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Old 03-30-2006, 01:02 PM   #1
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Confused what would be a good size?

I'm looking to buy a female yorkie for breeding and i was wondering what would be a good size for that? I'm new at this as you all can tell by the question. Pls help out a beginner and give me ur inputs. I'm going to buy a pup ofcourse but i'm just wanted so help in what i should look for.
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Old 03-30-2006, 01:13 PM   #2
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I am not a breeder, but in my opinion, the quality of the yorkie is far more important than the size. I would rather buy a puppy from an 8lb mom who is beautiful than a 5lb mom who is not such a good example of the breed. I hope that makes sense.

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Well, the more I've read and heard, the more I'm beginning to realize that you cannot tell how big a pup is going to be simply by the size of the parents. My 8-lb gal came from a 6-lb mom & a 3.5-lb dad.

So, best of luck in getting a pup that will DEFINITELY be a good size for breeding in the future.

But, to actually answer your question . . . I wouldn't consider breeding a female under 6-lbs. Just my opinion, though. A lot of people breed smaller females than that. So, you'll get plenty more responses, I'm sure of it!

Quality is very important, too, as stated above.
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Old 03-30-2006, 03:36 PM   #4
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I know quality is very important but i just wasn't sure at what weight is too small. Thanks, i've been looking at a couple of different liters to compare the quality and i'm not quite satisfied with any of the pups so far. 6-lbs sounds very safe, i hope i choose the right one.
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I feel blessed that both of my gals are over 7 pounds. I know that is above the "standard" for the show ring, but I also feel that they will have an easier time delivering, being bigger in size. I don't want to put their lives in jeopordy any more than necessary.
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i'd say 7 bigger the better but you also wanna stay close to the standard
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I won't breed any female under 5lbs.
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Size does too matter when you are breeding..you don't want a female to small or too big. So you should try to find a female that will be between 5 to 7 pounds full grown.
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It would be great if the breeder has the dam and sire on premises. If she doesn't she should have photos and info on the stud. Don't buy any pup younger than 12 wks, the older the better a good rule of thumb at 12 wks you double the weight and approx. it will give you the adult size. Now not always does that work but it should give you a fairly good idea. I wouldn't breed any female less than 5 lbs. the bigger the better, but try to stay with in the yorkie standard size. Also take in consideration that the poor mom has just delivered pups and not always do they look there best, most of the time they are either shaved or cut low, but again breeder should have some photos of her to share with you on how she looked prior to delivery.Hope this helps.
P.S. she or he should also have pic of there previous pups and as adults so you can have a better idea on how they should come out looking.
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I know quality is very important but i just wasn't sure at what weight is too small. Thanks, i've been looking at a couple of different liters to compare the quality and i'm not quite satisfied with any of the pups so far. 6-lbs sounds very safe, i hope i choose the right one.
5 lbs is a good weight to start at but weight isn't everything. You need to consider the frame. I believe it was Pat that stated you can have a 5 lbs dog on a 4 lb frame...and vice versa.
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:11 AM   #11
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chance of c'section? I've had a 5 pound female who had to have c'section both times. my bigger females two 7 and 8 pounds did just fine.. my oldest is retired after 5 litters her last had to be c'sections 2 pups and they were born dead.. I do believe the wider the rear frame the better hope she'll deliver with no problems and with alot of walking behind her..Good luck on your adventure.. Its full of up and downs.. but having puppies is one I'm glad I've experienced with my girls..

My babygirl is 7 pounds and due in may to have her first litter I looked for wide hips hopefully she will do just fine..i'll let you know.
jen maybe i should add my male cody is 5 pounds.. and a proud daddy..

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Old 04-04-2006, 09:32 AM   #12
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Thank you all lots. This is very helpful, glad I came to yorkie talk. Thanks alot.
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If this is your first breeding, your first priority would be the safety of the bitch. For this, I would recommend a larger bitch. The pup should be 3 to 4 lbs at 12 to 14 weeks old to assure she is large enough to breed. Look at the parents and see if they have nice tight erect ears, a nice topline, nice muzzle, good coat and tailset. Ask about health in the parents. Ask about guarantees for health in your female that you are buying. But in my opinion, the larger she is, the better, for your first time breeding. I am not saying to get a 12 lb female, by any means, but a 7 or 8 or even 9 lb bitch bred to the right male with the right background would be best. After that, I would recommend 5 to 7 lbs and know the sizes of the parents and grand parents.
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