Small, feisty and adorable, the Yorkshire Terrier has quickly become America’s favorite toy dog breed. No other toy dog comes close! Whether you’re a fan of their silky locks of hair or the tomboyish personality, it’s hard to resist a Yorkie.
Year after year, Yorkies rank among the 10 most popular dog breeds in America. As a result, there’s a lot of Yorkshire Terriers. So, wouldn’t it make sense that the number of exotic, unique and interesting Yorkie mixes are also on a rise?
We’ve looked into, and found, the most interesting, adorable and simply our favorite Yorkie mixes you really need to see. Read on to learn about each Yorkshire mix and why you should consider bringing one home today.
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Table of Contents
- What’s a Yorkie?
- Best Yorkie Mixes
- 1. Yorkie Apso
- 2. Torkie
- 3. Yorkie Bichon
- 4. Yorkie-Ton
- 5. Scorkie
- 6. Yorkeltie
- 7. King Charles Yorkie
- 8. Boston Yorkie
- 9. Fourche Terrier
- 10. Yorkie Russell
- 11. Yorkshire Aussie
- 12. Carkie
- 13. Ratshire Terrier
- 14. Affenshire
- 15. Chorkie
- 16. Griffonshire
- 17. Yoranian
- 18. Snorkie
- 19. Yorki-Poo
- 20. Yorktese
- 21. Goldenshire
- 22. Dorkie
- 23. Yorkinese
- 24. Corkie
- 25. Borkie
- 26. Yorkillon
- 27. Pugshire
- What’s Your Yorkie Mix?
What’s a Yorkie?
So, what’s a Yorkie? And, why are they such popular dogs? Once bred as formidable and skilled ratting dogs (vermin hunters), they’ve gracefully transitioned into loving companion dogs today. In fact, they’re some of the best when it comes to companionship.
While Chihuahuas take the crown as the world’s smallest purebred dog, Yorkies aren’t far behind. Standing no more than 9 inches tall, these incredibly tiny dogs can weigh as little as 4 pounds! As such, they’re fragile dogs.
Buster is my goodwill ambassador. He’s friendly with people, dogs, cats. He has a great disposition and the only time he’s growled at another dog was when his girlfuriend Lola was over.– Buster Brown (Yorkie Talk)
As many owners mentioned on Yorkie Talk, these dogs can vary quite a bit when it comes to personality and temperament. However, Yorkies tend to have a sweet-disposition with a strong affection towards the owners.
These tiny dogs love to have fun. And with their lively and energetic temperaments, they’ll keep you entertained for hours. Truly, there’s never a dull moment with a Yorkshire Terrier.
Because of the favorable temperament and petite-size of Yorkies, they’re frequently used to crossbreed with other popular dogs. They’re especially great for balancing out the overly hard-working dog breeds.
Best Yorkie Mixes
In no specific order, here are our 27 favorite Yorkie hybrids that you should really see. And if we’ve missed one that deserves to be on this list, let us know in the comments section at the end of the list.
1. Yorkie Apso
Parents: Lhasa Apso x Yorkie mix
The Yorkie Apso is a hybrid that just makes a lot of sense. A cross of the Yorkshire terrier and the Lhasa Apso, these Yorkie mixes are known for being adaptable dogs that can thrive in either a home, a farm or even a small apartment.
Both parent breeds are intelligent and confident, so you should expect the Yorkie Apso to be the same. Thanks to the vigilant nature from the Lhasa side, they may become little watch dogs whether you want it or not. Despite this, they’re calm dogs.
Unlike other small dog breeds, the Yorkie Apso is not a dog that likes to bark. Instead of barking for the attention, they’ll just shower you with cuddles. So if you’re looking for a loving family dog that’s ready to lounge around, check out this mix.
Parents: Toy Fox Terrier x Yorkie mix
A classic designer dog, the Torkie combines two of the most popular toy terriers: the Toy Fox Terrier and Yorkie. Given the small stature of the parents, these mixes don’t grow more than 9 inches tall and weigh less than 10 pounds.
The courageous and spunky personality of the parent terrier dogs are often inherited with the Torkie. Although they’re energetic and lively, they can have a calmer side when at home. Torkies won’t be opposed to cuddling up!
What makes this Yorkie mix great is their habit of developing strong bonds with the family. They love to be with their family so much that they may even become a little protective of them. Still, they don’t deal well with rough play from kids, and may nip back.
