Yorkie-ton

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5-11 lbs
8-11"
Unknown
Coton de Tulear
Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkie de Tulear
A well-balanced mix of a companion dog and a long-established rat-catcher, the Coton de Tulear and the Yorkshire Terrier respectively, the Yorkie-ton is an extremely well-tempered and loving dog with a cute, fluffy look to boot. Overall, there is little not to like about this breed, as they are highly-affectionate, intelligent, and surprisingly adaptable for a small dog. Due to their limited size and activity levels, they require little exercise and also don't tend to get as yappy as many others of similar stature. Plus, like both parent breeds, they are hypoallergenic, making them suitable for nearly any living situation. However, due to the stubbornness of their Yorkshire parentage, they can be moderately difficult to train and do need a fair amount of socialization to do well with small children. They may also develop separation anxiety if in a household where any/all owners are gone for long periods of time or frequently, as they love to bask in the glow of attention. Finally, they do need a decent amount of maintenance if their coats are not kept short, so potential owners should be prepared for upkeep every few days. But all in all, given the small drawbacks and big adaptability, these little dogs still make fantastic companions for nearly any home.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Coton de Tulear and Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkie-ton Health

Average Size
Male Yorkie-ton size stats
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 5-13 lbs
Female Yorkie-ton size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 5-11 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Portacaval Shunt
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Occasional Tests
  • Knee
  • Liver Ultrasound
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Allergy Tests
  • Endoscopy

Yorkie-ton Breed History

Yorkie-tons are a relatively new hybrid, but both of their parent breeds have strong histories as companion dogs (and one also a vermin hunter early on), even if they do come from the fringes of opposite hemispheres. The Yorkshire Terrier actually started as a working dog, the product of Scottish immigrants flooding England during the Industrial Revolution in search of jobs. With them, these immigrants brought multiple variations of Terriers, including the Old English Toy, English Black, Clydesdale, Skye, Paisley, and now-extinct Waterside, all of which are considered to be influences to the Yorkshire's lineage at one point or another. They were initially brought as vermin hunters, helping to keep the rat population low while the factories grew and nearby neighborhoods flourished. Over time, as the breed developed, they were identified with their place of origin, Yorkshire, England and were eventually attributed the name. In the late 1800s, the Yorkshire became a popular show breed thanks to a dog named Huddersfield Ben, who, along with his tens sons and one daughter, is now considered to be the origin of the modern version we know and love today. Since then, the breed has actually become slightly smaller and instead of being a well-used hunter, is more often seen as a companion breed, as their overall even temperament makes them great family dogs. The Coton de Tulear's history is not well known, but it is believed that their ancestors, of Bichon and Tenerife origins, arrived on pirate ships to the island of Madagascar as early as the 15th century, when Tulear was a thriving port city. It was never known whether these early breeds were brought by pirates as rat-catchers, companions or merely the result of unquestionably thorough looting. Over time, multiple Bichon-type dogs interbred on the island, largely influenced only by sea traffic, and eventually developed into what is now known as the Coton de Tulear, its apt title derived from both its location and its fluffy, cotton-like coat ("coton" meaning cotton in French). They were eventually given to the Malagasy Royalty as gifts and were adopted by the ruling dynasty to prevent others of non-nobility from owning them. Their history is so strongly rooted on the island, they are not only known as the Royal Dog of Madagascar, but are documented as the island's official dog. While they may not be universally well-known as a breed, they are heralded in small circles for their exceptionally happy and even temperament and adorable fluffy look.

Yorkie-ton Breed Appearance

Yorkie-tons are small dogs to say the least, maxing out around 12 inches tall and rarely weighing much more either. They have long, fluffy coats that come in a variety of colors from all white to black and tan and even blue. They generally sport exaggerated eyebrows and mustaches, folded ears, bright, marble-like brown eyes, and a short snout capped with a black nose. They are even-muscled (if it ever shows) with a relatively square stance and a even back that terminates in a short or medium docked tail with enough hair to match the rest of their look.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Yorkie-ton eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Yorkie-ton nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Yorkie-ton coat
Fawn
silver Yorkie-ton coat
Silver
blue Yorkie-ton coat
Blue
black Yorkie-ton coat
Black
red Yorkie-ton coat
Red
gray Yorkie-ton coat
Gray
white Yorkie-ton coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Yorkie-ton straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Yorkie-ton Breed Maintenance

Although they are small dogs, Yorkie-tons take a fair amount of maintenance thanks to their long, fluffy coats. To keep them straight and clean, their coats should be brushed with a pin brush at least 2 to 3 times a week if not more, depending on the overall length, to prevent matting, tangling and overall damage. Some owners prefer to have their coats trimmed much shorter, which also helps to reduce their overall maintenance, but that won't excuse them from regular care. They should receive baths every other week or so, as Coton's need weekly baths while Yorkshires are monthly, but it generally ends up being a judgement call for each individual dog. Once washed with a dog-specific shampoo and conditioner (also highly-encouraged to keep their hair healthy), they should be lightly patted dry and left or finished with a hair dryer on low heat, as rubbing can tangle their coats. Their folded ears will also take regular monitoring, as any excess buildup of dirt or moisture can induce bacteria growth and potentially compromise the health of their ears both inside and out. Everything else is pretty standard, such as weekly teeth-brushing (minimum) and trimming nails as needed.
Brushes for Yorkie-ton
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Yorkie-ton requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Yorkie-ton Temperament

Especially compared to some other small breeds, Yorkie-tons are quite easy-going and will find enjoyment in going for a walk or just lounging at home with their owners. They are generally happy-go-lucky, affectionate dogs that like to join their families in activities around the house, especially if they receive some extra attention while doing so. They will play outside but largely enjoy the comfort of the household where they are in their domain. While they are generally very easy to manage overall, Yorkie-tons can be a bit stubborn when it comes to training and without it (and with too much babying from their owners), they are apt to develop Small Dog Syndrome, assuming or asserting that they are the masters of the household, and their behavior can become troublesome. With a fair amount of socialization, they do well with other dogs but will likely need some extra attention if they are to co-exist or visit with small children. Other than those few setbacks, they are generally highly-adaptable and with the right amount of training and attention, can happily exist in a wide variety of households.

Yorkie-ton Activity Requirements

Due to their build, Yorkie-tons are low to medium activity dogs, as they need little more than a daily walk and a little extra playtime and attention to be satisfied. They do enjoy a bit more attention than other breeds, so any activity at home such as playing games or engaging them mentally will help to fill that need. It's safe to say that around 6 to 7 miles of walking per week along with a half hour of playtime daily will be enough to keep this small breed happy and healthy.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Yorkie-ton Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

Yorkie-ton Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Yorkie-ton size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 6 lbs
Female Yorkie-ton size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 5 lbs
12 Months
Male Yorkie-ton size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Female Yorkie-ton size stats at 12 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 7 lbs
18 Months
Male Yorkie-ton size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 9 lbs
Female Yorkie-ton size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 8 lbs

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