- Activity Level:moderate
- Grooming Level:high
- Kid/Pet Friendly:sometimes
- Average Size:Small
- Average Lifespan:12-15 years
- Prey Drive:low
- Watchdog:very alert
Yorkie Pom Breed Profile
Yorkie-Poms are not purebred dogs. They are considered a designer breed recognized by the ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club) as a Yoranian. This designer dog breed is a mix of a Yorkshire Terrier and a Pomeranian.
A Yorkie-Pom’s temperament varies depending on their upbringing, age, and genealogy. They are usually friendly, energetic, playful, and good-natured. Many Yorkie-Poms enjoy being lap dogs and will always be happy to snuggle up with you while you read a book or watch a movie. These pups can become willful, assertive, and stubborn if not given the proper training. Be sure to be stern, but use positive reinforcement to avoid having a territorial and bark-happy best friend.
A Yorkie-Pom can live comfortably in an apartment if given plenty of exercise and stimulation. If not given games and puzzles to do while you’re not at home, however, they can become bored and destructive. These dogs would prefer to be with you at all times, and should not be left alone for more than a few hours a day. A Yorkie-Pom would rather be with you all day every day! So, if possible, bring your new friend to work with you or invest in plenty of puzzles and games for him. Your pup and your shoes will appreciate it!
These dogs are usually a healthy breed that doesn’t have too many issues if you stay up-to-date on their veterinarian check-ups and give them plenty of exercise. They can be prone to eye problems, dental problems, epilepsy, liver disease, respiratory infections, and kidney problems as they age. You can avoid many of these ailments by offering a nutritious diet and exercise. Most Yorkie-Poms prefer a mixture of dry and wet food. This helps to strengthen their teeth and gives them a wide variety of minerals and vitamins.
The Yorkie-Pom dog breed is intelligent and responds well to training, but can be somewhat independent and determined. They want to understand their owner’s commands, but may question your motives. Be sure to start training early, and work with a trainer so you can communicate with your pup as well as possible. This may even help them become more socialized and comfortable over time.
A Yorkie-Pom will need to be brushed every day to avoid matting and debris being trapped in their fur. You should bathe them every other month unless they have gone swimming, played in the rain or snow, or went for a hike or a road trip with you. Also, you should have your pup professionally groomed every season. Doing so will keep them comfortable and healthy as temperatures rise and drop.
Trimming their nails monthly will help keep them from getting too long. Checking their ears weekly and carefully cleaning them as needed can help prevent ear infections. Because the Yorkie Pom is a small dog breed, they are more prone to dental diseases like gum disease and tooth decay. Proper dental care for dogs, like using an enzyme toothpaste or brushing their teeth daily, can help prevent it.
With a Yorkshire Terrier and a Pomeranian in the cross, this is a high-energy dog that will need plenty of exercise. Although they are energetic, they are also small and can tire quickly, so moderate exercise is generally sufficient for this pup. Moreover, a Yorkie-Pom needs complex exercise that challenges their intellect as well as their bodies. So while you should walk your Yorkie-Pom every day, you will want to end the walk with a food puzzle, a game of fetch, or tug-o-war. Then, they will be happy, calm, and ready to head home.
Yorkie-Poms usually stand 7 to 12 inches tall and weigh 3 to 7 pounds.
A Yorkie-Pom will generally live 12 to 15 years.
The Yoranian, also known as YorkiePom, is a small cross between the Yorkshire Terrier and the Pomeranian purebred dogs. It has a compact and well-built structure with long fluffy coat and a feathery tail. This adorable and feisty animal is always affectionate towards its family and makes a great companion to people.
|Other names||Yorkshire Terrier-Pomeranian mix, Yorkie Pomeranian mix, Yorky Pom, Yoranian Terrier, Porkie|
|Coat||Medium/short, thick, shiny, wirehaired; also a double coat with silky overcoat and thick undercoat occur|
|Color||Black, white, brown, golden/light brown, cream|
|Group of Breed||Toy|
|Size/Height||Small; 6-12 inches|
|Temperament||Loving, friendly, sweet, energetic, intelligent|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||USA|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||DDKC, DBR, IDCR, DRA, ACHC|
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Temperament and Behavior
Though the Yoranian is one of the most elegant breeds that attract attention wherever it goes, it is the personality that makes it more endearing to its family. Being fond of attention and human companionship, the dog hates being left alone for long hours.
Its alert and over-protective nature combined with its terrier heritage make it suspicious of intruders, which may cause it to bark at strangers. Despite its small size, the Porkie shows courage and aggression towards other dogs, and will not hesitate to defend its territory from them.
Although it gets along well with kids, interactions with small children should be supervised since it can become irritated even going on to bite if teased or startled.
These pet dogs are always active while indoors, thus keeping them well exercised does not take lots of effort. Though they enjoy several daily walks and playtimes, do not take your Yoranian outdoors when it is too hot or cold. Give it plenty of toys, especially puzzles, and make sure that you rotate them frequently. This will prevent your pet from getting bored easily since it will always have something new to play with.
Brush your Yoranian’s coat at least twice a week with a metal comb and wire slicker brush to distribute its natural oils and prevent the formation of mats or tangles. As part of its grooming process, bathe your Yorkie Pom monthly using a mild shampoo and conditioner to keep its coat shiny. Other grooming requirements include nail care and dental hygiene.
Yoranian owners should be aware of certain health conditions including eye problems (dry eye, tear duct problems, and cataracts), patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, allergies, collapsed trachea, and dental problems.