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3. Yorkie Bichon
Parents: Bichon Frise x Yorkie mix
It’s hard resisting the good looks and charm of the Yorkie Bichon. As you could probably tell from the name, this hybrid crosses the Bichon Frise with the Yorkshire Terrier. Both of which, are some of the most famous lap dogs in the world.
They’re not just super-adorable Yorkie mixes. There’s so much more to the Yorkie Bichon than looks. In fact, these dogs have all the traits you’d want in a toy companion dog; they’re energetic, curious, smart, independent, and extremely loyal.
Both parent breeds come from Europe, but the Yorkie Bichon was bred in America – hence why they’re so popular in the states. The only “downside” is their alertness paired with their high-pitched barking. But, they’re just protecting the family.
Parents: Coton de Tulear x Yorkie mix
The Yorkie-Ton is another combination of two powerhouse toy dog breeds; the Yorkie and the Coton de Tulear. The hybrid is one of the most balanced and well-tempered small dogs you can find! Yorkie Tons are the quittensential designer dogs.
There are few things you can dislike about the Yorkie-Ton. They’re loving little dogs, always showing love and their eagerness to please. From the Yorkie side, these dogs are also very intelligent and require less exercise than other active small breeds.
And because both parents are low-shedding dogs, you can expect Yorkie-Tons to be a hypoallergenic dog breed as well. In other words, these Yorkshire mixes are most suitable for nearly every situation and owner (especially those allergic to dogs)!
Parents: Scottish Terrier x Yorkie mix
Crossing two of the premier terriers from Scotland and England, the Scorkie is the adorable mix between the Yorkshire and Scottish Terriers. In fact, they’re so popular that they’ve been recognized by three dog breed registries!
However, the three clubs can’t seem to agree on an official name. Whether you call them the Scorkie or Scorkie Terrier, these small Yorkie mixes are a charming delight. Some say they have the disposition of an “old man”– they’re calm and well-tempered.
Though small, the Scorkie needs plenty of mental stimulation to stay sharp and happy. They’re prone to developing negative behaviors, such as digging, without the necessary stimulation daily. Give them dog puzzles and plenty of obedience training to fulfill this.
Parents: Sheltie x Yorkie mix
The Yorkeltie combines the energetic and bright personality of the Shetland Sheepdog with the playful nature of the Yorkie. This hybrid dog can be the ultimate companion for owners that want their dog to seamlessly fit with the family.
From both the Sheltie and Yorkie side, the Yorkeltie inherits the intelligence – including work, obedience, instinctive and adaptive intelligence. They’re all-around smart dogs. But what makes them great is their affectionate personalities.
Yorkelties are great with all people, including children of the family. And while they are considered a small dog breed, they certainly don’t bark as much as most small dogs. In addition, they’re vigilant and alert enough to make good watch dogs.
7. King Charles Yorkie
Parents: Cavalier King Charles x Yorkie mix
The King Charles Yorkie is a cross of two of my favorite small dog breeds. They’ve inherited all the best characteristics of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Yorkshire Terrier. After all, there’s a reason why they’re steadily growing in popularity.
King Charles Yorkies are playful, gentle, friendly and extremely loyal. They are everything you’d want in a small companion dog. Even though they weigh no more than 20 pounds, they will always have your back when they sense a threat.
With a favorable temperament, King Charles Yorkies are fan-favorites among kids, adults and seniors. They were developed to be superb companions, and that’s exactly what they are. It’s hard to resist the charm of these dogs.
8. Boston Yorkie
Parents: Boston Terrier x Yorkie mix
The Boston Yorkie is the combination of two iconic dogs from New England and “old” England. With their unique looks and a bit of courageousness, these Yorkshire mixes can be very loyal – often developing strong bonds with owners.
As for canine intelligence, the Boston Yorkie has high obedience & working intelligence. Not only are they quick learners, but they’re very willing to please. For a small dog breed, they’re highly trainable and extremely obedient.
Boston Yorkies are the perfect addition to any family. But because of their small size, they don’t tolerate rough play from small children well. If they get hurt, they may strike back. Always make sure to supervise all interactions if that’s the case.
9. Fourche Terrier
Parents: Westie x Yorkie mix
Although the hybrid name isn’t as obvious, the Fourche Terrier is indeed the cross of the West Highland White Terrier and the Yorkie. Perhaps these hybrids are better off named the Yorkie West or even a West Highland Yorkie.
But regardless of what you call them, the Fourche Terrier has a lively personality that’s guaranteed to brighten up anyone’s day. They’re the life of the party and they love nothing more than attention from the owners.
