Bichon Yorkie

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The Bichon Yorkie is a hybrid breed created by crossing a Bichon Frise and a Yorkshire Terrier. Bred in the United States, this dog has become a loved family companion. This is a toy-sized burst of energy who is curious, independent, and absolutely loyal. With moderate grooming needs, and an intelligence fit for training, this alert dog is suited for many environments. The Bichon Yorkie is known for its high pitched bark, which she may use to guard your family and home. Good socialization and early training can curb bad behaviors and ensure she gets along well with people and pets.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Recent
Ancestry
Bichon Frise, Pomeranian

Bichon Yorkie Breed History

The true beginning of the Bichon Yorkie is not well documented, but we do know that it is a crossbreed of the Bichon Frise and Yorkshire Terrier. This hybrid breed created in the United States is not recognized by the AKC. The Bichon Yorkie is recognized by other organizations, such as the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC) and the Designer Breed Registry (DBR). The Bichon Frise descended from a Mediterranean breed called the Barbet. This was a medium sized water dog with woolly fur which was also referred to as a barbichon. At some point, the dogs were taken to one of the Canary Islands, Tenerife, most likely by Spanish or Portuguese traders. In the 14th century, French, Italian, or Spanish sailors brought them to Europe. Other sources say that the Bichon Frise was developed in Italy and was brought to France by soldiers in the 1500s. Either way, they were popular in royal courts in France, England, and Spain, and were counted as favorites by such famous rulers as King Francis I of France and King Henry III of England. By the late 1800s, the Bichon Frise fell out of favor, and began to be used by circus performers and to help lead the blind. After World War I, French breeders worked to preserve the breed, and adopted an official standard in 1933. At this point in time, the breed went by the names Tenerife and Bichon. Bichon Frise is an anglicized version of the French name that translated as ‘Bichon with the curly coat.’ By 1956, the Bichon Frise came to the United States, where it was recognized by the AKC in 1971. In a sharp contrast, the Yorkshire Terrier was a dog of the working class. 19th century Scottish workers brought a dog, then called the Paisley Terrier or the Clydesdale Terrier, with them when they came looking for work in Yorkshire, England. The dog was crossed with other Terriers to create a much smaller dog that was used for catching rats in the mills where their owners worked. By 1870, the new breed was named Yorkshire Terriers for the place where they were developed. The first record of a Yorkshire Terrier in the United States dates from 1872. Yorkshire Terriers were recognized by the AKC in 1885.

Bichon Yorkie Breed Appearance

The Bichon Yorkie is a toy sized breed, much like the Bichon Frise and Yorkshire Terrier from which it was bred. The compact and well-proportioned body of the Bichon Yorkie boasts a round head with round, dark eyes. The ears can be like either parent breed, and can stand upright or hang down. A blunt muzzle ends in a black nose, and the tail is long. The coat shows the most similarities to the parent breeds, and can exhibit either set of characteristic features. A Bichon Yorkie could have long, silky hair like the Yorkshire Terrier, or the dense, soft, curly hair of the Bichon Frise that resembles a fluffy snowball. Colors can also vary between dogs, and can come in combinations of white, cream, golden, gray, blue, brown, or black.

Bichon Yorkie Breed Maintenance

Though a hypoallergenic breed, the Bichon Yorkie can shed quite a bit, and will benefit from a brushing up to three times a week. The occasional trip to the groomer can provide a trim or strip her fur, and trim the hair around her face and eyes too. The Bichon Yorkie is not known to smell, but an occasional bath when needed will keep her looking and smelling great. Pay particular attention to her nails, which will need a regular trimming, and her ears and teeth. Keep her ears clean and free of hair to prevent ear infections, and routinely provide dental care to halt gum infections.

