. 

Skin allergies, along with all types of allergies within humans and dogs, are caused by a hypersensitive immune system that attacks foreign substances. The foreign substances that are attacked usually include harmless things such as pollen, dust, or grass. Though not harmful in nature, these substances are seen as a threat by a Yorkiepoo’s immune system. The immune system will attack this allergen that it believes is threatening, triggering an allergic reaction. 

Allergy symptoms look much different in your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult than in humans. While humans may experience watery eyes, sneezing and coughing, dogs typically experience itchy skin due to allergies. When your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult is experiencing skin allergies, they may feel like they have an itch, or many, that is never fully satisfied. This constant state of itchiness can be very uncomfortable for your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult and may even cause them to become distressed. Identifying the cause of allergies and treating them is the best way to prevent your Yorkiepoo from experiencing these symptoms. The small Yorkiepoo size doesn’t make this breed more or less likely to experience skin allergies. 

Some of the signs of skin allergies Yorkiepoo puppy and adult owners should keep an eye out for include excessive itching, licking, or rubbing on certain areas of their body. Some of the most common areas for allergies to manifest include on a Yorkiepoo puppy or adult’s legs, paws, and hind end. Ears can also be affected by skin allergies in addition to their skin, causing recurring ear infections. If your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult has multiple ear infections that seem to always come back after being treated, this may be a sign of skin allergies, and you should get your dog checked by your vet.

Skin allergies can affect your Yorkiepoo’s life by making them itchy and uncomfortable. This constant state of being itchy may cause them stress or even lethargy. When a Yorkiepoo puppy or adult is lethargic from skin allergies, simple tasks they used to love may become challenging and unenjoyable. 

While skin allergies can impact the life of your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult, they won’t shorten their life expectancy. Despite this condition, you can still look forward to many fun-filled years with your beloved pup. 

It’s very uncommon for a Yorkiepoo puppy to experience skin allergies. This condition usually doesn’t onset until around one or two years of age, though symptoms may begin in Yorkiepoos that are younger or older than that. No matter their age, if you notice symptoms of skin allergies in your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult, be sure to get them evaluated by a vet. 

Skin allergies are most commonly treated by a vet, though there are some dietary changes and supplements you can use to help combat this condition in your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult. Omega-3 fatty acids have shown to be a good way to combat Yorkiepoo skin allergies when added to their diet. These fatty acids can help minimize or even eliminate allergy related itching by reducing skin inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids are relatively simple to add to your Yorkiepoo’s diet. Specialized foods, various supplements, and even fish oil pills contain an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids that your Yorkiepoo will easily digest. As always, be sure to check with your vet before beginning any new supplements or dietary changes. 

Shampoos can also be used to reduce symptoms of skin allergies. Specially formulated shampoos with aloe vera, tea tree oil, and even oatmeal can help soothe skin and reduce itching in your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult.

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Gut Health of Yorkiepoos

Did you know that a large portion of your Yorkiepoo’s immune system is located in their gut? This is why having a healthy gut is so important for both dogs and humans. Without it, their immune system may become impaired, making it more difficult to ward off viruses, infections and diseases.

Knowing common gut health issues your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult dog might face is the best way to be prepared in case these symptoms arise. If you know what to expect and the treatment required, you will be able to get your Yorkiepoo the help they need as quickly as possible.

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Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis

Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis is one of the most common gut health issues for smaller breeds such as Yorkiepoos. This condition occurs when a large amount of fluid seeps into the gut of your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult. Experts believe it may be caused by food allergies, parasites, bacterial infections and even stress, though the exact cause still remains unknown. Though this condition isn’t believed to be inherited, Toy Poodles and Yorkshire Terriers are two of the most common breeds to experience hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, meaning that Yorkiepoos are also at risk. The typical age for a dog to experience hemorrhagic gastroenteritis is around five years old, though it can happen to dogs of all ages. Unfortunately, the small Yorkiepoo size does increase their chances of developing hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. 

