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Bichon Yorkie: Breed Temperament, Exercise Needs & Health (Yo-Chon)

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About Bichon Yorkie

Country of Origin, History of Bichon Yorkies

There is no known date or person who started the Bichon Yorkie breed, but it is believed it may have existed naturally over the years. However, it was only in the 1980s that designer dog breeders in North America mixed Bichon Frise and Yorkshire Terrier to develop Bichon Yorkies to have an intelligent, affectionate, companion dog. As demand for mixed breed dogs kept increasing, Bichon Yorkies became more and more popular.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

The Bichon Yorkie is a very small, energetic dog with a high-pitched bark which can be used to alert you or insist you play or do whatever is on its schedule that day. It is important to train Bichon Yorkies not to bark too much.

Since Yorkies have downward hanging ears, and Bichons have upright ears, the Bichon Yorkie can have either style. It can also inherit the curly coat of the Bichon or the silky coat of the Yorkie. Its coloring can be white like a Bichon or a mixture of tan and black like a Yorkie or have all three colors in any pattern.


The Bichon Yorkie’s coat can be soft and curly like a Bichon or dense and silky like a Yorkie. It can come in a variety of colors such as white like a Bichon or tan and black like a Yorkie or any combination of these colors. Other colors include cream, golden, gray, and blue.


6–9 pounds


Male – 9–12 inches
Female – 9–11 inches

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Bichon Yorkie Personality Traits

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Temperament of the Dog

The Bichon Yorkie is a happy, playful dog with a huge amount of curiosity. Bichon Yorkies are very affectionate. They love to sit in your lap. They travel well. They are alert and very protective of their families.

They can get along with cats, other dogs, and children if socialized with them at an early age and if the children are gentle but firm with the dog. Most are not fond of young children and don't believe they have to obey a child, so it is best if the child does not live in the same household as the dog.

They are prone to small dog syndrome, where they feel they are in charge of all the people and pets and you are there to do their bidding. They will bark to tell you what to do when you are not doing what they want. They can become destructive when they don't get their way or are left alone for long periods of time. They are a stubborn breed, making them more difficult to train.

The Bichon Yorkie can get plenty of exercise in the house, playing with toys. However, they love to go places and take walks when the weather is not too hot or cold.

Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?

The Bichon Yorkie will need to live in the house and will prefer to sit on laps or sleep in your bed, or at least have his own bed. He is well-suited to small homes and apartments if you will be home or in and out throughout the day so he is not alone for long periods. He must be trained not to bark when bored. He will also be happy with a home with a fenced yard for playing and exploring.

Are they suited to homes with kids?

They will bond better to adults than to kids and may bark a lot at kids who are active. If kids are not taught to treat them well or they are not socialized early with kids, they will shy away from them. They may be overwhelmed by too many children or too many new people in general. They will be happier to live in a home without children there full-time.


Training the Bichon Yorkie can be a challenge. Both the Bichon and the Yorkie are difficult to fully housetrain, so it is no surprise that the Bichon Yorkie may be difficult to housetrain. Extra vigilance and persistence as well as consistency in training methods will be successful.

They like to learn new things and please their humans, so start training early and practice often. Puppy kindergarten and an obedience class will set you up for success with your dog. They are usually treat motivated, so if they refuse to do training activities, use tiny bits of cooked meat to reward doing things correctly.

Without adequate training, the Bichon Yorkie will become headstrong, stubborn, and “in charge” of the household. They will not listen and obey if they are not taught and reinforced at a young age and throughout their lives.

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Bichon Yorkie Activity Level

How active is the breed?

They are quite energetic, but can get enough exercise indoors with their toys and interactions with people. They enjoy going places and meeting new people. They love outdoor walks if it is not too hot or too cold.


Whether your dog has the long, wavy coat of the Yorkie or the curly coat of the Bichon, it will need to be groomed frequently. You should brush your dog at least three times a week (daily is best), bathe it at least once a month, and have it professionally groomed every 6–8 weeks. Without these measures, its fur will become tangled and messy. It also sheds regularly.

This dog needs the fur around its eyes and ears trimmed regularly and its nails cut regularly. It will need its teeth cleaned daily, or at least every other day.

Although there is no breed that is completely hypoallergenic, this breed is considered more hypoallergenic than many others.

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Health and Care

This is a relatively healthy breed, but be especially aware that they may be sensitive to vaccinations and they get a variety of allergies. They are prone to all of the conditions that Bichons and Yorkies are prone to having such as reverse sneezing, trachea collapse, hip dysplasia, kneecap issues, hypothyroidism, teach and eye problems, and bladder issues.

Life Span: 10–12 years

National Breed Clubs

National Breed Clubs: none at this time

Other Recognition:

ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club (Yo-Chon)
DBR = Designer Breed Registry (Yorkshire Frise or Borkie)
DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club (Borkie)
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.

Group: Mixed Breed

AKC Popularity Ranking: Not recognized by AKC

Also Known As: Yo-Chon, Bichyorkie, Borkie, Yochon, Yorki-Chon, Yorkichon, Yorkiechon, Yorkie-Bichon, Yorkshire Frise

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