Babyluv Not A TTC Question About Yorkies

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DaBonkElsMe - February 22

I saw on nino's thread that you breed yorkies. It caught my eye b/c I have been thinking about becoming a breeder myself. Yorkies are the breed I would choose if i decide to start. I was just wondering if you would recommend it. Hope you don't mind, I have a lot of questions. Is it expensive to keep the adult dogs clean and groomed? How many females do you need in order to make it profittable? How many puppies do they have at a time and how many litters per year are safe? I read somewhere that they can have up to 5 litters per year - but that seems high to me, is that possible or safe for the female? Also do you have problems with buyers that do not want to keep the puppies, or that do not treat them well? I did some research already, and another breeder told me that he would not recommend it b/c of how many owners come back and complain. He said it's very difficult when you say no returns but the new owner says if you do not give back her money she will turn the puppy loose on the street. OK - sorry about not TTC questions - just caught my eye that you breed yorkies, so I thought I'd ask. Thanks!

 

sarahd - February 22

DaBonk - I've done a lot of research into breeding, and female dogs generally only have 2 heats a year, and it is NOT safe to breed them both times. They definitely need a rest period in between. 5 litters in a lifetime sounds more reasonable. It is difficult to be profitable unless you have a LOT of females, and then it's difficult to take proper care of them unless you have help. Of course, it can be done, but there's a lot of things to consider. Also, if you keep your own males, you need to have a way to have them completely separate from the females during their heat time (which is 3 weeks). There are some great websites on-line about the info you should think about before becoming a breeder (conformation, genetics, etc).

 

sarahd - February 22

Oh, and you also need to consider whether you would be breeding registered dogs or not - if you breed registered dogs, many registered breeders won't sell you a fully registered dog (allowed to breed) unless you show them, which is a whole other ball game!

 

DaBonkElsMe - February 22

Hey thanks so much for the info - Yeah I knew that 5 times a year had to be wrong. Maybe the thing I read meant 5 times in a lifetime. I have been researching, and the more I read and hear, the less I feel inclined to try. I would have help, and I do have a big enough house with plenty of areas to separate them into, but I don't know if I have the drive just yet. I am working and trying to get pregnant I think it's a bed time to start something else new. But, it's something i am still considering for the future.

 

babyluv - February 22

hello Dabonks. I breed Yorkies to improve the breed and for the love of the breed. I really don't make much profit at all. The females have 2 cycles per year and breeding them back to back is not good. My dogs have 1 to 5 babies per litter. All of the people who have purchased a puppy from me have an agreement that I will get the puppy back if they don't want it so that I know that nothing cruel will happen to it. I also am a dog groomer, so I do all my own grooming for my dogs. It 's alot of work but I love it . I wouldn't recommend breeding unless you have someone with experience to help. You have to be present at each delivery due to possible complications, and believe me I have seen my share. Good luck to you.

 

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