Sometimes you have no choice.
Whether your Yorkie likes it or hates it, on cold days, you need to put your pet in a sweater or coat.
Not doing so puts your dog at risk. And I think they understand this, too, and are grateful for the added warmth.
But on warm days, it is not so simple.
Your Yorkshire Terrier does not need clothing when it is warm. It is not natural for them either.
But it looks adorable, so I understand the desire to put them in cute little outfits.
The important question is how your pup feels about it. Do Yorkshire Terries enjoy wearing clothes? Let’s find out.
Do Yorkies Like To Wear Clothes?
Your Yorkie may not be used to wearing clothes and may not like them at first. But some clothes are essential to keep them warm in cold weather.
And most Yorkies get used to wearing outfits when it is cold. I think they actually appreciate it and understand that they could freeze without the clothing.
That said, some clothes are just meant to look cute. Does your pet care about that? Definitely not.
If you love dressing up your Yorkie, we recommend seeing how your dog feels about it. If it is clearly bothered by the clothing, we’d only force them to wear clothes when it is cold.
But if you pet seems to enjoy dressing up, or at least it doesn’t seem to bother him or her, go for it. Here are some great little outfits for Yorkies.
Top 3 Outfits For Yorkies
Let’s take a look at the top 3 types of outfits for a Yorkie.
Sweaters are perfect during fall and winter. There are tons of different types of sweaters that come in various designs, colors, and sizes.
Sweaters are generally made from comfortable fabrics. At least they should be. But warmth and comfort are not the only goals for many owners. They also want their pups to look adorable.
But warmth and comfort are most important. You want your Yorkie to feel warm and comfortable wearing its sweater. We have an article detailing the best sweaters for Yorkies.
Cozy British-Style Plaid Dog Vest
The British-style plaid dog vest is everywhere. Seriously, this seems to be the current fashionable trend. And that’s a good thing.
These vests are basically winter coats for Yorkies. They keep them warm and comfortable. Just as important, they look super fashionable.
This winter coat pictured above is made out of water-resistant fabrics, polyester, and cotton. It is also windproof, since the vest sits snuggly on your pup’s body. It comes in multiple styles and sizes. Read “What Size Clothes Do Yorkies Wear?” for help in choosing the right size.
Double-Layered Fleece Vest
This kind of vest is perfect for the cold season, because it layered internally with a fleece. This vest is made of polyester material to keep your Yorkie warm even when the weather turns cold.
It is stylish and available in different colors and sizes. It has a snap closure that makes it easy to put on and take off, with no danger of hurting your precious little fur baby.
Uses For Yorkie Clothes
While the main function of clothing for dogs is to keep them warm (at least it should be), there are other reasons to put clothes on your Yorkie. Primarily, it is for for fashion purposes.
To that end, here are some instances where you might put clothes on your Yorkie, despite there being no need from a standpoint of providing warmth.
You might want to take your Yorkie with you everywhere. And, in general, you can. Most places allow dogs these days.
And you might want your Yorkie to look snazzy wherever you go. A nice casual outfit is perfect for that. A casual outfit can combine a hat, a t-shirt, and a pair of jeans.
Most dog clothing is meant for the winter season. You never want to put your pet in one of these outfits when it is warm out. You risk your dog overheating.
Do Yorkies get hot easily? Yes, they do. That’s why you should never put your little pup in warm clothes when it is hot out. But luckily, there are outfits for any occasion these days. Many of them can be used at the beach or in any place with hot temperatures.
An example of beach wear would be a combination of bathing suits or bikinis, and sun hats. Also, there are a lot of accessories that can be matched to their outfits, like a bone-shaped towel or sunglasses.
Yorkies Wearing Clothes: Conclusion
Yorkies are absolutely adorable and clothes can only enhance that. But they also serve the important role of protecting your pet from the cold.
Our general recommendation is to only put your Yorkie in clothes when it is cold out. They don’t need clothes when it is warm.
But if you do want to put them in clothing even when they don’t need the clothes to keep warm, make sure the clothes are appropriate for the weather conditions. You don’t want to risk your dog’s health.
It is also a good idea to see how your pet feels about wearing clothes.
If your Yorkie hates wearing clothing, we’d respect their wishes and only force them to wear a sweater or jacket on cold days when it is absolutely necessary.