A proud pooch with a regal bearing, the Yorkinese holds a lot of love and affection for his special human(s). This designer dog breed is among the more popular in his group, and once you meet this cute hybrid- it’s crystal clear why. Smart, sweet, but still with a dose of independence to them, Yorkinese or Yorkingese dogs have a special charm. In addition to a great personality, these petite doggos also boast adorable looks- they tend to have soft fine hair, cute floppy ears, and, more often than not, the most adorable overbite.
As a crossbreed, the lovely Yorkinese owes his many qualities to his purebred parents. This designer dog breed was developed by crossing a Yorkshire Terrier to a Pekingese, in an effort to produce a new hybrid. The goal was to combine the best traits of both parents into one dog, and the endeavor was a success. The little Yorkinese usually inherits qualities from both his mom and dad- and each dog is unique.
However, that uniqueness of the Yorkinese and other designer dogs also means that they have varying looks and temperaments. To really understand what makes a Yorkinese tick and what does it take to be a good pawrent to one of these hybrids, you really have to learn all about them before adopting one. So buckle up and read on!
Smart, sweet, but still with a dose of independence to them, Yorkinese or Yorkingese dogs have a special charm.
Before the late 1980s, the term designer dog breeds didn’t even exist, let alone be a global trend. When an Australian breeder crossed a Labrador to a Poodle in an effort to develop world’s first hypoallergenic seeing eye dog, he didn’t have a clue that he’d be paving a path for many other hybrids to come. The creation of the Labradoodle inspired many to try and develop crossbreeds of their own, with different combinations of purebred parents. However, while there’s enough information about the origin of designer dogs in general, as well as some of the more prominent breeds, there’s not much we know about how individual mixes came to be. The fact that there have been mixes of certain purebreds throughout history doesn’t make it easier to pinpoint the moment when that crossbreeding became intentional.
The Yorkinese might be one of the more popular designer dog breeds, but their origin is still a riddle. The best guess anyone can have is that the Yorkshire Terrier and Pekingese mix came to be in the United States, sometime in the last 30 years. However, just because they have an enigmatic past doesn’t mean that these hybrids are somehow mysterious.
By looking at the histories of his parental breeds, we can learn a lot about the Yorkinese. The Yorkie started out as a working dog, and his terrier drive is still present in traces, even in the breed’s mixes. The Pekingese had quite a different story, being an ancient breed favorited by Chinese royalty and nobles. Regardless of their contrasting backstories, though, both the Pekingese and the Yorkshire Terrier have been selectively bred for decades to fill the role of companions and family pets. And it’s those qualities that are more apparent in their crossbreed offspring, the sweet Yorkinese.