Yorkiechon vs. Yorkiepoo

Mira Gibson

The Yorkiechon and Yorkiepoo are approximately the same height and weight and have the same life span of 10 -15 years. So, what’s the difference between these two designer dog breeds? Is one better than the other? And if you’re looking for a small dog breed, should you get the Yorkiechon or the Yorkiepoo?


Both the Yorkiechon and Yorkiepoo share a common purebred parent, the Yorkshire Terrier. Most of the similarities of personality traits, energy level, and life span derive from their Yorkie parents. But the Yorkiechon hails from a mix of Yorkshire Terrier with Bichon Frise, also a purebred dog. Whereas the Yorkiepoo is a mix of Yorkshire Terrier with the toy Poodle. 

Yorkshire Terriers have been in existence for well over 100 years. This purebred breed has been recognized by both the American Kennel Club and English Kennel Club since 1885. Yorkies were initially bred for their small size and fearless nature, for the purposes of accompanying their owners to work in factories and textile mills in Yorkshire County, England. While on the job with their owners, Yorkies would fetch tools, materials, and other items, as well as hunt rodents and other pests to keep the facilities clear of these disease-carrying critters. 

Today, Yorkshire Terriers are among the most popular “toy dog” breeds and remain loyal companions to their owners. This could be why modern breeders have used the Yorkie to create more small-sized, loyal yet fearless companions. Both the Yorkiechon and Yorkiepoo are hypoallergenic, compassionate, intelligent, and energetic. They both do best when they can be at their owners’ sides, and they are both prone to separation anxiety if they’re left alone for too long. 

So, what are the differences between these breeds? Read on to find out!


A lovable mix of Yorkshire Terrier and Bichon Frise, the Yorkiechon is a North American designer dog that has been gaining widespread popularity. These dogs are playful and intelligent. They can be independent, but generally prefer to spend most of their time with a trusted member of the family. Their personalities make them good family dogs for homes with older children. As one of the Yorkiechon’s parents is the Bichon Frise, Bichons were originally used by the Spanish for sailing and herding dogs and by the French as lapdogs of nobility. Bichon Frises were eventually used in circuses because this breed was agile and entertaining, and they had the skills to perform tricks. Yorkies were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 and the English Kennel Club in 1886. Bichons were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972. It’s possible that some day the Yorkiechon will be added to the American Kennel Club.

Height: 9 – 12 inches

Weight: 6 – 8 lbs.

Lifespan: 10 – 15 years

Exercise needs: at least one ½-hour walking and playing session per day

Good with: cats, dogs, children, families, seniors

Colors: black, blonde, brown, cream, dark, brown, golden, gray, white

Fur texture: silky or curly very full coat

Trainability: moderately easy to train

Temperament: spunky, feisty, playful, and affectionate

Intelligence: moderate-to-high intelligence


There are many hybrid dog breeds, like the Yorkiepoo, that have one Poodle parent. Poodles are chosen when creating new hybrids because Poodles are highly intelligent and have hypoallergenic fur that hardly sheds. Couple that with the Yorkshire Terrier, a breed that also hardly sheds, and you have one very easy-to-live-with low-shedding dog, the Yorkiepoo. This mixed breed works as a great pet for any family. Lively, affectionate, and sassy are all words to describe a Yorkiepoo’s personality. Keep in mind that a Yorkiepoo’s temperament can vary drastically depending on their genetics. Some are more Yorkie, while others more Poodle. Regardless of which breed they take after more, the Yorkiepoo is known to thrive from any type of human interaction. You can expect your Yorkiepoo to join you in any conversation. They love a good game of fetch any day but are also calm enough to cuddle on the couch and watch a movie. Even though they may be small, they are an effective watchdog, barking at the first sign of any intruder. Their charming personality and adorable features make the Yorkiepoo a rising favorite among all pet owners.

Height: 7 -15 inches

Weight: 5 – 15 lbs.

Lifespan: 10 – 14 years

Exercise needs: at least two ½-hour walking and playing sessions per day

Good with: cats, older children, families, seniors

Colors: gold, blue, white, and parti-color

Fur texture: smooth coat of silky and wavy hair,

Trainability: easy to train (slightly more intelligent than the YorkieChon thanks to the Poodle parent)

Temperament: Slightly more gentle nature than the purebred Yorkie

Intelligence: Highly intelligent (Yorkiepoos actually rank #2 for the “most intelligent dog breed”!)


As you can see, the Yorkiechon and Yorkiepoo hybrid dog breeds are very similar with only slight differences. So, which should you bring home as your furry companion? That may depend on your own personality traits and lifestyle, and which designer dog will better compliment your day-to-day adventures. 

We recommend that you schedule a time to meet both of these adorable breeds to see for yourself which one better suits you. If you’re in the Boca Raton, FL, area, come on into PuppyBuddy! We have both Yorkiechons and Yorkiepoos that would love to meet you, as well as other hybrid and purebred dog breeds!