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Nicole Cosgrove

The Yorkinese is a small mixed breed with two purebred parents, the Pekingese and the Yorkshire Terrier. He is talented in areas such as agility, watchdog and tricks. He has a life span of 12 to 15 years and is also called a Yorkingese. He is a very brave and bold dog who is affectionate and loving with his family.

Here is the Yorkinese at a Glance
Average height 6 to 9 inches
Average weight 5 to 12 pounds
Coat type Straight, long, if like a Yorkies it is more silky and hangs down, if like the Pekingese it is more coarse and stands out
Hypoallergenic? Can be as the Yorkie is
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Quite sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Moderate – Pekingese is more able to handle some time alone, the Yorkie is less so.
Barking Rare to occasional
Tolerance to Heat Low to moderate depending on coat
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to very good depending on coat
Good Family Pet? Good to very good
Good with Children? Moderate – socialization is essential
Good with other Dogs? Moderate to good – socialization is essential
Good with other Pets? Moderate to good – socialization is essential
A roamer or Wanderer? Average
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 Moderate
Major Health Concerns Patellar Luxation, Brachycephalic Syndrome, Eye problems, Cleft Palate, Cryptorchidism, Hydrocephalus
Other Health Concerns Fold Dermatitis, Reverse Sneezing
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $200 to $550
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $590 to $690

Where does the Yorkinese come from?

The Yorkinese is one of a large number of deliberately bred mixed dogs that have come about over the last 20 years or so. It is the last 10 years though that the numbers of different mixed breeds has increased dramatically. These have been called designer dogs, most have been bred in the US but some are being bred elsewhere. Some are proving extremely popular with celebrities and with the public and prices for them range by quite some surprising amounts. This has unfortunately created a problem with a lot of bad breeders also creating breeds hoping to make money and with no real breeding knowledge. As first generation dogs there can be no guarantees with what mix of personalities or looks they have from either parent. We have no real information on when and where the Yorkinese was first bred so here is a look at the parents for some background.

The Pekingese

The Pekingese is an ancient Chinese breed and has a lovely story behind his origins. A lion and a marmoset fell in love and the lion asked Buddha to make him smaller so they could be together but to still leave him with a brave lion heart and big character. Buddha agreed and from the two came the Fu Lin or Lion dogs! The Pekingese was named after the Chinese capital which was then called Peking. They were popular dogs amongst the nobility and commoners bowed to them! They were never to leave the palace or the country but in 1860 during the Opium war with the British they became prized and brought back to England. At first they were rare but they became very popular and that spread to the US at the start of the 20th century.

He is a brave and confident little dog who can be quite willful! He still has a dignity about him and obviously believes the devotion was deserved and still is. He is protective and loyal and will need firm but positive training methods. The trick to getting him to do what you want is to make him think it is what he wanted all along!

The Yorkshire Terrier

In England in the mid 19th century Scottish workers came looking for work in Yorkshire bringing with them a dog called the Paisley Terrier or Clydesdale Terrier. They were used for catching rats and mice around the mills. These were crossed with other terriers and in 1861 we see the first Yorkshire Terrier in a show called a broken haired Scotch Terrier. In 1870 they started to refer to them as Yorkshire Terriers because that is where most of the breeding and development had happened. In America the earliest record of one being born there is in 1872.

Today the Yorkie as they are often referred to is a confident and clever small dog with quite an intrepid spirit. They can have a range of personalities, some are more cuddly, some are more active, some are mischievous. One thing most Yorkies have in common though is if you spoil them too much they can become quite a handful!


The Yorkinese is a very bold and courageous dog, with a lot of energy and life, happy and spirited and outgoing. He is affectionate and loving with his family and is quite intelligent. His boldness means he can need supervision around other dogs, as he thinks he is larger than he really is. If he is spoiled and treated like a baby rather than a dog he can become difficult and ill tempered. He loves to play and also loves his cuddle time.

What does the Yorkinese look like

This is a small dog weighing 5 to 12 pounds and standing 6 to 9 inches tall. It tends to be a delicate dog with dark round eyes, small dainty feet and a bushy tail. His ears hang over and his coat is long, straight and can be silky and hanging down if like the Yorkie, or rough and sticking out if more like the Pekingese. Common colors are brown, golden, white, chocolate and cream.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Yorkinese need to be?

He is a fairly active dog despite being small but it is fairly easy to meet those needs. Let him have plenty of indoor play, give him toys to chew on and play with that offer mental stimulation chances too and take him out for a couple of 15 to 20 minute walks a day. He does not need a yard but it is somewhere he can explore if there is one. His size means he is fine living in an apartment as long as you take him out each day. Try to take him somewhere too where he can run off leash safely, a dog park for example though watch him around other dogs.

Does he train quickly?

Training is moderately easy with this dog, it will not need lots of extra effort but will be gradual and will require consistency and a positive approach. Offer him treats and then praise and encouragement, these are going to get much better results. But make it clear you are the boss not him otherwise things can get quite difficult. He can have a stubborn side and house breaking can be harder and will need you to be more patient with it. Make sure too he gets socialization from early on so he is a better all round dog you can trust.

Living with a Yorkinese

How much grooming is needed?

There is a moderate amount of grooming to be done with the Yorkinese. The long coat is going to need daily or every other day brushing to remove loose hair and debris and tangles. You will also likely need regular visits to a groomer to have it trimmed, and the hair around the face may need even more regular trimming. Shedding can be low to moderate depending on the coat. Only give him a bath when he needs one. Over bathing will dry out his natural oils in his skin and that can lead to further skin problems.

Give his ear a clean and check for infection once a week. Clip his nails when they get too long or have a groomer do it for you if you are not familiar with dog nails. Also to keep his teeth healthy give them a brush two or three times a week at leash.

What is he like with children and other animals?

In general this is not the best dog around other animals, other dogs or children! However with socialization and training he can adjust to them and he is more affectionate and playful with children he has grown up with.

General information

They can be alert and will bark to let you know if there is an intruder. He barks rarely to occasionally and will need to be fed ½ to ¾ cup of a high quality dry dog food each day, split into at least two meals.

Health Concerns

There are some issues this dog can face in terms of health, ones it can inherit from his parents. That is why it is a good idea to ask the breeder for health checks for both parents before you buy a puppy from them. Those issues include Patellar Luxation, Brachycephalic Syndrome, Eye problems, Cleft Palate, Cryptorchidism, Hydrocephalus, Heart problems, IVDD, Fold Dermatitis, Reverse Sneezing, Hypoglycemia, Collapsed Trachea and PSS.

Costs involved in owning a Yorkinese

A Yorkinese puppy can cost between $200 to $550. It will need to be check over by a vet and then have blood tests done, deworming, shots, micro chipping, neutering and such and this will cost another $270 or so. Items you will need like bowls, collar and leash, carrier and crate will be another $120 or so. Yearly costs also need to be planned for, a good owner is ready for the costs of having a pet, both the day to day ones and the emergencies that can occur. Medical basics like check ups, shots, pet insurance and flea prevention will be $435 to $535 a year. Annual non-medical needs like toys, food and treats, license, basic training and grooming are going to be $590 to $690.


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A Yorkinese is a lively and brave little dog who will need supervision around larger dogs and is best with homes that are children free, only have older children or if they are raised alongside children. Make sure you are not tempted to spoil him and treat him like a baby. A lot of owners of very small dogs spoil them and fuss over them and that can lead to difficult dogs who are snappy and out of control.

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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.