Yorkshire Terrier Skin Problems


There might be multiple reasons why your Yorkie’s skin has turned from normal whitish pink to irritated red/dry/flakey/rough/swelling on some spots. You may also notice your dog chewing parts of his coat intensively, which is also a sign of itchy skin problems. This is dangerous, because it can cause hair loss, infection and spread over time. To find the cure you have to detect the exact reasons causing sking problems, which sometimes may be not easy, and then apply proper measures.


One of the reasons causing skin problems is too much hair covering the dog’s skin due to too long haircut. The hair here is so dense that it obstructs the airflow. In this case it’s just about dog’s proportions in comparison to haircut, so just consider either brushing more often to provide the airflow, or making a short haircut for your Yorkie just to see if it’s the real cause for the problem.

Sometimes there might be just too much dead hair remains close to the dog’s skin, obstructing the airflow aswell. To get rid of this, brush Yorkie more often using a soft slicker brush. You need to adjust the intensity of your brushing untill you see the dead hair on the brush.

Advice: dont brush too harsh as it can irritate and damage skin aswell.

In this case grooming should be done every 3 days or so.

Improper Bathing

Improper bathing is a common reason for skin problems aswell. Some owners try to use human shampoo, which is dangerous, because it has different pH level, designed for humans and can cause problems to dog’s skin. A low quality dog shampoo may also cause irritation. The way you rinse out the shampoo is also important, because any soap suds are guaranteed to irritate the skin.

Use an oatmeal dog shampoo and be sure to rinse it out completely. You may also use a dog conditioner after the initial bathing(remember to rinse it out aswell!).

Keep in mind! Bathing of a Yorkie with a sick skin should be done 1 time a week(for healthy dogs it is 1 time per 3 weeks).

Also make sure the water you are using is not too hot for a Yorkie(you may feel okay about the temperature, but your dog may not), try making it a bit cooler just to compensate.


Allergies can cause skin problems aswell. It is somewhat hard to identify the real cause of allergy here. The most often reasons include: mold, dust, pollen, saliva of fleas. Fleas are especially hard to notice since their color may match with Yorkie’s coat. They can jump from one dog to another from a distance of 6 feet, and a single drop of their saliva is enough to cause skin irritation.

Other triggers for allergy may include food, cleanser and detergent components. A dog may get an allergy anytime during the life, so there’s really no “allergy-proof” solution for this.

Recommendation: consider using hypoallergic cleansers and detergents(your own health will benefit from this descision aswell), and avoid the low-quality dog food or the food with intensive colourings.


Low oil content in your dog’s nutrition may also be the problem. You may simply feed Omega-3 capsule to your dog each day during 3 weeks. This oil helps against dry skin and has an anti-inflammation effect. Some people also add olive oil to the nutrition which has similar effects.

Note! If you are cooking a home made food for your Yorkie(to avoid allergy reactions), then you should also adjust oil content with the dog’s nutrition requirements (you can find them on the web).

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Author of 1001doggy.com Silvia Brown
Written by Silvia Brown
Glad to see you, my friends! I started this blog several years ago as a hobby and continue to write articles about dogs.
I'm a dog lover and the proud owner of two wonderful dogs: French Bulldog Maya and Beagle Tom. It's been more than 10 years since I had a dogs and worked closely with them. I've raised four dogs throughout my life and have experience assisting in the births of two dogs. At least once a week, I volunteer with friends at a dog shelter AMA Animal Rescue and Animal Care Centers of NYC in NY.
Medically reviewed by Awilda Rodriguez, DVM on October 9th, 2020,

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