The Yorkshire Terrier is one of the most popular dog breeds represented by the American Kennel Club today. This breed is a member of the Toy group and commonly referred to as a Yorkie. Although small in stature, the Yorkie is known for their larger than life personality and often make loving companions.
Yorkshire Terrier puppies are born black and tan in color. As time progresses, the Yorkie’s coat gradually lightens up and becomes steel-blue and golden-tan. According to the AKC, this process can take up to three years.
The Yorkie’s coat is very luxurious with a fine and silky texture. Their traditional long coat is high maintenance requiring frequent grooming and brushing to achieve an elegant look.
Owners of this breed may choose to groom the coat in various styles depending on their personal preference. A simple grooming option is to trim the fur short to prevent long hours of styling.
If you wish to keep the coat long, the AKC recommends applying coat oil and wrapping the fur in rice paper, tissue paper, or plastic to prevent breakage. For the best results, the oil should be washed out of the coat once a month.
Although Yorkshire Terriers often have long coats they shed much less in comparison to other dog breeds.
A balanced nutrition regimen may also aid in maintaining a healthy coat. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) play an important role in skin and coat health for dogs. A Yorkie on a diet that has an adequate amount and correct balance between omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids will have an added shine to their coat.
Essential fatty acids moisturize the dog’s skin and prove to be beneficial for dog’s suffering from inflammatory skin disorders. EFAs improve the skin’s ability to act as a barrier to allergic triggers and other irritants. It is recommended for dog owners to modify your dog’s EFA intake if they suffer from chronic itchy or flaky skin, or excess shedding.
It’s vital to monitor the intake levels of fats and oils in your dog diet. High levels can cause the dog to be overweight or obese. However, fat deficiencies can lead to dry, itchy skin and a dull coat.
The appropriate steps should be taken, including regular grooming and proper nutrition to ensure a healthy and shiny coat for a Yorkshire Terrier.