I recently stumbled upon a forum where pet owners (not professional
groomers) were discussing the fact that they use flat irons to
straighten their Yorkies hair so I have to address this -
PLEASE DO NOT
USE A “FLAT IRON” OR ANY OTHER “HOT” APPLIANCE ON OR NEAR A LET’S
TALK YORKIE PUPPY OR ANY OTHER PET!!!
A Yorkie puppy’s ears may not stand up permanently until they are
about 6 months old. I am sometimes asked about this when someone
purchases a puppy with erect ears, only to have the ears drop again
a few weeks later when the puppy is cutting it's adult teeth. I have
seen a puppy’s ears be up one day, down the next and back up on the
third day so puppy parents should not be concerned. I will teach you
how to tape your puppy’s ears before you take him/her home.
the hair on the ears trimmed very short until your puppy is 6 months
old to allow them to set without the added weight of the hair.
Because Yorkies have so much hair on and around their faces, they
should have special attention paid to their eyes. The hair should be
prevented from falling into their eyes, which can irritate them and
in some cases cause infection. You can do this by either by tying it
back (see How to Make a Casual Top Knot below) or by trimming it.
You can also use a small dab of Vaseline to hold your puppy’s hair
in place and out of its eyes.
remove residue from the eyes, dampen a cotton ball and wipe.
Like most Toy breeds, Yorkies tend to have tartar build-up on their
teeth. Most groomers know this and make sure to brush their teeth
thoroughly during their regular grooming so this should not be a
Yorkies do not have an undercoat to keep them warm, and even if
their hair is kept long they can become chilled very easily. Like
most Toy breeds, Yorkies prefer the comfort of coziness and warmth
so when going outside in cold or wet weather be sure they have a
warm dog coat to wear. When at home they will enjoy a warm comfy
my Links page for websites where you can purchase couture to keep
your fur-baby warm.
I just gave you a valid reason to give anyone who questions
you about the shopping spree you just went on for your new
puppy. They really do NEED all that stuff!!!
The number one worst thing for a Yorkie’s coat is fleas!!! Not
because of the fleas themselves but because even one teeny-tiny flea
can cause so much itching and scratching that before long a Yorkie’s
coat is a tangled mess!!!
I use Revolution which is a prescription monthly topical medication
used to protect your pet from heart worms, fleas, and ear mites. We
do this treatment year round and recommend you do too.
to the small size of our Yorkies we use the Revolution for Puppies
and Kittens on our adults too - ask your vet which one they
recommend based on your pet’s age and size.
We also spray our yard monthly in the warm weather with a NON-TOXIC
spray - ask at your local gardening center for product
And because I’m paranoid, I wash all of my dog’s bedding and “soft”
toys weekly and dry them on the highest/hottest setting on my dryer.
I was told to do this during an outbreak of lice at my daughter’s
pre-school almost 20 years ago and kept doing it with my pet bedding
- I have no idea if it really works but I figure it can’t hurt and
so far so good (you can‘t see me knocking on wood for good luck but
can put most “hard” toys in top rack of the dishwasher, just be sure
to squeeze hollow toys to remove water before giving them back to
A Yorkie has hair (not fur) and like our human hair it will keep
growing unless you cut it. While beautiful, keeping your Yorkie’s
coat long takes a lot of time and effort so most pet Yorkies have
their coats trimmed short for convenience and hygiene. There are a
number of different styles for you to choose from - consult your
groomer or do an internet search for Yorkie hair styles for ideas.
Frequent brushing is essential regardless of coat length.
Use a good Conditioning Spray when brushing your Yorkie‘s hair.
These products can be used as a daily brushing aid or as a freshener
between baths. Look for one that moisturizes the hair and reduces
Always work in small sections. Start brushing from the bottom/end of
the section of hair and little by little work up toward the body. If
you find any mats along the way break them apart with your fingers
then use a brush or metal comb to remove them.
Before bathing your Yorkie brush their coat to remove any
tangles and mats because hair swells when wet which will make
any existing knots tighter and even more difficult to remove.
STEP 1: WET the coat - Yorkies are sensitive to extreme
temperatures so use warm water for their bath.
The most common mistake people make when bathing their dog is
not wetting the hair enough at the beginning. The purpose of
the water is to distribute the shampoo so be sure not to miss
STEP 2: Apply the shampoo to the palm of your hand, rub your
hands together to distribute it then work into the coat. Pay
extra attention to the feet and tush but
DO NOT SCRUB!
Scrubbing doesn’t make the hair cleaner; it just tangles it
and makes more work for you later.
STEP 3: RINSE - Again, DO NOT
SCRUB! Let the water do most of
the work for you being sure to cover the puppy’s ears so no
water gets inside and to shield their eyes from the soap. When
you think all of the shampoo is out, rinse it again. Shampoo
residue can irritate the skin causing your dog to scratch
which creates knots.
STEP 4: CONDITION - Put a small amount in your hands, rub
hands together and apply evenly being careful not to tangle
the hair. Follow directions on your conditioner for how long
to leave it in.
STEP 5: Rinse thoroughly!!! I’m beginning to sound like a
broken record but … DO NOT SCRUB!
Again, protect the eyes and ears and let the water do the
STEP 6: Squeeze out excess water from the coat being careful
not to tangle the hair then towel dry.
DO NOT RUB!
- using the towel dry by squeezing and patting to remove the
STEP 7: Set a blow dryer to a LOW temperature (but not cold
and definitely not hot!!!) and the LOWEST / SLOWEST speed. Be
careful not to whip damp hair around and create tangles!
STEP 8: Spray on Conditioning Spray, brush and you’re done!
Confessions of a Bowaholic
My name is Susan and I am a Bowaholic. It all started when I got my
first Yorkie in 1984. Mon Ami went everywhere with me and it soon
became our “signature look” for her to wear a bow to match my
outfit. In the 26 years since then my collection of and obsession
with bows has grown to the point that it now verges on obsession;
the point where …
* all of my fur-babies could each wear a different bow every day for
a month and I would not have to repeat a bow;
* I order bows online and have them shipped to friends houses so my
family doesn‘t know I bought more;
* the owner of my local doggie boutique calls to tell me when a new
shipment of bows arrives …
Yes, I admit it, I am a Bowaholic! You’d think someone like me would
also be an expert at making fancy topknots but sadly I am not. I
simply make a neat, casual topknot like this and top it off with a
How To Make A Casual Topknot
1. Start by combing the hair on your Yorkie’s head until all knots
are out and the hair is smooth.
2. Carefully make a parts from the outside corner of the eyes back
over the ears to the center of the head and a third part across the
head from ear to ear connecting the other two parts.
5. Separate this hair into two sections (one will be the hair
nearest the face and the other nearest the back of the head).
5. Wrap an elastic band around the front section of hair. Use a
non-irritating gel (I like Pet Silk Top Knot Gel) to hold short
hairs in place.
6. Using only one of the bands attached to your bow, put the bow on
the front section of hair above the first band by wrapping the band
around the hair one or two times - the tighter you make it, the
harder it will be to remove later.
7. Combine the back section of hair with the front section (with the
bow) and use another elastic band to hold the two sections together
- this band should be above the other bands (keeping the bow’s band
between the other two is what holds the bow in place).