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Yorkie Poo (Yorkipoo)

Affectionate, intelligent and with a lot of things to bark about, the Yorkipoo is one of the smaller designer crossbreeds that will feel at home even in the smallest apartment. While still not common in the UK, this crossbreed is growing in popularity due to their fun-loving personality and cute looks. The breeds that make up the Yorkipoo are the Yorkshire Terrier and the Poodle (Toy or sometimes Miniature).

The Yorkipoo can be a first cross (with one Yorkshire Terrier and one Poodle parent), they can be bred back to one of the original breeds - either size of Poodle - or be two Yorkipoos bred together. This means there are varieties in size, shape, colours and coat types, but in all cases this is a small companion dog.


The height of a Yorkipoo depends on the size of the Poodle used so it can vary widely from 20cm to 38cm; Yorkshire Terrier - 18-20cm; Poodle - Toy under 28cm; Miniature between 28-38cm
The colours of a Yorkipoo can be any of the solid colours of their parents, with or without white markings. Yorkshire Terrier: Steel blue and tan; Poodle: All solid colours
UK Kennel Club Groups
Toy (Yorkshire Terrier) and Utility (Poodle)
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Needs under an hour of walking a day
  • Small dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can happily live in the city
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

There is often a degree of variation in the health conditions and issues that crossbreeds are predisposed to. This is because some individuals retain more of the characteristics of one breed over the other. 
For more information on the health problems that may affect this crossbreed, visit the Yorkshire Terrier and Toy or Miniature Poodle breed pages.


Like most crossbreeds, the personality of a Yorkipoo depends on the parents and how they have been bred and reared.

The Yorkshire Terrier is an intelligent, lively terrier who can sometimes forget they are a small dog! They are fearless, tenacious and protective, but they won’t say “no” to a good game of fetch or an afternoon full of brain puzzles. Constantly on the go, they will want to be a part of everything their owner does.

The Poodle is a lively, sociable, outgoing and affectionate dog who is both intelligent and amusing, and makes a wonderful and fun companion. They love to be included in all family pursuits and can be good watch dogs, announcing visitors loudly!

Both the Toy and the Miniature Poodles are very clever, trainable dogs and enjoy learning new skills, games and tricks.

The resulting Yorkipoo will usually inherit these traits. So you can expect a small companion dog who will enjoy training and games, especially terrier-type tugging, ripping and possibly digging games.

The personality of a Yorkipoo seems to be more consistent when they are first crosses (F1). As a line is successively bred, they can be either bred back to one of the original breeds (and so strengthen either the terrier or the Poodle personalities) or be bred to another Yorkipoo - in which case there is less predictability in temperament (and in-breeding becomes more of a potential issue).

Responsible breeders should be prioritising behaviour as highly as health and so it is important to find a good breeder. A well-bred Yorkipoo should be outgoing and confident, not nervous, shy or aggressive.

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