The Yorkshire Terrier is one of the smallest dogs in the world. It weighs 4 to 7 pounds and stands 20 to 22 centimetres at the withers. It has a small head, a strong jaw, medium eyes, a short muzzle, v-shaped ears, and a compact body.
The breed is easily distinguished because of its moderately long and perfectly straight hair, which gives it an elegant appearance. It has a fine and glossy texture that should be tan on the head, combined with steel blue, steel grey or black. The hair on the head is golden tan that goes deeper on each side, around the ears and muzzle, on which hair is longer.
The Yorkie’s coat is mainly made up of fine hair, rather than a fur-like texture. It is considered hypoallergenic and almost does not shed, only losing small amounts when brushed or bathed. Keeping the traditional long coat is very high maintenance. Grooming can be tedious as the coat should be combed 2 to 3 times daily to avoid tangles and mats. It needs to be bathed at least once a week. After bathing, remember to dry it completely as Yorkies could not tolerate cold temperature and are prone to shivering. Professional grooming on a regular basis will generally make their coat more manageable. If they are not being shown, clipping could also keep their coats neat and clean.
Proper grooming of Yorkies generally includes regular baths, brushing and combing, and nail care. Check for any abnormalities such redness and unusual odour in the ears. These are signs of possible infection. Don’t hesitate to bring your Yorkie to the vet if you notice anything not normal.