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 of animal fur.

Do Yorkies have Human Hair

Animal 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.

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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.

Do Yorkies Shed?

These breeds have a coat’s that continue growing long like human hair. And don’t have the undercoat to shed.  Some of the cross-breed will shed if one of their parents has a shedding coat.

For those of us with allergies to animal fur and dander, having a Yorkie that does not shed is just one more great reason to include this adorable breed in our homes.  As well, we are facing less fur left around the house and less chance of other allergy-causing particles to hide in their coat between layers of fur.

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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.

Yorkies Require Brushing Daily

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.  Yorkshire Terries don’t have a coat to protect them from cold weather.

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Yorkie Coats for Comfort

The Yorkie was originally bred as an indoor dog where they do not have to withstand environmental conditions like herding and hunting dogs do.

So those little coats are not just cute, they keep our Yorkies comfortable, safe, and warm.

To learn more about Yorkies and Yorkie mix bred dogs contact us at The Yorkie Times.

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