How to Groom a Shorkie

by Glenda Taylor, Demand Media Google
    Shorkies resemble their Yorkie cousins.

    Shorkies resemble their Yorkie cousins.

    The Shorkie, a cross between the Chinese Shih Tzu and the Yorkshire terrier, has long soft fur that frames her little face and creates a plume at the end of her perky tail. Your pristine pooch won’t shed much, but keeping her fashionably fab will require daily grooming.

    Items you will need

    • Small slicker brush
    • Conditioning dog shampoo
    • No-tears dog shampoo
    • Leave-in conditioner
    • Dog dryer
    • Rounded bristle brush
    • No-tangle fur band
    • Colorful bows
    • Eye wipes

    At-Home Grooming Maintenance

    Step 1

    Brush your Shorkie's naturally long fur once or twice a day with a small slicker brush to keep it snarl-free. Use gentle strokes, starting at the tips of her fur and working your way up.

    Step 2

    Spritz the slicker brush lightly with a detangling spray to make daily grooming easier. Antistatic grooming sprays are available from groomers and pet supply stores.

    Step 3

    Brush the long fur between and over the eyes upward, secure it with a soft band and affix a tiny bow to complete the delightful 'do. You can do this at home, but ask your groomer for instructions before you try it.

    Step 4

    Bathe your Shorkie no more than once a month unless she's dirty. Use a conditioning shampoo made for dogs; human shampoos are too harsh and can irritate her sensitive skin. Choose a no-tears dog shampoo for washing her facial fur.

    Step 5

    Rinse thoroughly after shampooing and apply a leave-in conditioner to reduce tangles. Even a tiny bit of residual shampoo left in her fur can cause dryness and itching.

    Step 6

    Snuggle her in a warm absorbent towel to remove most of the moisture and use a dog dryer and a rounded-bristle brush to dry and detangle her fur. Work with care, tugging on snarls hurts.

    Step 7

    Wipe the fur around your Shorkie's eyes daily with hypoallergenic dog eye wipes to prevent tearstains. Tearing is common in this breed.

    Step 8

    Schedule professional grooming appointments every six to eight weeks for nail clipping, ear-hair plucking and coat-trimming, if desired.

    Tips

    • If your Shorkie plays outdoors frequently, regular coat trimmings will reduce the likelihood of picking up weeds and seeds, which can quickly lead to matted fur.
    • Ask your groomer for a “puppy cut” that features all-over trimming of the fur to 1 to 2 inches long, making it more manageable.
    • Shorkies look delightful sporting “Westie cuts” that feature short body fur but longer facial hair.

    References

    About the Author

    Glenda Taylor is a full-time writer with work featured in national and international publications. Taylor, a residential contractor, specializes in new construction and remodeling writing. She is also the category manager for eHow Now’s expert Handyman channel. Taylor's formal education includes marketing and a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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