Think of a healthy crossbreed that enjoys to play, loves people, is hypoallergenic, is so easy to train, and is intelligent; yet, that’s just half of what makes them great. Must be quite a breed, right?
Meet the Yorkipoo. Some folks call them Yorkidoodle. Others Yo-Yopoo, Yorkapoo, Yoodle, or Porki. Actually, there’s a bunch of interesting names out there assigned to them. They all refer to a Yorkie-Poodle mix that is now at the forefront of the best designer dogs that seek to get rid of health complications their purebred parents have while, at the same time, offering the best of both.
But Yorkipoos aren’t angels. Just like most dog breeds, they have their own shortcomings and I’ll be showing you some of them in a short while.
In this guide, I will be taking a closer look at the Yorkipoo, from an overview of its features, characteristics, and size to personality, temperament, health, care, and more.
What Is A Yorkipoo?
This cherished designer dog is a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a purebred Poodle. Both breeds are a favorite among many dog owners because of their lovable attributes and genes.
Yorkies are a popular show dog that love attention. Also, they are one of the most intelligent breeds, a fact that makes them so easy to train. Another special thing about them is the long glossy coat and hypoallergenic fur.
Poodles, on the other hand, are a super-intelligent breed, coming in second after the Border Collie. They are obedient and exceptional at herding and tracking. Combine all that with their cute look and surprising agility and you have the reasons why they are every breeder’s favorite pooch. Just like the Yorkies, they are also hypoallergenic.
Now, Yorkipoos borrow some of the desirable traits that their parents possess. Most breeders use toy or miniature Poodles a lot, which explains the variation in their weight and size. Nonetheless, they are active, energetic, and fun-loving canines you will want to have as your companion.
Do Yorkipoos Make Good Pets?
Yes! In fact, that was the goal its breeders had in mind – to design a small companion dog that could live with people who are prone to allergies. Small breeds that existed before that, including the first generation Yorkipoos, had the diseases that their parents suffered from. This would later be attributed to poor breeding.
Yorkipoos of today are way better as they have a mix of the best attributes passed down from their parents. Other than what we mentioned earlier, they are affectionate, playful, confident; basically, a sweet and fun pooch.
She will greet your visitors with plenty of glee and excitement, entertain your family, and make a great companion, even for the elderly.
Yorkipoos also make a great choice for novice owners. This is due to the fact this breed takes to training way better than other small breed counterparts, and they are quite easygoing. Compare that to a breed that is super sensitive, assertive, and an independent thinker. You will have a hard time with such a dog if you are a beginner.
Also, should you make mistakes or find yourself battling inconsistencies, this dog will easily bounce back from them.
What’s The Lifespan Of A Yorkipoo?
Yorkipoos have generally been found to have a lifespan of between 10-15 years. This estimation takes into consideration the average life expectancies of both parents.
Yorkshire Terriers can live up to roughly 15 years while miniature Poodles have a life expectancy of between 10 and 13 years. Toy poodles have the lowest lifespan that ranges from 12 to 14 years.
There are several other factors that will contribute to how long your Yorkipoo will live, led by the care and attention you offer her, diet, exercise, health check-ups etc., they all matter a lot.
What Is The Best Food For A Yorkipoo?
A Yorkipoo should be fed a ¼ to 1 cup of top-grade kibble every day. Always remember to consider her age, size, activity level, metabolism, build, health status, and fitness level. Giving Yorkipoos the right amount of food that matches their needs, requirements, and status is a sure way to promote their well-being and life expectancy.
Rather than leave the food out, feed her twice a day. Remember to limit your selection to the varieties formulated for small breed dogs. The kibble in such foods is usually smaller in size.
Pay attention to the ingredients as well. Meat, in its purest form, should be among the top ingredients. Make their menu even more diverse by adding fruits such as pineapples and watermelons and also safe vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, kale, cabbage, spinach, etc. These should be fed as a separate meal.
Where Do You Get A Yorkipoo?
A breeder would be the best place to start. Do your research and due diligence before making a selection.
Go the extra mile to meet both parents of the crossbreed. Interact with them and observe their temperament. Check their papers as well and medical history. Eventually, you’ll gather hints of what the mix is like.
A great breeder should be willing to provide answers to these questions, vet your lifestyle to find out if you have the resources and time to devote to the pup, and provide the much-needed help throughout your Yorkipoo’s life.
