Showing your own Yorkshire Terrier can bring great pleasure and satisfaction.
Whether in the regular classes, or perhaps even in the junior handling class (for the younger members of the family), this is something you and your whole family can enjoy.

A Yorkshire Terrier with his coat in peak condition – gorgeous ground length beard reflecting a golden three shaded tan, and brilliant steel-blue coat, belongs without a doubt to the most impressive stars at any dog show, anywhere in the world. It is little wonder that the Yorkshire Terrier always attracts more than it’s share of the public’s interest at any exposition.

About 10 years ago, it was decided in Germany that grooming (and all that went with it) should no longer be done at shows, in full view of the public. Irrespective of the reasons for this, or whether there was  general agreement or disagreement, this is now a regulation.
Of course, there are always two sides to every coin.

While grooming in full view of other exhibitors and the public opens up criticism and fault finding with the techniques used, the downside is that newcomers to the breed can no longer learn by observing exhibitor-professionals, perhaps picking up some tips and tricks for their own use.
This is to the detriment of the newcomers, as they are then at a disadvantage.

This leaves only one option: LEARNING BY TRYING AS YOU GO...

Please note that this commentary is not meant to be a speech in defence of wrapping!
Remember, though, that top models, throughout their careers, undergo several “extras” to attain and preserve their beauty. If this beauty treatment makes our small stars shine, then wherein lies the problem? Wrapping is certainly not a hindrance to the Yorkie – if anything, a wrapped yorkie is able to enjoy his life with total freedom!

The following basic items will help you to help yourself!

- 2 brushes
(a real bristle brush & a brush with metal pins (rounded on top) for smooth combing through)
- 1 metal comb with a wider and a finer side.
- 1 very fine comb for the delicate hair round the muzzle (can be made from horn or metal)
- oil for wrapping – for example: mink oil plus a spray bottle that is able to finely spray the oil
- wrapping paper  - This paper must be free of acid and chlorine, and must be extremely soft.
It can be purchased at the larger expositions and also special shops.
- Latex bands for fixing the wraps in place.

Tip: It is a good idea to fold the wrapping papers before you start to wrap the dog.

Every exhibitor has their own personal preferences, and every Yorkshire Terrier has individual needs. No two are the same. Therefore there is no single “all round recipe” **

generally you should never put a dog in wraps unless he has been oiled.

Only after our future “wraps-candidate” has had a thorough bath and has been completely blow dried, can wrapping-oil be sprayed – very lightly – all over the coat.
Do not spray on the skin, and take extra care around the eyes, nose, mouth and ears.

Work the oil into the coat with the bristle brush. Once the oil has been evenly distributed, you can begin with the wraps. Start at the head. The dog should lie down during this (which Yorkies mostly do).

Using the metal comb, divide the hair into sections. The partings should be exact, taking into account the anatomy of the dog, and the direction of the hair growth. Hold the parted hair portion and place the hair in the middle section of the wrapping paper, which will have been folded beforehand into three equal sections (diagram a). The two outer parts of the paper are then folded inwards, in order to seal the hair in (diagram b & c). The wrap is folded in half, so that the start and end meet (diagram d). Repeat this until there is a square package. The package is then fixed into place with a special band (diagram f).

The width of each package should be the same as the width of the parted hair. Special care must be taken when putting in the wraps that the dog does not feel restricted in his movement. (If the wraps restrict the movement of the dog, his coat will break)

The only advice that we can offer to anybody new to this procedure is to practise the first few wrapping sessions under the watchful eye of an experienced exhibitor.
Remember, also to allow your dog time to get used to this new experience.
This is achieved by introducing the wraps step by step.

Start with 3 or 5 wraps. The head and tail are a good place to start.
Once your dog is totally comfortable in the wraps, you can begin to put the body hair into wraps. The dog should stand upright while the body wraps are done.
Use the picture below to determine the partitions of the wraps, once again taking extreme care that the wraps do not interfere with the natural movement of the dog, either at play or at rest.

When you are done, don’t forget to give your Yorkie an extra treat or reward for his patience! The wrappers must be removed and replaced when dirty, damaged or out of place, but completely new wraps should be done at least once or twice a week.
Once you have mastered the art of wrapping a Yorkie coat, the procedure should not take longer than about 30 minutes. This is a small price to pay to achieve the coat that dreams are made of!

Text page & pictures ©
by Beate Ackermann, first 1999, new 2003