The Yorkshire Terrier had its beginnings as a breed in the Yorkshire, Manchester and Leeds counties in the northern part of England. The weavers of Scotland brought their families and dogs with them when they left their homeland. The Industrial Revolution had forced them out of work. The time was the mid 19th century, 1860’s and 1870’s. The dogs that accompanied these families were for the most part the sturdy Scottish Terrier. The Paisley and Clydesdale Terrier’s bloodlines were probably also included in the bloodlines. These were all working men’s dogs, used to keep the vermin under control in the textile mills and coal mines. What bloodlines were used to establish the Yorkshire Terrier is subject to much speculation, due to the fact that the breeders of these dogs did not write down who was bred to whom. If they liked the spirit and looks of the dogs, they mated them. It was chancey at best. It is guessed that the Yorkshire county miners crossed the Black and Tan English Terrier, this dog was rough-coated, and the long-coated, blue-gray Waterside Terrier breeds were infused in the Scottish Terriers. The Maltese and Skye Terrier are also possibilities. In 1865, the foundation sire of the Yorkshire Terrier breed, was born. Huddersfield Ben was owned by M.A. Foster, and he enjoyed a very public life, to popularize the breed in England. He demonstrated that he was very successful in the rat killing contests (these were quite popular in the 19th century), and he won more than 70 prizes as a show dog as well. In 1872, the Yorkshire Terrier was introduced into the United States, and was recognized by the AKC in 1878. But it wasn’t until the 1930’s that the Yorkshire Terrier took on its modern look. It is important to note that the Yorkshire Terrier up until the 1930’s usually weighed approximately 30 pounds, not the 3 to 7 pounds it does today.
THE YORKSHIRE TERRIER The old saying that, "big surprises lay in small packages", certainly does apply to the Yorkshire Terrier. This toy breed of dog, commonly known as a "Yorkie", is definitely not the usual lap dog one associates with this group. The Yorkie is the hardiest and most disease resistant of all the toy breeds. It possesses a sturdy, shortish body with a straight back, and exhibits the same characteristics that it's ancestors had, even though it is reduced from the original size. Originally, this breed weighed on average between 12 and 14 pounds. Now the Yorkie that is shown in conformation, weighs between 3 and 10 pounds. One of the characteristics of the Yorkie that causes it to end up being abandoned by an owner is the amount of time that must be spent grooming this dog. It is very high maintenance. So if you are not committed to at least one half hour of grooming per day, this breed of dog probably should not be on your list of desires. This is assuming you take your Yorkie on a regular basis to a grooming shop to have its coat trimmed and shaped. The Yorkie is highly intelligent, and therefore, independent. Sometimes it seems stubborn and not particularly interested in pleasing its owner. Remember that due to this intelligence, the fact that it is a terrier and it was a working man's dog originally, it thinks on its own. These dogs were used in the coalmines to get rid of the rats, so they do have not only the aura, but in fact are, self confident and possess a good deal of self . If you have a multiple-dog home, and you bring a Yorkie into it, the Yorkie will take over as boss. This bossy-ness is a terrier trait. The Yorkie is feisty, courageous and high energy. They do not rest for long, usually tearing around the house or yard, being small it doesn't need large spaces, it gets its exercise just from being at home This bossy-ness has also been responsible for Yorkie's getting hurt or killed. The Yorkie tends towards aggression when around, near or in the general area, of another dog it doesn't know. It doesn't matter to the Yorkie the size of the dog it is taking on. It could be a Doberman, St. Bernard, Great Dane whatever. If the Yorkie is taken from the home, it must be on a leash, and kept under control and a watchful eye at all times. The yard it plays in must be fenced and protected from stray animals getting inside. The Yorkie is very alert, his dark eyes fairly sparkle with the intelligence this breed possesses. It is a very loyal and depending how it is trained and the environment it lives in, will have a very sweet disposition. When trained with consistency and firmness, the Yorkie is a very quick learner. Yorkies in conformation show coat rarely compete in obedience or agility due to the problems of grooming - but if you are not into conformation, Yorkies are tremendous candidates for the performance events due to this high degree of intelligence. Loyal and territorial, the Yorkshire Terrier makes a good watch dog and a welcome companion. Family and friends love congenial personality, but the Yorkie may not appreciate small children. The Yorkshire Terrier is an obedient, loving “baby” dog you must learn not to treat as a baby. Learn how to keep your Yorkshire Terrier socialized. It makes a most appropriate pet for urban dwellers as it can be paper trained, eliminating the need to go out in bad weather. Find out if you are prepared for the coat care and health problems you may encounter with a Yorkshire Terrier. Yorkies should always be dried after becoming wet and may want a sweater or coat both inside and outside.