- Obediencetraining: Since the Yoranians could be yappy at times, it is important to teach them when not to bark. As the Yorkie Poms are not known to have long attention spans, use of one short command per training session is recommended. Also, make sure that the training sessions are short.
- Tricks: Because of their inherent smartness, the Pomeranian-Yorkie mix enjoys learning new tricks. You could teach your pet to perform ‘crawling’, a fun trick that improves its physical fitness. Start by ordering your Yoranian to lie down. Place a treat between your fingers and allow the dog to lick the treat. Make sure that you hold the treat firmly in front of its nose, and then start dragging it along the ground. Reward it with praises and treats as soon as the dog crawls a few feet. Each time you train your dog, try to get it to crawl a longer distance, as this will help it to master the trick.
Though the Yoranians enjoy feeding on wet foods, you should also consider giving your pet dog quality dry foods that support its dental health. The recommended amount of dry food is 1/4-1/2 cup a day.
Yorkie Poms, or Yoranians, are the result of crossing a Pomeranian with a Yorkshire Terrier. Yorkie Poms have been growing in popularity since their creation in the 1990s, due to their elegant and fancy looks which, paired with their endearing and loving personality, attract fans all over the world, from first to experienced dog owners, from families to singles and seniors. Yorkie Poms have a friendly nature and bond very easily with their owners, making them great companion pets.
Their tiny size is extremely convenient, as they can be carried everywhere, which they love, as they prefer to stay close to their human parent and are curious by nature. Yorkie Poms are also quite active, considering their small size, and love to play. They get along well with other pets and children, but should be monitored when playing around small children, for the safety of both. These are healthy dogs with moderate grooming needs and moderate trainability. Those with a Yorkie coat (rather than Pomeranian-like coat) are said to be hypoallergenic.
About & History
Yorkie Poms were probably first bred in the 1990s in the United States, but no breeder has been credited for developing the crossbreed. By crossing the good-natured and affectionate Yorkshire Terrier with the energetic and playful Pomeranian, breeders have created a dog that would hopefully reflect a combination of the best characteristics of both parent breeds. In fact, Yorkie Poms tend to be less assertive and wilful than the Pomeranian parent, though keeping its liveliness and curiosity; likewise, Yorkie Poms are sweet and loving like the Yorkies, without the aloofness and feisty personality that sometimes curses the parent breed.
Yorkshire Terriers originate from England, where they were bred to hunt rats in coal mines and cotton mills. They are the result of several crosses between Terrier dogs and eventually won wealthy owners over, with their elegant appearance, charming personality, and portable size. Pomeranians were also bred to be working dogs. They descend from large Arctic sled dogs from Pomerania, a region encompassing parts of Germany and Poland and the breed goes back to the 15th century.
Yorkie Poms are sturdy and compact dogs, small in size, with a round face, black nose, dark eyes, and pointy ears that give them their typical alert looks. They have a double coat: a thick and wiry undercoat and a silky, shiny overcoat. Despite Yorkies having 18 possible coat colours, Yorkie Poms only come in the following colours (or combination of colours):
- Golden/Light Brown
Yorkie Poms weigh between 1.5 and 3.2 kg (3-7 lbs) and are 15 to 30 cm tall (6-12 inches).
Character & Temperament
Yorkie Poms are adorable pets who are extremely fond of their family. They are a great choice for first-time owners with little experience, but also for senior people, due to their small size and affectionate nature. They are good with other pets, despite having some level of prey drive towards small pets, such as hamsters, which goes back to their Yorkie parent ancestry. Yorkie Poms also get along well with children older than 8 years old. Younger children should be supervised when playing with their Yorkie Pom pet because not only can the dog get hurt from reckless handling, but also the child, who can be bitten if the dog gets too anxious.
Yorkie Poms are intelligent, they love games, and they love to explore their surroundings. They are lively and curious, sweet and loving – an ideal companion. They can be over-protective, and for that reason, they may bark at strangers and be suspicious of people they have just met. Yorkie Poms do not like to be alone and should not be left alone for more than a few hours. Yorkie Poms have inherited the determination and independent character of the Pomeranian, only to be less stubborn and headstrong, which makes training and overall living a lot easier.
Compared to the Pomeranian and the Yorkie, Yorkie Poms are easier to train. They learn fast, but training sessions must be short and regular, as they have short attention spans and get easily distracted. They can be yappy and bark quite a lot, so this should be addressed by training the dog the “hush” command. They love to learn new tricks, which they learn fast. Like most small dog breeds and crossbreeds, training must be consistent.
Owners must not give in to the dog’s wishes too often and should correct the dog whenever it ignores or fails to obey commands, otherwise “small dog syndrome” or other behavioural issues may arise. For this, socialisation is a must and should be done from an early age. House-training can be difficult and using pads around the house is recommended.
Yorkie Poms may live up to 15 years old. Some of the health issues that may occur are usually those affecting their parent breeds:
Entropion is an eye condition in which the eyelids fold inwards toward the eye. This abnormality causes the hair or eyelashes to rub against the eye, scratching it. This can lead to scarring and sometimes to perforation. It is extremely unconfortable to the dog, even compromising its eyesight. This disorder can occur in the upper eyelid, lower eyelid or both eyelids. Surgical correction of entropion is the permanent treatment for this condition.
Patellar luxation is a condition of the knee joint that causes the kneecap to jump out of place sideways. It is most commonly seen in small or toy dogs, being caused by injuries or by a malformation of the kneecap. This is a painful condition that causes discomfort and lameness in the affected leg (or legs) and that can be controlled by using anti-inflammatory drugs.