You could also visit pet stores and puppy mills to check if the breed is available. But bear in mind that the majority of such places rarely test for genetic illness before breeding new pups.
How Much Is A Yorkipoo?
Yorkipoos date back to roughly a decade ago and all through the years, they have continued to be well-known, a situation that has led to their increased demand. On average, they cost anywhere between $400 and $1,000.
The cost depends on factors such as their bloodline, parent’s history, age, breed quality, geographical location, etc. Breeders with all the paperwork will also charge you more than the average breeder who operates from a backyard and has little or no paperwork. Some will even ask for a non-refundable deposit.
F1, F2, and F3 are the most common terms you’ll come across as you shop for a Yorkipoo. F1 means the mix is a 50/50 (so, 50% Yorkshire Terrier and 50% Poodle). F2 is a cross between F1 Yorkipoo parents while an F3 is the offspring of F2 Yorkipoo parents. As the number goes up, the price also rises.
What Colors Are Yorkipoos?
Yorkipoos come clothed in silky soft coats that have a variety of colors ranging from white, gold, cream, blue, tan, red, black and sable to chocolate, parti-color, gray, and apricot. Some spot a blend of these colors and markings, like black Yorkipoos with tan points. These coats often take a straight, wavy, or curly look.
Do Yorkipoos Change Color?
Yes! But only when they grow older. Their coat gradually turns into gray. This attribute is traced to one of their parents - the Yorkie. Once they become adults, their color changes.
Do Yorkipoos’ Ears Stand Up?
Yes! They may be straight and upright, just like those of a Yorkie, or floppy, like a Poodle’s.
Are Yorkipoos Easy To Train?
Yes! This breed does exceptionally well at training, partly because they are clever and quick learners, just like their parents.
Keep the lessons for Yorkipoos entertaining and see to it that they can arouse her curiosity or interest. You’ll be surprised at how she can learn and master basic obedience with ease. Basically, you’ll have an easy time with her this way.
Do the opposite, say keep things repetitive or be harsh, and the other nasty side of your Yorkipoo will present itself. She will be stubborn, bark without stopping, and probably shut down, not to mention such severe corrections could seriously injure them.
It would actually be great if you only reinforce those behaviors you want to see. Do this consistently while ignoring everything else. Remember, Yorkies love attention. Their natural desire to be the focus of everyone’s attention will motivate them to always adopt the behaviors that reward them with that.
Do Yorkipoos Make Good Companion Dogs?
Absolutely yes! That explains why they are a favorite breed for family life and older folks. They love people and some fun too, especially when they are around youthful energy. She will entertain your family and occasionally do one or two tricks to impress the visitor.
When meeting other dogs, they tend to be so excited that they will easily jump upon them with no second thought. But as you are aware, this could go wrong. That’s why it is recommended that you supervise them around such settings.
Nonetheless, they are so gentle and comfortable in their own skin that it would take a severely harsh trigger, like rough play, for them to be aggressive. Supervise your kids during play to ensure they don’t trigger her aggressive nature.
If what you want is a small-sized poised puppy with lots of energy and a loving personality, Yorkipoos would make a super great companion. With great socialization, Yorkipoos will get along well with just about any person or pet.
How Big Does A Yorkipoo Get?
A Yorkipoo’s height ranges from 7 to 15 inches while their weight could be anywhere between 4 and 14 pounds. The variations in size are because of the fact that both parents tend to have diverse attributes. A mature adult Yorkipoo’s size is in most cases a reflection of the Poodle used for crossbreeding.
Such a size is too small for your Yorkipoo to live outside. The best place for them would thus be an indoor space for the sake of their physical and emotional well-being.
How Big Is A Toy Yorkipoo?
Remember, Yorkipoos are bred with only two varieties of Poodles: the miniature and toy breed. Toy Poodles have a height that is under 10 inches while their weight ranges from 4 to 6 pounds. Now, based on the logic above, it follows that an adult Toy Yorkipoo would most likely have the same height and weight.
How Much Should Yorkipoos Weigh?
Ideally, your little guy should weigh 15 pounds or less. Yorkipoos are affectionate pups and because we love them to bits, most of us tend to feed them well but forget that these little guys need enough exercise as well. As a result, they become overweight and what follows after are serious health conditions.
