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Can You Shave a Yorkie: (Know THIS First)

Can Yorkies be shaved? It’s true that they have different coats from most breeds, so does that make shaving okay?

This article answers an important question that will help your Yorkie remain safe and healthy. Let’s get into everything you need to know about Yorkies, shaving, and haircuts.

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Can You Shave Yorkshire Terriers?

Yorkies can technically be shaved with less fuss than many other breeds, but there’s still many reasons NOT to do it.

One thing to clarify right now is that Yorkies do not have a double coat, they have a single layered coat.

This makes it far less complicated during it’s regrowth compared to a double coated breed. So yes, Yorkies can be shaved, technically.

Still, the truth remains the same that it’s probably NOT a good idea to shave your Yorkie for many good reasons.

Shaving their fur exposes them to the risk of sunburn, does not assist in maintaining them cool, and the hair might not grow back properly.

Despite many owners still opting to shave their Yorkies for a multitude of reasons, it’s not recommended.

A minor trimming with scissors around the ears, paws, tummy, and tail is usually a far better option for most owners.

Let’s get into the reasons why shaving is not good for Yorkies.

5 Reason Why You Might NOT Want To Shave a Yorkie

Here are five primary reasons why Yorkies should not be shaved.

1. UV Protection

Shaving a Yorkie will make them very vulnerable to the harsh UV rays of the sun. It’s true! Dog’s can get sunburn easily, and it’s rather painful for them.

Ironically, many owners think to shave their Yorkie in the summer in order to “keep them cool” but in fact, this is only making them more vulnerable to heat and UV rays.

2. Heat Regulation

While it might seem counterintuitive, a Yorkie’s coat can help regulate their body temperature.

Contrary to popular belief, shaving your Yorkie won’t necessarily keep them cooler during summer. The coat can actually act as an insulating layer, protecting against heat as well as cold.

3. Cold Weather Protection

When the cold months roll in, your Yorkie will need their coat to help stay warm.

Even a single layer of hair can make a significant difference when it comes to insulation against the cold. A shaved Yorkie might struggle more to maintain body heat during winter.

4. Protection from Bugs and Insects

A Yorkie’s coat also helps to ward off pesky insects.

Just like with us, insect bites can cause discomfort and itching for your dog. In severe cases, excessive scratching can lead to open wounds and skin infections.

5. Skin Protection

Finally, a Yorkie’s hair provides a general layer of protection for their skin.

Without their coat, they can be more vulnerable to things like scratches, abrasions, or other skin irritations.

Moreover, a wet and subsequently cold Yorkie can be more susceptible to catching a chill during those damp winter walks.

Light Haircuts For Yorkies (the better option)

Opting for light trimming with scissors, as opposed to shaving, is a far more appropriate grooming choice for your Yorkie.

A gentle trim can help maintain the health and appearance of their coat without exposing them to the potential problems that shaving might bring.

Yorkies have hair that can grow quite long, similar to human hair, and it can become tangled or matted if not properly cared for.

Light trimming can help manage this without compromising the protective qualities of their coat.

Areas that can particularly benefit from a little trimming include around the ears, paws, belly, and tail.

This selective trimming not only enhances their look but also helps improve hygiene, especially around their rear end and paws.

Giving Your Yorkie a Haircut at Home

Here’s a simple and helpful guide on how to give your Yorkie a haircut at home.

Please note that if you’re not comfortable performing any of these steps, it’s always best to take your Yorkie to a professional groomer.

Materials Needed:

  • Dog-friendly comb and brush
  • Scissors (preferably a pair designed for dog grooming)
  • Dog nail clippers
  • A quiet, well-lit place to work
  • Treats for rewarding good behavior


  1. Preparation: Begin by brushing your Yorkie’s coat thoroughly to remove any tangles or mats. It’s easier and safer to cut hair that is clean and free of knots, so you may want to give your dog a bath and allow them to dry fully before starting the haircut.
  2. Cutting the Hair: Using your scissors, start trimming the hair on your Yorkie’s body. Hold the scissors parallel to the skin to avoid any accidental nicks. The optimal length depends on your preference and the dog’s comfort, but a good rule of thumb is to trim the hair to about an inch or two long. Always remember to be gentle and patient.
  3. Trimming Specific Areas:
    • Ears: Trim the hair around the ears carefully, as this area is sensitive. Keep the hair short on the ear but leave some tufts at the tip for that adorable Yorkie look.
    • Face: Trim the hair around the eyes carefully to ensure it doesn’t obscure your Yorkie’s vision. You can also lightly trim the hair on the top of the head. Many owners like to keep this hair a bit longer and tie it up in a bow or top knot.
    • Paws: Trim the hair around the paws, including the fur between the paw pads. This helps prevent debris from getting stuck and is particularly important if your Yorkie walks outside a lot.
    • Tail and Rear End: Keep the hair around the rear end short to maintain hygiene. The tail can be trimmed neatly, but remember to leave it a bit longer than the body for balance.
  4. Post-Cutting Care: After you’re done cutting, comb the hair again to remove any loose hairs. This is also the perfect time to clip your Yorkie’s nails if they need it.
  5. Reward: Give your Yorkie plenty of praise and a treat for their patience and cooperation!

Remember, less is more when it comes to cutting your Yorkie’s hair. It’s better to trim a little and see how it looks than to cut too much and regret it!

Does Yorkie Hair Regrow?

A commonly asked question among Yorkshire Terrier owners is whether their Yorkie’s hair will regrow if it’s been shaved or cut. The answer is yes, Yorkie hair does regrow.

Yorkshire Terriers, unlike some other dog breeds, have a single layer of hair – not fur – that grows similarly to human hair. If you cut or shave it, it will indeed grow back.

However, the rate at which it grows, and the fullness and texture of the new growth, can vary depending on several factors, including your dog’s overall health, nutrition, and age.

One important note is that while Yorkie hair will regrow, it may not always grow back in exactly the same way as before.

For example, if your Yorkie’s coat was silky and straight before shaving, it might grow back wavy or with a slightly different texture. This isn’t a cause for concern but is something to keep in mind if you’re considering a significant change to your Yorkie’s hairstyle.

The outer coat comes with another benefit! A natural mosquito repellent (without the chemicals!)


Before making any decisions that could affect the health and/or safety of your dog, you should always consult a trained veterinarian in your local area. Even though this content may have been written/reviewed by a trained veterinarian, our advice to you is to always consult your own local veterinarian in person. Please read our full dislcaimer if you have any questions.