Many Yorkie mixes have the positive characteristics of a Yorkshire Terrier. Most mixes are often loving, affectionate, and intelligent. They can also be headstrong, willful, and bark-happy if not trained properly, however. If you decide to adopt a Yorkie mix you should educate yourself on possible training options and tips. Being well prepared for your new dog will make the transition easier for your puppy and your family.
Some Yorkie mixes may have conflicts as well. Mixes like Yorkie-poos (Yorkshire terrier and poodle) and Yorkie-poms (Yorkies and Pomeranians) often have conflicting personality traits. That could mean a Yorkie-pom that is more of a couch potato than a ball of energy, or a prey-driven Yorkie-poo that would rather swim in the local pond than go to the dog park. With any mixed breeds there will be some variations. Just try to be ready.
Most Yorkie mixes are on the smaller spectrum of dog breeds. They are often happy anywhere as long as they have plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. So if you have an apartment or condo, a Yorkie mix could be perfect for you.
Before adopting, however, be sure you have a few hours every day to spend with your new friend. Yorkie mixes are incredibly loyal and loving to their owners, and need to be around them whenever possible. If you have long days at the office, see if you can bring your pup to work. Otherwise you will want to be able to come home in the middle of the day for lunch and a walk – if these are not possible, you may need to look for a more independent pup.
Many mixed breeds are often healthy because they are drawing from a larger gene pool. They still need regular veterinary checks, a healthy and wholesome diet, and daily exercise. This will keep them happy and healthy. To keep them mentally occupied, you may also want to provide food puzzles and games. Now they will not become bored and possibly destructive in the long run. As these pups age, they are prone to eye issues, epilepsy, skin problems, and exhaustion (if overexerted or left outdoors for too long). By staying up-to-date with veterinarian visits, however, you may avoid many of these ailments.
Yorkie mixes are often easy to train for first-time pet owners. If you are focused and patient, you will be able to teach your pup the necessary commands in a matter of weeks. Some dogs, however, will be more stubborn than others. By learning about training techniques, and possibly working with a professional trainer, you will have the confidence to teach your new friend and he will be eager and happy to listen to you.
Mixed Yorkie breeds need minimal grooming. You should brush your dog, at most, every other day or at least once a week and bathe him every other month or as needed. Then you will want to have him groomed twice a year to stay happy and comfortable as the seasons change.
These dogs will need daily exercise that is physically and mentally stimulating. By taking them for a walk and ending with a game of fetch, they will be happier, calmer, and ready to head home and relax.