Are you a fan of little dogs with big personalities, endless energy, and constant affection? Look no further than the Yoranian, or Porkie! (Even the names are ridiculously adorable!).
Also known as Yoranian Terriers or even Yorkie Poms, these pint-sized pups are a hybrid crossbreed with purebred Pomeranian and Yorkshire Terrier parents.
But don’t be fooled by their small size. These feisty pups require a bit of special care. Read on to find out more about the endearing little Yoranian.
The mysterious history of the Yorkie Pom
Considering Yoranians are simply the result of a romantic encounter between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Pomeranian, there is no definitive answer for when this designer dog was first introduced.
Love was in the air and quite possibly happened often throughout history.
As with other crossbreeds, the Porkie has gained popularity in the United States in the past 20 years. Hybrid dogs allow for the best of two breeds and typically fewer health concerns.
Yorkshire Terriers are purebred dogs recognized by the AKC since 1878. These fearless pups were bred as tiny rodent hunters.
Yorkie Pomeranians are not recognized by the AKC. However, these teacup pooches are recognized by:
- American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC)
- Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC)
- Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA)
- International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR)
- Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
The extreme cuteness factor of the Porkie
The Yorkie Pomeranian mix will inherit traits from both parents. They have a medium to long coat, making them adorable little fluffballs.
Porkies have a small snout with a tiny black nose, perky, upright ears, and big eyes. These cute dogs have compact bodies with fluffy, feathery tails that curl over their back as they strut their stuff proudly.
Keep in mind that like all crossbreeds, the range of inherited traits will vary. Some Porkies look more like Yorkies, and others look more like Poms.
The charm that these designer dog breeds have is that each precious pup is unique!
How big does a Yorkie Pomeranian mix get?
Yorkie Pomeranian mixes are toy breeds and will stay small dogs. Porkies will stay between 3 to 7 pounds (1 to 3 kg) when fully grown and will only reach a height of 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30.5 cm).
These tiny lapdogs do not require much space, making them suitable for apartment living. No backyard needed!
The Pomeranian Yorkie’s coat of many colors
These little pups will vary in coat colors from black, white, brown, tan, gold, blue, and cream. While some Porkies have solid coats, most will be a mix.
Typical mixes are black and tan, blue and tan, or black and white. A Yoranian’s coat may change color with maturity.
Yoranian’s long luxurious coat is shiny and medium length and will range in textures from straight, wavy, wiry, and fuzzy.
They may end up with a single coat or double coat, depending on which parent breed they inherited from.
The charming Porkie personality
Yoranians are lovable, intelligent, and fearless. These lap dogs are desperate for attention and affection. They do not do well if left alone for long periods of the day and may experience separation anxiety.
That being said, they make great companions for singles or seniors looking for a constant and devoted friend!
Porkies adore their owners and can be good family dogs in homes with older children. Like other small breeds, supervision is needed around young children who might not handle the delicate pups correctly.
If teased or treated wrong, these feisty pups will bite.
Yorkie Pomeranians are noisy and yappy. They are always on alert and will bark loudly and frequently. Training commands can encourage a hushed bark response.
The Yorkie Pom can be territorial and aggressive over their space. Yoranians do best in single-dog homes.
Socialization is needed from an early age. This will help your Porkie feel comfortable around dogs, children, and other strangers.
Remember that the Pom Terrier mix pups come from a background of working dogs and their instinct to hunt is prevalent.
Pay close attention if you have hamsters or birds in your home, just in case the prey drive manifests.
Yorkie Poms are moderately easy to train but may need a little extra patience when training.
Positive reinforcement, praises, and treats will help you get control of your willful toy dog. Be firm and consistent and your tiny pup will see you as a pack leader.
Yoranians can develop “Small Dog Syndrome,” where they will bark and act aggressively towards larger dogs.
Remember that just because your small dog is cute and may look like a princess, they don’t deserve to get away with bad behavior! Set your boundaries and follow through with consistent training.
Potty training will need lots of reinforcement and patience, but their small size makes indoor house training the best option, making them ideal for dog owners living in apartments.
Accidents will happen, so take a deep breath and remember to stay diligent.
Check out this example of how to potty train a Yorkie indoors:
How to take care of your Yorkie Pom
Yorkie Poms are high-maintenance in terms of their delicate size, special feeding requirements, and needy personalities. They do not do well in extreme weather (hot or cold).
Teacup breeds need to be closely monitored to avoid injury and accidents. Like other small dogs, Porkies tend to jump and play where people are walking or sitting, so watch out!
You can seriously injure your pup if accidentally sat or stepped on.
Exercising your Yorkie Pom
These tiny pooches do not need much exercise, although they are energetic! One daily 30-minute walk will suffice ( or two short 15-minute jaunts).