Knowing the symptoms of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis is the first step to getting your Yorkiepoo care as quickly as possible if they begin to experience this condition. One common symptom of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis is severe vomiting. If your Yorkiepoo is vomiting uncontrollably and seemingly isn’t stopping for a long period of time, get them into the vet as soon as possible. Bloody diarrhea can also be a very concerning sign of possible hemorrhagic gastroenteritis in a Yorkiepoo puppy or adult dog.

Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis can lead to hypoglycemia, also known as low blood sugar, or hypovolemic shock which occurs when a dog’s blood or fluid levels drop dramatically. Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis can be fatal if left untreated, which is why it’s so important to seek immediate medical care if you notice any of these symptoms in your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult. 

Despite unknown causes, Yorkiepoo owners can still help prevent their puppy or adult dog from experiencing this condition in a variety of different ways. One of the best ways to prevent hemorrhagic gastroenteritis in Yorkiepoos is by ensuring they are in a low stress environment. Providing your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult with a well balanced diet is another great way to prevent this condition from developing.

A diet low in fat and high in fiber is the best way to prevent hemorrhagic gastroenteritis in a Yorkiepoo puppy or adult. Foods that are safe for your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult dog and are high in fiber include things such as beet pulp, flaxseed, pumpkin, apples, carrots and brown rice. 

Fiber supplements can also be used to balance out your Yorkiepoo’s diet and prevent hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. Given that hemorrhagic gastroenteritis may be caused by bacterial infections, dog probiotic supplements can help combat this potential cause of this condition. Probiotics are an important part of overall gut health and functioning. A dog with a healthy gut is less likely to experience other conditions, and using probiotics in the diet of your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult can help them obtain this. These supplements balance the microbiome in your Yorkiepoo’s stomach and combat infections through a healthy gut. Be sure to consult with your vet before beginning supplementation.

While it can be scary for any dog owner to hear that hemorrhagic gastroenteritis can be fatal, dogs who receive proper treatment and care for this condition have an excellent prognosis. Most Yorkiepoos who receive treatment in a timely manner for hemorrhagic gastroenteritis will go on to live a normal, healthy life. Less than 10% of dogs who experience hemorrhagic gastroenteritis don’t survive this condition. Once treated, this condition doesn’t affect the life expectancy of your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult. Be sure to keep watch on your Yorkiepoo even after treatment for hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, as this condition can be recurring. Dogs who experience hemorrhagic gastroenteritis are somewhat likely to experience it again in the future. 

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Yorkiepoo Eye Health

Just like humans, dogs—including Yorkiepoos—can also have eye issues that impact their life in a variety of ways. No one wants to have issues seeing, which can also make simple tasks harder to complete. Keeping watch on your Yorkiepoo’s eyes for possible health issues is a great way to make sure their health is the best it can possibly be.

Yorkiepoo Cataracts

Some breeds are more likely to experience certain eye health issues than others, and Yorkiepoos aren’t excluded from this. They too commonly can experience specific eye health issues, such as cataracts. This condition is commonly inherited from their Yorkshire Terrier parent breed. 

As always, just because a certain breed is more prone to a condition, such as cataracts, doesn’t mean experiencing it is inevitable. Many Yorkshire Terriers and Yorkiepoos will go their entire lives without experiencing any eye health problems, including cataracts. Nevertheless, it is still a good idea to be aware of possible symptoms of these common eye issues. If they do arise, you will be able to get your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult dog the medical help they need as fast as possible after recognizing symptoms. 

The small Yorkiepoo size doesn’t make them more likely to experience this condition, but rather their genetic background does contribute to it. The small Yorkiepoo size can make cataracts more difficult to spot on your own, making it extremely important to get them checked regularly by their vet. At regular examinations, your vet will look for any signs of cataracts or other eye health issues that can commonly affect your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult. Hereditary cataracts typically appear in both eyes rather than just one, though they may appear at different times. Your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult may develop a catract in one eye much earlier than they develop a cataract in their other eye.