Bichon Yorkie Activity Requirements

The Bichon Yorkie shares many of the characteristics of its parent breeds, specifically its highly curious and energetic nature. This is an independent dog who still wants to spend a lot of time with her owners. While you may find the curiosity of the Bichon Yorkie will lead her to explore everything, she still wants to be close to her favorite person at all times. She is playful and intelligent, and can get along famously with children. Little ones should be taught how to handle this tiny dog, however, and should be supervised when in contact with her as she easily be hurt. The Bichon Yorkie has a high prey drive and can challenge larger animals. She can get along with other pets so long as she receives proper socialization. This dog can be a good watch dog, but has a high-pitched bark which can get out of hand if proper training isn’t implemented. These are very smart dogs who are easy to train, and obedience classes can help curb any negative behaviors. The Bichon Yorkie is a highly energetic dog, but the exercise demands for this breed are low.

Bichon Yorkie Owner Experiences

Sprocket
9 Years
3 People
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Great with family and friends
2 weeks, 6 days ago
Cassie
15 Years
5 People
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I love her so much I’ve know her science I was little
3 weeks, 3 days ago
Tessa
4 Years
5 People
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Lazing
Laying in the sun
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She is extremely friendly with those she knows well but can be very unfriendly with those she doesn't know so well. Mostly is great with other dogs but is very protective of our other dog and in some cases can come off as aggressive towards dogs approaching our other dog. This has never been a big issue because she is very obedient. She's also always been great with children and good with cats/other animals, gets along especially well with our house rabbit.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Bruce Wayne
8 Weeks
4 People
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He’s the smartest most well behaved dog I’ve ever owned. Sleeps well at nice already wee wee pad trained and so cuddly. He’s a little feisty with my older cocker spaniel, he just wants to play.
2 months, 4 weeks ago
Doris
16 Months
2 People
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Playing in the snow
Fetch
My little darling is so loving and friendly with everyone she meets
3 months, 1 week ago
Lola
2 Years
2 People
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Play keep away
She is very affectionate. She never barks. Hates squeeky toys. Very loveable
4 months ago
Pebbles
1 Year
3 People
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She came to us from another home almost 5months now she's at present going through phantom pregnancy when I put her bed at night she's banging off door she's very clingy to me
4 months, 3 weeks ago
ALEX
3 Years
5 People
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He is the most loving dog I ever had. He barks at strangers but quickly warms up to them. He loves the big front window to catch up on outside activities and absolutely loves his walks.
4 months, 4 weeks ago
Lottie
2 Years
2 People
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Lottie has to be slowly introduced to men as she's a bit nervous around them, but she's loyal and loves my son from the 1st tome she met him, she is nervous around bigger breeds she also loves to sleep under the christmas tree!
7 months ago
Enzo
1 year and a half
6 People
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Very pleased with mix. Loves playing with our 4 children. Very well behaved. Very high pitched bark when guarding family and house. Extremely friendly with people and other dogs.
7 months, 2 weeks ago
Ellie
8 Months
3 People
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She is very lovable and loves people. She has to meet everyone. Plays at dog park with her best buddies. Lidnsey and Meg
8 months, 2 weeks ago
Kona
4 years old
2 People
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Walking playing fetch
Thus little dog is smart , intelligent , loyal, loving and very caring . She always is at my feet and making sure that I am alright. She has taken advance training classes and is now in process in taking classes for an “Emotional Support “ dog. She is truly my stress reliever and calms me during panic and anxiety attacks. She watches over me and is truly an amazing watch dog and companion. Yes, she us a hunter!! This summer she was chasing gophers away from our yard, after 2 weeks they were gone!!! Kona knows when it’s time to play , work, or just be my companion . She knows about the time my husband comes hime from work and is waiting at the door. she will let me know when. One one is st the door. She knows when I need help and will not leave my side until I tell her I am ok. She is an amazing dog and I often say that there is an “angel” inside her ! I love my dog❤️
8 months, 4 weeks ago
Cooper
8 Weeks
2 People
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We just got him.we have a dashound and a chi
9 months, 2 weeks ago
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