Small, feisty and adorable, the Yorkshire Terrier has quickly become America’s favorite toy dog breed. Really – no other toy dog comes close! Whether you’re a fan of their long, 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. With that said, there’s a lot of Yorkshire Terriers here. 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 that you really need to see. Read on to learn about each Yorkie mix and why you should consider bringing one home.
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Table of Contents
- The Yorkshire Terrier
- 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?
The Yorkshire Terrier
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 24 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
The Yorkie Apso is a hybrid that just makes a lot of sense. A cross of the Yorkie and Lhasa Apso, these Yorkie mixes are known to be adaptable dogs that can thrive in either a home or 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. Despite that, they’re calm dogs.
Unlike other small dog breeds, the Yorkie Apso is not a big barking dog. Instead of barks for 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
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 calm 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 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
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.
They’re not just super-adorable Yorkie mixes. There’s so much more to the Yorkie Bichon than appearance. In fact, these dogs have all the traits you’d want in a toy companion dog; they’re energetic, inquisitive, independent, smart and extremely loyal.
Both parent breeds come from Europe, but the Yorkie Bichon was bred in America – hence the popularity in the states. The only “downside” is the alertness paired by the high-pitched barking. However, they’re just protecting the family.
Parents: Coton de Tulear x Yorkie
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!
There are few things you can dislike about the Yorkie-Ton. They’re loving little dogs, always showing affection and an 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 count on the Yorkie-Ton to be a hypoallergenic dog breed as well. In other words, these Yorkie mixes are most suitable for nearly every situation and owner!
Parents: Scottish Terrier x Yorkie
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 an “old man” disposition – 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.
Parents: Sheltie x Yorkie
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 a 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 may be relatively small dogs, they’re not as bark-y as other small breeds. In addition, they’re vigilant enough to make decent watch dogs.
7. King Charles Yorkie
Parents: Cavalier King Charles x Yorkie
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.
King Charles Yorkies are playful, gentle, friendly and extremely loyal. They are everything you’d want in a small companion. Even though they weigh no more than 20 pounds, they will always have your back.
With a favorable temperament, King Charles Yorkies are fan-favorites among kids, adults and even 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
The Boston Yorkie is the combination of two iconic companion dogs from New England and “old” England. With unique looks and a bit of courageousness, these Yorkie mixes can be very loyal – often developing strong bonds with owners.
As for canine smarts, the Boston Yorkie has high obedience & working intelligence. Not only are they quick learners, but they’re very willing to please. In other words, they’re highly trainable small dogs.
They’re the perfect addition to any family. But because of their small size, they don’t tolerate rough play from small children well. So, always make sure to supervise all interactions if that’s the case.
9. Fourche Terrier
Parents: Westie x Yorkie
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 called the Yorkie West or the 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 Terrier x Yorkie
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’re intelligent and active, which means they need a lot of stimuli and exercise to remain happy and healthy.
11. Yorkshire Aussie
Parents: Mini Aussie x Yorkie
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 Aussies, but retain the overall shape of the 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. From what I see, the Yorkshire Aussie is a great balance of the two.
These Yorkie mixes are small, but they can still be protective of the family. Plus, both dog parents are great learners, so you can expect the same from the Yorkshire Aussie.
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Parents: Cairn Terrier x Yorkie
Crossbreeding the Cairn Terrier with the Yorkshire results in one of the most underrated Yorkie mixes in our opinion. Three words describe the Carkie best: spirited, bold and loving.
Highly intelligent and courageous, these little dogs make some of the most adaptable and versatile small dogs. 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
Both the American Rat Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier can be argued as the best ratting dog in the dogdom. When crossbreeding the two together, it’s inevitable you’ll see an equally skilled ratter.
Because both parents 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’ve been 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.
Parents: Affenpinscher x Yorkie
Affenshires are some of the most entertaining Yorkie 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.
A huge plus of the Affenshire is the hypoallergenic coat, 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. 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
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 it 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 small size fool you, they’re 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 have the signature head shape and erect ears of the Chihuahua.
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Parents: Brussels Griffon x Yorkie
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 with high adaptive intelligence, they’re easily top companions.
The most important thing these dogs need is socialization at an early age. They thrive on human interaction, so they’re not recommended for busy people. Plus, we don’t suggest letting them play with kids.
Parents: Pomeranian x Yorkie
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 part Yorkie and part Pomeranian.
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
The Snorkie takes the cake for the cutest designer dog name. As a cross between the Mini Schnauzer and Yorkshire, the Snorkie is a gorgeous dogs with a fun and spirited attitude.
Because both parents are relatively popular lap dogs, the Snorkie has unsurprisingly been growing in popularity. They’re all about heart and affection. In fact, they’re always looking for ways to make you smile.
These Yorkie mixes are highly intelligent dogs, 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
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 heart of gold. If the dog isn’t cuddling in your lap, he’s playing or running about. They 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 great agility. Plus, they jump surprisingly high and move extremely fast. All the more reason to pick up your old sneakers and get ready to keep up.
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Parents: Maltese x Yorkie
The Yorktese, also known as the “Morkie,” is the splendid hybrid of the Maltese and Yorkie. These two toy dog breeds are a match made in heaven, and the Yorktese shows why.
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 will take any opportunity to play.
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 dogs, strangers or children without it. But with proper training, you’ll have a wonderful Yorkie mix for any family.
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Parents: Golden Retriever x Yorkie
Why not crossbreed the Yorkie 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 Yorkies are intelligent dogs, Golden Retrievers scores even higher for obedience and working intelligence. Overall, the Goldenshire will be great learners and relatively easy to train. Still, 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, expect a decent amount of shedding.
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Parents: Dachshund x Yorkie
Dorkies can be a little…dorky. All jokes aside, the Dorkie is a gorgeous combination of the Dachshund and Yorkie. As such, you should expect a small dog with the Dachshund’s most notable feature: short legs.
Though they inherit the body shape of the Dachshund, Dorkies tend to inherit 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
The Yorkinese is the result of crossbreeding the Pekingese with the Yorkshire Terrier. And like the parents, the Yorkinese is full of unwavering loyalty and affection. They were bred to be premier lap dogs after all.
However, thanks to the Pekingese side, the Yorkinese is an independent dog. 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. So, they’re probably better for smaller families with a less active social life. Even so, you’ll need to provide them with adequate socialization.
Parents: Cocker Spaniel x Yorkie
Corkies are as cute as their names. As a hybrid of the Cocker Spaniel and Yorkshire Terrier, the Corkie may be 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 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
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 one of 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 the body shape that resembles more of the Beagle. The long floppy ears can be a coin toss with Borkie, though.
Thanks to the parents tradition as hunting dogs, the Borkie will likely inherit an energetic and lively 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
The Yorkillon may just be the cutest among all Yorkie mixes. With a doll-like appearance, this Papillon Yorkshire hybrid has a lot more to offer than adorable looks. In fact, they’re full of personality and style.
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 will thrive on human interaction.
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
The Pugshire is probably 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.
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. They 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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