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Yoranian (Yorkie & Pomeranian Mix) Dog Breed: Pictures, Guide, Info, Care & More!

Written by: Nicole Cosgrove

Last Updated on April 14, 2024 by Dogster Team

Yoranian (Yorkie & Pomeranian Mix) Dog Breed: Pictures, Guide, Info, Care & More!

If you’re a fan of energetic, loving, small dogs that are a bit protective of their families, then the Yoranian breed of dog will fit in nicely in your home. Also known as Porkies, Yoranian Terriers, and Yorkie Poms, these adorable, pint-sized creatures are a hybrid breed.

A mix between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Pomeranian, this hybrid breed only reaches six to 10 inches tall and weighs between three and seven pounds.

Breed Overview


 6 – 10 Inches


3 – 7 Pounds


12 – 16 Years


White, cream, golden, brown, black

Suitable for:

Families, elderly people, houses, apartment living, single people


Energetic, lively, protective, intelligent, loving with family members, loyal, suspicious of those they don’t know

Perfect for apartment living, single people, families, and the elderly, this is the perfect pet to keep you from being lonely. They are a bit energetic and lively but are also extremely intelligent and loyal. However, they tend to be protective of their owners and are suspicious of anyone they don’t already know.

There’s a lot to know about the Yoranian before making a final decision to purchase one from a breeder or adopt one from a rescue shelter. In this guide, we’ll go into everything you need to know about a Yoranian puppy before you buy and beyond.

High-energy dogs will need a lot of mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy, while low-energy dogs require minimal physical activity. It’s important when choosing a dog to make sure their energy levels match your lifestyle or vice versa.
Easy-to-train dogs are more skilled at learning prompts and actions quickly with minimal training. Dogs that are harder to train will require a bit more patience and practice.
Some breeds, due to their size or their breeds potential genetic health issues, have shorter lifespans than others. Proper exercise, nutrition, and hygiene also play an important role in the lifespan of your pet.
Some dog breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems, and some more than others. This doesn’t mean that every dog will have these issues, but they have an increased risk, so it’s important to understand and prepare for any additional needs they may require.
Some dog breeds are more social than others, both towards humans and other dogs. More social dogs have a tendency to run up to strangers for pets and scratches, while less social dogs shy away and are more cautious, even potentially aggressive. No matter the breed, it’s important to socialize your dog and expose them to lots of different situations.

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Yoranian Puppies

The Yoranian breed has become an extremely popular dog because of its crossbreeding and its size. Therefore, it’s essential to learn everything you can about this breed of dog before you purchase one.

As previously stated, this breed is a cross between the Yorkshire Terrier and the Pomeranian, both adorable and energetic breeds themselves.

Yorkies are tiny but seen to be clever, confident, and loving, traits that their offspring often inherit.

The other side of the family will be of the Pomeranian breed and are energetic, outgoing, very intelligent, extroverted, and lively. These are also traits that your Yoranian might inherit from this breed.

Knowing a little bit about his parents will go a long way towards helping you determine if the Yoranian is the right choice of dog for you. However, before deciding, make sure that you check with the breeder to learn about the parentage and the traits your pup may inherit.

The parent breeds of Yoranian: Left – otsphoto, Shutterstock; Right – Polly Sh, Shutterstock

Temperament & Intelligence of the Yoranian

This may be a tiny breed of dog, but they make up for it in personality and intelligence. Your Yoranian will easily and quickly become attached to members of your family, and they’re very affectionate with the people they become attached to.

You do need to know that this breed is leery when it comes to strangers, and they do tend to be protective of their families. Early socialization will help with that but be careful of the way people treat your family members around this fierce yet tiny pup.

The correct socialization will teach the Yoranian how they should act around your guests and around strangers in public as well. However, don’t wait until they’re older to begin training and socializing your dog, or it might prove to be difficult.

This breed is energetic, curious, and active. You’ll want to make sure they have plenty of toys on the inside and outside of the home. They don’t do well when left alone for long periods of time, so try to keep someone home with them most of the time for a happier pup.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

The Yoranian breed is excellent with families, small children, the elderly, and single people as well. He does better with older children, singles, and the elderly, however. As with any pet, make sure that children are taught how to act and play with your Yoranian from the beginning to ensure the children or your pet don’t end up becoming injured.

Again, early socialization is key to ensuring your Yoranian gets along well with all family members.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽 

The Yoranian breed can become aggressive towards other pets if he isn’t socialized early in his life. If you take them to play with other dogs when they’re young, you’ll have better results. This breed can also be taught to get along well with cats, but it’s best to avoid those moments when they’ll want to chase the smaller animal by keeping your Yoranian on a leash when he’s outside and not in a fenced yard.


