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|07-22-2006, 10:15 AM||#1|
Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Kansas City Missouri
How many litters in a lifetime?
Just thought I'd ask here. If we do decide to get another little girl, we would like to breed her. We have a lot of learning to do before this, but i was curious as to how many litters they can safely have in a lifetime.
Like, once a year, rest a year? Or can they have a litter per year?
Let me know.
|07-22-2006, 10:35 AM||#4|
Donating YT 2000 Club Member
Join Date: Feb 2005
This is my choice but several breeders do the same if the litters are big . Midnight is 5 lbs 3/4 and currently had 4 - 5 puppies in a litter .
|07-22-2006, 11:59 AM||#6|
Donating YT 2000 Club Member
Join Date: Jun 2005
Back when I breed - I would breed once every other year on their 2nd heat if she was of excellent quality and size to breed. I would have my female spayed at the age of 5 years and retire them to just being our house pet. Before breeding I would check her faults and make sure I matched her up with a complmenting stud that did not have the same faults. All yorkies have a fault. Most of the time I breed to champion studs, just my preferences. I also have the necessary tests and vet checks before breeding. I have had as little as one pup and as many as 6 pups in a litter. Most common is two or three per litter. No profit is ever made. So make sure you have at lest 500. in the bank for vet cost before breeding - just in case you need it. It is just a rule of thumb.
|07-22-2006, 01:11 PM||#7|
Join Date: Nov 2005
You will get a lot of opinions on this question. My preference is breed 2x skip, breed 2x spay. This is dependant on EVERY different female, and is just my general rule of thumb. One girl of mine wasn't bred til she was 2.5 years old. She has now had two litters, and will be spayed. With each litter, I've had a stilborn pup out of the sack presented breech, which made for a difficult delivery. She is an excellent mom and a beautiful producer, but we aren't going to put her through that again. Another girl I have will most likely also only be bred 2x then spayed. My point is to improve on her. Once I get that improvement, there is no need to breed her again, as her pedigree doesn't offer anything special...she is always an outcross, and is only used because of specific traits in her I want to incorporate as a whole. SO...the answer IMHO is guage each female differently, however after 2 breedings, you need to skip a heat at least.
Becki & The Dazzlin' Yorkies