Yorkshire Terrier Breed Standard General Appearance That of a long-haired toy terrier whose blue and tan coat is parted on the face and from the base of the skull to the end of the tail and hangs evenly and quite straight down each side of body. The body is neat, compact and well proportioned. The dog's high head carriage and confident manner should give the appearance of vigor and self-importance. Head Small and rather flat on top, the skull not too prominent or round muzzle not too long, with the bite neither undershot nor overshot and teeth sound. Either scissors bite or level bite is acceptable. The nose is black. Eyes are medium in size and not too prominent; dark in color and sparkling with a sharp, intelligent expression. Eye rims are dark. Ears are small, V-shaped, carried erect and set not too far apart or may flop. Special about ears Floppy Ears
Yorkshire terrier is born with floppy ears. They do not have the proper muscle strength at the base of the ear in order to hold them erect. These muscles will grow and become stronger with time (in most cases). Usually between the age of 3 months to 6 months, the ears will gradually raise up and the stand on their own. One may stand up before the other...typically the other is not far behind and both will match up soon. Some Yorkie puppies are "late bloomers" and the ears may not stand up until much later. in some instances, the ears may not stand up at all. Those with ears who do not stand erect, as referred to as having Floppy Ears. The only time that this would matter, is in dog show conformance events, such as the AKC events, in which judges are looking for ears that are balanced, V-shaped and standing straight up. Therefore, while it will be a huge fault in show, pet owners should not be too concerned....as it is just something that does happen now and then...it does not affect health...And it can be looked at by many to be an endearing feature that makes the Yorkie look younger than they are. . What Can I do to make a Yorkie's Ears Stand Up? In some instances, the ears will simply not stand up on their own, due to a lack of muscle tissue. There are some methods that may work to help improve the dog's ability to strengthen the muscles at the base of the ear. This includes:
Massaging the base
Shaving the hair. The top 1/3 of upper ear is shaved to minimize the weight on the ears. This method involves shaving both the inside and outside of the dog's ear; usually done with a clipping machine which should not cut the dog's skin.
What is Yorkie Ear Taping & Does it Work? This method is not 100% guaranteed to work; however it does work in some cases. One should stop using this method if it becomes obvious that is causing discomfort. Itching, etc.
Begin by shaving the ears, as mentioned above.
Clean the ears, using a canine cleaning solution and a Q-Tip. Be sure to not enter too deeply into the canal, as doing so could cause damage.
Gently fold the ear, as if you were closing it up vertically (up and down). When folded, the ear will be standing straight up with a point at the very top.
Wrap gauze around the base and then secure that with bandage tape or scotch tape. Once both are done, use tape to hold both in alignment with each other. You may need to experiment to find the perfect degree of tightness. Too tight and circulation will be cut off. Too loose and the wrapping will fall right off.
When done correctly, the ears will be standing straight on the Yorkie and not flopping to the side of the head. You will want to leave the taping on for 3 days at a time and then allow the ear to relax and receive fresh air. Be sure to groom and clean the ears in between tapings. Allowing this small break time will not interfere with the overall process. Some respond to this within the 3 days, others may take 3 weeks. Ultimately, it will be genetics that are the deciding feature...You can help to push them along, but Mother Nature has the last say. You may find that this seems to give temporary results. If so, only re-tape if an ear or both ears begins to flop down. If you do not see results within a month, it is recommended to accept that your Yorkie is either a late bloomer or will have floppy ears. If the ears are not standing up by the age of 7 months, it is most likely not going to happen. Most muscle development is done by this time. There are plenty of adorable purebred Yorkshire Terriers who do not have erect ears...Even though conformation desires this; it is just fine and nothing to worry about if you are not planning on showing your dog.
Body Well proportioned and very compact. The back is rather short, the back line level, with height at shoulder the same as at the rump. Legs and Feet Forelegs should be straight, elbows neither in nor out. Hind legs straight when viewed from behind, but stifles are moderately bent when viewed from the sides. Feet are round with black toenails. Dewclaws, if any, are generally removed from the hind legs. Dewclaws on the forelegs may be removed. Tail Docked to a medium length and carried slightly higher than the level of the back. Coat Quality, texture and quantity of coat are of prime importance. Hair is glossy, fine and silky in texture. Coat on the body is moderately long and perfectly straight (not wavy). It may be trimmed to floor length to give ease of movement and a neater appearance, if desired. The fall on the head is long, tied with one bow in center of head or parted in the middle and tied with two bows. Hair on muzzle is very long. Hair should be trimmed short on tips of ears and may be trimmed on feet to give them a neat appearance.
