Everybody will agree that nowadays Yorkies are one of the most popular dogs in the world.
And of course there is a reason for that!
Even more than one..
Some of these reasons are their temperament and personality, appearance, coat type and so much more..
But in this article we’re going to talk about yorkie haircuts and different hairstyles.
If you have a Yorkshire Terrier you are aware of the fact that this dog breed needs proper grooming.
When we talk about haircuts, you may be confused that you have only two traditional variants of cutting your dog’s hair – puppy cut or long show dog style.
Actually, if your dog has clean and healthy hair, there are many variants and styles of different lengths.
This is an option that you have when you as an owner of such a dog, choose to leave it with long hair.
And even if you have cut the hair quite short, you can still wait for some time and try a different style, because the yorkie’s hair grows relatively quickly.
What are the best Yorkie haircuts – Short or Long style to choose?
The short answer is:
It’s all up to you!
But of course we will help you to make the “right” choice for you, because each hairstyle (long or short), has pros and cons.
First, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you love long hairstyle more than short one?
- Do you have enough time to maintain long hair?
- Will you be able to brush your dog’s hair everyday?
- Do you spend lots of time outdoor with your dog?
Choosing long or short hair style for your dog typically depends on the everyday activities of the family and the dog.
For busy owners or for families with children, the style is usually short cut, because long hair requires more and regular grooming.
But if you have the time and the desire, there is no doubt how beautiful the dog looks when it has a long hairstyle.
Long Yorkie hairstyle
A lot of Yorkie owners let their pets’ hair grow freely. They only trim parts of the body – around the ears, eyes, anus area and below the paw pads.
That isn’t a problem but you should not forgot what daily care will the dog need – combing, brushing and bathing once a week, etc.
Since the owners often forget that daily care, they achieve the opposite result.
If you don’t maintain the hair of your Yorkie, it will look messy and untidy, and sometimes will even smell.
if you are willing to invest some more time and regular grooming (because the trimming should be done more often in comparison to a short cut) you can go for the long hair style.
It is a good choice for people who want to be happy with the look of their dog and at the same time this grooming could be rather fun for both you and your dog.
Short Yorkie haircut
A short Yorkie haircut is a preferred choice for the owners who do not have the time to maintain a longer cut.
They prefer spending the time they have with other activities – walking outside and playing for example instead of more time for grooming and brushing.
The other reason for choosing a short haircut is when having active dogs that play outside quite often. In such case the dog should stay cleaner for some more period of time and with a short hair it will not develop so many tangles.
Many people have their Yorkie’s hair cut as short as possible for they don’t want to bath, brush and comb their pet that often,
but sometimes they do not expect the result that comes afterwards.
Some people find their pets to look different.. or somehow weird after the short trimming.
Especially if we talk about teacup Yorkie, it would look gentle and thin even with hair and if it has no hair, then the Yorkie might look a little bit weird to some people.
Even if you choose short yorkie cut you will still have to groom your dog regularly!
You will still have to bathe, brush, trim and etc.. you will just need less time to do that and will be easier in comparison to the long yorkie hairstyles.
The Yorkie looks quite tidy and neat when you choose a style of shaping the dog’s hair via layering. This is also one of the most popular styles that is chosen by the owners of this breed.
Achieving a “put together” appearance does not look like this the first time you see the Yorkie’s hair, but with the shorter cuts of the coat, it is easy to maintain and gives the proper look that you want and need.
Perhaps it does not look as fancy as some special cuts, but your dog is neat and tidy, and this style shows that you put efforts and time for the proper care of your dog.
What is also great about the Yorkie hair is that it grows quite fast and you can always add your own personal touch to the hair.
You can cut a hair style as short as you wish as long as the skin of the dog is not showing.
It is also safe to clip any areas of the dog’s body so you have the variant to invent unlimited number of styles.
Average Length Cut
If you trim your Yorkie’s hair to average length, this will minimize the needed daily care.
It will be enough to bathe the pet once every two weeks and brush it with a massage brush for about 3-5 minutes. Check out our grooming article for more information about this.
Yorkie first haircut and when could be done?
The usual recommendation is to wait while the adult coat has grown in. While the dog is still young it has a puppy coat which is gradually changing to an adult coat.
And while growing up the Yorkshire terrier will get a thicker and nicer hair.
The age of the dog when this hair is completely changed and thicker varies for every individual dog, but lets say it is about 1 year.
The owner can even not notice it until one day he finds out that the dog has a thicker coat.
When the dog is young, it is fine to make some little trimming here and there. The little Yorkies might have their sanitary trim at 3-4 months.