Cataracts can affect the life of your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult by possibly clouding the entire lens, making them unable to distinguish anything in their vision besides extreme lights and darks. Thankfully, cataracts usually progress slowly enough for your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult to adjust to its vision loss, and they don’t cause any pain. Some Yorkiepoos with cataracts may always have functional vision thanks to slow progression. If cataracts become severe, medical intervention can be performed. It’s important to note that cataracts are almost never seen in a Yorkiepoo puppy and are most common in Yorkiepoo full grown adult dogs.

To date, there are no ways to avoid cataracts in Yorkiepoos through diet, lifestyle, or supplementation. Since hereditary cataracts are inherited, dogs are predisposed to experience this condition rather than having them caused by outside factors. Though cataracts can’t be prevented, Yorkiepoos who develop even the most severe cataracts can still live healthy, relatively normal lives. 

The worst case scenario for a Yorkiepoo puppy or adult dog with cataracts is losing their vision completely and becoming fully blind. In this case, a blind Yorkiepoo puppy or adult can still live a very fulfilling and happy life. Blind Yorkiepoos can still do the things they loved when they had full vision, such as roughhouse, going for walks, and snuggling up with their owners.

As an owner of a blind Yorkiepoo puppy or adult, you can help them live a normal life. One of the best ways to do so is to set up your house to be easily accessible and memorable for them. Blind Yorkiepoos will memorize the layout of their home, including furniture. If you rearrange your furniture, it’s a good idea to introduce them to the changes so they can adjust their usual routes accordingly. The Yorkiepoo size is small, meaning they will commonly have to avoid all sorts of furniture, such as table legs, chair legs and much more. When these are moved to a new location, showing them this change will help avoid collision. 

When taking them to a new environment, such as when you move homes, consider guiding them around this environment. Allowing a blind Yorkiepoo puppy or adult to smell and discover their new home through other senses besides sight will help them navigate their home easier.

The most important step you can take as an owner of a Yorkiepoo puppy or adult with cataracts is to love on them just as much as you did before their diagnosis. Be sure to take them on walks, cuddle, and do all of the things they love to ensure their quality of life is as high as possible, despite this condition.

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Yorkiepoo Ear Health

Your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult uses their ears for a variety of things. Their ears are much stronger than human ears, meaning they can hear many noises that are too quiet for our ears to pick up. Hearing is essential for Yorkiepoos to pick up on potential predators, new visitors, and other animals in their environment.

The small Yorkiepoo size also leads them to have small ears. Even full grown adult Yorkiepoos have relatively small ears. Though these small ears are absolutely adorable, they can be prone to health issues, as with any body part. Ensuring your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult’s ears are healthy is an important part of keeping them comfortable and happy. All dog owners want to provide their furry family member with the best life possible, and having healthy ears is a big part of that.

Ear Infections

The most common ear health issue for a Yorkiepoo to face is ear infections. Both Toy Poodles and Yorkshire Terriers are susceptible to ear infections as parent breeds, meaning this likelihood has been passed down to Yorkiepoos on both sides. The reason that these breeds are more susceptible to ear infections is their ear shape and structure. 

Toy Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers, and their Yorkiepoo offspring have hair in and around their ear canals. These hairs can easily trap debris and other unwanted agents that build up and commonly lead to ear infections. Long ear hair can also decrease air flow within the ear, leading to unwanted excess moisture that can be an ear infection culprit. Moist ears are the ideal place for unwanted bacterial growth that leads to ear infections.

Some symptoms of ear infections can include painful ears, crust in or around the ear, and rubbing the ears to try and ease discomfort. If you notice your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult rubbing their ear with their paw or against furniture, this may be a sign of a possible ear infection.

The best way to combat ear infections that are caused by debris, buildup, and bacteria growth is by cleaning your Yorkiepoo’s ears regularly. This can include plucking or trimming excess ear hairs and can be done at regular grooming appointments. A good rule of thumb to follow when it comes to ear cleaning is to do so at least once a month. This regular schedule will help prevent unwanted agents getting trapped in ear hairs that are overgrown.

