Yorkshire Terrier Coat Care Tips

Yorkshire Terrier Coat Care Tips

Yorkies love to be cared for and pampered. There is no better way to treat your little puppy than the astute care of his coat.

Yorkies are gifted with an endearing silky, flowing coat. With proper care, you can keep your pet’s coat in top shape and groom it in style.

Is it hair or fur?

The coat of the Yorkshire Terrier is hair that is closer to human hair than fur.

According to PlayBarkRun, it is a single-coat breed, which has hair that grows continuously.

Because of this, it needs to be cared for with cutting and trimming.

The good part is that it does not shed, like dogs that have fur; this is where the Yorkie gets his reputation as “hypoallergenic” for owners who have allergies.

Different coats and cuts

Most Yorkies have either the AKC Standard show cut, with silky long hair or the shorter “puppy cut” that is popular with dogs with wavy textured hair.

The cut of your Yorkie will determine the kind of brushing that you do.

There are several types of coats. They include:

  • Puppy coat
  • AKC standard silky coat
  • Wire, wooly and wavy coat

Yorkie “Puppy Coat”

Differing from the adult coat, the coat of the puppy has a darker feature with tan highlights and black markings that may be prominent.

As they grow to be adults, this may change significantly.

This coat keeps them warm as puppies and protects them until their adult coat is grown into.

Yorkie Puppy

AKC standard silky coat

Silk coats meet the Standard of the American Kennel Club and are typical of dogs that are shown.

Hair is long and contains a metallic sheen that appears glossy. There are no waves, just long straight hair.

The hair just touches the floor, and the long hair on the head is tied back with a bow.

Wire, wool, wavy, or cotton coat

This coat is textured and does not brush like the silky coat; it is also thicker.

It looks double-coated, although it does not grow more than a few inches.

This hair has a tendency to mat and requires regular grooming to prevent tangles.

Learn the best ways for Yorkshire Terrier coat care while keeping your dog healthy, hearty, and happy.

Yorkshire Terrier Coat Care: Brushing Tips

You may need the following when getting ready to brush your Yorkie:

  • Slicker brush
  • Greyhound comb
  • De-matting conditioner

The slicker brush should be of high quality; it will remove matting, yet is gentle on the skin. Another tool that will be useful in taking care of your dog’s hair is a greyhound comb.

  • If your Yorkie’s coat is dry or has hot spots, moisturize it prior to Use conditioners or natural oils regularly to keep it smooth and silky unless your dog’s coat is oily. A conditioned coat remains strong and healthy and without any damage from tearing hair.
  • Start brushing the Yorkshire Terrier coat on an area which is less sensitive. Shoulder or legs could be a good option to start. Ticklish feeling arising out of brushing may cause your pet to feel uncomfortable.
  • Divide the coat into small sections while brushing and follow the root-to-tip approach. A pin brush without a covered back is the best choice for Yorkshire Terrier coat brushing. Metal or rubber heads may result in tangles, scratches, or even tear the coat of your Yorkie.  Use a comb after the pin brush to completely brush the coat.
  • Be careful while working out knots, which are common considering the long fur of these dogs. Look out for knots prior to brushing and use your finger to disentangle them. Limit brush use to stubborn knots. Better to clip the knot using scissors than to try to entangle them with a comb.
  • Be gentle while combing your Yorkshire Terrier’s face and ears. Ensure he does not move, as it may harm the eyes.

Why using the right brush matters

According to the Yorkie Info Center, the right brush is of utmost importance.

“Texture: In worst case scenarios, the wrong brush (like those meant for high-shedding breeds) can strip off hairs. And, other times, a brush can cause the hairs to frizz or split which can easily make a Yorkie look unkempt.

In these cases, owners often back away from brushing, assuming that the more they brush the coat, the worse it will be. But, the key in this is to use the right brush to enhance the texture of this breed’s coat. If so, the more you brush, the better your Yorkie’s hair will look.”

