Hair care is an important part
of pet care and ownership and you will need to do
the necessary yourself or get professional help.
Lapdogs in general and Yorkiess especially need
considerable grooming and care. If you think you
may not be able to groom your Yorkie well, then
you might consider getting a different breed.
Just like human hair, a Yorkies's coat will keep
growing if not cut from time to time. Some owners,
serious about grooming their dog's coat, wrap it
into knots. Moreover, quality of a Yorkies's coat
is very important. Head hair is lustrous, silky
and thin, while the body coat is comparatively thicker
and straight. The hair starting at the base of their
skull runs all the way to the tip of the tail, and
is parted in the center.
When bathing, the most common mistake we make is
to scrub the coat all over with shampoo. A good
product will lift off the dirt and take away the
frizz off your yorkie's hair, so you might as well
avoid ending up in a messy tangle. Before you apply
shampoo to a your dog's coat, make sure the skin
at the base is well moist. Pour shampoo on your
fingers and gently run it in the direction of the
coat. Any amount of shampoo left on the body can
do harm to both hair and skin. Make sure you rinse
well and apply a very mild conditioner to help the
coat retain some moisture.
To dry the coat after bathing, wrap your yorkie
in a thick, dry towel for minutes. This method will
help you cut down on the drying time, and is better
than rubbing your yorkies coat back and forth. If
you must use a dryer, make sure you use mild heat
and hold it at a safe distance from the dog to avoid
burning his skin.
Divide your yorkie's coat in sections
and gradually brush one section at a time. Don't
forget the easily missed areas like under the belly,
legs and behind the ears.
Trimming the hair under the feet
and around the anal area is also important. Be careful
with your dog when trimming the hair in the anal
area. Use a pair of scissors; clippers are too risky
for this sensitive area. The hair at the back and
sides of the ears need trimming too. Snip the hair
on the ears gently, closely following the contour
of the ears. Hair on the feet also need trimming.
Brush the coat straight and trim the excess hair
according to the shape of the foot. Although getting
a perfect round shape may not be easy at first,
with each grooming session you are bound to improve
on it, so relax and take your time.
To top it all off, finish by tying a topknot with
a pretty bow. To make a bow, gather the hair from
the outer corners of the eyes along with those at
the center of the head. Brush the hair gently and
secure it with a latex band. Top off by adding your
According to the American Kennel Club your Yorkies
should have a long, flowing coat, if you want your
dog to participate in a show. The other alternative
to keeping a long coat is of course keeping it short.
In this article we will discuss both the looks and
give you a detailed regime to help you keep your
yorkie's coat in excellent condition. Although a
long coat is the trademark of a Yorkies, whether
you choose to keep it long for your dog depends
upon your inclination to groom and the amount of
time you can spend on grooming. If you think a long
coat is unsuitable for your yorkie, you may choose
to go for the alternative look, which is obviously
a short crop, also known as the 'puppy cut'.
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