The Yorkies are already ready for other haircuts after the 7 – 8 month.
Should you do the haircut yourself, or you should visit a professional groomer?
It is up to you what option would you choose but here are the main ones:
• Take your dog to professional grooming salon;
• Have a professional groomer come to your home – many salons offer this option;
• Make an appointment with a freelance groomer. There are people who do grooming as a second job.
It is cheaper to choose this option but you have to make sure that the guy you hire has enough experience, quality tools and know how to safely take care of the pets. If they don’t, this might lead to troubles.
There are some inconveniences associated with going to the groomers’ home – for example, you might have to wait in the hallway or in the kitchen until the person finishes their work.
• Trim your pet yourself. The grooming process in not something you cannot master but you should familiarize yourself with the techniques and purchase the necessary tools.
If you really want to learn this art, you are more than capable to do so, but you should learn with passion and take it step by step.
You may quickly understand how to do the basic haircuts, but should you want your dog to have a stylish one, it’s better to go to a professional studio.
But if you simply want to trim certain body areas, you might be able to do that yourself.
If you’ve chosen to visit a grooming salon, you should make sure that the professional groomer who’ll be taking care of your dog has plenty of experience and knows how to get along with any client.
The cost for visiting a professional is quite considerable but keep in mind that you are paying not only for the dog’s haircut but also for its safety. The good groomers are using professional tools and they necessarily sanitize and pre-disinfect them.
During a professional grooming session it is important that the dog doesn’t have direct contact with its owner and get distracted. Thankfully, almost all of the salons have a special area where you can wait while your pet gets its haircut done.
This is good because, otherwise, it might interfere with the groomer’s work and because the pets might react surprisingly while the groomer holds sharp objects next to their face.
What is included in the grooming procedure when you take your dog to the groomer?
The “Full Groom” is among the most popular Yorkies’ grooming services and a quite complex one. If you choose it, your pet will be combed, the dead hairs will be removed and it will receive ear trimming and ear canal cleaning with special lotion.
Afterwards, the dog’s nails will be cut and the groomer will trim the paw pads areas.
Then comes the bath. The Yorkie will be bathed with the help of professional shampoo and conditioner. After the bath is over, the groomer will dry the dog out with towel and hairdryer.
The next part is the final brushing which is a very important task. The groomer should be very careful when it comes to this process for they should remove all the tangles.
These are the basic procedures which the “Full Groom” includes.
There might be other services – perfumes, lotions, special care for the pet’s top knot, checking its sanitary/ anal glands, etc. depending on the dog’s needs and you may be extra charged for these.
Once all these steps are complete, then the groomer will begin to work on the haircut. There are a lot of different styles to select from and we’ll talk about them, but you might simply explain what you want to the groomer.
The professional groomer is an artist. This person cuts the extra hair and forms the lines on the chest, legs and head. It is somehow an art and the groomer should correctly see each dog’s proportions in order to know how to emphasize the advantages and hide the disadvantages.
If the groomer is really a professional one, they’ll let your dog shake off after the haircut in order to examine the pet in motion.
If the haircut is done right, it will keep its shape for up to three or four weeks.
If you really appreciate your Yorkie’s look and value its quality, the “Full Groom” service is the maximum you can get for a minimum amount of money.
Sanitary Trim for Yorkies
The Sanitary trim is usually cheaper that the Full Groom one. Some people are quite confused and think that this service is only cutting these parts which are around the anus and the sexual organs.
This might be true for some breeds, but we’ll clear you confusion and will explain you what should you expect from the Sanitary Trim for Yorkies.
The first step of this procedure is combing. Then comes the cutting and forming the tail. The areas around the anus should be trimmed and this is very important for proper hygiene.
Afterwards, the groomer will proceed to the penis if your puppy is male or to the vulva if your puppy is a female one.
But there is more: the groomer will do the areas around the eyes and will trim the ears’ upper third part. The ear canals should be carefully cleaned with the use of a special lotion.
The groomer should also do the paw pads’ areas – around and bellow them. If necessary, they will cut the nails, too.
In short, the Sanitary cut includes trimming and forming that areas of your Yorkie which should be short for the maintenance of proper hygiene and the prevention of irritations.
The must trim areas of the body are the anus, the genitals, the ears and eyes, and finally, the paw pads. These body parts should always be tidy, clean and short in order for future problems to be prevented.
After the groomer is finished with the steps mentioned above, then they’ll wash and dry your pet with hairdryer and then edge the face, ears, paws and eyes.
Edge means that the groomer will precisely equate the hair of the ears, face, paws and top knot but will still maintain the shape.
