The Yorkshire terrier is one of the most popular dog breeds in America, according to the American Kennel Club. Yorkies, which are great companions, need a lot of care. They have long, silky coats that need constant grooming and brushing. Dogs with long hair are prone to getting tangles and mats. Brushing or combing tangles can cause your Yorkie discomfort; the constant pulling of hair can hurt the dog's skin. Removing stubborn tangles can take time and several attempts.
Spray the tangled hair with a detangler solution. Use enough to get the area damp. Dog detangler can be purchased at any pet supply store. It would be located near the shampoo and grooming products.
Hold the base of the tangle, closest to the Yorkie's skin, to avoid pulling. Comb slowly. Work from the outside of the tangle, where there is less matting. Work your way in toward the worst part.
Try using a mat rake if a regular comb will not work. Mat rakes have sharp teeth that are designed to cut through tough tangles. Use the mat rake the same way you would use the comb, but rake along the lay of the hair. The sharp teeth should cut through the mat.
Split the hair. If the mat rake does not get the job done, split the tangled hair in vertical strips, then comb out small pieces.
Consider shaving the tangle. If you have tried the detangler, the comb and the rake to no avail, you may have to shave the tangled area with electric clippers. Slowly begin to shave the tangle. This should be considered a last resort. Shaving the dog will leave a bare patch.
For stubborn tangles, take your Yorkie to a professional groomer or your veterinarian.
Be careful when using a mat rake. They are sharp and can cause cuts if used improperly.
- "Dog Grooming for Dummies"; Margaret H. Bonham; 2006
- American Kennel Club.com
Andrea Cordle has been a journalist since 2002. She started out as a reporter for the "Columbus Messenger" in Columbus, Ohio, eventually becoming an editor. Cordle received her Bachelor of Arts in communication arts from Ohio Dominican University in 2002.