Handle with Care: Pampering and Showering Your Yorkie with TLC

The Yorkshire Terrier, affectionately known as the Yorkie, holds the esteemed position of the third most beloved canine breed in the United States. You can trace its lineage back to the county of Yorkshire in England, where you can learn more about its origins. 

These diminutive dogs, popular during the Victorian era, initially served a utilitarian role as rat catchers in mines and textile mills. However, as time progressed, they transitioned from their industrial roots to a life of luxury and became a status symbol among the fashionable elite.

By the end of the 19th century, these pups had become the epitome of vogue. They were regularly spotted – nestled in the arms of elegant ladies or peeking out from opulent handbags. Breeding practices, intentionally aimed at reducing their size, transformed them into the quintessential lap dog we know today. 

It’s worth noting that the Yorkie’s ancestors were considerably larger than the pampered Victorian Yorkies, which in turn, appear quite grand when compared to today’s yorkie. The Yorkshire Terrier was officially acknowledged as a distinct breed by the American Kennel Club in the year 1885.

Take a look at these larger Yorkies from the past –


A Perfect Companion

Today’s Yorkshire Terriers are notably petite, generally standing around 8 inches at the shoulder and tip the scales between 4 and 6 pounds. Their coat comes in dazzling combinations of black and gold, blue and tan, blue and gold, or black and tan. Perfect companions, Yorkies are well-suited to single individuals as well as families with more mature children. 

With a lifespan extending up to 15 years, these small dogs often require cesarean sections during delivery due to their size. As newborns, they frequently spend their time sleeping, which can consume most of their day. Despite their diminutive stature, Yorkies are vigilant guardians and watch dogs.

Tips for Caring for Your Yorkie

If you are contemplating bringing a Yorkie into your life or are already a proud owner, the following advice will ensure that your petite companion will thrive under your care.

Don’t Feed Your Dog These Foods

Yorkies have sensitive constitutions that make them vulnerable to certain foods – foods that may be potentially hazardous. Some of these foods include raisins, chocolates, grapes, and walnuts.

Steer clear of offering your pup poultry scraps like turkey, particularly the darker meat cuts and skin, as the meat can make your dog sick. Stick to wholesome and straightforward food choices free from any toxic risks.

That means removing any presence of cereals, grains, or fillers from your dog’s diet, specifically avoiding dog foods rich in corn, soy, or wheat. 

Additionally, it is wise to avoid dog food products containing fillers like rice flour, brewer’s yeast, or beet pulp within their ingredient list. Never feed a Yorkie cat food, as it’s too indulgent for the dog’s delicate digestion.

Instead, nourish your furry friend with a balanced blend of premium wet food complemented by a nutritive dry food or quality kibble for optimal health and vitality.

Common Yorkie Health Issues

In the kingdom of Dogdom, Yorkies are known for their bravery, but even these valiant puppies can’t fight certain health battles themselves.They need your watchful eye and sometimes even the wizardry of a vet.


Yorkies who have this condition may shiver (have tremors) or have troubles with lethargy. Low blood sugar can lead to anorexia (a loss of appetite) or even a loss of consciousness. It’s easier to prevent low blood sugar than it is to treat.

Here are some tips:

1. Make sure your little furball is eating.

2. Give your dog 1 pea-size drop of a high-cal palatable diet supplement, such as Nutri-Cal, if your dog has experienced some stress. This may come in the form of too much physical activity or being exposed to an environment that is too drafty and cold or too hot.

3. Make sure your puppy has a small and limited play area. Do not allow your dog to run unrestricted. Your pup should spend about 15 minutes of strenuous play time. Supervise younger children, making sure the puppy is not overdoing it.

4. Keep your puppy in a comfortably warm place, situated away from AC vents or drafts.

Advanced Home Care

Naturally, you should work with your vet if your pup shows any sign of hypoglycemia. If your dog is limp, having seizures, or unresponsive, take it to the vet right away. It also helps to rub pancake syrup in your dog’s mouth (at the roof) and slowly warm the puppy to a normal body temperature. Tell your vet what foods you’ve given to your dog so the vet can properly determine the results for the dog’s glucose test.

Skin Conditions

Yorkies are also not immune to skin issues. You may need to treat your Yorkie with aloe vera or antibiotics. Therefore, it’s important to find a vet you trust who you can rely on to help in these cases.

Yorkies often have atopy – a skin allergy that affects the skin, ears, and feet. Symptoms usually start between one and three years old and continue to worsen. The most common lumps or bumps found on the dogs are warts, abscesses, or button tumors. Your vet may prescribe a wart ointment or other skin treatment. Some supplements may also be prescribed to get rid of lipoma skin lumps that may develop over time.

Grooming Your Dog

To condition your dog’s hair and detangle its rebellious strands, use a spritz. Also, invest in a high-quality brush. In fact, a brush and comb are both essential grooming aids. You can more proficiently perform CPR with an AED. And you can keep your dog better groomed with the proper grooming aids.

How to Choose a Dog Brush and Similar Grooming Tools

Boar Bristle Brush. This brush works the best if you have a Yorkie puppy or adult with a short or shaved coat.

Pin Brush. Use this brush on a Yorkshire Terrier with a long or medium coat.

Body Comb and Face Comb. A comb is a necessary tool as well. Use a comb for making parts for a topknot or for grooming the facial area.

Mat Removal Tool – If you brush your dog’s regularly, you won’t need this tool. Use it on a long coat to remove a knotted tangle without damaging the coat.

Why Regular Brushing is Important

Brushing your Yorkshire Terrier regularly distributes body oils while removing dirt, debris, and dead hairs. It prevents matting and the look of oiliness. 

Brushing Frequency

Brush your dog’s hair every three days if its coat is short or shaved. Medium coats should be brushed every other day while long coats should be brushed daily.

How to Brush Your Yorkie

Brush your dog’s hair in the direction of growth. Begin at the forehead, then brush the head. Continue to the shoulders, over the neck, then brush the chest, front legs, the back, hind legs, rear, and tail.

Bath Time

Bathing your dog should be less splish-splash and focus more on a spa-like experience. Bathe your dog monthly using a top-tier gentle dog shampoo that is pH balanced. Never use a human shampoo on your dog’s hair.

In Conclusion

It takes a special type of dog parent to care for a Yorkie as Yorkies are special and unique. Make sure you pamper your pooch and take care of its needs so you can experience many years of doggie companionship.

Author: Donna Ryan is a writer from Tucson, AZ.

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