Wrapping the coat of a Yorkshire terrier can help to protect it from tears and breakages and keep the hair clean. This is a practice mainly carried out by owners who allow the dog's hair to grow long for shows. The Yorkshire terrier is a dog with a unique coat, which differs from that of other dog breeds as it grows continuously in a single layer and rarely sheds. This means that the yorkie's coat can be left to grow long, although this can take a lot of work to keep the hair in good condition.
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Things you need
- Soft brush
- Tissue paper
- 24 elastic bands
Apply a specialised dog shampoo and conditioner to the coat of the Yorkshire terrier and rinse thoroughly. This will help to keep the dog's coat in good condition as a dirty coat is more likely to tear and break. Apply oil to the edges of the hair after washing using a soft brush.
Cut or fold a sheet of tissue or rice paper to measure slightly longer than the than the terrier's hair in length. The width of the paper should measure around three times the width of the individual lock of hair. Make two folds along the length of the paper to create three panels of equal size.
Take a section of the terrier's hair, beginning with the top of the head. Comb the section to ensure it is not tangled and place it along the centre panel of the paper. Fold the left panel over then fold the right over to wrap the hair. Bring the lower edge of the paper wrap up to meet the top edge of the wrap to fold in half. Fold in half again by bringing the bottom edge of the wrap up to meet the top. Secure the wrap with an elastic band.
Wrap the rest of the coat in sections, continuing with the hair on the face then moving to the body. It can take up to 24 wraps to cover the entire coat, although some people choose not to wrap the leg hair. If you choose to leave the legs unwrapped you will need fewer wraps, but this is a matter of preference.
Remove all the wraps from the body once every week to comb, wash and apply oil before rewrapping to keep the coat in top condition. Remove the wraps from the face once a day to comb and apply oil before rewrapping. According to BelovedYork.com, if wraps are left in too long, they can cause hair breakage.
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