A dog’s hair is very similar to a human’s hair. It breaks off once it reaches the end of its life cycle, hence the reason for shedding.
And again, just like humans, some dogs tend to shed more than others. This depends on the quality of their coat, among a few other reasons we will discuss further in a minute.
There are dogs with coarse, thick, and short hair strands. In this case, their fur grows and falls off several times each year – and in quick bursts. In certain seasons, they shed more intensely.
But it’s not a matter of being long-haired or short-haired. Shedding is due to a number of factors such as stress, changes in season, parasite infestation, allergies, and so on.
Now in the case of a Yorkshire Terrier’s coat, it is a different situation.
In fact, Yorkies are known to shed less. However, they are definitely not non-shedding dogs. Their hair still falls out but unlike other dog breeds, Yorkies have hair instead of fur. This means that the hair undergoes a growth cycle that eventually results in breaking off (as mentioned earlier).
Moreover, a Yorkie’s coat is finer than fur. Individual strands grow out longer and thinner over time.
The hair growth is also on an even rate and these dogs do not go through intense shedding phases experienced by other breeds. You will only notice the shedding whenever you brush or bathe your pooch and not much evidence on your dark-colored shirt or couch.