Overall, Yorkie-Pom exercise requirements aren't too extensive. These hybrids will fulfill a lot of their daily activity needs just running around being their curious little selves. Even so, they'll still benefit from a couple of short walks and a brief period of play each day.
The typical adult Yorkie-Pom, depending on its age and overall activity level, will only need about 30 minutes of proper exercise each day. You can start exercising your Yorkie-Pom puppy when it's 2½ months old by taking it on very short walks, then you can increase the walks' length as the pup grows.
Precautions with Yorkie-Pom exercise:
- Don't exercise puppies too hard before they're eight months old
- A leash is recommended when exercising in public
- Yards should be securely fenced to keep the dog from running off
- Potential separation anxiety; exercises should be done together with people
It's important to exercise your Yorkie-Pom every day. These little crossbreeds are usually feisty and active, and without consistent activity they'll become fussy, they'll bark excessively, and they may develop Small Dog Syndrome. Regular exercise will be great for both the dog's and your own peace of mind! A few exercise ideas:
- Walking: Two 10-minute walks per day is a good target
- Fetch: Can be played indoors or out; use the dog's favorite toy
- Hide-and-Seek: Great indoor activity; give the dog a treat when it finds you
- Canine Sports: If properly trained, Yorkie-Poms can excel at obedience and agility trials and other events
- Laser Pointer: These dogs will go nuts chasing that "little red dot"
When indoors, it's good to give your Yorkie-Pom access to balls or toys that will allow the dog to burn excess energy. It's also recommended that you have a regular exercise schedule for the dog, such as walks after breakfast and dinner and playtime in the afternoon.