The Art Of Breeding A Quality Yorkshire Terrier

To produce a quality yorkie puppy , you must start with QUALITY parents . The old saying, "you can't make a silk purse out of a sows ear", applies here. A yorkie should have small erect ears, a shorter muzzle, straight topline, a flatter scull (not apple head), and square body (floor to shoulder height, should =neck to tail length.

 

If you start with a dog that has a donkey like face (long muzzle and big ears) your puppies are going to have a long muzzle and big ears.

If one parent is quality and the other is "donkey faced", the average, out of a litter of 4, would be, 1 quality puppy, 1 donkey face puppy, 1 with nice muzzle, but big ears, and 1 with long muzzle and nice ears. If you keep back the nicest puppy, of the litter: on average, at least half of those puppies will have the bad traits. So it will take many generations to breed out those traits.

The cost of feeding and vetting a poor quality dog, is the same as the cost of a top quality dog. So lets break this down.............

 

Quality

 

Poor Quality


Cost of parents = $1000 ($500 each)

Quality food for 18 months = $100

Vet care and pre breeding checkup = $200

Supplies and equipment = $200


Vet check and vaccinations for puppies = $400

Total = $1900

Sale of poor quality puppies = $2000 ($500 each)

 

Profit =  $100

 

Good Quality

 

Cost of parents = $5000 ($2500 each)

Quality food for 18 months = $100

Vet care and pre breeding checkup = $200

Supplies and equipment = $200

Vet check and vaccinations for puppies = $400

Total = $5900

Sale of good quality puppies =  $8000 ($2000 each)

Profit = $2100 

 

This is assuming that everything goes well with the delivery. The cost of a C-section is $600 to $1000, unless it is after hours and you need to go to an emergency vet and then it can cost several thousand dollars.

The second consideration is your reputation........

It takes time to establish a good reputation. It takes even longer to remove a poor reputation.

Once you get a reputation of having poor quality dogs, that reputaion is going to stay with you.

Many new breeders, believe that you can start with poor quality dogs and work towards improving the quality. That is not very cost effective either. As you can see from the scenerio above; it would take many years for you to make enough money to get better quality dogs.


You would be far better off to just save and get good quality dogs to begin with, than to have the expense of caring for poor quality dogs, while trying to save for better quality, and then having to take the time to rid yourself of the poor reputation.

 

Also align yourself with good quality breeders. They will advise you and guide you in the right direction. Join Yorkie FaceBook groups, see what breeders are posting, to get a feel of their policies and practices. Follow those breeders who have good honest values and believe in producing quality, healthy puppies.