Color on Body The blue extends over the body from back of neck to root of tail. Hair on tail is a darker blue, especially at end of tail.
Headfall A rich golden tan, deeper in color at sides of head, at ear roots and on the muzzle, with ears a deep rich tan. Tan color should not extend down on back of neck.
Chest and Legs A bright, rich tan, not extending above the elbow on the forelegs nor above the stifle on the hind legs.
Coloring Puppies are born black and tan and are normally darker in body color, showing an intermingling of black hair in the tan until they are matured. Color of hair on body and richness of tan on head and legs are of prime importance in adult dogs, to which the following color requirements apply: Blue: Is a dark steel-blue, not a silver-blue and not mingled with fawn, bronzy or black hairs. Tan: All tan hair is darker at the roots than in the middle, shading to still lighter tan at the tips. There should be no sooty or black hair intermingled with any of the tan. Now Yorkshire terriers are coming in many colors. Parti colored Yorkshire Terriers are extremely rare, but the parti gene has actually been in the Yorkshire Terrier breed since the 1800’s. Parti Yorkshire Terriers look like traditional yorkies except for their unique coloring. Their color is predominately white with black and tan markings. These gorgeous dogs have been eligible for AKC registration since 2000. Parti colored Yorkies are healthy animals and they are not a genetic freak of nature as some people, groups, or websites suggest. They are beautiful dogs and some of the finest examples of this magnificent breed. The Parti gene is a recessive gene, and can only be expressed if a parti gene carrier is bred to another parti gene carrier. A parti gene carrier actually looks like a standard Yorkshire Terrier except they may have white markings on their chin, chest and/or feet. The chances of having full parti yorkies in a litter depends the initial breeding situation.
Yorkshire Terrier Medical Conditions For the most part Yorkshire Terriers are hardy healthy dogs. There are a number of these dogs being reported living for 15 to 16 years, or more. Yorkies are not, however, without genetically based health problems. As with any breed of dog, your best chances of a long and healthy life is dependent upon a life-time of good care and obtaining a puppy from a reputable breeder, a dog with an ancestry of sound healthy animals. Among the genetic health problems of Yorkshire Terriers are: Portosystemic Shunts This is a congenital liver condition which enables blood flow (partial or full) to bypass the liver during its flow through the circulatory system. Without the detoxification process of the liver this condition can be fatal. Most often, surgical correction is required to remedy the situation. Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Due to insufficient blood supply, the head of the femur (thighbone) begins to die and disintegrate. Due to the fact that, this condition is more common within some family bloodlines, than others, it is believed that the tendency to develop this condition is hereditary. Tracheal Collapse Tracheal collapse is due to a weakness in the windpipe. This condition tends to occur more often in some family bloodlines, than others. In looking to purchase a Yorkie pup, be sure that the "family" is healthy, sound and long-lived.
Luxating Patellas (Slipping Kneecaps) Luxating patellas is a common fault in Yorkshire Terriers. This condition can either be congenital (present at birth) or acquired (trauma induced). Be sure that both parents are certified "clear" of this condition, and that care is taken with the puppy to avoid damaging its knees. The generic makeup of how the yorkshire Overall, Yorkshire Terriers are generally a healthy breed of dog, however like most dogs, they are prone to diseases, bellow is a list of these. ·Hypoglycemia ·Bronchitis ·Cataracts Yorkshire terriers also have a senstive stomach, therefore anything abnormal included in their diet may result in temporary sickness. As small dogs, although yorkies are generally strong and blod for their size, the are also prone to injury. This is usually due to a human error, such as standing on a paw etc. If a yorkshire terrier is looked after, they general live between 12 - 15 years, which is good considering their size, however mixture yorikes may not live as long. Generally Yorkshire terries are regarded as difficult to house break, although these dogs are intelligent, due to their in dependant nature, which is a characteristic within most yorkies. However do not be dishearten by this as once house broken, your yorkies will be much easier to live with. A yorkies behavior is usually linked to how they are trained, for example some yorkies bark at strangers, whilst others get excited. My yorkshire terrier general does bark at people it cannot see, but hear. Also yorkies can be protective of their items, such as beds, toys etc, however they usually do not show aggression to humans.
