yorkie poo breed information

common health issues

A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its groove � sometimes referred to as a "trick knee". It is usually caused by several inherited factors including a shallow patella groove. In individuals with moderate or severe disease, surgical correction in often recommended to prevent a progression that includes severe lameness, chronic pain and thickening of the knee.

With intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) one or more of the discs that sit between vertebrae break down and their extruded contents bulge into the vertebral canal, pressing on the spinal cord. Symptoms range from mild back or neck pain to paralysis of the limbs. Mild IVDD can be managed medically, but severe IVDD cases require surgery to provide relief.

The trachea, or windpipe, is supposed to be a rigid tube. In some breeds, the cartilage rings that hold the trachea open are undeveloped or become weak and allow the trachea to flatten during respiration. Mild cases can be managed medically with cough suppressants and bronchodilators, but surgical placement of tracheal stents is recommended for some severe cases.

In this condition, only some of the blood from the intestines passes through the liver, and the rest mixes with the general circulation, so dogs with a liver shunt have excess amount of toxins in their blood. Symptoms generally emerge by 6 months of age and include failure to gain weight, vomiting, and hepatic encephalopathy. Surgical correction is usually curative.

Cryptorchidism is the failure of one or more of the testicles to drop into the scrotum. Because retained testicles are prone to testicular torsion and cancer to a much higher degree, they should be surgically removed. Your veterinarian can perform surgery at your pet's normal neutering age.

Yorkie-poos are the result of the breeding of a Poodle to a Yorkshire Terrier, or as the breed progresses, the breeding of two Yorkie-poos. Breeding two full-breed dogs together allows the offspring to inherit characteristics from one or both parents, and in this case, the result is an adorable heartbreaker. Yorkie-poos are sweet and smart, and provide excellent companionship to all.

Because both parent breeds share a working heritage (the Poodle as a hunting dog and the Yorkie as a ratter), the Yorkie-poo is an alert, intelligent breed. Yorkie-poos are capable of much more than their sweet appearance implies. Challenges such as obedience and agility training will push the Yorkie-poo to perform feats you didn’t think possible. The sky is the limit for this small, perky breed.

Although a breed that relishes challenges, Yorkie-poos are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Yorkie-poos are prone to include breathing problems such as tracheal collapse; knee issues such as patellar luxation; skeletal problems such as intervertebral disc disease; developmental conditions such as cryptorchidism; and liver problems such as portosystemic shunts.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Yorkie-poo inherits more than just the ability to melt your heart and impress at agility, your family budget is protected.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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