You may have noticed in recent years the trend for cross breeding pedigree specimens from different dog breeds to create what are known as ‘designer breeds’. In reality, these are what in the past would have been called crossbreeds – dogs that are a hybrid of two different breeds. The Yorkshire Terrier has been a popular dog to breed because of its small size. Keep reading to find out more.
Why Create Designer Breeds?
While those who aren’t fans of designer breeds may say these are simply mongrels with fancy names, this isn’t strictly true – a mongrel is the result of random breeding between any dogs of different breeds (including dogs that are already mongrels or crossbreeds), whereas crossbreeds and designer breeds are created deliberately to bring to life puppies that share some of the best physical aspects of both breeds involved in their genetic make up. Of course, any dog, whether it is a pedigree dog, a crossbred dog or a mongrel with unknown heritage can make a great pet and deserves a loving family, however if you are very particular about the looks and characteristics you want in a dog then a pedigree or designer breed gives you the best chance of having the personality and appearance you are hoping for (with the right training of course!).
Yorkie Based Cross Breeds
Yorkies are a very popular dog – their small size and cute looks make them a great choice for pet owners of all ages. They are also a breed that is often used to create hybrid breeds. If you take a look at some of the cute puppies for sale online you will see a lot of strange new breed names that are derived from the Yorkie, along with the other parent used in breeding the puppies. The usual approach to naming designer breeds is to make a portmanteau of the two breed names, which often comes up with cute sounding results (like perhaps the most famous crossbreed, the Labradoodle), but what do the most common Yorkie mix names mean?
Popular Yorkie Crossbreeds
Some popular Yorkie mixed breeds, for which you can usually find cute puppies for sale, include:
- Dorkie – Dachshund and Yorkie
- Morkie – Maltese and Yorkie
- Chorkie – Chihuahua and Yorkie
- Yorkie Poo – Poodle and Yorkie
- Boston Yorkie – Boston Terrier and Yorkie
- Bichon Yorkie – Bichon Frise and Yorkie
- Yorwich – Norwich Terrier and Yorkie
- Crustie – Chinese Crested and Yorkie
- Yorkie Apso – Lhasa Apso and Yorkie
- Yoranian Terrier – Pomeranian and Yorkie
- Pugshire Terrier – Pug and Yorkie
- Torkie – Toy Fox Terrier and Yorkie
- Scorkie – Scottish Highland Terrier and Yorkie
- Corkie – Cocker Spaniel and Yorkie
This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are plenty of other designer breeds created that use the Yorkie as one of the breeding stock. These, however, are some of the ones you are most likely to come across as you browse for puppies on the web. If you have a particular cross you are interested in, you can usually find out more information by checking out Yorkie specialist websites.