Tracheal collapse is a syndrome that results from the weakening or from a defect in the tracheal (throat) cartilages. It occurs more often in small or toy dog breeds and crossbreeds. The diagnosis is achieved by chest X-rays and by examining the clinical signs, which include cough, intolerance to exercise, and difficulty in breathing. Tracheal collapse can be treated by the use of drugs that help decrease cough and inflammation, and also by keeping a healthy weight, as overweight usually worsens the condition.
Legg Calve Perthes
This is a disease in which the head of the femur (hip joint) starts degenerating, leading to arthritis. The cause is unknown but there is a genetic contribution to the disease. Diagnosis is done with X-rays and treatment is medical with pain medication playing an important role in alleviating clinical signs and improving the dog’s quality of life.
Yorkie Poms are fragile, toy dogs, so owners should be careful at all times not to step on them. They are also prone to hypoglycaemia, so it is important for them to always have food available and to eat before exercising.
Exercise and Activity Levels
Yorkie Poms are active, be it indoors or outdoors. A daily walk (using a halter leash, not a collar, which can damage their throat) will probably satisfy their exercise needs, but they should also have plenty of toys to keep them entertained and active inside the house.
They enjoy playtime and stimulating toys or games, which will prevent boredom and work as exercise too. Yorkie Poms are sensitive to harsh weather, so they are fine not leaving the house during winter time or extreme hot weather, as long as they have their playtime while indoors.
Yorkie Poms have moderate grooming needs, as their coat needs daily brushing to prevent matting and tangling. Brushing also keeps the hair healthy and free of debris that may accumulate. Moreover, Yorkie Poms should be groomed by a professional groomer every season.
A monthly bath and trimming around the anus to prevent feces from sticking to the hairs around it are also an essential part of the Yorkie Poms grooming routine. Because Yorkie Poms have sensitive gums and teeth, and are prone to tooth loss and dental problems due to the buildup of bacteria, brushing their teeth daily is also recommended.
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Yorkie Pomeranian Mix: Dog Breed Profile and Owner’s Guide
If you’re looking for a big heart and boundless energy in a small furry package, you can’t do better than the Yorkie Pomeranian Mix.
This crossbreed is playful and exuberant and deeply loyal, making an ideal companion whether you live in a big house with a yard or a tiny apartment without one.
As if that’s not enough, these dogs are ridiculously adorable. In fact, they pretty much give the phrase "toy dog" a whole new meaning. They practically look like plushies that have come to life. How can you beat that?
In this guide, I will tell you all about this adorable, high-energy toy dog breed. You’ll learn about the history and physical traits of the Yorkie-Pom, the temperament of this mixed breed, health concerns you should know about, care requirements, costs, and more.
Let’s bound in!
Yorkie Pomeranian Mix History
So, where exactly did Yorkie Pomeranians come from? The truth is, nobody is sure when and where a hybrid like a Yoranian first showed up. Anytime a Yorkshire Terrier and a Pomeranian might have gotten together in history, the result may have been a litter of Yorkie-Poms. But we can at least take a look at the history of the Yorkshire Terrier and the Pomeranian to better understand their hybrid offspring.
According to the The Spruce Pets, Yorkshire Terriers were originally working dogs. In Victorian times, however, they became fashionable as lapdogs. From this parent, the Yorkie Pom inherits both physical and psychological traits, the latter including bravery, loyalty, and sometimes, stubbornness.
As for the Pomeranian, while it may be hard to believe, these little dogs were bred from sled dogs! Interestingly enough, the Pomeranian also became popular during Victorian times. Indeed, they were a favorite of Queen Victoria herself! From the Pomeranian, the Yorkie-Pom mix inherits its boundless energy as well as its alertness and intelligence.
Fun Facts About the Yorkie-Pom
- Descended from two popular dogs during the reign of Queen Victoria, the Yorkie-Pom is a quintessentially Victorian lapdog.
- Because Yorkie-Poms are crossbred, they showcase tremendous diversity in their appearances. No two Yoranians look alike!
- Despite its diminutive stature, this mixed breed is fiercely protective of its owner.
Yorkie Mixed with Pomeranian Breed Overview
Straight, wavy, fuzzy, wiry, single or double, medium or long
Black, brown, white, gold, tan, cream, bluish (usually a mix)
Loyal, intelligent, playful, and energetic
Can I be totally honest with you? Yorkie-poms may be just about the cutest dogs ever to exist. They can range between 6 and 12 inches in height and usually weigh no more than 7 pounds. So, they are the perfect lapdog or purse dog.
Their small size and overall cuteness are about the most consistent things about their appearance, however. They have dark brown eyes and upright ears, but there is tremendous variation in their coats.
Some have a single coat while others have a double coat, and the fur can be medium or long. Even the texture of the coat can range wildly between straight or wavy, wiry, or fuzzy. Commonly, these dogs have two or three colors of fur, but some have only one. Colors may include black, white, gold, brown, tan, bluish, or cream. Some have patterns on their faces.
So, your Yorkie-Pom could bear a strong resemblance to either of his parents—or he could look like a blend of both. One thing is sure, and that is the individualized appearance of each of these dogs means that you'll never mix up any two Pomeranian Yorkies!
We've already briefly talked about the personalities of the Yorkshire Terrier and the Pomeranian, but let's discuss this crossbreed's character in a little more detail.
You should consider this breed if you want an intelligent, playful, and energetic dog, but also sociable, loyal, and dedicated.
Yoranians are pretty good at keeping themselves busy and entertained, but they also need a lot of attention. In fact, if they don’t get it, they can feel neglected and lonely. They're prone to separation anxiety and will usually want to be near you.
