Yorkshire Terriers, commonly known as Yorkies, are one of the most popular breeds of small dogs. They have become the talk of the town and the darlings of social media thanks to their charming personalities, indicative of their feisty spirit.
But, does a Yorkie really shed?
The quick and simple answer to this question is yes, a Yorkshire Terrier does in fact shed. However, despite shedding, Yorkies are still considered hypoallergenic meaning that they are unlikely to cause allergic reactions in people. This is due to their small size, which produces a smaller quantity of dander, the main allergen.
Now that we’ve answered the question, it’s important to understand that the amount a dog sheds is determined by both their individual genetic makeup and the environmental conditions they’re living in. This means that any dog can shed more or less depending on the environment they’re living in.
Yorkies can be prone to seasonal shedding which means that they’ll shed more depending on the time of year. During the warmer months, the heat can cause their coats to become thicker, and during the cooler months, the cold can cause their coats to become thinner.
If you’re considering welcoming a Yorkie into your family, there are few things you should know. Yorkies’ coats are designed to protect them from the elements so they should be brushed at least every other week to reduce shedding and maintain a healthy coat. It’s also important to keep in mind that Yorkies are prone to becoming matted, so you should brush them regularly to avoid tangles.
When it comes to grooming, Yorkies should also be bathed at least once a month, although more frequent bathing can be beneficial in preventing excessive shedding. Likewise, regular trimming can help reduce shedding as it will help maintain the length of your Yorkie’s coat.
Yorkies are great dogs but they do in fact shed. However, as long as you’re prepared to put in the time and effort to care for them properly, you won’t have to worry about shedding being a major issue.