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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Yorkillon is a small cross of the Papillon and the Yorkshire Terrier. She takes part in agility events and has a life span of 12 to 15 years. She is also known as a Papiyork, Yorkie Pap or Papa-Shire. She is a bold and adventurous dog who is also very loyal and protective.
Here is the Yorkillon at a Glance
Average height 7 to 11 inches
Average weight 3 to 9 pounds
Coat type Medium to long and silky, single
Hypoallergenic? Can be – Yorkie can be
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Daily or every other day
Touchiness Quite sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low – can suffer from separation anxiety
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to very good depending on coat
Tolerance to Cold Moderate – not good in cold climates
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Moderate to good – needs socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Low
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good
Trainability Moderately easy
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Average
Major Health Concerns Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Collapsed Trachea, Eye Problems, Open Fontanel, PSS
Other Health Concerns Reverse Sneezing
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $150 to $550
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $590 to $690

Where does the Yorkillon come from?

The Yorkillon is a deliberately bred mixed dog, sometimes called a hybrid and also in a group of dogs now being called designer dogs. Over the last 5 decades there has been increased interest in these dogs, and in the last 10 years especially that interest has seen a dramatic rise. When dealing with breeders though you need to take care. Purebred breeders have standards they are meant to follow and that is something you can check into. Designer dog breeders do not have anything like that. There are a lot of breeders with little to no real knowledge, or ones who just do not care and are just in it for the money. As with a lot of these dogs there is no information on where it was first bred and if there was a purpose. We can though take a look at the parents for more information.

The Papillon

The Papillon can be found in old paintings dating back to the 1500s. They were popular amongst noble women throughout Europe. His name is French and comes from the change in his ear appearance in the 17th century from droopy ears to upright ones which made him look somewhat like a butterfly. Back then he was also solid colored whereas today he is often white with patches.

In temperament the Papillon is a friendly and happy small dog. He likes to be fairly active and will try to take charge if you allow it. He is smart and easy to train though and prefers to be active rather than always a lap dog. Some Papillons can be nervous or high strung when they come from poor lines. He gets very attached so avoid being separated for long periods.

The Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier comes from dogs brought by the Scottish to Yorkshire during the Industrial Revolution in England. Those dogs were larger and were thought to be ratters, catching rats and other vermin in mills and places of work. They were then crossed with other terriers leading to a small dog first seen in 1861 in a bench show. In 1870 the breed he was called a Yorkshire Terrier because that is where most of the breeding was done. In the 1870s he came to America.

The Yorkie as he is often called is a great companion, small, endearing and adventurous. There are a range of personalities, some are calm and cuddly, some are are more spirited and outgoing. Yorkies should not be spoiled though as they can have a tendency to adopt bad habits quickly and then be very difficult about training them out of them. Early socialization and training are important with him to get him used to children, other pets, and other experiences.


The Yorkillon is an energetic, playful and sometimes mischievous dog. She is known for her sock hiding antics for example so will certainly be bringing some smiles and groans to the home! She is fairly intelligent too and quite adventurous. She likes to explore and has a lot of curiosity. She can be happy and calm when it is snuggle time on your lap, but she also wants time to for play. Despite being small she can be quite protective of her family. She tends to see herself as a larger dog than she really is which can make her too bold on occasion. She is fairly sensitive and does not like to be alone for long periods. While usually social she still is somewhat wary of strangers but can learn to deal with them.

What does the Yorkillon look like

She is a small dog weighing 3 to 9 pounds and standing 7 to 11 inches tall. She has large ears that can be either pointed or hanging down, a short muzzle, round medium sized eyes and a rounded head. Her coat can be like either parents but both tend to be medium to long in length and silky or fluffy. Around its tail, chest, ears and back it can have extra tufts of hair. Common colors are white, brown, black and golden.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Yorkillon need to be?

Being quite energetic she is a fairly active dog. This is not a dog that will just laze around all day. As well as her indoor play time she will need at least a couple of 15 to 20 minutes walks a day. She is small so she well suited to apartment living and she does not need a yard, but she is curious she likes to explore so a yard is a good thing to have if possible. If she is big enough regular visits to a dog park is a great treat, she can go off leash safely and she can play and socialize. Just supervise her around large dogs.

Does she train quickly?

The Yorkillon is moderately easy to train, she is inclined to listen, she likes to please and she is smart enough, but she can want to go her own way sometimes. Be fair and positive but be firm. You are the boss not her, letting small dogs become spoiled can lead to a lot of problems. Encourage her, offer treats and praise and she can do well. She does will too learning tricks. Make sure she gets early socialization so that she grows into the best dog she can be. It will make taking her out and receiving guests a lot easier on you too.

Living with a Yorkillon

How much grooming is needed?

The Yorkillon has moderate grooming needs. It is low shedding and could be suitable for those with allergies, but this should be tested first if it is important. The coat can be trimmed to keep it shorter which would mean it needs less brushing but if kept longer it will need daily or every other day brushing. Otherwise it is prone to tangles and collecting debris. Only give her a bath when she needs one to protect her natural oils in her skin.

Care of her teeth is especially important as she can be prone to dental problems, so make sure she gets them brushed at least three times a week. Also check her ears once a week for infection and give them a wipe clean with a dog ear cleaner and cotton ball or cloth. Her nails will need to be trimmed when they get too long, this is something that can be done by you but only if you are aware of where it is safe to cut. If not have a groomer do it for you.

What is she like with children and other animals?

With socialization and training she can be accepting and even playful with children. When she has been raised with them she is also affectionate. However in general she is best in homes with older children or no children at all. She is fragile so needs to be watched around other larger pets, and toddlers. She can have a high prey drive so may chase smaller animals. She can also tend to see herself is being larger than she is and may try to challenge or play with dogs who are much larger than her.

General information

Usually she makes a great watchdog, she might be small but she is alert and she will bark should strangers try to get in. She barks occasionally and should be fed about ¼ to ½ cups of a good quality dry dog food a day, split into two meals.

Health Concerns

As well as the previously mentioned dental issues there are some health concerns she can inherit from either parent. They include Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Collapsed Trachea, Eye Problems, Open Fontanel, PSS and Reverse Sneezing.

Costs involved in owning a Yorkillon

A Yorkillon is going to cost about $150 to $550 for a puppy depending on where you are and the type of place you buy from. Other initial costs will include getting her a crate, carrier, leash, collar, bowls and such for another $120 or so. She will also have initial medical needs like deworming, vaccinations, blood tests, spaying, micro chipping and a physical exam. These come to about $270. Annual costs for ongoing medical needs like check ups, flea prevention, vaccinations and pet insurance come to $435 to $535. Non-medical needs like toys, food, license, grooming, treats and basic training come to about $590 to $690.


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The Yorkillin is a spunky little dog, full of personality and energy and keen to explore everywhere and everything. She has far too much confidence for her size so supervision is needed or she can get herself in trouble. She is best for home with older children or no children but will need owners that can take two 20 minute walks each day with her.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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