What is funny about the Yorkie mixed with Pomeranian is that it is quite a bold breed for such a little dog. With their intelligence and vigilance, this dog is very aware of what is going on in the environment. For that reason, the breed makes a surprisingly good guard dog. Indeed, your Yorkie Pomeranian Mix may alert you if there is an intruder in the house.
A word of warning—he might also be aggressive at times. So, try to avoid startling him when introducing him to other people and animals.
Good news—on the whole, Yorkie Pomeranians are generally pretty easy to keep healthy. But there are still some potential health issues to be aware of. The breed may experience health problems which either of its parent breeds is prone to.
They may sometimes develop medial patellar luxation, which is a problem with the knee-cap. You also will want to keep an eye (pun not intended) on your Yorkie-Pom’s eyes, as eye problems are common.
The breed may be prone to dental issues too, so you’ll need to put some extra care in when it comes to tooth and gum health.
Yorkie-Poms may also develop a range of other potential health problems, like any other dog, so regular vet checkups are necessary.
Yorkie Pomeranian Care
How to Care for your Yoranian/Image via puppiesclub
Ready to learn how to take care of a Yorkie-Pom? Let’s go over how to give your pet the exercise, training, grooming and food he needs for a happy, healthy life.
The Yorkie Pomeranian Mix is Super Active
The fact is, your Yorkie-Pom needs an outlet for his incredibly huge energy levels.
Thankfully, you don't necessarily need to spend a ton of time each day exercising your pet. Just a half-hour of exercise daily should do it. Two fifteen-minute walks are ideal. Be sure to stick with a harness rather than a leash, so you don't hurt your dog's cute little neck.
Tip:Here’s the catch. Even though you don’t need to take your Yorkie-Pom out for more than half an hour a day, these dogs can get bored. They are super intelligent, and they need something to do! So, give them puzzle toys to amuse them. If you are not stimulating your pet mentally, there is a chance he’ll develop an attitude problem.
Training a Yorkie-Pom (Can Be) Pure Joy
Guess what—Pomeranian Yorkies (Porkie) can get more of that much-needed mental stimulation and physical exercise through training sessions.
In fact, you can have a grand time teaching your Yoranian tricks! He’ll have a ball too, so long as you don’t extend sessions too long. Just as this breed is prone to boredom, it is also prone to impatience.
But here’s a warning—for training to be successful, it needs to start as early as possible.
Small dogs like Yoranians will assume they're the household's alpha if you don't make it clear from the start that you're the boss. So, try not to let that happen. Get right to training when you bring your new pet home. It should go without saying, but only use positive reinforcement! Negative reinforcement is bad for any dog, but Yorkie Pomeranians will particularly resent it.
Your Yoranian Needs Lots of Grooming The simple truth is, this breed tends to be pretty high-maintenance in the grooming department.
But wait—aren’t they only moderate shedders?
Well yes, that’s true. But that doesn’t make them low-maintenance. Because their fur tends to be medium or long, it is easy for it to get tangled. If you allow the hair to mat, it takes a lot more effort to untangle it later.
Every 2 to 3 days, you need to brush through this crossbreed’s hair to remove tangles and prevent them from getting worse. If your dog has a double coat, you might want to increase that frequency to daily brushings. You can use a slicker brush like the Hertzko Self-Cleaning Slicker for this purpose.
Your pet's head may be too sensitive to use the same brush, so switch to a wide-tooth comb like this one from OmniPet Leather Brothers.
Every few weeks, you also need to bathe your dog. Several times a year, you can give your pet a haircut (some popular options include the teddy bear cut, the puppy cut, the lion cut and the 3-layer cut), or take him to a professional groomer for a trim.
Whenever you are brushing your dog, make sure you check his ears for wax build-up. Regularly removing extra wax will help to prevent infections.
Finally, do not forget about your dog’s oral health! Since this breed is prone to dental issues, you should brush them at least three times per week.
Now you know how to groom your Yorkie-Pom—great! But what about diet?
To keep blood sugar stable and weight under control, the best course of action is to give your pet three meals a day with sporadic treats.
What is the appropriate amount of food?
- 200-400 calories daily (0.5-1 cups of kibble)
Notice that your pet has issues with tartar? The right food can help get that under control. One product to consider is Royal Canin Dental Care Dry Food for Small Dogs. This kibble not only gives your pet the nutrition he needs but also helps to clean his teeth while he is eating. Pretty cool, huh?
Will a Yorkie-Pom Get Along With Other Pets?
You’re keen on bringing home a Yoranian—but how keen will he be to share a home with your other furry pals? Whether a Yorkie Pomeranian gets along with other pets depends on the introduction.
Again, these dogs can easily startle and can become aggressive when that happens. Suppose you bring a new Yoranian home, and your other dog immediately bounds over and tries to pounce on him. In that case, it probably is not going to go well.
But if you introduce your dog to your existing pets carefully, he can form outstanding social bonds with them. In fact, he will probably be thrilled to have some friends to play with!
Are Yorkie Pomeranians Good With Kids?
Being small dogs, Yoranians are perfect for a home with kids, right?
Well … it depends.
As little dogs, they certainly are safe for your kids, whether your children are younger or older. But you need to also consider whether your kids will be safe for your dog.
Younger children may treat Yorkie-Poms like literal toys and get too rough. If that happens, one of these little dogs can get injured. So, consider the personality and age of your child before introducing this type of dog to your home. It might be wise in some cases to wait until your toddlers get a little bit older before adopting a Yoranian or other toy dog.
