One of the Yorkshire Terrier’s most desirable features is their gorgeous, long silky coat which can fall right down to the floor in show dogs. The cost of this beautiful coat is the high level of grooming required to keep it looking and feeling as it should.
To keep their coat healthy, you must gently brush it every day to prevent matting. You should also bathe them weekly to help keep the coat shiny, soft and silky. When you bathe them, all you need to do is run your fingers through the coat with some dog friendly shampoo instead of rubbing it in. This method will gently lift the dirt out of the hair whilst sufficiently distributing the shampoo.
Make sure you never brush their coat if it’s dirty and dry because this can damage the coat. If they’re dirty, give them a bath and then brush them.
When you’re grooming your Yorkie, check and trim the anal area with scissors if the hair is longer than half an inch.
In addition to their regular grooming which you can do at home, you'll want to have your Yorkie groomed by a professional groomer two or three times a year.
Grooming will become an ever-present part of your Yorkies life, so you can make the process much easier for both of you if you get them used to being handled, examined, brushed and bathed at an early age. Make the experience positive by rewarding them for good behaviour and they'll soon come to love the attention and praise that comes with it. You’ll find this will also make visits to the vet considerably easier.
Small dog breeds are prone to dental problems and unfortunately Yorkies are no exception, so you must make dental care a regular part of your grooming routine. Brush their teeth at least two or three times a week to remove tartar buildup and bacteria. If you can, daily brushing is even better to prevent gum disease.
Trim their nails once or twice a month, but always bear in mind, if you can hear them clicking on the floor, they’re too long and should be cut immediately. Not only does trimming the nails keep their paws in good condition, it also protects you and anyone else when they jump up.
Check ears regularly for any sign of infection which could be redness, sores, or bad odour and gently wash their ear with a cotton wall bud and cleaning solution, but to avoid damaging the ear canal, only clean areas you can see.