How to Take Care of a Puppy Yorkie's Hair

Yorkie puppies look cute with a simple puppy cut.

Yorkie puppies look cute with a simple puppy cut.

A baby Yorkshire terrier, or Yorkie, has fine, thin hair just like a baby human’s. When caring for your Yorkie's hair, keep in mind an actual baby and how you would care for her hair. Keep it simple and remain gentle, and you will have a cute, cuddly pup.

Wash your baby’s hair about every two weeks with a shampoo created just for puppies. This is a mild shampoo that is gentle to the eyes. Washing her more often will strip her coat of natural oils that she needs. Gently rub the shampoo in from the spine down; don’t scrub, as this only causes the hair to tangle.

Rinse the Yorkie’s coat until the water runs clear. Make sure you get her belly and legs rinsed well. Leaving shampoo on her may cause itching and dry skin. Pat her dry with a towel.

Spay a detangler on the puppy’s coat and brush her with a soft, natural bristle brush. Even when you are not bathing her, brush her coat every day or two. This distributes the natural oils, brushes away dirt and helps you locate any mats.

Work out mats by starting at the end and gently combing with a metal comb. Don’t pull or tug his fine hair.

Trim any stray hairs around your puppy’s face and eyebrows, on his feet and anywhere else they appear. During the puppy stage, there is no need to do a major trim. Remove only those hairs that are damaged or in the way of his vision.

Items you will need

  • Shampoo
  • Towel
  • Detangler spray
  • Natural bristle brush
  • Comb
  • Scissors


  • If you want your pup to get used to a dryer, hold it about 12 inches from her hair and blow-dry her.


  • Never use human shampoo on your Yorkie. It has a different pH than specifically formulated shampoo.

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