On average, you can expect one of these dogs to live between 12 and 15 years. While genetic factors impact the lifespan of a Yorkie Pomeranian mix, the quality of your home environment and the care you give your dog make a big difference. If you take good care of your Yorkie-Pom, you'll ensure that he lives his best life.
Ready to bring one of these adorable little furballs into your home? Wait—let’s make sure you can afford it.
It can cost anywhere from around $400-$5,000 to buy a Yorkie Pomeranian Mix puppy. But there are lots of Yoranian puppies and adult dogs in need of a forever home in shelters. So, we recommend you adopt instead of buy.
How much is the ongoing cost of owning this type of dog?
According to AKC, it costs less to raise a small dog than a medium or large one. During the first year, the AKC reports that you might expect a cost of $2,674. That is just under $223 a month.
It is reasonable to expect a lower cost in the years to follow since you will have stocked up on initial supplies and completed some initial medical appointments and treatments.
Indeed, AKC also cites "Money" as saying that $15,051 is a fair estimate for the cost to own a small dog over that dog's entire lifespan. The assumption is that the pet will live about 15 years, which is a little more than $1,000 a year on average.
Pros and Cons
Wow! We just learned a lot about the Yorkie-Pom! Let's rewind and quickly review the pros and cons of getting a Yorkshire Terrier mixed with a Pomeranian.
- These dogs are bursting with energy and love to play. If you love to play too, you can look forward to spending a lot of quality time with your pet having a blast.
- Yorkie-Poms can do a lot of their daily exercise indoors. This is awesome news if you live in a small house or even an apartment. You don’t need a yard to take care of these dogs.
- This breed is sociable and good with kids and other pets. So long as you don't startle this breed with introductions, you'll find that they take well to other animals and children of all ages (just remember that destructive toddlers are not good for little dogs).
- Training such smart dogs can be a lot of fun. These dogs love to learn new tricks with their intelligence, and teaching them can be a wonderful bonding experience.
- This mixed breed is generally healthy. While there are some issues to watch out for, on the whole, Yoranians are not prone to a lot of severe health problems.
- This is an affordable breed. That is thanks to the relatively good health of many of these dogs along wit their modest size.
- Yorkie-Pomeranians are too cute for words. Seriously! Just at the sight of them, you’ll probably dissolve into “Awwwwws.”
- If you don't make it evident that you're the alpha, your little dog could run roughshod over you and develop small dog syndrome. The solution? Train early and consistently, and keep sessions short, manageable, positive and fun.
- Yoranians can get bored if you don’t mentally stimulate them. But guess what—the fix is easy! Just provide challenge and fun in the way of training sessions and puzzle toys.
- Separation anxiety can be a problem for some of these dogs. If you work long hours out of the house, that is something to watch out for.
- Keeping up with a Yorkie-Pom’s grooming needs can be a bit of a chore. But once you turn it into a routine, it isn’t too hard!
The Bottom Line
In all, the Yorkie Pomeranian Mix is a loyal, energetic, protective and intelligent companion. The small size of the Yorkie-Pom means that he can be a great fit for any household, large or small.
Although this breed can be stubborn, early, consistent training can make for a happy, obedient pet. Together with lots of fun and games, proper training can also prevent boredom and keep your energetic pet entertained.
So, if you are ready to bring home your new best friend, contact your local shelters. Your future Yorkie Pomeranian Mix is waiting to find his forever home!
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- Height: 6-12 inches
- Weight: 3-7 lb
- Lifespan: 12-15 years
- Group: Not Applicable
- Best Suited For: Families with older children, singles and seniors, apartments, houses with/without yards
- Temperament: Affectionate, energetic, alert, intelligent
- Comparable Breeds: Yorkshire Terrier, Pomeranian
If you were ever worried that you wouldn’t be able to find a small dog adorable enough to fulfill your voracious appetite for cuteness, worry no longer! We have the pupper for you. The Yorkie-Pom is known by many names including “Porkie” and “Yoranian” (yep, if the names are almost offensively cute). This lovable designer breed is a cross between a purebred Yorkshire Terrier and a Pomeranian, making it the ultimate small-breed dog. These little dogs exhibit the best of both worlds when it comes to temperament and behavior. They are essentially a cross between the affectionate Yorkshire Terrier and the energetic Pomeranian. Energy, affection, and furriness. What more could you possibly want? These pups make other purse dogs jealous. If you need a little extra fuzzy cuteness in your life, it doesn’t get much better than the Yorkie-Pom. This pooch prompts squeals of delight from fully grown adults everywhere that it goes.
Of course, owning a dog is a major responsibility that shouldn’t be determined entirely by cuteness. It’s sad but true. So, before you consider one of these little dogs, it’s quite important to learn everything you can about them. Crossbreed dogs (also known as designer dogs) come with some challenges due to variations in breeding. You cannot expect every litter of Yorkie-Poms to exhibit the same characteristics. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. Keep your eyeballs glued to this page to find out whether or not a Yorkie-Pom belongs in your life.
The Yorkie-Pom is known by many names including “Porkie” and “Yoranian”.
The exact origins of the Yorkie-Pom breed are unknown because hybrid dogs have been in existence for many years. Chances are, there have been more than a few mischievous Yorkies and Pomeranians that got together and produced unplanned mixed breed litters before designer dogs were even a thing. How could they possibly resist each other? This is why it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact origin of a single hybrid breed. There have been countless mixes throughout history, but no one thought to name them or give them a status of a breed! There’s no documentation. No anecdotal evidence. Nothing. It’s like these perfect pups entered our lives through magic or something.