At the same time, underweight Yorkipoos are also prone to health problems and could suffer severe complications when under anesthesia. So, make sure she doesn’t weigh less than 4 pounds.
All these instances explain why it’s important to sustain the right weight always. Here’s how to tell if your Yorkipoo has the correct weight:
Have her stand on a table, then place your hands on her sides. Keep them just under the neck, then move down to the sides. Now, run your fingers beneath her hair. If you are unable to sense any ribs or bones protruding, that means there’s a weight complication.
Here’s a video about that:
At What Age Is A Yorkipoo Full Grown?
Both their height and weight will keep growing until they are four years old. Usually, Yorkipoos grow to a height of about 7 inches to 1-foot. As for weight, it will range between 3 to 14 pounds when they are fully grown. Since they become from petite parents, expect them to remain so, even as they grew into adults.
What Is The Personality Of A Yorkipoo?
This little pup is well known for its active personality and for being a little mischievous. Expect them to do silly acts as they make every person around them laugh. A sense of humor aside, they crave and cherish attention and would never want to miss a moment of your family time.
Also, they are affectionate dogs who love to have fun. Their loyalty makes them excellent companion dogs. Unlike other small breeds, they are confident and easygoing, with relatively fewer demands.
Another aspect of their personality worth mentioning is their intelligence. Give them positive training consistently and you will love what they will become. More often, your Yorkipoo will want to rest on your lap as they carefully explore the world through their keen eyes.
Do Yorkipoos Like To Cuddle?
Yes, they do. In fact, they enjoy it a lot with loved ones. Remember, these little furry pals love affection and attention, and cuddling is the one stone that kills these two birds.
Can Yorkipoos Be Left Alone?
Yes and no! Let’s look at their parents. Yorkies tend to be a little independent while a Poodle is an exact opposite. They will barely function without the owner around, making them highly dependent. Now, a Yorkipoo can take either of these attributes.
Nonetheless, most Yorkipoos still cherish human company. Thus, they do not like it when separated from those they love or when left alone for long periods of time. It has been observed that adult Yorkipoos can only last 6 hours before they act out while the puppies will only be calm for the first 2 or 3 hours.
If you leave them alone for a period longer than that, they are likely to develop separation anxiety complications and this will be the basis for other behavioral problems that will begin to take root since you are not around to stop them in their initial stages.
However, Yorkipoos with more options for entertainment tend to react less when left alone. So, get them a variety of toys to play with. Because they are small in size, a toy that's too big or strong for them to handle can be damaging to their health. Therefore, get them special toys designed for their size. With more play time, she will have less frustration and stress to deal with.
Meanwhile, if you happen to get back home in time before they act out, make sure you've given her all the attention she wants because that's their top most craving.
What Are The Characteristics Of A Yorkipoo?
In addition to being lively, Yorkipoos are friendly and fun. And just like their parents, they are also bold and confident. Once you begin to interact, it doesn’t take long before you become inseparable.
However, if you leave them alone for long, they will most probably become anxious, start to bark incessantly , and even dig into your furniture cushions.
Since this is a relatively new breed that has been around for about a decade, their temperaments often vary. Actually, designer dogs that are first-generation mixes tend to be very unpredictable. Thus, there’s usually no set standard for the breed. Most of their attributes will depend on their lineage.
However, the gene pool has been growing steadily. Yorkipoos are being bred with their fellow Yorkipoos. If this selective breeding goes on in the next few years, we will have additional generations and this will eventually lead to their personality and temperament becoming more predictable.
Nonetheless, you can always learn more about your Yorkipoo’s temperament by asking to meet both their parents, mostly the mother since they are the ones who are easily available. Observe how they behave and if they are taken good care of. This will give you clues about your Yorkipoo’s temperament.
Some of the other common qualities that define their temperament include:
Something else worth mentioning is that their temperament can be affected by numerous factors such as socialization, training, and, of course, their heredity.
Early socialization can help expose them to a variety of sounds, sights, experiences, and people. This will assist them to become well-rounded canines when they grow up. Take them to busy parks as well, leisurely strolls, and other places where they will meet people and interact with different things. If possible, also enroll her in a Kindergarten class for puppies.
Are Yorkipoos Good Dogs?
Yes, and in many ways. To begin with, they love to be in a family environment. That’s where they thrive. Also, Yorkipoos cherish the company of humans and will easily become attached to those they hang around with more often in the house.