While ear infections in your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult can be caused by environmental factors such as debris and hair, they can also be caused by underlying factors. Skin allergies are the most common condition related to ear infections. Since Yorkiepoos are prone to skin allergies, it’s important to consider this a possible cause when your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult develops an ear infection, and especially if they develop multiple. Recurring ear infections that seem to always return even after being treated are a common symptom of skin allergies. Diagnosing skin allergies, if they are present, will typically also eliminate these constant ear infections.

Feeding your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult a diet that is rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids will help keep their skin healthy and combat allergies that can cause ear infections. Omega-3 fatty acid supplements are a great thing to incorporate into the diet of Yorkiepoo puppies and adults to prevent possible allergy-related ear infections in the future. Your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult can consume these supplements safely, and you may even be able to find foods specially formulated to include extra antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. These agents can easily be added to your dog’s diet and aren’t hard to come by at your local pet supply store. As always, be sure to consult your vet before adding supplements into your Yorkiepoo’s diet.

There are many steps a Yorkiepoo owner can take to combat ear infections and minimize the effects they have on your dog’s life. Ear cleaning, grooming and dietary changes are all effective ways to prevent ear infections from happening. Your vet may also prescribe you certain regiments that will prevent ear infections from developing.

Ear health is an important component of the overall health of your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult. Being familiar with the symptoms of ear infections, what they look like, and keeping an eye out for them is the best way to keep your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult as healthy and happy as possible.

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Immune Health of Your Yorkiepoo Puppy or Adult

Immune health is an essential component of overall health and wellness in all dogs, including Yorkiepoos. Without a healthy immune system, fighting off common viruses, infections, and diseases becomes much more difficult. A compromised immune system can lead to a whole bunch of other health issues. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for the immune system to have health issues of its own.

Autoimmune disorders are the most common issues of immune health in both humans and dogs. Autoimmune disorders are caused by the immune system attacking its own body. This can manifest in a variety of conditions and symptoms, and these disorders compromise immune functioning in the process. Dogs who experience autoimmune disorders are less able to fight off other infections and viruses that they may encounter. The small Yorkiepoo size doesn’t make this breed less or more likely to experience autoimmune disorders.

Hypothyroidism in Yorkiepoos

Hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disease Yorkiepoos may experience. Hypothyroidism is commonly inherited by Yorkiepoos from their Yorkshire Terrier parent breed. As always, just because a breed is able to inherit a condition doesn’t mean that specific condition is inevitable. Many Yorkiepoos will go their entire lives without experiencing hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism is caused when thyroid glands don’t create and release enough thyroid hormone into the bloodstream of your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult. This is usually due to inflammation or shrinkage of the thyroid gland, which is located in a Yorkiepoo’s neck. This condition can reduce the metabolic state of your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult. Hair thinning, flaky skin, lethargy, and ear infections or pain can also be caused by this reduction of thyroid hormone production.

Other symptoms of hypothyroidism in a Yorkiepoo puppy or adult can include unexplained weight gain, obesity, intolerance of being cold, mental dullness and lack of energy. This is all due to hypothyroidism causing bodily functions to slow down. 

Though hypothyroidism can impact the life of your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult through various symptoms, this condition won’t shorten their life expectancy. You can still live many treasured years alongside your pup despite this condition. The most important thing is to make sure to properly treat hypothyroidism in order to eliminate these symptoms.

When left untreated, hypothyroidism can negatively impact the life of your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult in a variety of ways. Thankfully this condition is relatively easy to treat by a vet, meaning that your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult can be back to healthy and happy in a small amount of time. Symptoms such as hair loss and flaky skin may take a few weeks or months to resolve, but with proper treatment they will definitely resolve.

Hypothyroidism must be treated by your vet, but you can still help combat this condition in your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult at home. Diet and supplements are a great way to support thyroid function and reduce the effects of hypothyroidism. Ashwaganda, mushrooms, kelp, and schizandra berry are known to improve thyroid function naturally. As always, be sure to consult with your vet before beginning supplementation.

