Ideas for Yorkie Haircuts

"I told you my coat would still blow elegantly in the breeze, even after my haircut."
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Yorkies are known for their long, silky coats, but they can be high maintenance. Try getting your pup a haircut to make your grooming tasks easier or to keep him cool in the warmer months. He's sure to look cute as a bug, too.

Show Trim

If you plan to show your Yorkie in American Kennel Club sponsored events, the only acceptable haircut is a show trim. This is where your dog's coat is kept as close to its full and natural appearance as possible. His coat can be trimmed slightly, so it's at ground level, rather than trailing on the floor. The hair on his ears and feet can be trimmed, to give a neat look and to stop matting. The long hair on the top of his head -- known as his topknot -- must be held out of his eyes by putting it into a ponytail on the top of his head and fixed with a bow.

Puppy Cut

Puppy cuts are amongst the most popular pet cuts for Yorkies. If you go for this cut, your pup's coat will be clipped short all over, including his legs, tail and face. The exact length of his hair can be decided according to your preference, but is usually kept around 1 or 2 inches long. These cuts are so called because they make your dog's hair looks much like his natural puppy coat.

Schnauzer Cut

The schnauzer cut is a relatively low-maintenance clip for your Yorkie. With this haircut, the black portion's of your canine pal's coat are clipped short -- to around half an inch long or shorter -- while the tan parts are left longer. Have the tan parts of his coat cut to a length of your choosing; around 2 inches long generally is practical. Make sure his topknot is trimmed short enough to stay out of his eyes.

Three-Layer Trim

The three-layer trim is a cool looking hairstyle for your Yorkie and is great if you want to make the most of his lovely long coat, while still taming it a little and making it easier to maintain. In this trim, the top tan layer of your dog's coat is cut to roughly 1 inch below his shoulders. The next layer of the hairdo is cut into the black part of his coat, and is trimmed to around 1 1/2 inches above floor level. The final layer is his leg hair, which is trimmed so its just skimming floor level. His topknot can either be trimmed or kept natural and tied up with a bow or hair tie.

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