Since they are gentle and love to have fun, children will have a great time with this little furry canine. However, this should be done with a lot of care since rough or more physical play could injure them or cause them to be aggressive.
It would actually be better if you left them with older kids because they have a better idea of how to handle them. Don’t make the mistake of leaving her with your child unsupervised.
All these behaviors and traits, together with the other ones that we have discussed so far, contribute to making Yorkipoos great dogs.
Are Yorkipoos Smart?
Yes! They are typically highly intelligent, a fact that makes them pretty fast learners. Training them is easy too since they are ever keen to please you. It won’t be long before they master those basic commands and go ahead to even do tricks such as dancing, crawling, or playing dead.
Take them to the sports arena and you’ll be surprised how competitive they can get. You could also train them to be therapy pups.
Are Yorkipoos Yappy?
Yes, they have a tendency to be a bit yappy, especially when they are not treated gently, left alone, or sense a threat. However, they are generally well-behaved and you can successfully train them to stop being yappy.
Rather than forcing her to stop, focus on minimizing her barking behavior. Train her to obey commands. That includes those that instruct her to stop barking, sit down calmly, or convey her needs in a way that doesn't involve yapping.
As soon she starts getting familiar with numerous types of triggers and getting less frustrated by them, she will become less reactive and, at this point, you will be in a position to manage her behavior better.
Do Yorkipoos Bark A Lot?
Yes, they do, especially if your breed borrows a lot from their Yorkshire Terrier parent. Yorkies are known to bark a lot. However, those that lean more towards the Poodle bark less.
Yorkipoos generally make excellent watchdogs. That is why they will bark at anything they feel is a threat. However, these threats are usually nothing but a passing cat or loud noise, say a car backfiring, and so on.
Other reasons why your Yorkipoo could be barking so much is because of loneliness or separation anxiety. The good news is you can prevent this barking from becoming your worst nightmare by initiating early socialization and proper training.
As for their level of prey, this largely depends on the bloodline. A breed with more Yorkie personality will give chase and enjoy it while those with extra Poodle personalities tend to be mellow.
Do Yorkipoos Have Health Problems?
Yes! But not as many as you would expect in purebred pups. Broadly speaking, Yorkipoos are well known as a strong and healthy breed. Because of the manner in which the majority of genetic illnesses are passed on, more often, they barely have most of the weaknesses that their parents do.
Breeding plays a major role in this. A professional and reputable breeder will carefully test the parents to make sure they are as healthy as possible. Their goal is usually to produce an offspring that will display the least health issues. Some will even make this information available to you during the shopping phase.
However, a breed from a puppy mill, pet store, or your backyard breeder is more likely to have or be prone to more health complications because the majority of these places rarely test the parents for genetic diseases before breeding them.
If you chose to go down that path, always remember to ask for a health clearance certificate. These show that the dog has been tested for particular conditions and is cleared of them. Make sure the clearances are from well-known reputable institutions such as the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF), and so on.
Nevertheless, there’s still a number of diseases they are prone to that you should really watch out for. Some are breed-specific while others are inherited from their parents. Here are the most common:
Epilepsy  is a neurological condition that causes repeated mild or severe seizures. Symptoms often begin to present themselves anywhere between one and five years. What often triggers it is unusual electrical activity in her brain.
Epilepsy will result in your dog having difficulties in movements and displaying unusual behaviors such as running in an uncontrolled manner as if it’s being chased, hiding, staggering, falling down, losing consciousness, and so on. Once the first sign shows up, visit a vet right away for proper diagnosis.
No long-term cure for this condition has been found yet, but the condition can be controlled through medication.
Yorkipoos battle this kind of infection purely due to the way their ear canals are structured. Besides being narrow, they are covered with plenty of hair, and so if you don’t examine and clean them on a regular basis, infections could occur.
Clean the ears every other time you give them a bath. Do this using a warm washcloth. Get rid of all the excess debris and wax that usually accumulates inside the ears. As for ear canals, it would be best if you use a cotton ball dipped in mineral oil to clean them.
You can also do thorough washing of the ear once a month. To avoid complications, use water and white vinegar. Vinegar will help to dry the moisture in their ears and also prevent the growth of yeast and bacteria. Gently pour the solution into their ear and then spread it while massaging the ear. After that, wipe out the outer ear canal with the help of cotton balls.
