How to Trim a Yorkie

The Yorkshire terrier is a small, almost toy-sized dog. Despite its size, Yorkies are feisty, alert, energetic, determined and bossy dogs. They are intelligent and easy to train, love personal contact and affection, and are known to have their own individual character. Yorkies have long, shaggy hair that must be brushed every day and must be trimmed short, especially on the tips of their ears, to give them a neat appearance. It's also important to trim their nails after each bath [source: American Kennel Club]. Trimming the nails and hair of a Yorkshire terrier is an integral part of its grooming. We will now tell you how to trim your Yorkie's nails and hair.

  1. Bathe your Yorkie once a week.
  2. Trim its nails after each bath. By trimming its nails after each bath, you will not have to take off that much each time. Gently hold the paw and clip off the very end of the nail with a nail clipper. Since their nails are black, you must be careful where you trim, as you may not see where their flesh begins and the nail ends.
  3. File down the end of the nail.
  4. Brush you Yorkie's hair every day [source: ASPCA].
  5. Trim the hair around the edge of the foot with a scissor. Follow the shape of the foot and cut off enough hair so that there is no hair touching the ground. Yorkies have difficulty walking if their hair is dragging on the ground.
  6. Trim your Yorkie's coat on its body whenever the hair gets too long. Don't let it get so long that it sweeps the floor.
  7. Trim the hair on the tips of the ears, so your Yorkie will look nice and neat [source: American Kennel Club].