Things to Know When Owning a Yoranian:

If you’ve read this far into our guide on the Yoranian, then you’ve probably already decided to purchase one of the tiny yet delightful mixed breeds for your own. In this next section, we’ll give you some advice on food and diet requirements, how much exercise and grooming your pet will need, and how easy he’ll be to train as well.

We’ll also tell you of any health conditions you need to watch out for, so you’re prepared to bring home your new furry friend before that happy day comes.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

How much to feed your Yoranian pup depends a lot on his specific energy levels. Most dogs of this tiny breed can eat up to one cup of dog food a day if it’s a portion of high-quality food. Of course, you can feed your little tyke wet food, but dry food is known to help remove the plague from their teeth, so make sure to at least give him so dry dog food.

If possible, you should choose a small kibble that your pup’s little teeth can chew easily. Avoid anything artificial in their food, if possible, opting for foods that have plenty of real chicken, beef, seafood, bison, or turkey in them. Foods with plenty of protein included will help your pet stay healthy and lean.

Since this mixed breed will overeat if you let them, they can easily become obese. Avoid this by only feeding your pet at mealtimes and giving treats sparingly for the best results.

Exercise 🐕

The Yoranian may be tiny, but he loves to be active, meaning you need to get him out and about every day. Of course, a daily walk will do wonders for your pet’s energy levels. Still, you also need to make sure they get plenty of indoor activity as well, not only for exercise but to stimulate your pet’s mind, as he is very intelligent.

If you have a fenced yard for the Yoranian to run and play in, that’s great, but it’s not required. Just make sure to keep him on a leash when you go to the dog park or for your daily walks, as he will chase smaller animals if he sees them and can get away.

Training 🎾

When it comes to training, the earlier you start your Yoranian, the better. As soon as you bring him home as a puppy, start training him in the way he should act. If you don’t have time to train your new puppy, it’s best to get a professional to do it for you.

Training and socialization are key to your Yoranian puppy if you don’t want him to become destructive and even aggressive over the years. It’s important for everyone in your family to take part in training your new puppy, if possible. These dogs have a stubborn streak and will try to challenge a family member for power if you let them.

Training and socialization also keep them from being aggressive towards people they don’t know, but they’ll still be very protective of the family they love.

Grooming ✂️

Since your Yoranian has medium-length fur, their fur is prone to becoming matted. Therefore, these tiny pets need to be brushed every day and taken to the groomer at least every quarter. In addition, you can use dental chews between vet visits and trim her nails once a month to keep her healthy, happy, and looking her best.

You don’t have to bathe your Yoranian the way you might have to do with other breeds, but a sponge bath will take away any dirt that builds up on her fur between trips to the groomer.

Health and Conditions 🏥

As with any other pet, there are health conditions that you should watch out for. There are minor and serious conditions that your Yoranian could inherit from her Pomeranian and Yorkshire Terrier parentage. While it is possible that your pup won’t inherit any of these conditions, you need to be aware of them and know what to look for. In most cases, this breed is relatively healthy, however.

It’s also a good idea to talk to your breeder to see what conditions your puppy’s parents have presented with as well before making a final decision on which Yoranian puppy you purchase. The serious and minor conditions to watch out for are listed in our next section.

Minor Conditions
  • Eye Issues
Serious Conditions

If you notice any of the above minor or serious conditions in your Yoranian as he ages, it’s best to make an appointment with your vet for diagnosis and the proper treatment.

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Male vs. Female

There aren’t any differences in male and female Yoranian puppies when it comes to size and weight. The differences tend to come in when it comes to their personalities. This difference is even more apparent in the dogs if they haven’t been neutered or spayed.

It’s been found that the female of the breed is more difficult to housetrain and have been known to be more loving than the males as well.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Yoranian

Now that you know a bit more about the Yoranian, his parentage, and the costs involved in purchasing and taking care of this tiny pet, we’ll tell you a few little-known facts about your possible pet below.

1. Yoranian Pups Are Not Guaranteed to Be Hypoallergenic

Even though Yoranian puppies are designer dogs, they aren’t guaranteed to be hypoallergenic due to their parentage. If you have allergies that prevent you from owning a dog, make sure to do your research well into this breed.

2. Yoranian Pups Are Great with Children

The Yoranian gets along great with young children but needs to be trained and socialized at an early age to do so.

3. Yoranian Pups Make Good Service Dogs

Just like his parents, the Yoranian can work as a service dog. This mixed breed has also been trained to alert people to seizures and other health problems. While they do need to be trained as service dogs, their instincts ensure they take to it easily and quickly.



This concludes our guide on the Yoranian mixed breed pup. While this breed does get a lot of its characteristics from its parents, every dog is different when it comes to personality and health conditions.

If you’ve decided that the Yoranian puppy is the right choice for your family, keep the tips above in mind, and always purchase your puppy from a reputable breeder, or adopt it from a local rescue shelter if at all possible.

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Featured Image Credit: Helen E. Grose, Shutterstock

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