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Old 08-07-2014, 02:53 PM   #1
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Hi everyone I am pretty new to this site. I have a beautiful little girl who will be 2 in Oct. She has never came into heat. She weighs 5 1/2 pds and is aprox 9 1/2" by 9 1/2", beautiful coloring. I have bred large Dobermans in the past but nothing this little like my baby Buttons. Worried about her not
coming in heat. Also We live in Calif can anyone suggest a good tiny stud?
Thanks everyone for the help. Helen
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If she is your baby and you know nothing about breeding little dogs why would you want to risk it? There is lots of testing that should be done on her before breeding that a regular vet can not do. You also should know her lines many generations back.
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Old 08-07-2014, 03:30 PM   #3
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If she is 2 years old and has not ever cycled, she was either spayed before you got her or she has a hormone problem and is not a good candidate for breeding stock. This problem could be undeveloped overies, or she is not producing the correct hormones, in the correct amounts, to initiate a cycle, let alone support a pregnancy. If she SHOULD get pregnant, she may abort the babies at any time before her due date. Another concern is questionable development of the puppies and what is possibly undeveloped or un nurtured in the babies. These are genuine concerns for you to consider before you use this female as a breeding bitch. You do not ever want to start out with weak and/or faulty foundation stock. You need the best, strongest, healthiest foundation for a breeding program that you can possibly get your hands on. Yorkies are a whole different set of problems with breeding and whelping than any other breed....not a cake walk! If she is a female you spent 3-5 thousand dollars on, then you could possibly coax a pregnancy along with hormone therapy....huge expense, but you may consider that option! And still no promise on the health of the babies!

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It is perfect timing to test your female for health and breeding quality. There are genetic testing, liver shunt testing, OFA testing for knees and hips and eyes. The YTCA has suggested tests to perform, as well as many more that should be tested for. Since the goal for breeding is to improve the breed and produce the highest quality, healthy babies, please study your female's lines and background for health problems, do your health testing, and ask that of your stud. Don't take any stud just for puppies.
Breeding can be very dangerous for your female, with so many things that can go wrong! I promise you that breeding Yorkies is nothing like breeding any other breed!
If she's showing no heat cycles, I would take her to the Vet and check for Pyometra too.
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I take her to UC Davis veterinary hospital. She has an apt to be thoroughly checked out by the Reproductive clinic up there. I thought it would also be nice to get some feedback from other yorkie people. Of course I am taking her to what I consider the best treatment and advise place I can. Yes she was expensive, but I have no plan to sell her babies but if Davis tells me it is safe I would love to breed her and increase the size of our family. I love her looks, size, intelligence, and good nature. I would like her to have 1 litter. Yes I will go by what the staff at Davis advises me to do. Thank you for your supportive words. Helen
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It is excellent you are getting knowledgable advice from a reputable source. You should be able to feel confident following their advice! Good luck with you baby girl!
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It is excellent you are going to a reproduction specialist. I too would be concerned with no heats at 2yrs old, and want to get to the bottom of the problem.
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Thanks Gemy Yes it not all about breeding her, it is also that if she has a problem I want to get to the bottom of it. Who knows what medical problem
that it might indicate. Thank you for your message. She is also seeing the dentist to have her baby teeth pulled, she has both sets. Will post here after I get the answers. Maybe it will help someone else that has the same problem. Helen (Zikidiqui)
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Let us know what the specialist has to say. I too am waiting for my puppy gal to come into her first heat. She is 9 months old - but is a large breed dog not a puppy.

And she is a great age to do all the health testing necessary prior to breeding her, but for sure whether you breed her or not, I'd get a full blood panel done, and also the BAT specific blood test for liver function.

If the T4 on the full blood panel is low normal especially just over the borderline, I would do the expanded T4 panel, as the regular T4 testing will not always show up thyroid problems. www.hemopet.org is an excellent source of information on thyroid and does due the testing. Dr Jean Dodd does respond to email inquiries too.
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Will Do! Thanks so much for the advise. It helps to have an idea about what to expect. Helen
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She could be having normal heat cycles and experiencing what is called a silent heat with very little symptoms. Without a male in the house you may not be aware of it. The most common medical cause for failure to come into heat is hypothyroidism. Other possible causes include hyperadrenocorticism, hypoadrenocorticism, diabetes mellitus, and cancer.
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