As for the hairs, I would suggest you visit your groomer at least once a month and have them get rid of the excess ones. Also, make sure their ears are dry all the time. If exposed to water frequently, this might cause irritations and damaging infections.
Their rear hip joints tend to suffer from malformations. Rear knee joints aren’t spared either. Instability is their biggest threat.
Just like the Yorkies, your Yorkipoo could also suffer from patellar luxation, also well known as slipped stifles. This is when her kneecap gets dislocated from her thigh bone. Small dogs are the ones most prone to this condition.
Even though it’s not a threatening health problem, she will have to battle mild pain around the knee area. But the leg will become alright again once she relaxes her legs, allowing the joint to slowly adjust back into their natural position.
Another health issue known to affect their leg joints is the Legg-Calve-Parthes disease. It’s connected with the spontaneous degeneration of her femur. This is what usually happens: Blood supply to the femur’s head is decreased and the part of it that connects to the pelvis starts to disintegrate.
Initial symptoms include limping and a decrease in the size of the atrophy of her leg muscles. They normally occur when puppies are between 4 and 6 years of age. This condition needs surgery to be corrected.
While your Yorkipoo is still young, schedule a visit to your vet and have them examine her vulnerability to these conditions. The good news is that they can all be treated through surgery.
Portosystemic Shunt (PSS)
PSS occurs when the flow of blood between your dog’s liver and her body is abnormal. Remember, the liver is one of the most vital organs in the body. Its major roles include metabolizing nutrients, eliminating drugs, and detoxifying the body.
When this condition occurs, all these functions are disrupted. The earliest signs you should watch out for include:
- Neurobehavioral abnormalities
- Loss of appetite
- Urinary tract complications
- Hypoglycemia/low blood sugar
- Drug intolerance
- Intermittent gastrointestinal issues
- Stunted growth
These signs normally begin to appear before two years. Treatment includes corrective surgery and proper diet.
Hypothyroidism is a disorder of the thyroid gland and is believed to be the condition behind epilepsy, obesity, pyoderma, alopecia/hair loss, hyperpigmentation, among other skin complications. Treatment includes both medication and diet.
This is a chronic, inherited, and seriously damaging skin condition that occurs due to continued exposure to substances that trigger allergic reactions. Allergens such as pollen or mites are the most common culprits.
Symptoms will begin to appear when your pup is roughly three years of age. They include licks, chews, rubs, bites, or scratches at her ears, feet, groin, or armpits. The resulting effect is loss of hair, thickening and redness of the skin.
Part of the treatment includes getting rid of the allergen and medications such as steroids and antihistamines. Also, you could use hypoallergenic products such as shampoos.
Grooming & Care
How Do You Take Good Care Of Your Yorkipoo?
Taking good care of your Yorkipoo takes several forms.
Since they are too small to survive outside, Yorkipoos spend most of their days indoors. If you force them to live outside, their physical and emotional health will be majorly affected. While inside your house or apartment, you will want to have them undergo crate training.
This way, she won’t cause accidents or end up in places she shouldn’t. Besides, she can be retreating to such a place (the crate) for a rest or sleep. Doing this early in her life will help in making her more accommodative and less hostile to confinement. However, don’t leave them staying in the crate for an entire day.
Remember, Yorkipoos love the company of humans and play. So, have them spent just a few hours in the crate or to only use it when they want to sleep.
Also, take them for exercise every day. Maybe you are one of those parents who adore their pups so much you feed them well. Add on to that their extra energy and you have a more compelling reason to have them exercise at least once a day for 20 to 30 minutes. You can pair that with the typical walk to the park or around the neighborhood and playtime at your backyard.
Eventually, you will end up with a puppy that is more healthy and happy.
If not a non-shedder, your Yorkipoo could probably be low-shedder. She requires a bit of care to keep her silky coat looking fine and healthy. You can begin by brushing her daily so as to prevent tangling and matting.
While doing that, make sure the hair around her eyes and mouth is brushed away from them because they can easily be an irritant. Alternatively, you can trim them with the help of scissors.
As for their coat, trim it on a regular basis to a length you prefer because they are a mix. Unlike the purebred dogs, designer ones have no standard or rule when it comes to the correct cut length.
