Yorkie Grooming-The Difference in a Coat
Yorkies and Yorkie cross-bred dogs are prone to have very sensitive skin due to having a coat that is similar to a person’s hair in feel and texture instead animal fur. Fur comes with layers of undercoat that keep an animal warm and the skin protected which sheds with the seasons. While a Yorkie’s hair is different in having only one layer of hair covering the body.
Yorkshire Terriers, Maltese, and the Bichon Frise are three breeds known for not shedding like other dogs because of the type of coat they have. These breeds have a coat meant to continue growing long like human hair without the undercoat to shed unless the dog is from a cross-breeding where a parent dog has a shedding coat.
This trait in Yorkies to not shed is great for people who have allergies to dog fur and dander because there is less fur left around the house and less chance of other allergy-causing particles to hide in the coat between layers of fur.
Purebred Yorkie hair tangles like human hair while most fur coats are not long enough to tangle but mat or bond together instead of knotting up. The fur mats are from shedding hair that is not brushed out while Yorkie hair tangles from laying on it and rolling over. From playing and from being handled or petted in ways that tangle the hair. Dog clothes can tangle Yorkie hair but not affect other dog furs.
Yorkie hair is smooth and silky soft while fur-coated breeds have considerably tougher stronger guard hairs that are coarse in texture and only one length, usually under three inches. The undercoat of other breeds is soft and cotton-like to keep the animal warm. The outer coat being strong to protect them from the weather.
The Yorkie was originally bred as an indoor dog where they do not have to withstand environmental conditions like herding and hunting dogs do.
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