We do know that designer dog breeds like the Yorkie-Pom have become more popular within the past few decades. However, no one breeder has been credited with the development of this particular designer breed. So, we can’t know with certainty when or where these dogs came to be. However, it’s highly likely that their story is similar to that of many other hybrids. This would mean that the Yorkie-Pom was first developed in the United States, sometime in the last 20 years. That’s the best we can do. Unfortunately, know one will ever know the name of the genius breeder who gifted the first Yorkie-Pom to the world.
The Yorkie-Pom is a 50/50 mix of a purebred Pomeranian and a purebred Yorkshire Terrier. This type of crossbreeds is known as first generation hybrid (and the parents are always two different purebreds in this case). As a result, puppies that come from this mix often vary in terms of looks and appearance. The pups inherit traits from both parents, which are not always that similar. It’s a roll of the dice every time. You never quite know which parental traits are going to appear in a first generation hybrid, even amongst puppies born within the same litter. while some people prefer the uniformity of purebred dogs with many generations behind them, part of the Yorkie-Pom’s charm lies in the fact that every dog is unique. You can never know which side of the family tree the puppies will favor! It’s a surprise every time. Like a blind box toy, only alive!
Of course, it is possible to have a Yorkie-Pom with more or less than 50 percent of each parent breed in its heritage. These are multigenerational crossbreeds, but these are far too rare in the designer dog community, as most of these breeds are too recent for this type of breeding. This will change over time. Eventually there will be Yorkie-Poms born several generations deep with more reliable traits. For now, you never quite know what you’re going to get with each pooch. Forrest Gump would love it.
Much like every other dog, the Yorkie-Pom also requires a healthy and well-balanced diet to thrive. Meeting the dietary requirements of your dog should be one of your primary concerns as a pet owner because a well-thought out meal plan can go a long way for any pooch. Luckily, the Yorkie-Pom is not that complicated. He will do well on high-quality dry food for dogs. Just make sure that it is the right one for their own needs. The ingredients should be natural and high-grade, with meat representing the highest percentage of ingredients, followed by health facts, and vitamins. Avoid cheap foods full of filler as they can actually damage your pet’s health in the long run.
Yorkie-Pom will need kibble formula that is appropriate for his size, activity level, and age group (puppy, adult, or senior). Small breed formula is usually a good choice, as it is made specifically for dogs of their size and energy. However, this may change as they age.
Another important thing about the diet of this hybrid breed is making sure to get portions just right. Overfeeding your petite pooch can quickly lead to obesity and health issues. Unfortunately, the Yorkie-Pom gains weight with ease. So you have to be careful with portion control and this pup. Stick to recommendations from the manufacturer. Half a cup to a full cup of kibble per day is usually everything your pet needs to be full.
As always, if you are ever concerned about your pup’s diet, it’s wise to consult with your veterinarian. While dog food manufacturers and the internet provide good guidelines that are worth following, every dog is different. The only person qualified to assess the specific dietary needs of your personal pooch is your vet. So never be afraid to check in with your vet about this issue. It’s why you have a vet, after all!
The Yorkie-Pom is an intelligent breed that generally responds well to training.
The Yorkie-Pom is an intelligent breed that generally responds well to training but these little dogs can develop an independent streak if you aren’t firm and consistent with training. It is best to start training early for this dog and to establish yourself as the master of the house. If you give in to your dog too often and let him ignore your commands, he may develop Small Dog Syndrome in addition to other problem behaviors. Socialization is also important for this breed and it should be started from a young age. Initiating training early and often with a puppy is one of the most important things that you can do as a dog owner. It’s also important to focus on training rooted in positive reinforcement and rewards. Negative reinforcement and punishment is closer to abuse than training and should be avoided at all costs! Your pooch deserves so much better than that.
The Yorkie-Pom typically stands between 7 and 12 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 3 and 7 pounds at maturity. The size of this breed varies depending on the size of the two dogs used to create the cross.
The temperament of the Yorkie-Pom breed will vary according to breeding but, for the most part, these little dogs are friendly and energetic. Pomeranians are particularly friendly and playful, though they can also be a little assertive and willful at times. The Yorkshire Terrier, on the other hand, is good-natured and loves nothing more than to be a lap dog. You can expect some combination of these characteristics from your pooch, but as mentioned above it’s tough to guess precisely which traits will be favoured in your Yorkie-Pom. These dogs also tend to be very noisy, so you may need to train your dog to respond to a “hush” command to get him to stop barking. These dogs also tend not to do well with young children as they are very delicate.
Common Health Problems
For the most part, the Yorkie-Pom is a healthy breed. In many cases, crossbred dogs are less likely to develop congenital conditions than purebred dogs simply because the gene pool is much larger. That is not to say that the Yorkie-Pom isn’t prone to developing certain health conditions. All breeds have the potential to be affected by a number of different diseases. Some of the conditions most likely to affect this hybrid breed include eye problems, dental problems, epilepsy, liver disease, respiratory infections, and kidney problems. It’s nothing to be too worried about, but it’s also worth maintaining regular check ups with your vet as your pup gets older to monitor things and avoid any unpleasant surprises.
The average lifespan of the Yorkie-Pom is between 12 and 15 years.
Because the Yorkie-Pom has Pomeranian blood, it is generally going to be a high-energy dog. These dogs are also intelligent so they require plenty of mental stimulation in addition to exercise. If left alone too long (or if not properly trained), these dogs are prone to developing problem behaviors and Small Dog Syndrome. You don’t want to have a little furry Napoleon on your hands! This breed is adaptable to city or apartment life, however, as long as it gets enough daily exercise and has stimulating toys to keep its mind active.