However, these energetic small dogs need more physical activity than dogs that are the same size. Fourches have a lot of excess energy! But if you can keep this in check, they’re some of the best Yorkie mixes on the market.
10. Yorkie Russell
Parents: Jack Russell x Yorkie mix
A Yorkie Russell (also called “Jorky”) is the stunning hybrid of England’s premier working terriers: the Jack Russell Terrier and Yorkie. No more than 15 inches tall, the Yorkie Russell is truly a “small dog with big personality.”
These dogs are all about fun and could play with you all day if you let them. But even though they’re energetic dogs, they have a very affectionate side. Yorkie Russells are always seeking your attention and reciprocated love.
The most important thing about raising the Yorkie Russell is stimulation, both physical and mental. They are intelligent and active, which means they need a lot of stimuli and exercise to remain happy. A small dog doesn’t mean they need less exercise.
11. Yorkshire Aussie
Parents: Mini Aussie x Yorkie mix
As an owner of a miniature Australian Shepherd, I absolutely love the idea of the Yorkshire Aussie. These unique dogs can have the stunning colors of Australian Shepherds, but retain the overall shape of the adorable Yorkshire Terrier.
The Australian Shepherd is a work-focused dog that needs constant stimulation to stay “entertained.” Yorkies can be just as energetic, but more focused on play rather than work. The Yorkshire Aussie is a great balance of the two.
These Yorkie mixes are small, but they can still be protective of the family. But with their petite frame, all they really can do is alert you. Both parent breeds are great learners, so you can expect the same from the Yorkshire Aussie.
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Parents: Cairn Terrier x Yorkie mix
Crossbreeding the Cairn Terrier with the Yorkshire results in one of the most underrated Yorkshire terrier mixes in our opinion. Three words describe the Carkie best: spirited, bold and loving. They’re perfect for those that want a small adventure buddy.
Highly intelligent and courageous, these little dogs make some of the most adaptable and versatile dog breeds. It’s not difficult for them to enjoy and thrive with either apartment or city life. They’ll love to go outdoors, but can enjoy cuddling inside too!
They’ll make great family companions if you can handle their abundance of energy. Again, small dog doesn’t mean they don’t need much exercise. However, they’re willing to enjoy any activity as long as it’s with the owner.
13. Ratshire Terrier
Parents: Rat Terrier x Yorkie mix
Both the American Rat Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier are often regarded as the best ratting dogs in the canine kingdom. When crossbreeding the two together, it’s inevitable you’ll see an equally skilled ratter, though watch out for their high prey drive.
Because both parent dogs were bred as hunting and working dogs, the Ratshire Terrier will have plenty of energy that needs to be expended. But at the same time, their small size means they don’t play well with small children.
Overall, the Ratshire is a fairly obedient dog. However, they’re known to go on their stubborn streaks from time to time. But with positive reinforcement and consistency, even a novice owner can train these dogs to behave.
Parents: Affenpinscher x Yorkie mix
Affenshires are some of the most entertaining Yorkshire Terrier mixes you can find. That’s because they tend to inherit the comical nature of the Affenpinscher, but also the feistiness from the Yorkshire Terrier. The two unsurprisingly mesh well.
A huge plus of the Affenshire is their hypoallergenic coat (low-shedding), which both parent breeds also have. And depending on which parent they take more from, Affenshires can have either a shaggy (rough) or smooth coat.
Inquisitive by nature, Affenshires tend to get into trouble to satisfy their curiosity in life. They can have a stubborn side with a hint of mischief. However, it’s all in good fun. At the end of the day, all these dogs want to do is play with you!
Parents: Chihuahua x Yorkie mix
A relatively recent addition to the world of designer dogs, the Chorkie is the obvious cross between the Chihuahua and Yorkshire. They’re both small and adorable dogs with similar qualities – so the Chorkie makes a lot of sense.
Loyalty and affection are characteristics that both parent dog breeds are known for. As such, Chorkies are inevitably protective little watch dogs with unwavering loyalty. Don’t let their petite size fool you, the Chorkie is courageous and bold!
Because the Chorkie is without a standard, they can vary in appearance. Still, they tend to retain the long locks of the Yorkie. Plus, they’ll almost always inherit the signature round head shape and erect ears of the Chihuahua.
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Parents: Brussels Griffon x Yorkie mix
Truly adorable and cute, the Griffonshire may be one of the best Yorkie mix for a cuddling companion. Bred with two toy dogs, this mix combines the rough looks of the Brussels with the elegant appearance of the Yorkie.
