When the time comes to add a new canine member to the family, there are so many choices! Girl or boy? Adult or puppy? Big or little?
You’ve finally decided on a tiny Yorkshire terrier. Your heart melts when you hold her. Lots of questions come to mind. Health? Personality? What about her coat; do Yorkies shed?
Read on for the answer and our expert Yorkshire terrier shedding information.
There’s Ordinary Dog Fur and Then There’s The Yorkshire Terrier
Before we talk about Yorkie shedding, we have to understand their coat. Most dogs have coats made of fur. Each strand is thick, coarse, and mostly short.
The Yorkshire terrier’s coat is made of hair instead of fur. It is fine, silky, and longer than the average dog.
A Yorkie’s hair grows at the same pace year-round. Yorkies don’t experience bursts of rapid hair growth. It is similar to the way a human’s hair grows. Likewise, they also don’t have the rapid hair loss that dogs with fur coats do.
Yorkshire terriers must be brushed often to remove old hair. We recommend brushing a longhaired Yorkie every day. For those with a short cut, once every two days should be enough.
Yorkies will sometimes leave behind hair when they cuddle with you. This could mean you need to brush your dog more often. It also could be a sign of illness. Read our advice below for more info on possible causes of Yorkshire terrier shedding.
Some people think Yorkies are hypoallergenic dogs because they don’t shed like dogs with fur. This is not true.
People with allergies to dogs are not sensitive to their fur. According to New York Times, the sensitivity is actually to a dog’s dander and saliva. These elements are present in any dog, even Yorkies. The dander doesn’t only remain on the dog. It becomes airborne and floats in microscopic particles anywhere.
So, the question, "Do Yorkshire terriers shed?", doesn’t matter for people with allergies. The answer is yes. They shed dander in their hair. However, their hair holds less dander than a dog with fur…even less when you consider their tiny size. Less dander means less stuff to sneeze and wheeze at. That’s a win for those of us who love Yorkies!
Grooming a Yorkie – 4 Keys To Success
A Yorkshire terrier’s coat can be very high maintenance. Making it as beautiful as possible takes a lot of dedication. In this section, we will talk about four keys to a healthy, beautiful Yorkie coat:
How often to bathe is a frequent question we’re asked. Bathing too often will strip oil out of the hair, leaving it dull and brittle.
Not bathing often enough can leave you with a smelly Yorkie. We recommend a bath about every three weeks. Be sure to only use shampoo made for dogs.
Wrap up your furbaby in a towel to get most of the water out of her hair. Don’t be surprised if she gets the zoomies and wants to play after her bath. Info from the American Kennel Club says this is a great bonding time for you two. Having your undivided attention is what she craves.
Your Yorkie’s hair should be dried next. Spritz a small amount of leave-in conditioner on her coat. Use a small pin brush with rubber tips on the hair as you dry. Make sure the dryer is not too hot.
After drying, brush the coat to remove any stray hair. Careful brushing is great for the coat. It releases oil and removes dead hair.
Never brush dry Yorkie hair or it will break. Always use a light formula leave-in conditioner for between bath brushing. Gently untangle any snares with your fingers. After brushing, a top knot can be made on the Yorkie’s head. This will keep longer hair away from her eyes. It’s also a classic, cute Yorkie look.
Your Yorkie’s coat will need trimming about once every two months. Most people like to take their dog to a professional groomer. It is an easy job to do at home with practice and the right tools:
- Electric clippers
- Grooming scissors in different sizes
- Brushes and combs
Wikihow has easy directions for at-home grooming.
A Yorkshire terrier with long hair will need about an hour of every day care. Yorkies with short hair can be cared for in less time. These dogs only need a quick brush every couple of days.
The final key to a healthy, beautiful Yorkie coat is nutrition. With an excellent diet, the coat and skin will glow. Poor nutrition will be seen right away in a dull coat and flaky skin. Research online and talk with your vet to determine the best food for your Yorkie.
Help! Why is My Yorkie Losing So Much Hair?!
Yorkshire terrier shedding will sometimes happen no matter how well we care for them. They might leave hair on our clothes after snuggling with us. They might leave hair on their blanket after a nap. They might even leave Yorkie hair in our teacup! Let’s look at why this can happen.
- Hormones – mostly a female problem. Shedding can happen when a female Yorkie is in heat or after pregnancy. Hormonal changes slowly return to normal once a female dog has weaned her litter or after the heat cycle ends.
- Parasites – internal or external. Those on the outside cause chaos with the skin. Dogs scratch to relieve the itch and can leave bald spots. Untreated, the spots can become infected. Poor skin condition causes hair loss. Internal parasites can cause illness which makes the hair fall out.
- Disease – serious illness may also cause hair loss. According to WebMD Pets, Cushing’s disease is one culprit in adult dogs. This condition happens when the body is producing too much cortisol.
- Allergies – most often caused by flea bites. Once the fleas are removed, the allergy will clear up. Hair loss can also happen in Yorkies allergic to certain foods. Work with a veterinarian to find the culprit.