If you own a Yorkshire Terrier (yorkie), you know that this is a small dog with a big personality. Many yorkies have been arriving at the Nebraska Humane Society the last couple weeks in a sorry state. Matted fur, fleas and burs have been the biggest culprits. If you are deciding whether to adopt a yorkie, grooming should factor into your decision.
Your yorkie can be groomed many ways. The “classic” look on a groomed yorkie is beautiful with flowing silver and blond hair. First, using a comb, part your pet’s coat down the very middle of his back starting at the base of the head to the base of his tail. Comb each half down then trim the “skirt” to floor length. Trim around his feet with rounded shears or thinning shears. Use his toenails as a guide to make his feet neat and rounded. Trim your pet’s mustache and beard to shoulder length. Shave the top one-fourth to one-third of his ears, front and back, then trim the ears to blend with his face. Take hair from the outer corner of his left eye across to the outer corner of his right eye and pull the hair directly up to just even with his ears. Tie this hair up with a bow or small rubber band to form a “topknot.” If you keep your yorkie in this coat, he must be brushed two or three times per week. You must take the topknot out and brush also or it will turn into one big mat. Brush your yorkie with a pin brush and/or a comb.
Now, for the many other ways to groom your pet yorkie. You can shave his body and legs with any length blade you are comfortable with. A ten blade with leave very little hair, but using a number three blade will leave one-half inch on your pet. Or pick any blade in between. His ears can be shaved completely or just trimmed with shears. His face can be trimmed as short or as long as you want. Start at his muzzle and trim with shears at a slightly downward angle then back up to the outside of his ear. Or a blade may be used. A number three or four blade will provide a neat shorter face. Try to blend the head and face with his body. You will most likely need to use shears to make neat feet for your pet.
Remember, whether you take or pet to a groomer every six to eight weeks, or give him haircuts at home, he needs to be brushed at least once a week. He needs his nails trimmed and ears cleaned once a month also. The Nebraska Humane Society has some yorkies waiting for forever homes right now. You can get more information on the web site www.nehumanesociety.org or come down to the shelter to meet a fun-loving yorkie for yourself.