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Old 03-12-2007, 07:56 PM   #1
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Hey everyone. I'm a bit scared to post on the breeder section cause I know it can be harsh sometimes, so please go easy on me.

I had a talk with my hubby about a week ago about breeding and...he said he would love to help me breed! We decided that we are going to wait quite a while to give us time to learn everything that we can first so that we can be as prepared as possible (and out of college). Also, our little Marty is neutered so we will need to purchase our Mommy and Daddy first. (Two more yorkies, YAY!) We were already planning to get a little girl very soon so we'll only need the daddy at that point. For now, we are only planning one litter and then we'll decide if we want to do it again or not.

Anyway, my question for all of you breeders is where is the best place for someone completely new to breeding to learn how to do it, how to choose the best mommy and daddy, tips/suggestions on raising the litter and caring for the parents, etc.? Also, any advice, comments, or suggestions are welcome!

I'm trying to do this the right way (I really am) so please don't be harsh just because I'm new to it. Thanks so much in advance!
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Good luck! It is such a rewarding experience. I don't see why anyone would be harsh to you. You seem to be very eager to study up and learn all you can to prepare yourself--that is all anyone can do. I think it is when people don't bother to do that or beg for help when clearly, the best interest of the dogs has NEVER been a concern to them. That is what really gets to people sometimes.

My suggestion would be to find a very experienced breeder in your area who will be willing to help you out learning what you will need to know. Read everything you can get your hands on and don't be afraid to ask questions!
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Good luck! It is such a rewarding experience. I don't see why anyone would be harsh to you. You seem to be very eager to study up and learn all you can to prepare yourself--that is all anyone can do. I think it is when people don't bother to do that or beg for help when clearly, the best interest of the dogs has NEVER been a concern to them. That is what really gets to people sometimes.

My suggestion would be to find a very experienced breeder in your area who will be willing to help you out learning what you will need to know. Read everything you can get your hands on and don't be afraid to ask questions!
Thank you SO much. I guess my problem is finding a breeding and knowing if they are a "good" one to learn from; I don't want to learn from just anyone. Starting out seems so daunting to me right now. I'm sure it'll be alright when the time comes...I just want to make sure I do it right. Anyway, thanks again for your advice!
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Thank you SO much. I guess my problem is finding a breeding and knowing if they are a "good" one to learn from; I don't want to learn from just anyone. Starting out seems so daunting to me right now. I'm sure it'll be alright when the time comes...I just want to make sure I do it right. Anyway, thanks again for your advice!
Check with your vet. They may be able to refer you to someone locally and they will be a good judge of if the people are reputable.
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Check with your vet. They may be able to refer you to someone locally and they will be a good judge of if the people are reputable.
Thanks! That's something I hadn't thought of yet.

Does anyone have a website or book you'd recommend?
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I have been studying for years & think i've decided not to risk it w/my girl. I am happy to share what I've learned though
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I decided that I would pay a stud fee to another hobby breeder that did stud. Most are about $500. but I figured that Not have to worry about unplanned pregnancies, stud behavior, etc. And I would use the $ I would have used to get a male to get a second female-more puppies
A 5-6lb female is I think what most agree is exceptable & saught after by buyers. A 3-4lb male as stud. Buyers are looking for a smaller dog to easily take everywhere, but breeders have to not compromise the health by trying to get micro dogs. I was going to take my girl for a ears to tail check up & run all nesseccary tests w/my vet to ensure I have a healthy girl. And chosen stud would have same. My girl is about 4 & a half lbs & even though people are breeding them successfully w/3-4lb males (or smaller) She just seems so tiny to me that I cant imagine it. Of coarse I think of her as my child & thinking about taking her to have sex makes me sick at my stomach I think you definately have to care for your pets but as a breeder there has to be more of a this is a animal/dog to do it, because the way I love my girl it really is hard for me to imagine. Not to say i'd never if I get in a different frame of mind about it
A breeder I ran into when I was looking for pups said she lets her 2 males both breed each female & she wonders why she lost her AKC-Daaa. That is wrong you cant register dogs to a mom & dad when the pups have 2 dads. All she wants is bigger litters more $$$ not worried about the quality of the dogs life or pups. Makes me mad to think about it. The people like her make me feel like I should breed-the right way. But of coarse she sells yorkie pups for $600-$800 so... I have went to many yorkie site & they usually state the mom but when i try to guess the dad one pup looks like one & one like another & one like mom hmmm.

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Hey everyone. I'm a bit scared to post on the breeder section cause I know it can be harsh sometimes, so please go easy on me.

I had a talk with my hubby about a week ago about breeding and...he said he would love to help me breed! We decided that we are going to wait quite a while to give us time to learn everything that we can first so that we can be as prepared as possible (and out of college). Also, our little Marty is neutered so we will need to purchase our Mommy and Daddy first. (Two more yorkies, YAY!) We were already planning to get a little girl very soon so we'll only need the daddy at that point. For now, we are only planning one litter and then we'll decide if we want to do it again or not.

Anyway, my question for all of you breeders is where is the best place for someone completely new to breeding to learn how to do it, how to choose the best mommy and daddy, tips/suggestions on raising the litter and caring for the parents, etc.? Also, any advice, comments, or suggestions are welcome!

I'm trying to do this the right way (I really am) so please don't be harsh just because I'm new to it. Thanks so much in advance!
As stated before your vet may know of a reputable breeder that is willing to help you. Another source would be dog shows, lots of excellent breeders attend them. It will give insight to what you really like in a yorkie. There are several books on breeding. Terri Schumsky and Debbie Jensen have wonderful books. Also, develop a relationship with your vet. It really helps if your vet is breeder friendly and there when you may need him.

There is a web site Breeding Better Dogs-By Dr. Carmen Batagglia.....teaches you alot about breeding, genetics, etc. He also holds seminars on canine genetics. There are also seimnars offered by local kennel clubs on breeding, everything from artifical insemmination, to whelping and raising puppies.
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Old 03-13-2007, 06:48 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone for your advice! I feel like I at least have a place to start now.
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