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Yorkie Chon Breed Information

Cream Yorkie Chon dog with floppy ears

Yorkie Chons love to love! They are very fond of people and love the attention that comes with being so precious looking. Yorkie Chon puppies are happy, cuddly, energetic, and playful little fur babies. They are bright and easy to train with eager-to-please personalities.  Cute and tiny, the Yorkie Chon has an average weight between 6 and 8 pounds with an average height between 9 to 12 inches.  Yorkie Chons (aka York-Chon) are a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Bichon Frise.  Sweet, friendly, joyful, and adorable. Yorkie Chon puppies are delightful little treats that make wonderful companion pets.  

BREED TYPE / MIX Hybrid / Yorkshire Terrier crossed with a Bichon Frise ENERGY Moderatae SHEDDING Minimum TRAINING Determined TEMPERAMENT Active, Playful, Intelligent, Loyal ADULT WEIGHT 6 - 8 lbs ADULT HEIGHT 9 - 12 in LIFE SPAN 10-12 yrs

Characteristics

  • A popular designer dog, the Yorkie Chon is also known as Yorkie Bichon, Borkie, Yo Chon, and Yorkshire Frise
  • Yorkie Chons live longer, healthier lives due to hybrid vigor
  • Highly social and outgoing, the Yorkie Chon makes fast friends with everyone in sight – children of all ages, other dogs, cats, and even strangers
  • Yorkie Bichons make efficient alarm dogs although they are non-aggressive and don’t make very good guard dogs - they have a high-pitched bark that would scare away any uninvited intruder
  • Easy to train, housebreak, and groom the Bichon Yorkies are excellent for first-time pet owners
  • The Yorkie Chon sheds very little and is considered to be a hypoallergenic dog
  • Small size – the Yorkie Chon thrives in both a small city apartment and a large family house
  • Yorkie Bichons adapt well to both active and more laid-back lifestyles
  • Affectionate and gentle, the Yorkie Chon and Yorkie Chon puppies are best suited for families with or without children, singles, and seniors
  • Yorkie Chon dogs are attentive, sweet, and cheerful and they have an amazing reputation as therapy dogs 
Black and Tan Yorkie Chon adult dog with floppy ears

Appearance

The Yorkie Chon is a delicate and adorable toy-sized dog with an average weight between 6 and 8 pounds and an average height between 9 to 12 inches.  The Yorkie Chon has a compact, well-proportioned body, round dark eyes, a black nose, cute little ears that can either be pointy or floppy (depending on which parent breed the Yorkie Chon takes after), and a long tail.  The Yorkie Chon sports a soft fluffy coat that can come in a variety of stunning colors such as black, white, brown, golden, gray, tan, or color combinations with various patterns and markings. The gorgeous Yorkie Chon coat has hypoallergenic qualities and is low shedding.  

Temperament

The Yorkie Chon is a sweet, delicate, and gentle dog who gets along with just about everyone. Friendly and playful, the Yorkie Chon is known to make best friends quickly with children of all ages and other pets. Yorkie Chons are happiest when they are surrounded by their family as they are extremely fond of performing tricks and getting praised for a job well done.

Happy, cheerful, and fun, Yorkie Chons are “live in the moment” types of dogs. They have an adventurous spirit; a curious nature and they love to go on adventures. Although they crave human interaction, Yorkie Bichons are not overly dependent. They are more than happy to keep themselves entertained by exploring the premises thoroughly or by playing with a ball, a canine puzzle, or a chew toy when they are left alone.

Yorkie Chon pups are full of life and love. They are just as cuddly as they are bouncy and playful and they have an unlimited amount of affection to give. Yorkie Chon puppies are easy to train and to housebreak. They have an eagerness to learn and please that is rarely matched. 

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Care

Grooming

Yorkie Chons have moderate grooming needs. It is beneficial to brush their coats 2 or 3 times a week in order to avoid knots, tangles, or matting of the hair. A monthly bath is also recommended for Yorkie Chons to keep their coats clean and shiny. The hair around their eyes should be trimmed frequently to avoid the buildup of tear stains. Their grooming routine should also include occasional haircuts, trimming of the nails when they overgrow, and frequent ear cleaning. Like all dogs, Yorkie Chons may be prone to certain teeth problems like periodontal disease and tartar buildup. It is beneficial to brush their teeth as frequently as possible and keep up a good dental care routine. 

