Clipping Tips From Yorkie Breeders
By Sharda Baker
If you are planning on showing your Yorkie dog or just want your Teacup Yorkie to look his or her very best, using the correct clipping techniques and the proven tricks of the trade for keeping your Yorkie dogs looking tip top is important.
Yorkie breeders, especially those that are actively involved in showing their dogs are the true experts at keeping Yorkie dogs looking their very best. Yorkshire Terriers will need routine grooming to prevent their coats from becoming matted and uncared for, so starting early in developing a sound grooming routine is important.
In addition most Yorkie breeders will clip or shape Yorkshire Terriers coats before a show. This adds to the overall appearance of the dog but it is also important to ensure that you stay within the breed standards for clipping for a show. The key factors for Yorkie breeders with regards to showing the Yorkie include:
One of the most important features of the Yorkshire terrier is its distinctive long coat.
The coat should be very shiny and glossy and very fine textured.
The coat should extend to the ground and should be absolutely straight and not curly or wavy.
The coat may be trimmed to make movement easier, and the hair on the feet may also be trimmed for appearance.
The hair on the head can be parted to the side and tied back with two bows, or can be tied with one bow in the center of the head.
The hair on the muzzle is very long and should blend with the hair on the chest for a nice presentation.
The hair on the ears can be trimmed to give a neat appearance.
The Yorkie does not have a furry undercoat, so there is little shedding. It is necessary to keep the long hair on the face pulled back unless it is clipped short. Many owners that are not showing their Yorkies simply cut the hair, to keep it out of the dog’s eyes and mouth, and to keep the Yorkie looking neat
The most common clip for a Yorkshire Terrier, and one that is used by many Yorkie breeders and owners alike is the puppy clip. This clip is basically a short all over cut that is similar to the natural hair of the Yorkie puppy, hence the name. This is an ideal cut for busy Yorkie dogs and is the most common clip used on Teacup Yorkies.
Another clipping option is the Schnauzer clip which is slightly more stylized. In this clip Yorkie breeders and groomers clip the hair on the body short, but the longer hair on the legs and around the face is shaped and trimmed, not completely clipped.
Clipping or trimming of the face and ears of the Yorkshire Terrier needs to be done with caution to avoid any possible chance of injury to the dog. Even with small Teacup Yorkies having someone else hold the Yorkie dog’s head is a good idea. Start with only small amounts of hair being removed, you can always cut a bit more if needed but cutting too much can lead to an uneven or unbalanced look.
Most Yorkie breeders have enough experience to clip correctly the first time, but new owners should start with small cuts and then move into more complete cuts and clips once they gain proficiency.
The clipping and trimming advice provided by Yorkie breeders will be very specific to the breed, which is ideal since a grooming routine as well as clipping and trimming is critical to keeping Yorkie dogs looking their very best. Since Yorkie dogs, like any other breed, have their own needs and requirements, working with someone with specific breed knowledge and experience rather than just working with someone that is familiar with dogs is very important.
Typical advice from Yorkie breeders on clipping is basic, simple and will definitely make this task easier on both the dog and the owner. If you are planning on using a professional groomer, start by asking Yorkie breeders for recommendations. This will be particularly important if you are planning on showing toy, standard or Teacup Yorkies in any type of event. The groomer will need to be aware of the correct type of clips and cuts that are acceptable in the ring.
Sharda Baker is an industry established dog writer. She has successfully published several dog books including The Insiders Guide To A Happy, Healthy & Well Behaved Yorkshire Terrier.
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