These dogs are tiny. It’s rare to find one over 10 inches tall, and they weigh between 8 and 10 pounds. Because of the small size, there’s not much these dogs are suitable for – just companionship. But they are some of the best companion dogs.
The most important thing these dogs need is socialization at an early age. They thrive when given much human interaction, so they’re not recommended for busy people with little time. Plus, we don’t suggest letting them play with kids.
Parents: Pomeranian x Yorkie mix
Also called the Yorkie Pom, the Yoranian is one of the smaller Yorkie mixes – standing no more than 10 inches tall. And as you may have guessed, the hybrid consists of half Yorkie and half Pomeranian. The result is an amazing hybrid.
Though small in size, they’re fairly sturdy and well-built toy dogs, thanks to the Pom side. We wouldn’t recommend letting them play with small children, but they can certainly handle rough play better than other small dogs.
Always cheerful and bright, the Yoranian is a dog that treasures its relationship with the owner. They tend to develop close bonds and are perfect for all types of people. If you’re looking for a big dog in small package, look no further!
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Parents: Mini Schnauzer x Yorkie mix
The Snorkie takes the cake for having the cutest designer dog name. Bred by crossing a Mini Schnauzer with a Yorkshire Terrier, the Snorkie is a gorgeous dogs with a fun and spirited attitude. You’ll likely never be bored with a Snorkie.
Because both parents are relatively popular lap dogs, the Snorkie has unsurprisingly been a hit – and still growing in popularity. They’re all about heart and affection. The Snorkie is always looking for ways to make you smile.
These Yorkie mixes are highly intelligent dogs (as both parent breeds are), but they thrive best when they get plenty of human interaction. After all, they are companion dogs bred to have a sociable and outgoing personality.
Parents: Mini Poodle x Yorkie mix
Few Yorkie mixes are as popular as the Yorki-Poo – a cross between the Yorkshire Terrier and the Mini (sometimes toy) Poodle. These dogs are suitable for all owners thanks to their hypoallergenic coats and amazing temperaments.
The Yorki-Poo is truly a delightful dog with a dignified demeanor and a heart of gold. If the dog isn’t on your lap cuddling, then he’s playing or running about. These fun-loving dogs like to make the most out of every second of the day.
Don’t let their adorable appearance misled you. Yorki-Poos are sneaky athletic and run with agility. Plus, they jump surprisingly high and move extremely fast. All the more reason to pick up those old sneakers so you can get ready to keep up.
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Parents: Maltese x Yorkie mix
The Yorktese, also known as the “Morkie,” is the attractive combination of the Maltese and Yorkie. Both of the parents are popular toy dogs, so this was bound to happen. The good news is that these two toy dog breeds are a match made in heaven.
Both parent breeds are superstar lap dogs and the Yorktese is the same. They’re quite affectionate and small, but have big hearts with bright personalities. These dogs love to have fun and would love to play with their owners any chance they get.
Even so, it’s important you provide these dogs with plenty of socialization early on. Some of them don’t get along well with other pets, strangers or kids without it. But with training, you’ll have a wonderful Yorkie mix for any family.
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Parents: Golden Retriever x Yorkie mix
Why not crossbreed the Yorkshire terrier with one of America’s most beloved family dog? With the Goldenshire, you get the sweet disposition of the Golden Retriever and the spunk of the Yorkshire Terrier. Surprisingly, it works.
Although Yorkshire Terriers are intelligent, Golden Retrievers score even higher for obedience & working IQ. Overall, the Goldenshire will be great learners and relatively easy to train. But even so, you’ll need to be patient with them.
Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that Goldenshires inherit the hypoallergenic coat of the Yorkie. Most of the time, they’ll inherit the double coats from the Golden Retriever. In other words, owners allergic to dogs may want to stay away.
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Parents: Dachshund x Yorkie mix
Dorkies can be a little…dorky. All jokes aside, the Dorkie is the gorgeous combination of the Dachshund and Yorkie. If there’s one thing for certain, Dorkies will inherit the Dachshund’s most notable feature: the short and stubby legs.
Though they’re likely to inherit the body shape of the Dachshund, Dorkies may also have the long and straight coat of the Yorkshire. On average, these dogs weigh no more than 8 pounds and stand less than 7 inches tall!
Like with most companion lap dogs, supervision with small children is recommended. As we mentioned, Dorkies are fragile dog. Despite this, they get along just fine with calm kids and adults. Also, they’ll play well with other kind dogs.
