Yorkshire terriers have a beautiful, long, luxurious, shiny coat and a tied up topknot with a bow, which keeps the hair out of their eyes. Before you start preparing your Yorkshire terrier for show be sure to have all the necessary supplies on hand before you start, such as shampoo, conditioner, scissors, clippers, nail clippers, a pin brush, metal comb, and towels. It is not only annoying but also time consuming to run back and forth for the needed items.
Before you bathe your Yorkie, you need to check his coat for mats and snarls using your fingers to pull any apart you find. Use a pin brush and then a metal comb to remove the mats completely. Snarls and mats not only look unattractive but also actually hurt your Yorkie if left for any length of time. If you find many, start grooming your dog more often and more thoroughly.
Check your Yorkies ear channel for any sign of infection. Use a plucking powder to remove any ear channel hair with your fingers. Inside the ear leathers, clip the excess hair approximately a third of the way down, the same off the back in a V shape and along the outside edge. Trim the hair from between the pads on their feet level with the footpads.
Many Yorkies suffer from premature tooth loss due to excessive tartar so brush their teeth thoroughly before a bath. There are several good teeth cleaning products available for Yorkies on the market.
Trim your Yorkies nails before each bath removing just the tips, being very careful not to remove too much causing bleeding. Always have Quick Stop available in case you accidentally cut off too much. A dog nail file will smooth out any rough edges.
Bathe your Yorkie using a good quality shampoo and never scrub or rub in a circle but just run your fingers through the dogs' hair. Be sure to rinse your dog until you remove all traces of shampoo on their coat and skin and then rinse again. Use a light conditioner after his bath or mist it on when you dry your Yorkie. Dry your dog by wrapping him in a towel but do not rub. For long coats, begin brushing at the ends when your Yorkies coat is just damp after standing in front of your dog dryer, to prevent breaking. Do this in sections so you do not miss an area. Use scissors to clip about half an inch around the anal area. Trim the feet by rounding it following their feet's natural outline.
The fun part of preparing your Yorkshire terrier for show is putting a top knot on their head with a pretty bow. Add a little doggie cologne and you now have a Yorkie that looks like a winner both in and outside the show ring.