Meet the Yorkie Pom: Also Known As the Yorkie Pomeranian Mix
What do you get when you cross a Yorkie with a Pomeranian?
The cutest little puffball you ever did see!
If you think either, or more realistically both, of these breeds are adorable and precious to begin with, just wait until you realize the insanely cute mix they create. This unique dog combination is also known as a “Yoranian,” “Yorky Pom” or, the sweeter option, a “Porkie.”
Thinking of adding a Yorkie Pomeranian to your home?
DoggieHQ has all the information you need to know.
Why People Love the Yorkie Pomeranian Mix Breed
Josh Billings said, “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
One has to wonder if maybe he had the Yorkie Pomeranian on his mind! This charming breed leaves a lasting impression on everyone they meet, and for good reason.
- Small size
- Lively and Loyal
- Brave and Intelligent
- Active and Extroverted
- Descended from royalty
- Light and easy to carry
These characteristics allow a Yorkie Pomeranian mix to be a great fit for a diverse range of families and lifestyles, especially those who want a gigantic and outgoing personality in a tiny, easy to carry package.
A Porkie pup originates from a mix of Yorkshire Terrier and Pomeranian breeds. The mother and father of a litter could be one of each or be a result of selective generational breeding themselves. Despite the origins of the parents, a Porkie will be a reflection of both the Yorkie and Pomeranian breed – combining the best traits of each.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), Yorkshire Terriers were developed when Scottish men migrated, with their Scottish Terriers, over to Northern England in the mid-1800s. These terriers had large enough personalities to be viewed as tough but were also small enough to maneuver into tight spaces when chasing rodents…rats and mice, mostly. They were given the jobs of controlling pests in mines and around the mills.
Yorkies may be small, but they’ve got lots of spunk!
Later, in 1886, The England Kennel Club granted the Yorkshire Terrier with breed recognition. They became more and more popular and slowly started to shift from a “working dog” into a “fashionable dog.” Women and ladies of high society fell in love. Soon, Yorkshire Terriers switched from chasing after rats and found themselves the stars of the show sitting on ladies’ laps, soaking up all the attention.
From further migration, Yorkies were seen in America beginning in the 1870s.
The Pomeranian has a quite different history.
The Pomeranian breed we know today also was a creation of downsizing larger ancestors. Believe it or not, this breed originated from the miniaturization of powerful artic sled dogs in northeastern Europe. As AKC suggests, it was Queen Victoria who truly brought this breed into the light and popularity we witness today. It was on a trip to Italy that she fell in love with the breed and brought a few home to Britain with her. From there, Victoria became a serious breeder of Pomeranians. Their genetic breeding is a credit to here.
Smaller and smaller the “Poms” got until…voila!
The perfect little lapdog was created.
Overview of the Yorkie Mixed with a Pomeranian
Depending on whether your Porkie is male or female, their adult size/weight may vary. In saying this, any mixed breed dog genetics are unpredictable.
The Porkie tends to show these traits:
- Size: 6-12 inches
- Weight: 3-7 pounds
- Temperament/Personality: playful, energetic, alert, affectionate, sociable
- Lifespan: 12-15 years
- Unique Qualities:
- Do they shed: Minimal shedding is expected from a Porkie. However, regular grooming/brushing is required to further minimize potential shedding. They have longer hair that can tangle or become matted, so grooming is a must.
- Hypoallergenic: No.
Health Issues: Eye conditions are common but considered minor conditions for this breed. More seriously, however, Porkie’s can suffer from tracheal collapse (AKA blockage of the airway), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and patellar luxation (knee problems). Annual vet checkups can detect issues early.
Family Friendly: Yes. However, being small with a big personality, porkies can be defensive at times if teased or provoked. Small children should be taught how to safely and kindly interact with them to minimize the risk of being nipped.
AKC Classification: Yorkie Pomeranians aren’t formally recognized by the AKC, however, they would fit into the toy group if they were.
What does a Porkie look like?
Imagine a pompom with four little legs, a black button nose, and an orange lion mane – that’s a Porkie!
Due to popularity, you can probably picture a Yorkie and a Pomeranian on their own, but you may not be able to mix those two adorable faces in your head, so let’s paint a picture.
Both Yorkie and Pomeranian are long-coated breeds, so naturally, a Porkie will also have long hair. Having long hair, it is essential to be diligent in your grooming and brushing practices to ensure their coat stays healthy, unmatted, and tangle-free.
The coloring of a Porkie is rather unpredictable as the Yorkie genetics tend to display dual-colored coats of black, tan, blue, or gold, but Pomeranians can have any color coat, that is solid in color. Always look to the parents of the litter to judge and predict colors that are more likely to appear in the pups because some will be lighter/darker.
Despite the coloring of a Porkie it can be almost guaranteed that they will be small and short with perky ears and a feathered tail. Remember that being a mixed breed these are general guidelines for looks, as no two porkies will look exactly alike.
Do Yorkie Poms bark a lot?
Yes, Yorkie Poms are barkers.
They will happily alert you to strangers or somebody at the door.
Do Pomeranian Yorkies Shed?
Interestingly, their fur resembles that of a human. It tends to be long and straight. Because of this, gentle grooming with a comb is mandatory.
How Do You Groom Them?
K9 Web explains that Pomeranian Yorkies need the following: daily brushing, twice per months baths, regular nail trims, and teeth brushing (to prevent tooth decay of those tiny little teeth!)
In addition, Porkies can have fun hairstyles! Ask your dog groomer about getting either a:
- Puppy cut
- Lion cut
- Teddy bear cut
- 3-Layer cut
Common Health Problem in Yoranians
Yoranians are small breed dog that has been bred for hundreds of years. As such, they are prone to the following genetic health issues:
- Retinal atrophy
- Dental problems
- Elbow dysplasia
- Kidney problems
In addition, people must be careful not to accidentally step on them! Yorarians can suffer from broken paws and kneecap problems. If your Yoranian jumps on furniture a lot, be sure to add stairs to protect their fragile bones.
Yorkie Pomeranian Mix Adoptions and Rescues
Unlike some other hybrid breeds, the Yorkie Pomeranian Mix, known and identified by many different names, is recognized by some smaller canine clubs and organizations. Breeders will often be affiliated with these clubs:
- The American Canine Hybrid Club: Yoranian
- The Designer Dogs Kennel Club: Yoranian Terrier
- Designer Breed Registry: Yoranian Terrier
- The International Designer Canine Registry®: Yoranian Terrier or Porkie
- Dog Registry of America, Inc.: Accepts all Names
Having these affiliations acknowledge the mixed breed allows dog owners to more accessibly search and find reputable breeders to adopt and/or rescue from.
The rescue Save a Yorkie is also a great place to look.
How Much Does a Pomeranian Yorkie Mix Cost?
As far as hybrid dog breeds go, these are on the more expensive end. Perfect Dog Breeds says to expect to pay between $400 – $1000 for a puppy.
Yorkie Pom Puppies for Sale
So, you’re ready for a puppy?
Talk to breeders first. There are websites such as Greenfield Puppies and Petfinder that regularly list Yorkie Pom puppies, but nothing beats meeting the litter at home and in-person. A reputable breeder will offer vet checks, health guarantees, and ongoing support.
If you are seeking a playful, affectionate companion a Yorkie Pomeranian mix should be a no-brainer at this point. Gathering all possible information and research ensures you are picking the best pup for your family and lifestyle.
Though they can be demanding little dogs, your love will be rewarded tenfold with a Yorkie Pomeranian!