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Parents: Pekingese x Yorkie mix
The Yorkinese is the result of crossbreeding the Pekingese with the Yorkshire Terrier. And like both of the parents, the Yorkinese is highlighted by their loyalty and affection. They were bred to be premier lap dogs after all.
However, thanks to the Pekingese side, the Yorkinese will likely be independent and strong-willed. That doesn’t mean they won’t want to cuddle up, but they don’t completely depend on you as much as other toy lap dogs.
These dogs will come with a vigilant temperament – always alert and wary of strangers. That said, these dogs are probably better for smaller families with a less active social life. Even so, you’ll need to provide them with sufficient socialization.
Parents: Cocker Spaniel x Yorkie mix
Corkies are as cute as their names. As a hybrid of the Cocker Spaniel and Yorkshire Terrier, the Corkie is the perfect companion for all types of families. For years, they’ve gone under the radar as underrated Yorkie mixes.
Standing about 12 inches tall and weighing rough 15 pounds, the Corkie is a sturdy small dog that can handle small children better than others. Even so, we recommend you watch all interactions with the dog and kids.
Unlike most lap dogs, the Corkie has an independent mindset. In addition, they can be a bit stubborn at times. While this may make obedience training slower, they’re still very intelligent dogs when it comes to adaptive intelligence.
Parents: Beagle x Yorkie mix
The Borkie, otherwise known as the Beagle Yorkie hybrid, is a high-strung mix that proudly inherits all the best features of each parent breed. Not to mention, they have arguably the most adorable designer dog names too!
Borkies will usually sport the long-haired coat of the Yorkie. On the other hand, you’ll likely see a body shape that resembles more of the Beagle parent. As cool as the Beagle’s ears are, the long floppy ears can be a coin toss with Borkie.
Thanks to the parents heritage as hunting dogs, the Borkie will likely inherit an energetic, lively and active personality. They’ll need a lot of run to keep their activeness in check. However, in the home, they’re very family-oriented companions.
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Parents: Papillon x Yorkie mix
The Yorkillon may just be the cutest among all Yorkie mixes. With a doll-like appearance, this Papillon and Yorkshire hybrid has a lot more to offer than adorable looks. They have a cheerful personality that’ll brighten up anyone’s day.
Yorkillons are also known as “dwarf spaniels” due to their petite size. However, these dogs will surprise you with their bold and sassy personalities. They don’t mind the attention and actually enjoy it. Yorkillons will thrive when given attention.
And while they may be small, the Papillon parent provides top-tier dog intelligence to this designer dog. Obedience training won’t be difficult and they’ll learn fairly quickly. Just be sure you reciprocate the love from these dogs.
Parents: Pug x Yorkie mix
The Pugshire is probably one of the least obvious Yorkie mix on this list. But in reality, the result is truly amazing. Standing no more than 15 inches and weighing roughly 10 pounds, these dogs are well-built and durable, despite their looks.
Most of the time, the Pugshire will inherit the long silky coat of the Yorkshire. They’ll also pick up some facial features from the Pug side. Even though Pugs are very distinct in their looks, it’s not as apparent in the Pugshire.
All in all, Pugshires are sweet and affectionate dogs – just like both parent breeds. Both parents were bred for companionship, so they get along great with people, kids, dogs and cats. And, they make great dogs for seniors too!
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What’s Your Yorkie Mix?
It seems like there’s almost an infinite amount of combinations of Yorkie mixes. And, it’s almost impossible to know for sure through pictures. Unless you know or have seen both parents, you can never be 100% sure.
In fact, most rescue groups and animal shelters don’t know for certain either. It’s just costs too much to DNA test every dog that comes in. Rather, most of these shelters just make an educated guess about the breed.
The only way to know is through a dog DNA test, such as the Embark DNA Test:
Embark’s DNA Test is one of the most reputable canine test your mutt can take, largely thanks to the enormous amount of data points they have. There are two options:
- Breed Identification Kit – This kit will tell you what your Yorkie mix is actually mixed with. With a genetic database of 250 unique breeds, it’s going to be fairly accurate. Plus, they set up a family tree for your dog too!
- Breed and Health Kit – Not only does this kit provide you with everything in the breed ID kit, but also provides health screenings for 170 genetic diseases in your dog! Yorkies are prone to more health issues than you think.
They may be a little costly, but if you’re dying to know what your Yorkie mix is, it’s probably your best bet. Have you tried the Embark DNA test? Let us know what you think about it in the comments section below!
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