Do Yorkshire Terriers Shed? Or, Are Yorkies
With so many people today interested in owning a dog, there are many allergy-sufferers who are now considering
getting a dog who would never have thought about it before. You may be wondering, Do Yorkshire Terriers shed? Are
Yorkies a hypoallergenic breed? Here is some information you need to know about Yorkshire Terriers and their
1. Do Yorkshire Terriers shed?
The answer to this question is, yes, but...not as much as most other breeds. Yorkshire Terriers have a straight,
fine, silky coat and they do not have an undercoat. This makes them what is called a “single-coated” breed, as
compared with a “double-coated” breed such as a German Shepherd or a Golden Retriever. In fact, most dog breeds are
double-coated, meaning they have an undercoat to keep them warm, and an outer coat to repel harsh weather. Dogs
that are double-coated usually shed more.
2. Are Yorkshire Terriers hypoallergenic?
Compared to many dog breeds, Yorkshire Terriers are usually considered a good choice for people with allergies.
There are no completely hypoallergenic dogs. All dogs shed to some extent. Do Yorkshire Terriers shed? Yes, a
little. But they require daily brushing and regular baths. However, it is not actually the dog’s hair that allergy
sufferers are allergic to. It is the dog’s dander and the saliva on the skin and hair that triggers an allergic
response. Many single-coated breeds, like the Yorkshire Terrier, seem less likely to trigger allergic reactions
than other dogs. This may be due to the texture of their hair, the lack of an undercoat, or other factors. Whatever
the case, Yorkies can be a good choice for people with allergies.
3. How can you tell if you are allergic to a Yorkie?
If you have dog allergies and you are considering getting a Yorkshire Terrier, it’s usually best to contact
several breeders and try to work with them. You may also try to work with a Yorkshire Terrier rescue but you should
obviously not visit a shelter. Visiting a large facility full of dogs if you have an allergy to dogs is a bad idea.
Even visiting a breeder may be difficult. You may find that you are allergic to some dogs and not to others. You
can try to find a dog you can live with by sending some pieces of cloth in ziplock bags to the breeders and/or
rescues. Ask them to carefully swab each cloth on an individual puppy or dog and place it back into the ziplock
back. They can send it back to you or you can pick it up. It’s very important that each cloth should only contain
hair and dander from one dog. Make sure that each ziplock bag is marked with the dog the hair and dander came from.
You can open up each one and inhale to find out how you react to that particular dog. If you find a dog whose hair
and dander don’t seem to bother you, you can arrange to make a visit in person to see how you mesh together.
4. How do you live with a Yorkshire Terrier if you have a dog allergy?
The answer is, very carefully. Your Yorkshire Terrier may not trigger your allergies the way some dogs do, but
you will still need to be careful. Vacuum your home frequently. Wash your bed linens in hot water often. Wash
curtains and drapes often. Vacuum furniture where dog hair and dander could accumulate. Bathe and brush your Yorkie
regularly so he won’t shed. Do Yorkshire Terriers shed? Not much, but if you have an allergy to dogs you won’t want
to take any chances about having dog hair and dander in your home.
Yorkshire Terriers may not be exactly hypoallergenic, but they can be a good choice for someone with allergies.
Take your time and look for a Yorkie who doesn’t trigger your allergies. Keep up with your housework and keep your
dog bathed and brushed. If you do these things then you can happily live with a Yorkie despite your allergies.
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