That trimming is perfect for every owner who wants to grow their Yorkie’s hair and only sanitize it without shortening it.
That choice is better for puppies which are 2 to 6 months old for it is shorter and will familiarize the puppy with the grooming procedure.
There is also a cheaper option
If you are concerned about the price of the “Full Groom”, you may consider one other option.
If you choose this service, your Yorkie’s hair won’t be done in a fancy haircut, but will be only modeled. In many grooming salons the price includes combing and cutting the nails.
This service might be more budget-friendly but it is better to use it only if you know how to properly take care of your Yorkie in home between the grooming sessions.
Many people don’t know how to properly comb their Yorkie at home.
If your Yorkie has long hair and you don’t brush it properly, it will get plenty of tangles and mats and the price of this service doesn’t include de-matting.
Even more, in order for the dog to get a perfect haircut, it should be washed and dried during the process of grooming. This service doesn’t include pre- and after-bath combing which are very important.
In order for the best result to be achieved, the puppy must rest several minutes on the table while the groomer gently brushes its hair.
If that step is skipped, the puppy will not get the same look as it will with the “Full Groom”.
Plus, many grooming salons know that the owners are not always satisfied with the result of this cheaper option and don’t offer this service.
If you ask us, we would choose the “Full Groom”, despite its worth some extra bucks.
Different Yorkshire Terrier Haircuts
Here is a video with more than 100 different yorkie haircuts that you can get ideas from:
What about shaving your Yorkie?
A lot of owners think that the the shaving is a wonderful option for the hot days in the summer, but that is not true. Actually, it might be exactly the opposite of a right option.
The hair serves as isolation and protects the dog’s body from the heat and the direct sunlight during the summer, keeping the heat away from the skin and the body of the dog, thus, preventing it from overheating.
The same is valid for the winter when the hair serves as isolation which doesn’t let the freezing air to access the dog’s body directly, thus, keeping the cold away.
For these reasons, many professional groomers don’t even perform shaving.
The specialists recommend this to be done only if the Yorkie hasn’t been brushed, combed for a very long time and there are lots of tangles.
If that is the case, the removal of the tangles will be quite time-consuming and painful for the dog.
Let’s continue with some of the most popular Yorkie cuts you can see almost everywhere:
This is the hair that is required in accordance with the rules of the American Kennel Club and the events that are sponsored by this association.
The main aim of this style is to keep the dog’s hair in the most natural way.
The possibility that you have with this style is to trim slightly the coat, the ears and the feet, getting a neat look that is desired.
The topknot (the name that the top of the hair is famous with) must be held away of the dog’s eyes and this is achieved by gathering it on a pony tail, fixing it on the top of the head with a bow.
If your dog participates in exhibitions, it would be very hard to take care of its hair. These shows’ standard is the hair to be full grown and often exceeding the dog’s height.
And while the dog might be exceptionally beautiful during the show and during the photo sessions, the hair care is quite a tricky process.
The dog should be washed once every 3 to 4 days, dried with a hairdryer and have each hair strand smeared with special oil. But that’s not all – each hair strand should be then rolled with dogs’ hair rollers.
And then the owners dress the Yorkie with a thin jumpsuit until the next procedure. If they let the dog stay in its original form, then they should comb the dog at least three to four times every day.
If that is the case, the quality of the hairline will deteriorate for each combing pulls out some amount of hair.
If the dog has long hair and has been washed and dried with a hair dryer several times, but not combed, it might be necessary for the dog to be completely shaved off for there will be plenty of mats and tangles.
The Yorkie might be totally used to this procedures, but the proper condition of the hair might require a few days’ work to be achieved.
Yorkie Puppy Cut
This is perhaps the most famous Yorkie cut, especially for young dogs.
When you choose this style, then your dog’s hair is clipped all over and the exact length of cutting the coat is according to the preference of the owner.
The usual length that is kept is about one or two inches.
The name of this hairstyle comes with the word puppy in it, because it makes you dog look like having a natural yorkie puppy haircut.
Many people strongly desire for their pets to get this haircut for it gives the Yorkies their very familiar look but the hair would be short trimmed, thus, the maintenance would be very easy.
With the Puppy cut, the hair won’t be completely shaved but only trimmed to very short length.
The Puppy cut might be somehow modified – for example, you might choose what length do you want the hair over the legs, head and body to be and some people prefer that the hair on the head and legs is a little longer than the body hair. The choice is yours.
Squared Puppy Cut
The above “puppy cut” is used as a base for this haircut.
The hair of the body and the legs id clipped short, but the face hair is trimmed in such a way that a square bob is achieved.
