Are you the proud owner of a Yorkie? Lucky you! These sweet little dogs make wonderful, loving pets. As you are well aware, Yorkshire terriers can have long, silky hair. This hair is usually kept short, which saves on grooming time. Regardless of the length of your Yorkshire terrier’s hair, you will most likely need to brush him often and bathe him occasionally.
Here are the answers to some questions you may have regarding bathing your Yorkshire terrier.
How Often Should A Yorkie Be Bathed
If your Yorkshire terrier plays outside regularly, you should plan on bathing him once per week. During winter, when your Yorkie is likely to spend more time indoors, you may choose to bathe them once every two to four weeks. This less frequent bathing will help prevent the dry skin that is associated with the Winter season.
How To Bathe A Yorkie
How do I prevent my Yorkie's hair from tangling in the bath?
One big mistake that Yorkie owners make is using circular, rubbing motions while applying shampoo to their dogs’ hair. These motions create lots of tangles that can be hard to remove. To avoid these tangles, apply shampoo to your Yorkshire terrier’s body using directional strokes, following the length of the hair.
Do I need to use a conditioner?
How should I dry my Yorkie?
As soon as you finish bathing your Yorkie, place a towel around them and pat their hair gently. Don’t rub the hair, as this could create tangles. Partially dry your Yorkshire terrier’s hair, using a blow dryer, until the hair is only slightly damp. Then, brush the hair thoroughly. This damp brushing helps minimize the breakage of your Yorkies’ hair.
When your Yorkshire terrier is finished with his bath, he will smell sweet and clean. Don’t forget to give him a yummy treat as a reward for putting up with bath time. He deserves it!
To conclude, it is important that you bathe your Yorkie when required or at least once every two to four weeks to ensure that their coat is healthy, using a good quality shampoo and conditioner. However, be cautious not to over bathe them as this will cause their skin to dry out, resulting in skin conditions such as flaking or worse, a rash.