Does a Yorki-Poo Need Grooming?

A designer Poodle-Yorkshire Terrier mix benefits from regular trips to the groomer.

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Q. I recently lost my darling Yorkshire Terrier. I now have a chance to purchase a Yorkshire Terrier-Poodle mix (Yorki-poo). Would it need professional grooming?

A. Bringing a Yorki-poo into your life may be worth investigating, if you do your homework. Professional groomers are seeing more of these Poodle mixes – also called “doodles” or “designer dogs” – every day. And yes, they do look and feel their best if they visit the groomer because their hair needs trimming every six to eight weeks.

At the grooming shop, we clipper most of our Yorkie-Poodle mixes to about one-half inch on the back, evenly trim the legs so they are rounded and slightly fuller than the body, and create rounded feet. If the head looks more like a Yorkie, we trim it into a face-framing “dish,” by cleaning the eyes of excess hair, clipping a short visor or bangs over them, and closely clipping the ears. If the topknot is curly like a Poodle, we shape it into a round cap with trimmed whiskers on the face. Since there is no breed standard as to a Yorki-poo’s styling, if you think it looks adorable, we groomed it correctly!

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Annie   Albany, CA

5/17/2012 2:11:10 PM

You bet. They will have some combination of Yorkie hair (straight and silky, grows long) and poodle hair (wooly and prone to mats). Count on brushing and combing every day or two. You will need a wire slicker brush and a fine-tooth metal comb. Plus trips to the groomer every 6-8 weeks, unless you want to do the trimming yourself.

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janet   bethlehem, PA

7/12/2011 4:26:50 AM

good article, thanks

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marissa   deptford, NJ

5/27/2009 8:25:28 AM

to my opinion yorkie poos would need grooming a friend of mine ,her dogs hair got madded and she has a maltese which is similar to a yorkie poo i cant wait until i get my yorkie poo so i can put her hair in bows and dress her up her name will be tina!!!

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Cyl   Jacksonville, NC

8/23/2008 11:38:31 AM

In my opinion they do. I have a 1 year old yorkie-poo named Dizel and he is clipped every 5-6 weeks and he seems to enjoy the pampering and in the end he looks great. He however does sport a non traditional mohawk.

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