Health & Care

First Yorkie bath

First Yorkie bath

When can puppies have their first bath?

It’s NOT a good idea to bathe your puppy until he’s 10 weeks old. Unless they get very dirty, such as feces, then you can bathe them. However, it’s generally better not to bathe dogs under 10 weeks old. You can wash your dog’s muzzle or ‘under the tail’ if he gets dirty – but don’t take a full bath until he’s 11-12 weeks old. So the first bath will be after 3 months old.

How do you wash Yorkie when it gets very dirty?

Sometimes it can happen when your puppy will get very dirty in his feces, it can be related to diarrhea or just a little puppy dexterity. The best way to do this is to wash your puppy with running water; Yorkie is so small when they’re 6, 7 or 8 weeks old that you can even wash them under a tap in a sink. So you just rinse your puppy’s ‘ass’ and dry him with a towel, and then you can brush his hair and blow-dry him. That way, your puppy will get used to his brush and hairdryer from an early age.
If a young Yorkshire terrier has become very dirty so that most of his body is dirty, then bathe your puppy. Use a puppy shampoo.

How often can you bathe your Yorkie puppy?


Generally, you can only bathe your dog if you really need to, don’t do it too often. If you feel your dog’s hair is greasy/dirty then you can bathe your dog.

  • As a general rule, you can assume that bathing an adult dog every 2 weeks is fine.
  • If you have a dog with a short haircut it will last longer without bathing – but with long hair and so-called show hair, a dog will need to be bathed every 2 weeks.
  • Young puppies who are at the time of changing their puppy hair for a coat typical of adult dogs tend to have a tendency to get a little bit of a frizzy – if you give your dog a bath every 2 weeks then it will be easier for you to comb your dog out – after 3 weeks or more without a bath you may have trouble combing your dog well.
  • Although this article answers questions about bathing, as you can see, it is also very much associated with regular grooming of your dog and extensive grooming of his coat. The most important rule of thumb is: to bathe like your dog’s hair is dirty and not to stick to a strict bathing schedule.

How long can you bathe your puppy Yorkie from the moment of purchase or from day birth?

Puppies are more fragile than adult dogs and are easier to catch a cold – so don’t exaggerate the frequency of bathing – if you bathe your dog after 2 weeks it’ll be a reasonable amount of time.

However, if for some reason you have a puppy who’s been taken away from his mother too early – for example, if he’s 6 weeks old, wait until he’s 10-11 weeks old.

If you’ve bought an 8-week puppy, you can give him his first bath after 2 weeks. And as I wrote before, you may ‘wash the dog under your tail’ when it gets very dirty there. And take this into account so that you don’t bathe your dog for a week after vaccination.

Can I Bathe My Dog After Vaccination?

Immediately after vaccination, the body of a young dog is weakened because the immune system has to deal with the effects of the vaccine – then it’s better not to expose your dog to cold, chill or skin infections. Immediately after the bath, your dog’s skin and hair are deprived of a natural lipid protective layer and natural bacterial flora and the risk of skin inflammation increases. Therefore, veterinarians and breeders advise not to bathe your dog for a week after vaccination.

Yorkshire terrier shampoo

For a full bath of an adult dog, it is best to use a special dog shampoo – Chris Christensen – Spectrum One Shampoo. For puppy baths, we recommend Botaniqa shampoo for puppies.

What conditioner to use for Yorkie hair?

  • For adult Yorkshire terriers you can recommend Chris Christensen’s conditioner or if you are looking for something cheaper, choose Botaniqa long-haired dog conditioner.
  • For adult Yorkshire terriers you can recommend Chris Christensen’s conditioner or if you are looking for something cheaper, choose Botaniqa long-haired dog conditioner.

How to bath your puppy?

Lukewarm water and rather shallow water – enough water for your puppy to stand in it. You can also put your dog in the bathtub or shower tray and wash him with running water, don’t put him in too deep water.

  1. When your dog is wet, apply dog shampoo – be gentle when washing your dog – be especially careful of his ears, eyes, and belly.
  2. Be careful not to put water in your dog’s ears.
  3. After shampooing, you can rinse and start drying your dog, or you can still apply a conditioner to his hair.
  4. Towel-dry your dog and then blow-dry him with a hairdryer.
  5. Dry your dog with a hairdryer using a little bit of hot air.
  6. This is not usually necessary for puppies but it’s a good idea to comb your dog before bathing and then comb him again after bathing and then blow-dry him.

How to care for Yorkie hair?

The genetics are responsible for your dog’s coat (you’re unlikely to change that) and the second most important thing is to feed your dog properly, followed by hair care through the use of quality shampoos, conditioners and combing and shearing your dog. You can read about feeding your Yorkie puppy here: feeding your Yorkie puppy

  • If your dog lacks vitamins and minerals in his diet, his body won’t be able to produce a nice coat, so it’s worth taking care to feed your dog properly.
  • Good quality dry dog food can meet your dog’s nutritional needs very well. Remember to comb your dog regularly when replacing puppy hair with adult hair – puppies tend to quiver and it’s essential to comb and bathe your dog regularly.
  • You’ll find more information on detailed york hair care at dog care centers (the so-called dog barber (groomer)) and an experienced breeder can provide advice. T
  • They will answer questions about the selection of cosmetics and accessories for dog care (brushes, combs, shampoos, conditioners, bows, etc.).