Yorkie Bichon puppies are a type of dog that has to be seen to be fully appreciated.
Yorkichon (Borkie or Yochon) Puppy Quick Stats
» A combination of a Yorkshire Terrier and a Bichon Frise
» Recognized as an official mixed breed by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
» Average estimated lifespan of between 12 – 15 years
» Average estimated weight of between 4 – 12 pounds
» Average height of approximately 8 – 11 inches
» Training difficulty – Low
» Grooming requirement – High
» Exercise requirement – Medium
Both of these breeds of dogs have very distinct characteristics that combine to form a breed that may be commonly referred to as Yorkichon.
Initially, one might expect the new Yochon puppy to exhibit characteristics that are half one breed and half the other. However, this is not always how genetics works. Different traits have different dominant characteristics.
The resulting mixed puppy has a wide range of characteristics that may combine in various ways. Depending on which traits are dominant and how those traits combine, these puppies may have characteristics that are much different than others of the same breed.
Physical Characteristics of Yo-Chon Puppies
Although many Yochons display a mix of colors, there are some that are pure black or pure white. Dark brown and blond colors are also frequently seen as a characteristic of these types of puppies. Some of these might even have dark coloring, except for white on their stomach and faces.
Characteristics of the Yorkie Bichon Coat
The Yochon breed typically has a very full coat. While the Yorkshire genes tend to lean towards a long and silky coat, the Bichon genes exhibit a short and fluffy texture.
Generally, Yorkie Chon puppies will display a coat that is a mix of the characteristics of both parents. Because of the variety in the types of coats, the grooming needs will be different for individual mixed Yorkie and Bichon puppies.
Although coat characteristics can vary greatly, most of these puppies tend to shed a good deal. Also the Bichon genes may add a wool-like texture to the hair, which might cause it to mat, easily. This indicates that regular grooming is a necessity.
Just as with any breed of dogs, these types of puppies should receive regular baths, as needed. However, their genetic makeup does not require excessive bathing.
Typical Size and Physical Features of a Yorkie Bichon Mix
As with any genetic combination, a good estimate of the height of these puppies would be to get an average of the heights of the parents. The genetic markers will generally combine to form some mixture of the two.
Statistical numbers would indicate that Yochon puppies might range anywhere from 8 to 11 inches tall. They could weigh anywhere between 4 and 12 pounds.
The estimates used for height and weight are made from broad generalizations about how the two breeds would combine. There can always be exceptions to generalizations of this type.
Personality Traits of Yorkichon Puppies
The Bichon genes present in these puppies would make them love to be in the spotlight. Bichons are very good with people, but can be destructive when left alone.
Yorkshire Terriers tend to be outgoing. They follow people and try to get into everything. This type of puppy may display some mixture of these two personalities.
Yorkie Chons tend to be very smart, as both of their parents come from intelligent breeds of dogs. Generally, they respond well to training, even learning tricks. However, that training does need to take place early in their life.
The Yorkie genes can add a stubborn streak to the puppy. This might make the mixed puppy slightly resistant to training. However, this can be overcome with proper procedures.
Some of these types of dogs tend to be persistent barkers while others do not exhibit this trait. It depends on the genetic traits that they inherit from their parents.
The personality traits of the two breeds are similar. The chances of getting a dog with a good personality from this blend are very high. Most families would love having a companion with the loving personality of this breed.
Health Considerations to Be Mindful of with Yochon Puppies
The Bichon Frise breed may be sensitive to vaccinations. If the Bichon Yorkie puppies inherit this trait, this will also make them sensitive as well.
Many breeds of dogs have genetic tendencies towards certain diseases and this mixed breed is no exception. They may have urinary tract infections, which need to be treated by a vet. Other diseases include an eye disorder, called Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), which is common to these types of dogs.
Patellar Luxation can occur in any small breed of dogs as well. If not detected early, it can cause eventual lameness.
These mixed puppies can be a smart and friendly pet for any household. With a little attention, Yorkie Bichon puppies are easily trained and make great companions for both adults and kids.