We've heard quite a few owners ask if it is true that the Yorkshire Terrier breed has a particular smell or odor or if it is common for this dog to be smelly.
In general, the Yorkshire Terrier breed does not have any breed related reasons for having a bad smell. However, there are reasons why a bad odor would permeate through the coat, ears, mouth and other areas.
We are going to look at the explanations of why a smell may be coming from a Yorkie and steps that you can take to keep your puppy or dog from maintaining a fresh, clean scent.
The Coat and Skin
There are 2 elements that can build up on the coat that will combine to create a disagreeable odor:
1- It is true that dogs mainly perspire through their paws, however this does not mean that the coat stays dry. A small amount of perspiration is emitted through hair follicles from the coat. While this is very light, in time - without the proper grooming and baths- this will begin to smell bad.
2- Natural body oils are found on the skin and these are produced to keep both skin and coat healthy. This has a very light scent as well, but as with perspiration, it can build up to the point of having a bad odor.
Skin conditions such as dry, irritated skin (sometimes due to allergies) can trigger the body to produce more oil than normal, and therefore without a few extra baths with a quality product that is both moisturizing and protecting, an odor can begin to build up.