Exercise Needs

Yorkie Chons are moderately active dogs. They enjoy canine games, runs, swims, and short hiking trips. They also enjoy lazing around the house and cuddling their humans as much as possible. A few brisk walks of a combined 30 minutes each day are enough to keep the Yorkie Chons in shape and happy.  

Health

Yorkie Chon puppies are popular designer puppies of a Yorkshire Terrier crossed with a Bichon Frise. Like their parents, these puppies are healthy and long lived. They benefit from hybrid vigor, which is a result of first-generation crossbreeding, and are blessed with improved health. Some of the health problems they may be prone to are the same common ones among all small dog breeds. These are hip or elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, hypothyroidism, ear and dental infections, and allergies.  

Lifespan

The average lifespan of these beautiful toy dogs is between 12 and 15 years. They take after both of their parents when it comes to living a long, healthy life. Yorkshire Terriers have a lifespan of 13 to 16 years, while Bichons live between 12 and 15 years. Their parents have also been known to live past their life expectancy. The oldest Yorkie lived to be 28 years old. It is recommended to provide them with enough daily exercise and high quality dog food to ensure they live long, healthy lives.

Training

Yorkie Chons are smart, easy to train dogs. They have people pleasing personalities and are known to pick up on tricks quickly. They enjoy the attention they receive when trained and are very fond of learning things they can impress with later. Yorkie Chons respond well to treat based motivation and positive reinforcement methods. Because of their Yorkshire Terrier lineage, these puppies may prove difficult to train when they are not properly motivated.

They may inherit a slight stubborn streak that will require a bit of extra patience on their trainer’s part. It is recommended to identify what they are motivated by and use plenty of rewards when training them. Some Yorkie Chon puppies respond well to treat rewards while others prefer praise, petting, and toys as rewards for good behavior.  

Socializing Yorkie Chon puppies should be done early on as they sometimes tend to be cautious and reserved around strangers. They should be introduced to new people and other pets gradually, preferably a little each day until they are comfortable with new interactions.  

Yorkie Chons are independent dogs. They are happy to keep busy with a toy or simply nap when they are left alone. They are not prone to separation anxiety, but it is always best to get them used to being alone at times when they are young. Crate training can be very beneficial for these pups.

History

A cross between the purebred Yorkshire Terrier and the purebred Bichon Frise, the Yorkie Chon is a new and highly popular designer hybrid breed.  

It is believed that the Yorkie Chon, also referred to as Yorkie Bichon, Borkie, Yo Chon, and Yorkshire Frise, originated in the United States a little over two decades ago. The Yorkie Chon merit their worldwide popularity to their cuddly adorable looks, fun-loving nature, and hypoallergenic coat qualities.  

As a modern designer hybrid breed, the Yorkie Chon is very young when it comes to history. We can look back at the history of the Yorkshire Terrier and Bichon Frise parent breeds to better understand the designer breed puppies.   

The Yorkshire Terrier puppy, also referred to as Yorkie, originated in the historic country of Yorkshire in the 17th century as a working dog. From a rodent hunter in the mills and mines of Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Terrier went on to become a fashionable luxury companion pet associated with wealth in the Victorian era. From the lap of luxury and onto the battlefield during World War II, the Yorkshire Terrier was soon recognized as a war hero as well. Hard-working, brave, brilliant, and the first therapy dog in history, the Yorkshire Terrier has an impressive portfolio of achievements and is one of the most popular toy breeds in the world today 

The Bichon Frise puppy, also known as the Bichon Tenerife, originated during the 14th century in the Canary Islands. A companion pet for noble and royal families, the Bichon Frise has often been called “a dog of royalty”. The Bichon Frise has been a favorite of artists for centuries, often being represented in paintings, literature, and poetry around the world. The Bichons attribute their worldwide popularity to their sweet, affectionate nature, merry disposition, and cuddly good looks.  

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