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Chihuahua vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Toy Poodle – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Chihuahua vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Toy Poodle" Compare Chihuahua and Yorkshire Terrier. Which is better: Chihuahua or Yorkshire Terrier or Toy Poodle?
Name Chihuahua Yorkshire Terrier Toy Poodle
OriginsMexico England Germany France
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank329449
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Other Names Chihuahueño, Csivava Yorkie Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Teacup Poodle, French Poodle, Pudle, Teddy Poodle
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Toy breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Chihuahueno section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Toy Terriers section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc.
Price $600-$800 $600-$1000 1000-1500

General Appearance - Chihuahua vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Toy Poodle

Size Small Small Small
Weight 2-6 pounds (1-3 kg) 2-3 kg (4-7 pounds) Male: 6-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
Avg. Weight 4 pounds (2 kg) 2.5 kg (5.5 pounds) Male: 7.5 pounds (3.5 kg)
Height 6-9 inches (15-23 cm) 20-23 cm (8-9 inches) Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm)
Avg. Height 7.5 inches (19 cm) 21.5 cm (8.5 inches) Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm)

Hair & Care - Chihuahua vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Toy Poodle

Coat Fine Fine Dense Curly Thick
Colors Chocolate Fawn Tan Cream Red Black Gold Blue Tan Black Apricot Black Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige
Grooming
Effortless: The Chihuahua requires minimal grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Chihuahuas shed none to minimal.
Yorkshire Terriers shed none to minimal.
Toy Poodles shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Chihuahua vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Toy Poodle

Temperament Alert Devoted Intelligent Courageous Lively Quick Alert Energetic Intelligent Playful Courageous Independent Loyal Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Smart: Yorkshire Terrier's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Toy Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Chihuahuas are quite easy to train.
Yorkshire Terriers are quite easy to train.
Toy Poodles are very easy to train.
Playfulness
Chihuahuas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Yorkshire Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Toy Poodle is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Chihuahuas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Yorkshire Terriers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Chihuahuas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Yorkshire Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Toy Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Chihuahuas need a lot of social interaction.
Yorkshire Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
Toy Poodles are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Chihuahua is a very vocal breed.
High: The Yorkshire Terrier is a very vocal breed.
Average to high: The Toy Poodle is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Chihuahuas are average watchdogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are good watchdogs.
Toy Poodles are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Chihuahuas strongly protect their territory.
Yorkshire Terriers strongly protect their territory.
Toy Poodles are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Chihuahua has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Yorkshire Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Toy Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Chihuahuas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Yorkshire Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Toy Poodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Chihuahuas tend to escape less than other breeds.
Yorkshire Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Toy Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Chihuahuas have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Yorkshire Terriers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Toy Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Chihuahuas are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Chihuahuas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Yorkshire Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Toy Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Chihuahuas tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Yorkshire Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Toy Poodles do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Chihuahua vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Toy Poodle

Stranger Friendly
Chihuahuas are average friendly towards strangers.
Yorkshire Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Toy Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Chihuahuas are not kid-friendly dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are not kid-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Chihuahuas are very cat-friendly dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are cat-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Chihuahuas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Chihuahua is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Yorkshire Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Toy Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Chihuahuas are not recommended for elderly people.
Yorkshire Terriers are not recommended for elderly people.
Toy Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Chihuahuas are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Yorkshire Terriers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Toy Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Chihuahuas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Yorkshire Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Toy Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Chihuahua breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Yorkshire Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Toy Poodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Chihuahua vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Toy Poodle

Health Issues
Chihuahuas are commonly healthy dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are commonly healthy dogs.
Egészségesek Toy Poodle fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Health Problems Collapsed Trachea Heart Murmurs Hydrocephalus Hypoglycemia Open Fontanel Patellar Luxation Pulmonic Stenosis Shivering Collapsed Trachea Hypoglycemia Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Reverse Sneezing Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia Canine Diabetes Mellitus Ear Infections Epilepsy Heart Murmurs Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Skin Allergies Slipped Stifle
Life Expectancy 14-18 years 12-16 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes Yes
Energy Level
Chihuahuas have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Yorkshire Terriers are high energy dogs.
Toy Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Chihuahuas exercise need is very minimal.
Yorkshire Terriers exercise need is very minimal.
Toy Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Chihuahuas sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Yorkshire Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Toy Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cups of high-quality dry food a day. Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 3/4 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Low to Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness High
The Chihuahua has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Yorkshire Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Toy Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Chihuahua is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Yorkshire Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Toy Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Chihuahua vs Yorkshire Terrier vs Toy Poodle

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 2-4 puppies 4-6 puppies 2-4 puppies

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