Unique Health Problems - Yorkshire Terrier As with every popular breed of dog, it's important you buy from a reputable breeder. Deal with one who's well-known, who's an expert on Yorkshire Terriers, and who pays attention to their dogs, enough that they can provide medical histories of parents and grandparents.
These athletic, tiny Yorkies are built of stern stuff, and they don't get sick easily. However, there are some unique
health problems that every Yorkshire Terrier owner should know about. The size of Yorkshire Terriers puts them at risk of being stepped on, or hurt by play time accidents. If you have young children who aren't always gentle with animals, a Yorkie might not be the right choice. The puppy socialization process is important with Yorkshire Terriers because they're bossy, territorial, and confident. Use your best judgment when you and your Yorkie visit with bigger dogs. Yorkies are at risk for hypoglycemia, aka low blood sugar, at all ages. This tends to be stress-related. Tooth decay is a problem. Make sure his teeth are brushed regularly and don't be afraid to feed them bones, to replenish calcium. Older Yorkies can develop cataracts even without a family history of eye disease. Similar to most dogs, yorkshire terriers usually benefit from a varied diet of fresh food,, yorkies have sensitive stomachs, therefore take care in feeding them new foods. Try and feed dry foods, such as dog biscuits rich in essential vitamins, which helps to ensure a balanced diet. Also due to their small size, yorkies can become obese in they do not exercise much, therefore avoid the temptation to feed them fatty foods. Below is a list of food which you should not feed a yorkie, and most dogs.
Chocolate Poisonous to yorkies and dogs Cat Food - Usually has a too much protein and fat Sugary foods - Can cause obesity and dental problems can occur Fat from meat - Can cause obesity and harm the Pancreas Generally, just use your common sense before deciding what to feed your yorkie, personally I would say a mixed diet consisting of dog biscuits and fresh chicken would be an adequate choice. Also ensure water is always available, especially when feeding your yorkies biscuits, this is due to biscuits can absorb water, which can dehydrate your dog which would lead to illness. If you have a yorkshire terrier puppy, their sugar levels can drop quickly if meals are not feed often, try to feed small amount throughout the day, to keep your puppies sugar level at a stable level.
Yorkshire Terriers Training Tips Anyone who owns a Yorkshire terrier will know that they can be quite stubborn and as such it will be important for you to look at certain Yorkshire terriers training tips in order to make the most of your success. Training your Yorkshire terrier should certainly be something that you enjoy and you should get a great deal of satisfaction out of the results that come. As such, here are a few training tips that you might want to consider. Tip number one would be to make sure that you work with your dog every single day. Yorkshire terrier training needs to be a committed act and you have to be engaging in some sort of training every single day. This is beneficial for two reasons. First of all, this will help you to get into a habit that you will be much more likely to keep to. Secondly, your Yorkshire terrier will also have a very short attention span and therefore you need to really drill in your training as frequently as possible. The second tip when it comes to Yorkshire terriers training would be the idea of using treats and snacks as a way of rewarding your dog when they do well. By treating your dog every single time they do something right they will associate every good actor that they do with getting a treat and will therefore be far more likely to continue down that road in the future. Yorkshire terrier training is all about repetition and certainly you need to make sure that you always give your dog a treat after every positive step they take when you are in the training phase. The third tip with Yorkshire terrier training think about will be that you should always be maintaining a fairly firm tone when you are reprimanding your dog. If ever your dog does something that is completely unacceptable during your Yorkshire terrier training sessions it is absolutely crucial that you let them know. Using a firmer voice will cause the dog to know exactly who is boss and they will know not to take the same course of action again.
The fourth tip to consider is to make sure that you allow your dog plenty of playtime between every single training session they have. If your dog is allowed to stretch their legs and have a little fun then they are far more likely to learn quickly and take up your commands in a much more efficient way. Therefore you should try to create a schedule whereby you will allow your dog some playtime after each training session.
The fifth tip is to make sure that you train your dog when only the two of you are there. It is absolutely crucial that there are no additional distractions that will compromise the effectiveness of any of the training you are giving. As mentioned, in Yorkshire terriers training they have a very short attention span and therefore anything that distracts them can really compromise your training.
The sixth tip is to make sure that you only give one command at a time and focus your attention is on training each individual command rather than trying to do too much too quickly. You should always be waiting until your dog has mastered each command before you even consider moving on to the next one. When you do move onto the next one then always spend a little bit of time at the end of the session going over what you have taught them to see whether they remember or not. If they don't, then make sure you pick up that training again in the next session.
