Yes, a Yorkie can and should wear a collar. The collar is where one traditionally includes information in the form of registration and identification tags. With no collar, people may assume that your dog is a stray or even that it might have rabies. Always make sure that your Yorkie has a collar whenever you leave the house.
In this article, we’ll tackle the questions that are trending this week about Yorkies, collars, and harnesses. What age should you start with a collar? Should you take them off at night? Stick with us and find out the important information that you need to know about collars and harnesses!
Table of Contents
- Should Yorkies wear a collar or harness?
- Does wearing a collar bother Yorkies?
- Should my Yorkie wear a collar all the time?
- Should Yorkies sleep in collars?
- Should Yorkie puppies wear collars?
- What collar is best for a Yorkie puppy?
- Why are collars are bad for Yorkies?
- What age can you put collars on puppies?
- What should I look for in a dog collar?
- How tight should a dog collar be?
Should Yorkies wear a collar or harness?
Actually, a Yorkie should wear BOTH. The harness should be limited to walks, as it can put strain on your dog’s shoulders from overuse, but with walking it takes the stress away from your Yorkies neck so you want to have a harness.
The collar, on the other hand, is perfect for having an extra option for walking in an emergency, but more importantly this is the traditional place to put identification tags on the off-chance that your little one is lost.
Does wearing a collar bother Yorkies?
Yorkies definitely won’t like the collar at first, but as long as it’s not too tight then your little one will get used to it and eventually, they’ll forget it’s even there. Collars are important for holding registration and owner information tags and especially for decreasing worries that a dog might be rabid.
Just make sure that the collar is not too tight, nor too loose to slip out of, and your Yorkie will adapt to it in a matter of days.
Should my Yorkie wear a collar all the time?
That’s up to you, but some owners will take their Yorkie’s collar off after the last walk of the day. It gives the fur on their neck a bit of a ‘breather’ and if your Yorkie secretly doesn’t like their collar, then it’s a nice little break for them which they will appreciate.
That said, if the collar is not too tight and your dog doesn’t seem to mind it, then it’s fine to leave it on all of the time – just understand that this will eventually thin the fur around the collar from the pressure and abrasion over time.
Should Yorkies sleep in collars?
It’s better for your Yorkies neck fur and skin if they sleep without the collar. While you don’t have to remove it every day if you don’t want to, there are certainly benefits to doing so. The collar seems innocuous but it rubs against their skin and fur 24 hours a day.
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Try taking it off at night or you can even invest in a softer ‘house collar’ for the night if you aren’t comfortable leaving your dog without a collar.
That way, if you need to leash your dog in an emergency, you still have a collar and your dog gets a little relief every night from the nylon or leather collar they wear during the day.
Should Yorkie puppies wear collars?
That depends on the puppy’s age. At 6 weeks, your puppy doesn’t need a collar, but you can use a soft satin one if you really want to collar them right away. At 8 weeks, some puppy’s are ready for collars, but 10 weeks is really the best age for starting them with a collar.
By this age, they are a little faster, so the collar will help and they are also mature enough to start collar training in earnest.
What collar is best for a Yorkie puppy?
For puppies, simple lightweight nylon collars are the way to go. While it might be cute to put a spiky leather collar on your adorable Yorkie pup, those things are heavy! This will put strain on your dog’s neck from the weight of the leather and the metal buckle.
Stick with nylon – it’s cheap, strong, and light enough that your pup won’t even know it’s there after a few days.
Why are collars are bad for Yorkies?
Collars can do a lot of damage if they are set too tightly. While it’s a gradual thing, a too-tight collar can actually damage nerves in your dog’s legs! If you don’t know what to watch for, then this can go on for a long time.
If your dog is constantly licking their paws, the collar might well be too tight, as this makes their paws tingle and that’s why they keep stopping and licking them. If you see this behavior, stick two fingers in between the collar and your dog’s neck. If you can’t, it’s way too tight!
What age can you put collars on puppies?
10 weeks is the best age for starting your Yorkie on a collar. You can do 8 weeks too, but it’s better to wait a bit.
At 8 weeks, your Yorkie shouldn’t be too hard to keep in line, and by 10 weeks they’ll be a little more mature and ready for their new collar and brief, 15-minute exploration walks in their new neighborhood.
What should I look for in a dog collar?
You want it to be strong, adequately sized, and lightweight enough for the age of your dog (no heavy leather for puppies, for instance!). Reflective collars are also a good idea, as the provide a little visibility when you are walking your dog at night and that could save your dog’s life if they manage to get loose.
While you can just pick a random collar and it will work, getting one that’s durable from the get-go and properly sized is always the better choice. It only takes a few more minutes to find a perfect collar and it will last longer if you take that extra time.
The easiest way to check if a collar is set tight enough to stay on, but not so loose that your dog can escape, is the ‘two finger test’. Take your index and middle finger and press them together and push them between the collar and your dog’s neck.
If it’s a snug fit but not difficult to do, then the collar is perfectly tightened. If you have some difficulty or a lot of space when you test, then the collar is too tight or too loose.