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Taking Care Of Your Yorkie

Aug 14, 2008
There are many things that can and do go wrong with breeding so it is important that you carefully consider what can happen before your choosing to start Yorkshire Terrier breeding for yourself. The first thing you need to do is consider your own Yorkshire Terrier. Do they meet breed standards, do you know what specific faults they may have and how they are transmitted through genes?

In order to reduce the infections transferred during breeding it is necessary to make sure both the male and female have bacteria cultures and brucellosis tests done. You should have a veterinarian thoroughly check the dogs before breeding to make sure they don't have conditions that can be passed on to the litter such as luxating patella's, cardiomyopathy or hypothyroidism.

Even if both the female and male are healthy and good options for breeding you still want to educate yourself about all possible hereditary faults that can result in the line you're breeding. Take the time to research the family lineage on both sides and know what you can do to reduce hereditary conditions.

Next is it important that you carefully consider everything that can go wrong during the gestation period. There is always the chance that the mother dog can die before, during and after whelping. Some of the most common complications include uterine inertia, prolapsed uterus, eclampsia, metritis or mastitis. Also consider whether or not you have the time and ability to take on Yorkshire Terrier breeding.

Make sure you have the time and ability in advance to take on Yorkshire Terrier breeding. As whelping draws near the female Yorkie should never be left alone and often assistance is necessary during whelping. You may need to stay home for several days before and after the whelping. The cost of breeding should also be taken into account. Make sure you have enough money saved up just in case a C-section is required, as it may be necessary for smaller breeds such as Yorkshire Terriers. Make sure you thoroughly know what the signs of trouble are and what steps you can do in order to resolve the problem.

The final aspect of Yorkshire Terrier breeding that you should consider is raising the Yorkie puppies. Just a few of the problems you should educate yourself about include fading puppies, toxic milk, septicemia, primary atelectasis, herpes virus, cleft palates and hypoglycemia.

There is always the risk of birth defects and some can be serious enough that the puppy has to be put down. Can you do this if necessary? Even if you can then you still have to be prepared for the complications it can cause the mother.

Would you be able to do this if it was necessary? Even if you can, it can also lead to complications for the female dog. If anything happens to the mother would you be able to take several days off work in order to raise the litter. Would you be comfortable handling tube feeding or bottle-feeding if it is necessary? Once again you have to consider the costs involved. There is the cost of vaccinations, looking for a home for the puppies, paying vet bills and raising the puppies for several years or their entire life if you are unable to find a home for them.
About the Author
About the author: Susan Bailey is an avid lover of the Yorkshire Terrier and has a popular website that can show you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Yorkshire Terrier . Among other topics at this website, you will find out more about Yorkshire Terrier Care plus a whole lot more.
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