Finally, always make sure that you use exactly the same command phrases for each individual command. If you want to your dog to do something like sit, then only use the word sit. If you confuse them by using different types of words and phrases and commands then there learning will certainly be stunted and this is not what you are trying to achieve.
When all is said and done Yorkshire terriers training should be something that you both enjoy. If you are not enjoying the training sessions then the sessions will not actually be very effective and it is therefore very important for you to make sure that you are both having a good time while the training is being done. All in all, however, if you follow some of these tips then training your Yorkshire terrier should be a relatively quick and rewarding experience.
Yorkie A yorkie is one of the greatest companions, but with all the love and affection a yorkshire terriers can provide a family or individual comes responsibility for their owners. Yorkie grooming is one of these responsibilities that must be done on a regular basis. Grooming should consist of maintaining a Yorkshire Terrier’s coat, nails and teeth.
Yorkie Coat A Yorkshire Terrier is a “single” coated breed, meaning that they do not have an undercoat. One great thing about the Yorkie's coat is that is does not shed. In fact, the hair found on a Yorkshire Terrier is almost identical to human hair. This is great for people with allergies and for people who can't stand to have dog hair around the home. The downside is that the hair can become extremely long and needs an occasional clipping. The Yorkie coat can also become easily matted, and just as you comb your hair everyday, so will you have to comb your dog. The length of coat and the quality of coat will influence how often your yorkie will need to be groomed. A soft coat or cottony coat is much more difficult to maintain than the proper silk coat. If your puppy has a cottony coat we suggest that you consider having the dog trimmed in a puppy cut or another style. A dog with a long coat requires daily grooming which consists of brushing out it's coat, bi-weekly baths and regular hair cuts. If your dog gets dirty then we suggest bathing once a week and that will help keep them nice and clean except the side of the body where urine collects on a male. Wash this daily with a damp cloth and warm water. Never brush your pets coat while it is totally dry. It is best if their coat is misted with a mixture of water and conditioner prior to brushing . Abstain from using natural bristle brushes, as they will break the fine hairs of the Yorkshire Terrier's coat. A good pin brush with a rubber back that is soft should be used to brush the yorkies coat. Do not buy a brush that has small balls on the end of the pins as they tend to pull at the coat and break it. After brushing their coat we like to use a wide-toothed grooming comb and comb their coat. You would be surprised how many snarls you will still find. Another area that requires daily attention is the tendency of the hair surrounding the anus to become matted with feces. If you take your dog to the groomers regularly, this should not be much of a problem because he or she will clip the hair in this area very short and clean it thoroughly. But if left long, it can become matted and result in soreness, compacted stools and more serious health problems. In addition to regular grooming, you should check this area daily and clean or clip any mattes.
Yorkies Nails A good routine to get into is to trim the nails after bathing. The water will soften the nail making it easier to trim and by trimming the nails frequently only the tips need to be trimmed reducing the risk of the nails breeding. It is a good idea to have some liquid bandage on hand just in case the nails do breed.
Yorkshire Terrier Teeth Yorkies have a tendency to get tarter buildup on their teeth so brushing their teeth each time they are bathed will reduce the tarter buildup. It is a good idea to have their teeth cleaned by your Vet. Every 12 – 18 months. Yorkie Ears After your dog has been groomed, use an ear cleaning solution (any brand) and gently clean the ears with a q-tip and a baby wipe. Do NOT stick the q-tip do too far down the ear canal! If there is any hair in them, it should be removed, as they can be a source for ear infection. If you prefer, this can be done by your groomer or Vet..