The temperament of the Yorkie-Pom breed will vary according to breeding but, for the most part, these little dogs are friendly and energetic.
The Yorkie-Pom is not recognized by the AKC because it is technically a hybrid of two pure breeds rather than a new breed. This breed has, however, recognition from a few smaller canine clubs and organizations. The Yorkshire Terrier and Pomeranian mix is known under various different names and each of the organization accepts this breed under one of those names.
For instance, the American Canine Hybrid Club recognizes this breed as Yoranian. The Designer Dogs Kennel Club and Designer Breed Registry both accept it as Yoranian Terrier. The International Designer Canine Registry® calls the breed Yoranian Terrier or Porkie, whereas the Dog Registry of America, Inc. accepts all names.
Because the Yorkie-Pom is a cross between two long-coated breeds, you can expect it to have a fairly long coat. Most exhibit a combination of colors in their coats. While Yorkshire Terriers are typically dual-colored with black, tan, blue, or gold, Pomeranians come in all kinds of colors, usually solid. Grooming is especially important for the Yorkie-Pom to keep shedding under control and you will need to give his coat a trim several times a year as well.
The average litter size for the Yorkie-Pom breed varies. Yorkshire Terriers typically deliver 3 puppies per litter, while Pomeranians average 2 to 4. You can expect similar litter sizes from this breed. One thing to be wary of with this breed is that whelping is often difficult because the dog is so small. Another thing you may notice is that the coat color of Yorkie-Pom puppies may change as the puppy grows and matures. This is common in the Pomeranian breed and may be passed along from a Pom parent.
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Yoranian puppies Mia Sofia and Piper Isabella at 6 weeks old—"I wanted to share my puppies with you! Mia Sofia (left) and Piper Isabella (right) at 6-weeks-old . They are Yoranian puppies. Their mom is a Pom, and their dad is a Yorkie. They have the fluffy Pom hair and curly Pom tails. They are very playful little dogs and they're also very loving!"
Baxter the Yoranian (Pom / Yorkie hybrid dog) at 10 months old, weighing 10 pounds—his mom is a purebred Pomeranian and his dad is a purebred Yorkshire Terrier.
Baxter the Yoranian (Pom / Yorkie mix breed dog) at 10 months old, weighing 10 pounds—his mom is a purebred Pomeranian and his dad is a purebred Yorkshire Terrier.
16-week-old Yoranian puppy—her mom is a Pom and her dad is Yorkie. Photo courtesy of Tender Loving Puppies
6-week-old Yoranian puppy—her mom is Pom and her dad is Yorkie. Photo courtesy of Tender Loving Puppies
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Yorkie Pom Dog Breed
PomeranianYorkshire Terrier Mix
- Other names:
- Yorky Pom
- Yoranian Terrier
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Pronunciation: [yor kee pahm]
The Yorkie-Pom comes from cross-breeding the Yorkshire Terrier and the Pomeranian. Although both the histories and the coat styles of the two purebred parents seem very different, they nevertheless tend to produce good mixed-breed puppies. These hybrid dogs are playful, inquisitive, headstrong and yet rather easy to train in most ways. Grooming can be difficult if a Yorkie-Pom gets the Pomeranian-style coat, and house-training can be difficult regardless of which breed dominates genetically and otherwise. It's best to learn as much as you can about both parent breeds if you are looking into adopting a Yorkie-Pom.
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Yorkie Pom Breed Details
|Hybrid||12-17 yrs.||6-12 in.||3-7 lbs|
- Family Friendly
- Kid Friendly
- Pet Friendly
- Stranger Friendly
- Easy to Groom
- Energy Level
- Exercise Needs
- General Health
- Shedding Amount
- Barks / Howls
- Easy to Train
- Guard Dog
- Watch Dog
- Apartment Friendly
- Can Be Alone
- Good for Busy Owners
- Good for Novice Owners
As the parent breeds — the Yorkshire Terrier and the Pomeranian — are in the Toy Group, so too is the Yorkie-Pom a Toy . Unlike the parent breeds' historical purposes, however, the Yorkie-Pom was not bred for rat-catching and sled-pulling but for companionship and, some say, showing off. These mixed breeds usually don't get very big at all, prefer to be close-at-hand to their loved ones and can occupy themselves so long as they and you are home together. Having lots of toys on hand and at home will go a long way to keeping your Yorkie-Pom mentally stimulated.
While Yorkie-Poms are great dogs for people (whether alone or as families) seeking their first canine companion, you should consider all the ups and possible downs as well as the responsibilities that both factors bring:
- Very playful
- Excellent family pet
- Relatively easy to train
- Great for apartment-dwellers
- Loves to accompany you everywhere
- Extremely fond of its family members
- Wonderful pet for first-time families
- Can tolerate somewhat cold weather if it has a Pomeranian coat
- Those with a Yorkshire Terrier coat will be relatively hypoallergenic
- Can be a barker
- Highly protective of property
- Not very tolerant of hot weather
- Can be very jealous of other dogs
- Grooming needs are moderate to high
- Can inherit a fair amount of ailments
- Will confront dogs far larger than itself
- Left alone, can quickly develop separation anxiety
- Needs a great amount of socialization with other pets
- Those with a Pomeranian coat will not be hypoallergenic
- Potential for destructive behavior if either not exercised or not given toys
Yorkie Pom Breed Description
The Yorkie-Pom is a great little hybrid dog for first-time families with middle-aged children (8 or older). They do well in apartment settings if necessary. Both the Yorkie and the Pomeranian are accustomed to being pampered but were previously significantly larger and rather respected working dogs. These somewhat parallel backgrounds may be why crossing these two breeds produces a very popular and rather stable hybrid, the Yorkie-Pom.
