The Yorkiepoo combines the playfulness, intelligence and friendly natures of a Yorkshire terrier and a toy poodle, creating one adorable, fun little pooch. His hair can range from scruffy terrier to curly poodle or any variation in between, making home grooming a daily necessity.
Brush your Yorkiepoo regularly to prevent mats. The frequency of this brushing depends on your pup's coat texture and length, as the curlier and longer it is, the quicker it can mat. Brush his hair with a pin brush to smooth out tangles, getting all the way down to the skin to get the entire coat. Wet the hair with the detangler first, as brushing a dry coat can create static and breakage. Brush small sections at a time to work through any would-be tangles, and remove mats as soon as you find them. Thoroughly wet the mat with the detangler spray and separate the tangled hairs with the comb.
Bathe your pooch as necessary. Some breeds are best bathed only a few times a year, but your Yorkiepoo has no such limitation. Give your pup a bath as often as you like, be it once a month or once a week. Place a towel or rubber bath mat in the tub or sink to give him traction and wet him down thoroughly with warm water. Rub your hands over his coat as you wash him to get all the way to his skin. Massage a gentle dog shampoo into his coat and rinse thoroughly. Any remaining shampoo will dry on his skin and cause itching and irritation, so don't skimp on the water. Rinse until he's completely free of shampoo residue. Apply conditioner if you like, and rinse well.
Wrap him in a towel and dry him off. Once your pup's all squeaky clean, wring out his hair with your hands to squeeze out the excess water. Wrap him in a soft towel to absorb as much moisture as you can from his coat. Do not rub as this will tangle his hair and cause damage to his coat. Spray on some detangler and brush through his coat to smooth out the hair as it dries. Let him air dry, or use a hair dryer on a low-heat setting.
Check your Yorkiepoo's ears once a week. Your pup's ears are on the floppy side, meaning they can trap moisture and other debris inside and cause infections. Flip his ear up and check for dirt, redness or an unusual odor regularly. Use a damp cotton ball to wipe out any ear wax or dirt inside. Wipe only the part you can see, as delving too deeply into your pooch's ear can cause injury.
- Place cotton balls in your Yorkiepoo's ears before bath time to keep water from dripping inside.
- Always keep one hand on your pooch as you bathe him, otherwise he may try to jump and hurt himself.
- Although brushing and bathing are important grooming aspects, your Yorkiepoo will need a trim and nail clipping every two months or so. Visit a professional groomer to leave your pup looking spiffy and neat.
- Yorkiepoos don't shed, but their coats mat easily if neglected. Brush him regularly to keep tangles at bay.
- Brush your pup's teeth every day to keep his breath fresh and teeth and gums healthy.
- Hair dryers can burn your pup's skin if held too close for too long, so put the dryer on its lowest heat setting and keep it moving as you dry. Run your fingers through his hair or brush him as you dry to get through his entire coat.
Jane Williams began her writing career in 2000 as the writer and editor of a nationwide marketing company. Her articles have appeared on various websites. Williams briefly attended college for a degree in administration before embarking on her writing career.