There are many steps that an owner can take to help their Yorkiepoo puppy or adult with hypothyroidism adjust to this condition and still live a fulfilling life. These steps include sticking to a recommended medication schedule, including recommended supplements and ensuring that they are comfortable. All of these steps are relatively simple and will enhance the immune health of your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult despite hypothyroidism. 

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Addison’s Disease

Inherited from the Toy Poodle parent breed, Addison’s Disease is a common autoimmune disorder for Yorkipoos to experience. This disease is caused by a decrease of hormone production from the outer part of the adrenal gland. The two common hormones that are decreased include cortisol and aldosterone. Cortisol is a stress hormone, while aldosterone regulates a Yorkiepoo’s levels of sodium and potassium levels. These minerals are essential for maintaining a healthy fluid balance within a Yorkiepoo’s body. This adrenal functioning decrease is caused by a destruction of adrenal tissue due to immune dysfunction. 

Addison’s Disease can have a variety of symptoms, including lethargy, diarrhea, increased thirst, vomiting, increased urination, and unexplained weight loss. Some dogs experiencing Addison’s Disease may also show symptoms of intermittent shaking episodes. If you notice these symptoms are recurring in your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult, it’s very important to get them checked by a vet. Yorkiepoos with this condition can still live a fulfilling and happy life without a shortened life expectancy. 

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Yorkipoo Joint Health

Joint health is another important part of providing your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult with a fulfilling life. Healthy joints allow your Yorkiepoo to play fetch, go for walks, and jump around when they are playing. With joint health issues, your Yorkiepoo may not be able to do all of the activities that they love.

A common misconception about joint health is that only large dog breeds are prone to joint health issues. Unfortunately, despite the small Yorkiepoo size, they are still prone to certain joint health issues.

Patellar Luxation

The most common joint health issue for a Yorkiepoo puppy or adult to experience is called patellar luxation. This is a condition where a Yorkiepoo’s knee cap becomes dislocated from their thigh bone. This condition can take place in one or both of their hind legs. In dogs with a small Yorkiepoo size, this shift typically happens towards the inside of the limb.

Some symptoms of patellar luxation include lameness and limping. If you notice your Yorkiepoo avoiding putting weight or walking on one of their hind legs, this may be due to patellar luxation. Their affected hind leg may also lock up in an abnormal position which is typically noticeable to the eye of an owner.

Though patellar luxation can be caused by a traumatic injury to the leg, it’s usually caused by abnormalities within joint or limb structures. These abnormalities that cause this condition can be passed down from generation to generation, which is what makes a Yorkiepoo more prone to this condition than some other dogs. These abnormalities typically include the groove of the femur where the kneecap sits is too shallow, or the area where the kneecap attaches to the shinbone being displaced. These abnormalities in structure cause pressure being placed on unusual areas of the knee, and eventually, patellar luxation.

Patellar luxation can vary in severity and necessary treatment. This condition can cause cartilage damage surrounding the joint, which is very painful for your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult. Extreme pain and dislocation from this condition can cause increased lameness, impaired mobility and reduced limb functioning. 

The main way patellar luxation can impact the life of your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult is through pain and decreased physical abilities in the affected leg. These symptoms can make activities your dog may love to do, such as running, jumping, and playing with others painful. While this condition can impact your Yorkiepoo’s life, it can be managed effectively. Patellar luxation doesn’t shorten the life expectancy of your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult, meaning they can still go on to live many happy years despite experiencing this condition.

In addition to vet prescribed remedies, there are some things you can do at home to help combat and prevent this condition. Anti-inflammatory agents such as turmeric, ashwagandha, and kelp can help reduce pain and increase joint functioning. These agents can easily be added to your dog’s diet through food and supplements. Be sure to consult with your vet before adding any supplements or new foods to the diet of your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult.