Always use a harness or halter and not a collar when leash walking to protect their tiny throats.
These intelligent poochies will get bored easily, so you will need to provide lots of toys and puzzles to keep your Porkie mentally stimulated.
Indoor play is recommended over unsupervised outdoor play in a backyard. Your small dog might be mistaken as food for dogs, coyotes, or even hawks and owls.
Grooming: Are Pomeranian Yorkies hypoallergenic?
Pom Terriers are known to be moderate shedders. They may only need to visit a professional groomer a few times a year to keep shedding under control. Their coats will vary in how much they shed.
Yorkie Poms is a designer breed that shares a mix of traits, but they are not guaranteed to be hypoallergenic like their Yorkshire Terrier parent.
Pomeranian dogs are not hypoallergenic, so there is a good chance the Porkie will trigger allergies in some people.
Regular brushing (daily or every other day) will keep their coats shiny and manageable.
Porkies only need a bath a few times a month. Remember to trim their nails and clean their ears with a soft cloth. And don’t forget to brush, brush, brush those tiny teeth to prevent decay and periodontal disease.
Feeding and Nutrition
Your Yorkshire Terrier Pomeranian pup will need a high-quality dog food. If you choose dry food, make sure it is a special blend for small dog breeds. They only need about ½ cup to 1 cup of food per day.
Space out the meals throughout the day to keep their blood sugar in check. You can help combat hypoglycemia with small treats throughout the day. Just watch their calorie intake! These tiny pups are prone to obesity.
Make sure that food and treats are tiny bite-sized, as these dogs have small throats and can choke on larger pieces.
Health issues: How long do Yorkie Poms normally live?
Yoranians are healthy dogs but there are a few genetic health problems to watch out for. Regular vet checkups will keep your pup healthy and thriving.
Make sure you check their eyes often as cataracts, eye irritation, insufficient tear production, and retinal atrophy are all potential inherited issues.
Dental problems, such as tooth decay and lost teeth, are also a concern so remember to brush their teeth daily.
Joint problems such as patellar luxation (kneecap dislocation) and elbow dysplasia are something to look out for.
Epilepsy (unknown seizures), liver disease, respiratory infections, allergies, and kidney problems are also sometimes seen in these crossbreeds.
As previously mentioned, hypoglycemia is a concern. If your dog is extra thirsty or lethargic, contact your vet.
The Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) recommends testing the parent pups (Yorkshire Terrier and Pomeranian) for Legg-Calves-Perthes (disintegration of the hip joint), autoimmune thyroiditis, and hip dysplasia.
Your healthy Yoranian has an average life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
How much does a Yorkie Pomeranian mix puppy cost?
The cost of your Yoranian will vary based on a number of factors, such as your location, the age of the puppy, and the size of the litter. Teacups are known for difficult births, and litter size is usually only 2 to 4 pups.
Expect to pay anywhere from $400 to $1000 for your forever friend.
Yorkie Pom Breeders
You will need to do your research and have a list of questions prepared when speaking with different breeders.
A good breeder will show you the parents of the puppies (ask questions about the temperament of each) and will offer a health guarantee. You can request a thorough health clearance of the parent dogs as well.
Petfinder is a great place to start your search. You can talk to different breeders to see which one feels right for you. If possible, start with local breeders.
This gives you the opportunity to visit their facilities, and then you can meet your perfect puppy match in person!
Make sure your breeder also provides proof of required vaccinations and treatments before bringing your fluffy bundle of joy home.
Yorkie Pom Rescue
Also, call your local shelters because you might find your special companion just waiting to be adopted by you!
If you cannot find a Yorkie Pomeranian mix, but love the small crossbreed, consider other Yorkie mixes that are sure to have you gushing over their cuteness.
Why you should get a Yorkie Pom
Is this pint-sized pooch the right dog for you? Consider what you have read before making your decision. Here is a quick breakdown of the Yorkie Pom traits:
- Adorable and affectionate
- Minimal exercise needed
- Small spaces are ideal
- Ideal lap dog
- Intelligent and playful
- Can be difficult to train
- Grooming needed
- Separation anxiety if left alone
- Need constant supervision outdoors or around small children
- High-maintenance feeding schedule
- May show aggression if not properly socialized
The Yorkie Pomeranian mix is an elegant little lap dog eager to melt hearts. Little dog lovers will be pleased to carry around these sassy little pups that are sure to turn heads everywhere they go.
While Yoranians have some special needs, they don’t need much space and will thrive on your love and attention.
What are your thoughts on the charming little Porkie? Do you have a Yoranian puppy or plan on adopting one soon? Tell us in the comments!