Using a bit of gel in the end for the facial hair, which is about an inch long, will be the final touch for getting the square shape.
This hair style also has a few different variants. So it depends on the owner if he or she wishes to keep the facial hair a bit longer so that the Yorkie still keeps the topknot or you can add rounded pompoms on the dog’s ankles.
Your dog has a neat face with this hairstyle, there are no chances to get a tangled hair and is perfect for hot summer months, because it allows the dog’s hair to breathe.
Yorkie Schnauzer Cut
This type of Yorkie cut is trimmed in the following way:
The black portions of your dog`s hair are clipped quite short, may be even shorter than half an inch, and the tan parts are left a bit longer, again according to the owner`s preference, but the usual length that is chosen is about two inches.
Again the hair of the top of the head is kept away from the dog’s eyes.
It is again a short hair style, except of the hairs from the hocks, which is left long.
The forehead hair is also left longer, so that it goes around and over the ears.
Yorkie Westie Cut
The entire coat is clipped about an inch away from the floor.
The hair of the entire face and the base of the ears is left rounded.
The side sections of the face hair almost meet under the chin.
The eyes are kept clear by putting the hair back or shaved short.
Just like with the other Yorkie cuts, this one also has different variants.
The length can again be a bit longer or a bit shorter.
3 Layer Cut
This Yorkie terrier cut is also known under the name 3 Stack.
That is a really amazing haircut. The groomer will trim the Yorkie’s hair in 3 different layers – on the legs, on the body and on the head.
This hair style is for the owners who wish to keep the dog`s hair as much as possible and still to be easy for maintaining.
The length of the head`s hair is about one or half an inch passed the shoulder, presenting the first layer.
The second layer is the back hair, which is cut about the same length above the floor. It is up to you how much above the floor would you want the hairs to be.
And the third layer comes from the dog`s legs which are trimmed to the length of the floor.
Designer Yorkie haircuts
Nowadays, plenty of people want their dogs to get interesting and creative hairstyles. The groomers try to be different and might use rhinestones or form decorative elements on the Yorkie’s hair.
Here you can do everything your fantasy dictates. Your pet might be turned into a hedgehog, a lion, a Chinese crested dog, etc.
If the Yorkie is with normal fatness and fairly thick coat, figure carving is appropriate.
If the groomer is experienced, they might tell you how the unusual figures will help you hide the pet’s disadvantages.
Should the groomer do some horizontal lines, this will visually reduce the dog’s body tightness, etc.
Many designer haircuts will look cute only 2 to 3 weeks after they are done and then they might turn into something very unpresentable.
Plus, should your dog walk in the rain or have a bath, the original appearance of the haircut might be lost. Even more, if you wish your Yorkie to have a designer haircut, remember that these need regular care.
Yorkie cuts: A Few Helpful Advices
It is always the best decision to ask around. And you can have a short interview with the groomer to get the feeling if he is the right person for the task you need to be fulfilled.
The first thing you need to know about the groomer is if he or she has previously done such a haircut that you have chosen for your Yorkie on other dogs of the same breed.
It is also possible that the groomer has done such haircuts on other breeds which is still a good experience. Ask for sharing more information with you and for sure ask for some pictures.
And while we are on the topic about the pictures, you should also bring at least one, showing the Yorkie cut that you desire to have for your dog.
Of course that you can explain it to the groomer, but it is always easier, when you take a look and you get the entire idea. This will be much easier for both of you.
When choosing your dog’s hair style you need to consider not only that you like the beautiful look of the style, but what can you afford to maintain.
It is quite important to have time for grooming if you choose a longer cut so that you can groom the dog’s hair for avoiding tangles or mats which can be quite unpleasant for you and for the dog of course.
For example, the Puppy cut can be left to grow a bit longer and the time for cutting the hair is extended, while the Squared of the Layered styles need more proper and often hair trimming.
Yorkie cuts pictures
Below we will publish lots of Yorkie terrier haircut pictures.
Some of them are great for males, females or both.
If you are looking for teacup Yorkie haircuts – all of them are suitable for all Yorkies no matter the size.
Yorkie haircuts for females
There are lots of different yorkie cuts and styles but some of them are most suitable for female dogs.
Here are some of them in pictures:
Yorkie hairstyles for males
Here are a few photos with some haircuts suitable for yorkie boys:
Different Cute Yorkie hairstyles
Below you can see lots of pictures with different yorkie haircuts.
Some are beautiful and stylish others are funny and cute.
Hope you will like them!
Feel free to share your favorite ones.
Yorkie cuts with floppy ears: