A Yorkie-Pom’s temperament varies depending on their upbringing, age, and genealogy. They are, however, 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.
Yorkie-Poms 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. Yorkie-Poms 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 are, however, 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 strengthen their teeth and gives them a wide variety of minerals and vitamins.
The Yorkie-Pom 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 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 his fur. You should bathe him every other month unless he has gone swimming, played in the rain or snow, or went for a hike or a road trip with you. Then, you should have your pup professionally groomed every season. Doing so will keep him comfortable and healthy.
This is a high energy dog that will need plenty of exercise. Moreover, they need 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.