How to Tie a Top Knot on a Yorkshire Terrier

A bow completes a topknot.
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Professional groomers sometimes finish off their work on a Yorkshire terrier with a little topknot. If you think this adds to the cuteness of your pet, it shouldn’t take long to replicate the hairstyle at home, bearing in mind that this style is strictly for the short term. Don’t forget to keep a close eye on your dog while the topknot is in. Both the elastic and the bow are choking hazards if he decides he doesn’t actually like a topknot and manages to pull them off.

Step 1

Place your Yorkie on a convenient piece of furniture, such as a sofa, and ask him to lie down. Creating a topknot isn't made easier when the dog is trying to move around.

Step 2

Brush thoroughly through the hair above your dog’s face, ensuring there are no tangles.

Step 3

Separate a section of hair above the eyes with the comb. Obviously, the larger the section, the larger the topknot will be.

Step 4

Twist the section of hair twice near the base.

Step 5

Place the hair elastic over the section. Twist it once to create two loops, a moderately tight one about an inch from the base of the hair section, and a spare one. Pull the spare back over the section and repeat until the elastic is holding the section snugly. This is exactly the same procedure you’d use for making a ponytail in a human’s hair.

Step 6

Clip the bow over the elastic.

Step 7

Remove the topknot by unclipping the bow and either gently pulling out the hair elastic or snipping it away carefully with a pair of scissors. Comb through the hair again to make it look normal.


  • Avoid leaving your pet unattended with a topknot because of the potential intestinal blockage and choking dangers if he succeeds in getting it off and swallows one of the accessories. This is a style for showing off your dog -- not something to be left in for long.

  • Avoid creating a scraped-back topknot, which would be uncomfortable for your dog, and don’t pull the hair when securing the elastic


  • If you like, pull the top part of the hair over when making the final loop in the elastic and secure it to the base. Alternatively, try doing this when clipping on the bow.

  • The hair on your dog’s head will need to be a few inches long before you can tie a topknot without scraping her hair tightly. If she’s just been trimmed, wait a few weeks.

Items You Will Need

  • Wire pin brush
  • Comb
  • Hair elastic
  • Clip-on bow
  • Scissors