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Yorkshire Terrier Grooming and Health

Health and Grooming for Yorkshire Terriers

Yorkshire Terriers are a popular breed of dog because they’re small, adorable and loyal to their human companions. These dogs are sweet and friendly with a lot of love to give. They love attention and affection from their owners, and will happily curl up in your lap for as long as you’re willing to sit there. However, there are still some important things that you need to know about taking care of your Yorkie’s coat and health. 

This guide will help you get started with the basics of grooming and health care for your pet, including bathing for all-over cleanliness, nail clipping for healthy paws and teeth cleaning so that your dog’s smile stays shiny!

Groom & Bathe Yorkies Frequently

Because Yorkies have long, human like hair instead of fur, they do not shed and are hypoallergenic. However, in order for their hair to stay clean, soft and free from knots, they need to be groomed and cleaned often.

We suggest bathing your Yorkie at least once every 3-4 weeks, depending on their hair length. It’s important to use a combination of dog shampoo and conditioner in order to keep them clean and soft. We suggest using a dog shampoo with oatmeal, which is ideal for helping to soothe and moisturize sensitive skin. This will help prevent your Yorkie from getting dry or itchy during the bathing process.

If you have a Yorkie with long hair, then you may want to wash them more frequently. You can use human shampoo or baby shampoo if you’d like; just don’t use something that contains sulfates.

Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

It’s easy to brush your dog’s teeth. The first step is to select a toothbrush designed for dogs. The best ones have soft rubber tips and flexible handles, allowing you to reach all of your pet’s teeth without hurting its mouth.

If you would like to take it a step further, you can also choose a toothpaste designed for dogs. Look for one that contains fluoride, as this strengthens your dog’s teeth and helps prevent cavities. Brush gently, and use a circular motion to brush away any buildup from the gum line.

In addition to brushing regularly, a daily dental chew can help prevent decay and buildup between cleanings. 

Clipping Your Dog’s Nails

Once a month, clip the nails of your Yorkshire Terrier. If you don’t have experience with clipping dog nails, it is best to visit a groomer who is experienced in grooming dogs. If you are going to trim the nails on your own, make sure that you have clippers designed for dogs and safety precautions such as wearing thick work gloves.

When trimming the nails, cut just above the quick (the pink part inside). You can feel it with your nail if you press down gently on top of each toe pad — this area should be white or flesh colored and not pink. If you accidentally cut into the quick while clipping, use a clean paper towel and apply pressure to stop the bleeding.

It is fairly common for dogs to be nervous or skittish when you try to clip their nails. If this is the case for your dog, you can always take them to a local groomer. These groomers tend to have more tools and more experience, so don’t be afraid to ask around for help from an experienced dog groomer. 

Nutrition & Dog Food

Yorkshire Terrier adults require at least 2 meals a day, while puppies usually have 3 or 4. When looking for the right kind of food to buy, we recommend buying food that has less low-starch vegetables or whole grains, and more ingredients like chicken, turkey, red meat, fish, etc. 

For adult Yorkies, the larger the dog, the more food they require. Because these dogs grow from anywhere between 4 and 7 pounds, they don’t need a lot of food. Smaller Yorkies usually eat about ½ a cup of food a day, and larger Yorkies usually eat ¾ a cup of food. This can be split up into 2 meals a day.

Now, we know that dogs love a good treat. If you want to buy dog treats, we say go for it! Treats are a great motivator to teach good behavior to dogs. However, try not to give your dog too many at a time. Most of the time, feeding your dog too many treats at once can result in a stomach ache or vomiting. Try to keep the number of treats per day low, between 1-4 (depending on the size of the treat).

Exercise & Play Time

Exercise is important for Yorkies. 

Yorkies are not big dogs, so they don’t need as much exercise as large breeds that have a lot of muscle mass. However, you do want to make sure that your dog gets enough physical activity every day. This can be as simple as taking them for a walk around the neighborhood once or twice per day. If you live in an apartment building where there isn’t much space for walking around outside of the building itself, then try playing fetch indoors with your Yorkie instead.

Exercising your dog helps keep their weight in check and keeps their joints healthy by keeping them from becoming stiff with arthritis or other joint injuries over time. 

It also helps prevent depression, since dogs are pack animals who thrive off socialization with other humans/animals. 

Yes, that’s right, dogs can become depressed or lethargic if kept in the home for too long without exercise. Exercising for 20 or 30 minutes each day can help provide valuable stimulation, which prevents boredom when left alone without entertainment options available during those long hours spent indoors.

Frequent Vet Visits

Vets are your best friend when it comes to keeping your Yorkie healthy. Not only do they know exactly what to look for, but they can also provide the right treatment or medication if a problem is found. Checkups should happen at least once a year.

  • Fleas and Worms: Both are common problems in Yorkshire Terriers and can cause quite a bit of damage if not detected early enough. Fleas will cause anemia, while worms will lead to digestive issues like diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Heartworm Disease: While this isn’t as common in Yorkies as it is in other breeds, it still happens occasionally, so it’s important to keep an eye out for any symptoms such as coughing or loss of appetite.
  • Ear Infections: This can occur if your dog has long hair around his ears that needs regular cleaning. It could also happen due to excessive moisture on the dog’s face from water rolling onto their bodies after playing outside. Other signs include scratching at their ears constantly, which may lead to them having sores inside their ear canal too.


When it comes to your Yorkie’s health, be sure you’re well-informed about what factors affect its care.

A well-cared-for pet is likely to live a longer life than one that isn’t cared for properly. Give them sufficient time, care and attention to keep them happy and healthy. It’s important to show your pet the same attention you would any other important member of your family, so they can live a long, happy life.

Are you looking for a Yorkshire puppy to adopt into your family? We can help! Here at Arizona Yorkies, we want to make sure that each of our puppies are taken into a loving home. You can on our waiting lost now, and when we have a litter on the way we will contact you!

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