Weight management is another great way to prevent patellar luxation. Dogs that are overweight have more pressure on their bones, and this excess pressure on an abnormal knee joint can cause them to dislocate more commonly. Watching your Yorkiepoo’s weight through diet and exercise is the best way to make sure that they don’t experience patellar luxation.

When noticing symptoms of patellar luxation, be sure to consult with your vet about this possible condition. With their help, you can provide your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult dog a fulfilling and normal life despite patellar luxation.

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Yorkiepoo Skin and Coat Health

Who doesn’t love a sweet dog with a magnificent coat? One of the most notable and adorable things about a Yorkiepoo puppy or adult is their thick, beautiful coat. Coming in all different colors, Yorkiepoo coats are very unique and vary in both pattern and texture. The last thing any Yorkiepoo owner wants is to have their dog’s coat damaged by skin or coat health issues. 

Unfortunately, there is one condition Yorkiepoos are known to inherit from their Toy Poodle parent breed that affects skin and coat health. Just because they can inherit this condition doesn’t mean they definitely will. Many Yorkiepoos will live their entire lives without any skin or coat health issues.

Sebaceous Adenitis

This inherited skin and coat health issue is actually an autoimmune disorder called Sebaceous Adenitis. Sebaceous Adenitis is a skin disease that leads to poor hair coat quality and health. Some symptoms of Sebaceous Adenitis can include hair loss and scaly skin. These symptoms can take place on the face, body and legs. If you notice your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult losing hair unexplainably, Sebaceous Adenitis may be the cause. Yorkiepoos that are suffering hair loss should see a vet as soon as possible to get to the bottom of this experience and treat the cause of this skin and coat issue. 

Sebaceous Adenitis itself doesn’t cause itchy skin, but accompanying bacterial infections that are found in 40% of dogs with the condition can. If you notice itchiness in your Yorkiepoo, do not write off Sebaceous Adenitis as an impossible cause. Yorkiepoos of all ages are susceptible to developing Sebaceous Adenitis, and the small Yorkiepoo size doesn’t make them more or less likely to develop this condition than other dogs. The only factor that makes them more likely to possibly experience Sebaceous Adenitis than other dogs are inherited genes.

This skin condition is caused when the immune system targets the sebaceous glands through inflammation. This inflammation and gland destruction leads to a lack of sebum production, which compromises a Yorkiepoo puppy or adults’s natural skin structure and function. 

Yorkiepoo puppies and full grown adults are both known for their beautiful and thick coats, so this condition can be very worrisome for owners. 

A Yorkiepoo puppy with Sebaceous Adenitis will need to be treated by a vet in order to eliminate symptoms and return their coat to its naturally healthy and beautiful state. There are some ways owners can combat this condition in their Yorkiepoo puppy or adult, as well. Adding fatty acids to their diet has shown to help improve skin health and reduce symptoms of sebaceous adenitis. These fatty acids can be added to a dog’s diet through supplements or specially formulated foods. As always, be sure to consult with your vet before beginning any supplementation, including fatty acids. 

Sebaceous Adenitis cannot be cured, but symptoms can be managed to allow your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult to live a healthy and happy life despite this condition. The best step for an owner to take when their Yorkiepoo puppy or adult is facing Sebaceous Adenitis is to follow vet prescribed treatments properly. This condition won’t shorten life expectancy for your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult, meaning you will still have many years together to look forward to, despite Sebaceous Adenitis. With your help, your Yorkiepoo puppy or adult will live a fulfilling life that isn’t shortened in expectancy by Sebaceous Adenitis.

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Conclusion

Yorkiepoos are tiny, loving companions that will stay by your side for their entire lives. Even though they are prone to some health conditions, their life expectancy shouldn’t become compromised if owners take extra care to boost their dog’s immune systems. If you love your Yorkiepoo, take it to the vet regularly, and pay attention to them, they will live full, wonderful lives. If you are hoping to adopt a Yorkiepoo, please visit your local shelter or animal rescue to find your new furry friend today!