A Yorkipoo is a mix of a Yorkshire Terrier and a Poodle. Theoretically, by combining these two breeds it was supposed to tone down the independence and stubbornness of the Yorkie with the trainability and affectionate nature of the Poodle, as well as to develop a coat that sheds little.

Yorkipoos are first and foremost companion dogs, and cannot live outdoors. They need to live in the house with your and your family. They’re also known as barkers, so nip any sign of nuisance barking in the bud. Consider whether your situation allows a certain amount of barking before bringing a Yorkipoo into your family.

Generally, Yorkipoos are around 10 pounds and have a slightly scruffy coat, although it can also, like the Poodle’s coat, be curly. His grooming needs will vary depending on his coat, but all Yorkipoos need regular, even daily, brushing. Those with the curlier Poodle coat require grooming every 4-6 weeks. Some owners learn to use the clippers and do the job themselves, but most rely on professional groomers. Either way, it’s essential to take proper care of the coat, because without regular grooming it will quickly become a matted mess that can cause painful skin infections at the roots of the hair.

Your Yorkipoo’s ears need to be kept clean and dry. Trapped moisture in the ear canal can lead to bacterial and fungal infections, and repeated infections can cause so much damage to the ear canal that the dog will lose his hearing. Severely affected ears may require surgery to control the infections.

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