Yorkie puppies are impossibly cute.
How could you not want to breed your male Yorkie and produce adorable little puppies?
Or maybe you want to breed your Yorkshire Terrier in order to sell the puppies.
Either way, there are a few things you want to verify beforehand.
Most importantly, you want to make sure your pup is healthy and old enough to breed.
Keep reading to learn how old a male Yorkie should be in order to breed successfully, plus everything else you need to know and consider before you breed your stud.
How Old Does A Male Yorkie Have To Be To Breed?
A male Yorkie has to be at least 6 months old to breed, but should be closer to 2 years, ideally. The average male Yorkshire Terrier becomes sexually mature between 6 and 18 months of age.
Male Yorkies can begin producing sperm during their sixth month. But dogs this young are not yet socially mature. They do not usually start mating until they reach the age of two, but they could do so at 6 months of age.
Let’s move on an cover everything else you need to know about Male Yorkies breeding, including their sexual and physical development, and some factors you need to consider in order to ensure the best possible chance of success when breeding you Yorkie.
Yorkies Reach Sexual Maturity Early
Generally, male Yorkies become sexually mature before female Yorkies. Small doggies like Yorkshire Terriers tend to be able to breed earlier than any other breed of dog.
They may be able to father children as early as five months old. That contrasts with larger breeds of dogs. They do not become fertile until after two years of age.
Once male Yorkies are mature, they can mate for the rest of their life. And champion dogs often do. If you have a dog you want to breed repeatedly, you need to be aware of popular sire syndrome.
Breeding the same male over and over can result in hidden undesirable genetic traits in the stud to spread rapidly within the gene pool. Anytime you reduce genetic diversity by breeding a single male over and over, it has a detrimental effect on the gene pool.
Factors To Consider Before Breeding
Before breeding your male Yorkie, you need to ensure that he has hit puberty and that he is fertile.
A veterinarian can help here. They can providing a fertility chart after some examinations and physical tests. They can verify that your pup reached puberty between 6 – 12 months old and has an overall healthy physique.
Sexual & Physical Maturities
Even though a male Yorkie reaches puberty and is ready to breed between 6 months and 18 months, we don’t recommended you breed a stud this early.
A dog this young has not yet reached adulthood, or even physical maturity. Your vet will advise you to wait until at least 1 year of age, but ideally until you pup is 2 years old.
A young male Yorkie needs to develop enough physically and mentally and will not reach that particular maturity level until at least the 1-year mark. And again, two years is better. Once they are physically mature, they can be extremely agile and will be able to perform well.
Breeding is not easy, and it requires many steps before you even get your dog into the proper action of creating life.
A male Yorkie should pass all medical examinations before the stud service happens. It is an important matter because you want to ensure that no underlying illness is passed on when your dog breeds.
Breeding in old age is not advisable. Older dogs have a low sperm count, so positive results are far less likely anyway. Plus, the sperm that do remain are generally less viable and the dogs have less vitality. It all results in a lower chance of success and a greater danger of harm to your dog.
Breeding Age For Male Yorkies: Conclusion
Yorkies are one of the best dogs to have. Plus they produce impossibly cute little puppies. It only makes sense that you might want to breed your Yorkie.
And the good news is that Yorkies generally have a high number of successful breedings. But you do want to give yourself the best possible chance of success, so make sure you don’t bring your male Yorkie until he is old enough. You should also make sure he is in good health.
Always remember to consult your vet first when deciding to breed. They will give you more information you need and probably also some useful tips to ensure the best possible chance of success