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Yorkshier Terrier - Grooming

Yorkshier Terrier In Full Coat

Yorkshire Terrier Puppy Cut

Yorkshire Terrier Shaven

Full Coat

Puppy Cut


Taking your dog to a groomer on a regular basis will keep him/her looking and feeling great, or you can learn Yorkie grooming techniques at home. Remember practice makes perfect and you will notice that every time you groom it gets easier for both you and your Yorkie.

Grooming is a good bonding time. Daily face wash and ear checks, teeth brushing, nail trims and bi-weekly baths, although I bathe weekly. Brushing the coat will vary with texture and coat length. Try to keep the hair around the anus  very short for cleanliness. It is traditional to trim the top 1/3 of the ear shaven for a more
cleaner ear, and also make them look smaller.


Shampoo & Conditioner:

Use high quality shampoo and conditioner formulated specifically for dogs. I use Coat Handler or Pure Paws products. Yorkshire Terrier's have only a single coat of hair, whereas many breeds have both an outer and  under coat. In this respect, a Yorkies coat is similar to a humans hair. Despite this do not use shampoo meant for humans on your Yorkie. Human shampoo can result in dry, flaky skin creating dandruff on your Yorkie as the PH balance is different.

I never brush my yorkie's coat when it s completely dry unless the coat is clean like after a bath. It will damage the coat. Keep a spray bottle on hand with a mixture of water and conditioner and lightly spray the coat before you brush or comb.

Bathing bi-weekly will prevent odor and preserve the coat. Be sure to work out the tangles as they
will get worse with each passing day. Wet the tangle with warm water and work it out with your fingers as you bathe. Putting some conditioner on it will help loosen the tangle.

1. I bathe my Yorkie in the Kitchen sink or the bath tub can be used.
2. Be sure to completely rinse your Yorkies hair after shampooing and conditioning. Male Yorkies may dribble urine on themselves in the course of doing their business. You may wish to wash this daily with a damp cloth and warm water, or use an unscented baby wipe.
3. Depending on the length of your Yorkies coat, you may wish to blow dry the coat. If so, be sure to watch the heat as you can easily burn your Yorkie with the hot air. Make sure all tangles are out of the coat.
4. Comb through the coat, after drying and brushing, with a metal comb. This will eliminate most of the tangles, knots, and mats.
5. A flea comb may be used on a daily basis.

Hair trimming:

the hair under the pads of the feet, and the top 1/3 of the ears.

The hair around the anus should be trimmed regularly, and keep an eye on the anal sacs. If they are full you can squeeze them to empty them out. If you do not know how have your vet show you the next time you have a appointment.

Many people choose to keep their Yorkies coat trimmed in a
short puppy cut year round. This can be done with a pair of scissors or with a set of electric clippers.


Comb - Metal comb with long teeth.
Brush - There are many choices, but we recommend a pin brush with a rubber back. Natural bristle brushes are less likely to damage the coat than synthetics such as nylon.
Scissors - Basic hair-cut trim scissors.
Ear Trimmer
- Wahls mustache trimmer, it's cordless and rechargeable (available at Wal-Mart)
Nail Trimmer
- Human nail clipper while they are a puppy. As they age, use the dog nail clippers; sometimes it will be necessary to use a nail file to file the sharp edges of the nail after clipping. Stop Bleed  is a must. If you cut too short,  the nail will bleed. Dab the Stop Bleed on the affected area immediately.
Stop Bleed - Available at most pet stores.
Ear Cleaner
- There are many choices, I use NutraVet ear wash with tea oil.

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Author: Mario Coronado


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