Hattie, 6 months old
Photo courtesy of Julie Bailey
You can give your Yorkie a bath beginning at the age of 8 weeks old. Due to their size, it is best to use the kitchen sink. Do sterilize it first with antibiotic soap or bleach, making sure to rinse it extremely well before you begin the bath. Do not fill it while your Yorkie is in the sink....It is best to fill it first and then gently place them in. Many puppies are afraid of the running water, both the sound and the feeling.
You only need 3-4 inches of water. Do use a hypo-allergenic canine shampoo and conditioner. Be sure to rinse well. It can help a nervous Yorkie if you fill a large bucket before hand and then use a small cup to scoop out what you need for rinsing. For those who do just fine with bathing, you can use the faucet or attached hose.
Go right from the bath to a nice, soft and warm towel. Do not rub. You will want to gently pat them and basically hug them while they are cuddled in the towel to remove the excess water. Read a lot more about grooming
Play time is very important and an integral part of caring for a Yorkie. Like walks, it allows the dog to release pent up energy and the extra exercise keeps them healthy.