Her teeth should be brushed at least two to three times every week so as to get rid of the bacteria that often lurk inside them and tartar build-up as well. While still toys, Yorkipoos tend to develop a lot of dental problems, majorly because those teeth barely fit inside her tiny mouth as they are supposed to. Above all that, you’ll be warding off bad breath and conditions such as gum disease.
His nails should be clipped one or two times a month. That is if he doesn’t naturally wear them down. A quick sure sign that it’s about time to trim them is when you can hear them click as he walks on the floor. That means they are too long.
Remember, dog toenails have blood vessels in them. The trimming, therefore, needs to be done carefully. If you can’t do so or feel uncomfortable with this, enlist the help of a professional groomer.
Not doing it correctly may result in your pup refusing to cooperate the next time you want to clip his nails.
See to it that you examine her years after every week. Watch out for any bad odor or redness. These usually indicate that an infection could be imminent.
Clean them within the same period as well. Always use a ball of cotton wool dipped in an ear cleaner that is gentle with a proper pH-balance. Leave her ear canal untouched and only focus on the outer side of the ear.
As you do all these grooming activities, note any signs or conditions that seem unusual. This includes things like sores, redness, inflammation, tenderness, rashes, etc. Pay extra attention to the nose, mouth, skin, eyes, feet, and the rest of her skin. Remember to do this as often as you can. Weekly would be great for a start.
Do Yorkipoos Shed A Lot?
Yes and no! There are lots of dog owners who actually consider this breed low or non-shedders. Plus, most of them are hypoallergenic, a trait they borrow from their parents.
Yorkies tend to have fur that resembles human hair. They do shed a little bit, but not like the other breeds. Poodles, on the other hand, barely shed.
Sometimes a Yorkipoo’s traits and attributes may lean more towards one parent. Compared to Yorkies, Poodles are low shedding. So, if your pup leans more toward the Yorkie, chances are her low-shedding could be higher than if she has more Poodle features.
It’s important to also note that there could be some little particles in your Yorkipoo’s skin, like dander or salvia, which could very well be allergy triggers.
Do Yorkipoos Smell?
Generally, Yorkipoos do not have any bad smell and there isn’t any breed-related reason that would trigger such a smell. While most dog breeds tend to have that dog smell, especially after lots of play or as they go about their daily activities, Yorkipoos don’t have it. Even their parents are well-known for being clean dogs that lack that maligned dog smell.
Are Yorkipoos Hard To Potty Train?
No! The opposite is actually true. It’s so easy to train them. They borrow this trait from their parents. As already mentioned earlier, this breed is clever and can master basic obedience with ease.
That aside, they are always eager to please their master, a fact that makes the potty training easy. You can have her deliver even better results by praising her little achievements and rewarding them with delectable tidbits.
How Often Should You Walk A Yorkipoo?
Take your Yorkipoo for a walk for 20-30 minutes, at least once or twice a day. You could schedule one in the morning and the other in the evening. What time you take them for this walk doesn’t matter, though it would be really great if you scheduled them to take place at the same time each day so that they can adapt to it fast and develop a habit.
Keep your walks moderate and the pace fairly brisk. Make sure her movement is steady, but not the kind that makes her breath hard. Such walks will help to keep your Yorkipoo in the best form and shape possible.
How Often Should You Bathe A Yorkipoo?
Yorkipoos only need to be bathed when it’s really necessary and not according to a schedule. Most dog owners do it one or two times a month. Bathing her will help to keep her coat retain her silkiness. It would be better if you do it complete with a conditioner so as to keep her skin healthy and maintain its beauty.
What’s most profound about Yorkipoos is that they are small dogs with a beautiful and lovable character. They love humans and to play. Even though they may bark a lot, that’s something you can easily take care of once you establish the reason behind it.
Dog allergy is a condition many dog owners battle with and Yorkipoos are just right on time to make this worry go away. That’s another special thing about them. For first-time dog owners, this breed is what you will want to set off your journey with because it will endure your mistakes and inconsistencies while remaining loyal and social.
But just like all dog breeds, Yorkipoos come with their own set of drawbacks too, led by a long list of potential health problems. Even though this is not guaranteed, the potential for their existence or occurrence takes away some of their prestige. Also, their cost is quite high, compared to other small breeds with almost similar features.
If you plan to get this breed, don’t forget that the best ones come from great breeders . Spare enough time to do your due diligence.
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