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Single-Coated Yorkies And Changing Seasons

Single-Coated Yorkies And Changing Seasons

With its long, silky hair, the Yorkshire Terrier has one of the most distinctive coats in the canine world. There is something else notable about it, too: it is a single-coat. This simply means that the Yorkie doesn't have the warm, furry undercoat that helps keep other breeds warm in cold weather.

Despite its single coat, the Yorkie does not stay cooler in the summer. In fact, even dogs without an undercoat can suffer from heatstroke.

How to keep your Yorkie safe and comfortable

Winter: With its thin single coat and small size, the Yorkshire Terrier chills very easily. If you must take your dog out in cold weather, be sure to put a coat on him. Go for practicality over style; find a coat that is easy to put on and take off. A coat will act as a second layer of warmth. Booties for his feet are also a good idea.

Even with a coat, your Yorkie is at risk for hypothermia during the winter. Signs of hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering and lethargy. If you see any of these symptoms, bring your dog inside immediately. If that's not possible, pick him up and hold him inside your jacket in the meantime.

Summer: Although a Yorkie is more likely to suffer from hypothermia than heatstroke, it's still important to keep an eye on your dog during the summer months. The Yorkie's long coat can become stifling for him in the summer, and the breed can easily get overheated. If your dog is a pet rather than a show dog, a short summer cut is a smart idea.

Also, be sure to keep your dog in an air-conditioned or well-ventilated area out of the sun when temperatures rise. If you do let your dog play outside during hot weather, make sure that you provide him a shady area and plenty of fresh drinking water.

Remember, even though the Yorkie may require a little extra care in extreme weather, he's not a dainty dog. If you follow the right safety precautions, your lively Yorkie can enjoy spending time with you outdoors throughout the year.

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