for tips on how to groom your Yorkie?
a few basic steps that are involved in grooming
your Yorkie and maintaining its coat.
Bathe your Yorkie once a week (See Bathing
Your Yorkie below for instructions)
file your dog's nails after giving them a bath (the warm water
will make the nails softer and easier
to trim). Also, by trimming the nails regularly, only the
tips will require cutting and filing.
your dog's teeth once a week to reduce tartar buildup (use
a pet toothbrush & pet toothpaste)
your Yorkie's ears with a cotton swab and ear cleaning solution
the hair in the ears to reduce the risk of infection
stain remover to remove tear stains around eyes
and wash the area around the anus daily to prevent mats of
feces (if the area becomes matted,
it can become infected and sore,
resulting in serious health problems)
your Yorkie's coat daily if it has a long coat (at least twice
- Use a detangling spray or
a mix of water & conditioner to moisten the coat prior
- Use a pin brush first, then
use the slicker brush to get any missed mats
sure your Yorkie gets regular hair cuts
will find a step-by-step guide to bathing
your Yorkshire Terrier.
barrettes or clothing your Yorkie is wearing.
brush the fur to remove any knots or tangles using a dog comb
your dog thoroughly.
shampoo in a thin line down the center of your dog's back (don't
apply the shampoo in a swirl
or zig-zag pattern). Apply as
much shampoo as you need at this point, rather than reapplying
halfway through the procedure.
the shampoo down through the hair with your fingers.
water down the middle of your dog's back to rinse it.
can either use a plastic cup to pour water onto your dog, or
you can use a spray nozzle if you
have one. If you're using the
spray nozzle, make sure it's aimed downwards to minimize tangles.
the water through your Yorkie's hair until all shampoo is gone.
conditioner to your dog's hair and work it in through the hair
with your fingers (just like with the
shampoo, don't work the conditioner
through the hair in a circular or scrunching motion - it will
tangle the hair).
your Yorkie as you did with the shampoo. Again, make sure there
are no traces of conditioner
left, as it can irritate the skin.
dry your dog with a clean towel. Don't completely dry the coat
- leave it damp for brushing
(this prevents hair from breaking
while it's being brushed).
you like, you can use a blow dryer instead of a towel to dry
your dog. Again, make sure the hair is
not completely dry, because it
still needs to be brushed.
brush the fur to remove knots.
off the look with a beautiful dog
bow. Either a 3/8"
dog bow or a 5/8"
dog bow would be
suitable for a Yorkie's topknot,
depending on the dog's size. Two 3/8"
dog bows would also look
adorable as a pair of ear bows!
your Yorkie has a soft, cottony coat (instead of a silky one),
have the coat trimmed in a puppy cut
for easier maintenance.
buying a pin brush, don't buy one with balls on the end of the
pins (it will break the coat).
brush your Yorkie's coat when it is completely dry. Instead,
use a detangling spray or a mix of
water & conditioner prior
use natural bristle brushes.
to only use pet toothpaste (no human toothpaste) when brushing
your Yorkie's teeth.
the Right Shampoo
It is important
to buy the right shampoo for your furbaby. Below are guidelines
on how to make the
consult your veterinarian to see if your Yorkie has any allergies.
Yorkies tend to have very
sensitive skin. Your vet can tell
you which ingredients or shampoos to stay away from based on
your Yorkie's skin.
mind your wants & needs when selecting a shampoo. The desired
haircut for your Yorkie
may help you narrow down your
choices. For instance, you might look for a shampoo that makes
the coat silkier if you're planning
to grow your Yorkie's hair very long.
you may want to look for when selecting a shampoo: how easy
it is to detangle the
coat, how shiny or silky the coat
will be, if it will give enhanced volume, what smell it has,
also shampoos designed to keep away fleas. If your dog has a
known flea problem, you
might want to consider one of
to high-end salon-style human hair products also work (and are
often times less
expensive than dog products).
However, if your Yorkie has dry skin, this would not be a good
to look for:
- fairly high pH
- lots of fatty acids
- vitamins like B5 & E
unusual colors or too much fragrance.
you prefer shampoos with natural ingredients, look for aloe
vera, tea-tree oil and citrus extracts.
country of origin for Yorkies is
England. The first record of a
Yorkshire Terrier being born in the
United States was 1872.
see in color. Color blindness
in dogs is a myth. Although they do
not see color in quite the same way
as us, they do most certainly see it.
Color simply appears in a slightly
more bland or dull fashion than it
does to a human.
Nixon had a pet Yorkie named
Pasha who lived in the White House
during the Richard Nixon presidency.
Yorkie's sweat gland is located
between its paw pads.
the first two weeks of a
Yorkie's life it will be asleep
somewhere around 90% of the time.
That comes out to more than 21 1/2
smallest dog in recorded history
was Sylvia, a tiny Yorkshire Terrier
owned by Arthur Marples of
Blackburn, England. The dog died in
1945 when she was fully grown and
almost two years old, at which point
she stood only 2.5 inches tall at the
shoulder, measured 3.5 inches from
nose tip to tail, and weighed 4
ounces. She was approximately the
size of a matchbox.
1995 through 2002, Guinness
World Records listed a Yorkshire
Terrier named Big Boss as the
smallest dog in the world. Big Boss
was listed at 4.7 inches tall when his
owner, Dr. Chai Khanchanakom of
Thailand, registered the toy dog with
Guinness. A Yorkie named
Thumbelina, 5.5 inches tall & 8
inches long, held the Guinness
World Record for smallest living dog
prior to 1995.
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