Another potentially annoying habit that many yorkies have is that of licking pretty much anything they can get through rough little tongues on. Whether it is themselves, the carpet or even your face, it can be a bit unsettling for you as the owner. The main concern is that they may lick their way into a gut infection.
So why do they like to do this so much?
First off, they often lick themselves for grooming purposes. This pretty much goes without saying for all furry pets. No matter how much or how often you clean them, they will always be more comfortable with an extra lick through just to make sure you did not miss anything.
Females in heat also tend to lick themselves a lot. They will usually do this as a way to clean themselves when they are in the bleeding stages of the cycle. If you want to prevent this, you could just invest in a good set of disposable doggy diapers. That way the yorkie stays clean and feels comfortable without having to expose themselves to the blood.
Yorkies also really love to lick their owners. These dogs are fantastic at showing their affection and this habit is an absolute favorite, coming second only after cuddling.
Finally, yorkies like to lick things as a way to calm themselves down. This is the case usually with surfaces like fabric and wood or even you as the owner. The friction creates a pleasure effect releasing endorphins in the dog’s bloodstream. That way they feel happier and less worked up and can go about their day.