These pups are energetic, loving, and great with kids. They are patient, and happy to be with their owner on walks or just reading a book. They are easy-going dogs that will enjoy whatever task you have for them. Just be sure to give them plenty to do if you leave the house. They enjoy puzzles and games when unattended. This will keep them occupied and calm until you return.
Yorkie-Chons can live in small or large homes, and with one person or with a family. They are a somewhat independent breed. However, if you regularly leave the home for more than six to eight hours, you should bring your pup with you while you run errands if you are able. Then, they will not become anxious or destructive over time.
This breed is healthy in general, and only needs regular check-ups, vaccinations, and preventative measures to keep them happy. They have a fairly fast metabolism, and will not need more than a daily walk, or a game of fetch, to keep them in shape. As they age, however, they become susceptible to chronic issues such as cataracts, hip dysplasia, and eye defects. They may also suffer from epilepsy, acute moist dermatitis, and achondroplasia – a hereditary condition where the extremities are shorter compared to the rest of the body.
Yorkie-Chon puppies are fairly easy to train and have a willingness to understand their owner. If you have never adopted or trained a dog before, then we suggest meeting a handful of times with a trainer after adoption. You will need fewer sessions over time.
Because this breed is mixed with the Bichon, they are fairly hypoallergenic and are low maintenance in terms of grooming. They will only need weekly brushings, and a bath as the seasons change. This is due to their long, coarse hair that does not hold on to a lot of dirt or debris. You will want to have them groomed at least twice a year, though. This will keep their coat manageable, and they will stay comfortable no matter the season.
Yorkie-Chons are semi-active and will need daily walks and games. Although they are happy staying at home and relaxing, having them outside daily will keep them fit and happy.