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Yorkie Russell

Yorkie Russell Breed


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Physical Characteristics:
Height: 9-12”
Weight: 6-12 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate – High
The Yorkie Russell is found in the following colors:

  • Steel
  • Brown
  • Black
  • Tan
  • White

Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 12-16 years
Crossed between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Jack Russell Terrier, the Yorkie Russell is a small pup that could inherit a number of health issues from either parent breed. You can ensure your crossbreed canine stays healthy for as long as possible with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and routine vet check-ups. However, between vet visits, be on the lookout for unusual symptoms that could indicate a more serious condition or disease within your Yorkie Russell.

Collapsed Trachea

This condition could be hereditary, or it could be caused by severe trauma to a dog’s inner breathing tube. It is the leading cause of airway obstruction. Symptoms include a frequent, persistent cough that sounds strained and honking, weight loss, difficulty eating, swallowing, or breathing, and exercise intolerance. Most cases of this condition can be treated with medication that relaxes the throat muscles to make it easier to do everyday activities. Some cases require corrective surgery.

Ear Infections

The Yorkie Russell can have either the floppy ears of a Jack Russell Terrier or the straight-up ears of a Yorkshire Terrier. Either way, they are prone to ear infections because dirt and debris clogs their ear canals. If the infection is severe and left untreated, it could cause deafness. You can avoid infection by cleaning out his ear with a vet-recommended cleaning solution and a soft swab. Avoid sticking anything into your Yorkie Russell’s ear canals.

Rapid Dental Decay

Small dogs are prone to rapid dental decay, but this condition is usually linked to a more severe ailment. If you notice that your pup constantly has bad breath, yellow teeth, or tartar build-up, even after brushing, consult a vet. Addressing the underlying condition could put a stop to dental decay. In the meantime, brush your dog’s teeth with dog toothpaste 2-3 times per week.

Other health problems that may affect a Yorkie Russell include cataracts, reverse sneezing, hypoglycemia, and skin allergies. They have an average lifespan of 12-16 years, so keep them healthy for the duration with regular vet check-ups, a proper diet, and routine exercise.

Temperament & Train-ability

Both the Jack Russell Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier are high-energy dogs, so, of course, the Yorkie Russell is a lively, bouncy, rambunctious pup too. Loyal and sweet, these crossbreed canines love people and other small dogs, but they can be yappy. When threatened, scared, or curious, these pups have been known to bark loudly for long periods of time. However, you can break them of this habit with early training and socialization. Teach them when it is appropriate to bark and when they should keep quiet.

The Yorkie Russell loves toys, but he can be territorial with both his toys and his loved ones. Especially around bigger, intimidating dogs. Otherwise, expect him to be sweet, affectionate, and in constant need of attention. If your Yorkie Russell gets bored, he gets destructive. When he wants to play but there is nothing or no one to play with, he might consider your shoes or furniture fair game for chewing.

Yorkie Russells are curious little detectives who want to dig and investigate every sound and smell, so a big backyard is a huge plus! If you live in a small apartment, help your pup get his energy out at a dog park. Or, take him on at least three walks a day to occupy his mind and body. Exercise is important for these small dogs, as too much pent-up energy could lead to barking, whining, and negative behavior.

When you train your Yorkie Russell, keep in mind they have a stubborn streak. Just like both of their parent breeds. Be dominant, consistent, firm, and persistent. Offer treats as rewards for good behavior, but never, ever use physical force or harsh scolding for bad behavior. Instead, opt for kindness, understanding, and steadfast commands. Their eager-to-please nature ensures they will eventually learn and obey your instructions.


The Yorkie Russell can have either the short, silky hair of a Jack Russell Terrier, the lengthy, fluffy hair of a Yorkshire Terrier, or a mixture of both. Both coat types are minimal shed, so they are good for people with allergies to pet dander. Brush your Yorkie Russell at least twice a week to minimize summertime shedding and decrease the risk of tangles and mats. Bathe your Yorkie Russell whenever he gets dirty or if he takes after his Jack Russell Terrier genetics and digs or rolls around in something smelly.


The Yorkie Russell may be small, but he packs quite an appetite. These pups are prone to overeating, so establish a feeding schedule from the beginning. Separate 1 cup of high-quality dry kibble into two meals per day. Eventually, your pup will learn your feeding schedule, and come to expect food at those times. This conditioning cuts down on his begging and whining for more food or treats.

When you are training your Yorkie Russell, use meaty, crunchy treats as rewards for good behavior. Pair this with praise, and your pup will be happily following your commands in no time

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Before you seek out a Yorkie Russell breeder, check the local shelters. Adoption fees run from $150-$300, usually inclusive of a vet visit, initial vaccines, and flea protection. You will be giving a lovng dog a second chance at a great home.

If shelters are a no-go, breeders usually price their Yorkie Russell pups for $200-$600. Pricng depends on gender, color, and your plans for spaying or neutering your new puppy. Most breeders will sell breeder dogs for more than non-breeders.

Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking

Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Yorkie Russell is a 1.5 on the Paws ‘N’ Pups scale. These crossbreed dogs might have a few health issues as they age, but they’re generally healthy. Otherwise, they are great family pets, as well as usually sweet, loving, happy dogs.


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