Yorkiepoos (a Yorkie/poodle blend) are a unique-looking breed, so we get why you want your dog to have a hairstyle that’s as special as they are!
Since Yorkiepoos generally have a combination of Yorkie and Poodle hair traits, their hair can be a variety of textures. Yorkie hair tends to be a similar texture to human hair, can grow very long, and can tangle if it’s not cared for properly. Poodle hair, on the other hand, tends to be thick and curly.
So, is your canine rockin’ stick-straight hair? Unruly waves? Oodles of curls? Before committing to a hairstyle, consider the inherent qualities of your pup’s hair and the season. You may want to opt for a shorter cut in the summer to help keep your dog cool, and longer waves for winter months to keep them warm.
You can always ask your groomer what they think the best style is for your dog’s particular tresses, but we’ve also gathered together some of the most common (and cutest) options to make your life a little easier.
Top Yorkiepoo Hairstyles
1. Puppy Cut
The “Puppy Cut” is a simple and popular style for Yorkiepoos—essentially it’s just a short cut all over (about 1/2 an inch), though the hair on the face and head should be a little longer (around 1 inch). Owners tend to love this cut because groomers can get expensive, and this haircut can be maintained at home.
The best way to keep the “Puppy Cut” looking sharp is to use electric dog clippers (human ones don’t have enough power for your canine’s thicker hair). You’ll want to start clipping near the head and then keep going down their body—just make sure to work in the same direction that the hair grows to make it look smooth. Touch up trims every couple of weeks with scissors should keep the cut in good shape for a while.
2. Teddy Bear Clip
Looking for a cut that’s even easier to maintain? Try the Teddy Bear Clip! This cut is similar to the Puppy Cut, but it’s a little longer (about 2 inches long all over) and has a little more poof around the head.
This haircut is done with scissors instead of clippers, so you can keep this style up at home fairly easily. Just make sure to keep the area around their private parts trimmed up—otherwise, going to the bathroom can get messy!
You’ll also want to keep up on the brushing with this haircut, as it tends to get a little tangly if it’s not properly cared for. Remember hair matting can really irritate a dog’s skin, so keep an eye out for them.
3. Schnauzer Cut
If you’re looking to invest a little more time and effort into your dog’s style, you can give the Schnauzer cut a try. To truly achieve this look, you’re going to want to trim your dog’s back from neck to tail, leaving the hair longer on the face, neck, and legs (though you can decide how long that actually is). The longer hair is sometimes called the “skirt”, which, along with the sweet little mustache you can leave on their face, makes this a fun way to groom your dog.
However, this more intricate cut requires more upkeep than the others, so you’ll have to decide how much you want to invest in your buddy’s super-cool style. You may want to hire a professional groomer for this cut, and you’ll need a good pair of electric dog clippers to trim your dog’s back every couple of weeks.
However you decide to groom your Yorkiepoo, they’re going to look fantastic—and you’ll be happy once you find the right style that fits in with your family (and budget, and free time, etc.).
Does your dog dislike being brushed?
Many dogs love to be brushed, but not all do. And unless they got a lot of practice with it as puppies, they may be suspicious when you first introduce them to the brush. Approaching brushing slowly, with positive, non-threatening interactions, is more likely to result in a smoother grooming routine. Here’s how to get your dog to accept—and perhaps even enjoy—brushing:
- Before you even set brush to fur, let your pup make friends with the tool. Start by placing the brush on the ground and throwing high-value treats around and on top of it, encouraging your dog to investigate the funny new object at their speed.
- The simple act of reaching for your dog with the brush can be scary for some dogs. Next, work on reaching out with the brush to very lightly touch your dog’s body with the edge of the bristles. Each time you reach out with the brush, immediately follow it with a high-value treat. Be sure to take extra care (and time, if needed) when brushing around the ears, legs, and genitals.
- When your dog is comfortable with step 2, move on to brushing the fur. Start lightly, alternating each stroke with a reward. Over time, work your way up to pressing more firmly and brushing for several strokes in a row.
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