How to Groom a Shorkie
The Shorkie is a small and playful dog that typically grows to 6 to11 inches in size and 6 to 16 lbs. in weight. An intelligent and easily trainable dog, the Shorkie craves socialization and is happiest when part of a family. Shorkies do not shed, making them ideal for families with allergy sufferers. The hair can be trimmed short or can be grown down to the floor. The Shorkie has a long, silky coat that should be groomed often to prevent matting. With a few supplies, you can keep your Shorkie's hair soft and free of tangles.
Brush the hair before bathing to remove existing tangles. This will make brushing the wet Shorkie after the bath much easier. Place cotton balls in the ears to keep water out during bathing. This will prevent ear infections.
Bathe the Shorkie in warm water with dog shampoo once or twice each month. Use a soft toothbrush to gently wash the hair underneath the eyes. Cleanse thoroughly but gently to reduce tangling. Rinse with warm water and dry with a soft, clean towel.
Dry the Shorkie's hair with a hair dryer on the lowest setting, beginning with the chest hair. Do not hold the dryer too close to the skin or near the face. The hot air will not cool before it travels through the short muzzle and into the Shorkie's lungs, so do not allow the dog to breathe in hot air. Shorkies love to roll around on their backs after a bath, so make sure you blow dry the hair thoroughly.
Brush the freshly dried hair with a slicker brush. Start low, around the feet and legs, and work your way up to the sides and back. Brush with long, gentle strokes to remove tangles. Brush the hair around the face and ears with a small comb. Use the comb on the feet if the hair is long in that area.
Brush the Shorkie's teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste made specifically for dogs. A Shorkie's jaw is quite narrow, making the teeth overcrowded. This makes the teeth more prone to plaque and gingivitis.
Trim the nails with nail clippers. Gently hold the paw and cut only the tips of the nails. If the nails are black, you may accidentally cut one too short. If you do cut a nail too short, don't panic; simply apply the styptic pencil to stop the bleeding. Some owners find it easier to cut the nails if you speak to the dog in a calm, soothing tone.