How to Groom Your Yorkie Get all the materials needed. Place your yorkie on a comfortable spot on the floor or on a grooming table. If you choose to be on the floor, lay out a soft, large towel. Remove any accessories she is wearing such as a collar, bows, or dog clothing. Spray your dog with a coat conditioner and water mix. You can make this at home, or buy waterless shampoo. Doing this will help prevent breakage and split ends. But remember, if your dog is a show dog, after bathing, there should be no traces of any substance but water in the coat. Use your pin brush and comb her ear featherings gently. Then turn her over on her back and brush her chest, under her armpits, and on her "under" legs. Brush the featherings on her legs, her tail, thighs, neck, and back. Then use the comb to repeat the same steps as you used with the pin brush. Use the bristle brush and and repeat the same steps as the comb. Also, brush her face and muzzle very gently. Take your tweezers and gently pluck the hair inside the ear. Be careful so that you do not hurt your dog. Leaving hair inside the ear can cause infections and can be uncomfortable. Use either ear wipes, or ear cleanser and wipe the ear where wax is evident and through the different crevasses in the ear. The wax is usually a brown or black color. Be careful not to stick your finger through the ear canal. For the cleanser, use something like Doctor's Foster and Smith Ear Cleanse. Squirt the solution in the dog's ear and rub the ear in a circular motion. Take a cotton ball, place it right under the flap, and tip your dog's head toward it. The solution will be caught in the cotton ball. Next, take a clean cotton ball and wipe were the solution stayed. Your dog's ears should be very clean. Take your dog's toothbrush and dog toothpaste. There is also a tiny finger brush with plastic bristles you can buy. You can buy these at any pet store, in pet catalogs (such as Doctor's Foster and Smith), or from your veterinarian. Brushing your dog's teeth is very important and can prevent painful and costly dental surgeries. Use the toothbrushes and toothpastes formulated for dogs and rinse under hot water for about three seconds. Then, put under cool water so it doesn't hurt your dog. This will clean the toothbrush. Squirt a pea-sized amount on the toothbrush. Gently, move your dog's lip upward so you can see it's teeth. Brush all the teeth inside the mouth for about one minute. You should brush your dog's teeth at least twice a week. Wipe the eyes boogers away and around the eye rim with the eye wipes. Be careful! Do not get the wipe into the eye, this can really sting! Time to clip those nails! Use a dog nail clipper, not a human nail clipper. Ask your veterinarian to show you how to clip the nails, don't try it by yourself first! Clip only the tip of the nail, not any further or you will hit the quick. The quick is very hard to see in black nails, so don't get any farther than the tip. If you hit the quick, it will be a very painful or even fatal experience for your dog. Check the warning section to learn what to do when you hit a quick. Don't let the quick part of the nail stop you from clipping your dog's nails, clipping the nails is essential in the grooming process! Time to have a bath! If you would like to learn how to do a quick "fast bath" go to the Tips part of the page. Otherwise, stay here. Get the right shampoo and conditioner Buy some creamy dog shampoo and conditioner that will make your Yorkshire Terrier's coat "silky and soft". A good brand choice of shampoo and conditioner is Crazy Dog or Buddy Wash, these work great on Yorkies. Directions for Bathing your Yorkshire Terrier Wet your Yorkie completely starting from the top of the head to the end of the tail. Take the shampoo and squirt some in your hands. Start to lather from the top of the neck to the end of the tail. Shampoo the outside of the ears, the legs, the chest, belly, featherings, and the rest of the body. (Don't get in eyes!) Rinse the shampoo out of the coat for at least 3 minutes, making sure you get every single bit of soap out of the coat. Next, shampoo the head. Always use a tearless shampoo (most puppy shampoos are tearless) on the head. To shampoo the head start at the top, and work your way down to the muzzle. Even though the shampoo is tearless, try to NOT get it in the eyes please! Even though the manufacturers may say it is tearless; sometimes they do lie! Take out the conditioner. Squirt some in your hands, and smooth over the top of the neck, to the end of the tail. Also, get the outside of the ears, the legs, the chest, featherings and the rest of the body. Keep the conditioner on for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse for about 2 minutes to 5 minutes. If there is still soap in the coat, make sure you keep rinsing until the coat is clean or your dog will be very uncomfortable. Let your dog shake the water off once. Half the drying is done right there. Take the towel and for about 20 seconds stroke all over the dog's body. After, your dog will still be damp, but not wet. This is perfect. Take the pin brush and repeat the brush routine as previously. Take the comb and do the same steps as before, except pay special attention to the featherings, ears, and tail. Comb these so the are straight. Take out your pet drier. If you don't want to pay the extra cash for a pet hair drier, use a human one on the coolest setting possible. Blow dry your Yorkie while combing it with the comb, so that it stays straight. Take out the grooming scissors after the bath. You should trim the hair on your dogs feet. So that your dog is more comfortable, only use the grooming scissors. Using other scissors will also cause thinner hair, and the dreaded split ends! Clip all the featherings (including beard) at an equal length. If you are trying to grow out its coat, still do this, but make sure not to cut too much. Remember, your yorkie may need a professional trim (if a show dog) or a professional pet clip (if a pet) once every couple of months. Keep these up routinely to make sure his coat is in tip-top shape!