While they are notably intelligent, they are not difficult to train so long as you start on day one and remain calm and consistent. (Don't be afraid to patiently take command despite those adorable eyes!) Doing so is one of the requirements to help prevent your Yorkie-Pom from becoming bored, destructive and uncontrollable — which they can become regardless of their small size.
These little mixed-breed dogs usually have an intriguing mix of fearlessness, curiosity and aloofness. Another requirement to maintain a manageable Yorkie-Pom is socialization. This will help prevent them from challenging larger dogs, not being aloof to strangers who approach your residence, and / or trying too hard to wander off as if they own everything they see. Perhaps the most difficult part of rearing one of these cute little dogs is the house-training.
As previously stated, the small size belies this hybrid dog's energy and stamina. Both parents have histories of hard working environments in which they respectively excelled; while you most likely don't have a rat infestation in your cotton mill or need to sled through the snow of some middle-European mountains, you must set aside a few hours every day to play with and walk (or run) with your Yorkie-Pom. You should also have a lot of toys for when you don't have the time to play or exercise or are not home.
Yorkie Pom Coloring
Yorkie-Pom coat colors tend to be limited despite the many colors collectively offered by the two parent breeds, Yorkshire Terriers and Pomeranians, which are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Yorkshire Terriers contribute only four colors — all of which are combinations — but Pomeranians proffer 18 colors (and nine) markings to the mix. Surprisingly, Yorkie-Pom coats only come in a few colors: black, black and tan, blue and tan, white, black and white, cream or sometimes even a tripartite coat of these colors. There may also be markings such as stripes or a mask.
Yorkie Pom Size
The Yorkie Pomeranian mix full-grown is still a small dog. Both parents are from the Toy Group. These cute little high-energy lapdogs stand about 6 to 12 inches high and weigh anywhere from 3 to 7 pounds when mature. Some have the small body and wiry coat of their Terrier parent, and others have the strong, stretched back legs and the frizzy fur ball look of a lion taken from their Pomeranian side. They will have a soft coat as a puppy but you should be able to tell if it's a Yorkie or Pom coat even then.
Average Adult Height
6-12 in*Height is measured in inches from the front paws to the top of the shoulder while the dog is standing on all four legs.
Average Adult Weight
Yorkie Pom Variations
Yorkie-Poms are small, toy dogs and there are some breeders who attempt to make already small dogs even smaller. While Yorkshire Terriers may have the genetic potential to be down-bred, Pomeranians are former sled dogs have already been bred down for size over the last century or so, and it may not be possible to get them any smaller without further and terrible health problems.
As with any hybrid dogs, the first generations should be AKC-registered purebreds, and they will produce F1 Yorkie Poms which also known as Yoranians. Two F1 Yorkie-Poms will have litters of F2 Yorkie-Pom puppies, two F2s will beget F3 puppies, and so on.
If an F1 Yorkie-Pom is bred back to either a Pomeranian or a Yorkshire Terrier, then they would produce F1B puppies. If an F1B Yorkie-Pom is bred back to an F1 Yorkie-Pom, then the result is a litter of F2B puppies.
As both parent breeds have long fur or hair coats, Yorkie-Poms are sure to also have a long coat. Poms have a fur coat with a double layer whereas Yorkies have hair and a single coat. The one big difference that can occur with Yorkie-Poms is that they may have either a double- or single-layer coat. The double-coat will be like the Pom: a huge fur ball. If your Yorkie-Pom gets a Yorkie coat, however, the hybrid puppy will have wiry, long hair.
Yorkie Pom Temperament
The Yorkie-Pom temperament can vary a bit as, like Yorkies, Poms are playful and energetic but unlike a Yorkie's desire to be a lapdog, Poms prefer to be seemingly perpetually active. Despite these seeming differences, the puppies produced from these two breeds usually have a wonderful temperament around mature people. Training and socialization is easy, so be sure to start early with both to help your Yorkie-Pom bark only when needed, not bite when merely aggravated, and be manageable around other dogs.
Yorkie-Poms can be more than a bit headstrong due to the Pomeranian side. This particular parent was originally much larger, drew sleds in central Europe and may not understand how tiny they have become over the last century or so. Yorkie-Poms will often try to chase dogs much larger than them. While they are great guard dogs, they are prone to barking a lot and facing off with threats significantly bigger than them. Separation anxiety is a distinct possibility too, as they are excellent companions but don't like to be left alone for long.
While they like to play, they don't like to play roughly; children who don't play gently with Yorkie-Poms risk being bitten. They are highly desirous of companionship, and you do have to take care to not step on or otherwise injure them since they can and often do get underfoot. Above all, they are remarkably energetic so they should have long walks every day as well as get to the dog park a few times weekly for exercise, socialization and fun!
Yorkie Pom Photos
Below are pictures and images of the Yorkie Pom dog breed.
Yorkie Pom Health
Although most mixed breeds typically have fewer health issues, smaller hybrids remain far more susceptible to inheriting a fair amount of both parent breeds' health complications due to size. You should look out for significant eye ailments, allergies, dental dilemmas and severe joint problems.
With proper grooming, regular vet visits and a daily exercise regimen, your Yorkie-Pom should live to be 12 to 17 years old.
- Collapsed Trachea
- Patellar Luxation
Yorkie Pom Breed Recognition
The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Yorkie Pom as a dog breed:
- American Canine Hybrid Club
- Designer Breed Registry
- Designer Dogs Kennel Club
- Dog Registry of America Inc.
- International Designer Canine Registry