The right brush should feel good to the dog; quality tension and the best pins offer an experience that feels more like a good massage that the owner enjoys. Most dogs will also enjoy this feeling. Some things to look for in a brush include:

  • Rounded pinheads
  • High-quality pins
  • The right tension
  • Correct sizing to reach all the areas

A young pup might need a bristle brush, like a boar bristle brush; shaved dogs can also be brushed with this type of tool.

An adult Yorkie needs a brush that will distribute the oils, stimulate hair follicles, and promote a healthy texture and shine.

Your dog will have a healthy coat with regular brushing and elimination of matting. He will be happier and more comfortable as well as look more appealing.

Yorkie on the bed

Yorkshire Terrier Coat Care: Bathing Tips

  • Don’t bathe your dog too frequently. The Yorkshire Terrier coat loses its natural moisture when bathed too often. This could be a reason in causing skin problems.
  • Select a comfortable spot and position for bathing. Yorkies are known for their abhorrence of water. Unless comfortable, your Yorkie may react and try to slip out. This may lead to injury.
  • Brush the Yorkshire Terrier coat effectively and clear all entangles before bathing. There are many branded shampoos exclusively available for Yorkies or dogs with similar coats. It is always better to get a tearless shampoo. Never use one made for humans, as it may cause irritation to Yorkies. Dog skin has a different pH balance.
  • Wet your Yorkie completely before applying shampoo. Ensure that no water or shampoo gets into the eyes of your Yorkie. While applying shampoo to the head, start from the top and then follow the neckline. Make sure you apply adequate shampoo to the chest and belly. Rinse well after shampooing. Leaving residues may cause skin irritations. Use a good-quality conditioner and rinse the Yorkshire Terrier coat thoroughly.
  • Check if there is fecal soiling around the tail area. Wash it properly. Clear eye rims with wet wipes.
  • Never forget to dry and brush your pet after bathing. Rub a towel on its body to wipe out water prior to brushing. Follow up with combing once the water dries out completely. While combing, follow the natural hairline so that the hair do not stand up on the ears or tail.
  • Be cautious while using a human dryer, which is stronger than a normal pet dryer. Combine blow drying with combing.

Yorkshire Terrier Coat Care: Trimming Tips

  • Use only grooming scissors to trim the hair on the Yorkshire Terrier coat. This type of scissors is custom made for the purpose and its ends are designed to be safe for the dog skin. It also saves your dog hair from splitting or thinning out.
  • Ensure your dog is comfortable positioned or held while trimming his hair. Start cutting the hair around the legs. Remember, hairs grow faster on legs than other body parts.
  • Clipping your Yorkie’s hair feathering requires extreme care. You may follow many popular cuts cited on pet grooming guides. Be careful of ensuring balanced clipping, as unbalanced cuts may damp the look and feel of your Yorkie’s coat.

Hair Loss in Yorkshire Terriers

Do I Need Professional Grooming Support?

You can do regular grooming of your dog at home. However, you should have your Yorkie professionally groomed at least once a year.

It helps to maintain the look of your dog and keep his coat clean.

If your Yorkshire Terrier is a show dog, he needs frequent expert grooming and trimming help. You may need professional grooming three to four times a year.


There are five unique styles that can give the Yorkie a different appearance.

Ask your groomer, if you are wondering which style may be right for your Yorkie. Here are the types of grooms:

  • Show Groom
  • Outline Groom
  • Teddy Bear (Puppy Cut)
  • Kennel Cut
  • Schnauzer Trim

The Outline is similar to the Show Groom but is shorter. Head and mustache have a shorter cut and the skirt is cut just above the floor level.

Yorkie with long hair

Silky Yorkies do well with this cut, which is easier to maintain.

The Teddy Bear or puppy cut is the most popular; it makes a grown Yorkie look like a puppy again and is very cute.

Hair is cut to 3/4 inch and it is similarly cut throughout.

The Kennel Cut gives a more shaved appearance and is popular in warm climates during the hotter summer months.

Now you have an idea of what grooming is required to keep the coat of your Yorkie looking good and in top shape.

Use these tips for regular care and visit a groomer when the time comes for a great new haircut.

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