I have the most incredible sweet natured (I think he is beautiful) CKC Yorkie he just turned one. He is so sweet and smart and gentle sorry for the bragging! We are trying to decide whether or not to breed him. First though I have no idea where to start and second I do not want him to breed with a dog that isn't like him. My goal I guess would to be get a litter of puppies with a really great temperment like him. How do you find girl Yorkies to meet or is that how it is even done? On the other hand I have heard that if I don't get him fixed he could have medical issues sooner than he should and I really don't want him going any where any time soon. Anyway if anyone has any advice for me I would appreciate it :)
Why would you want to breed? I would say carefully examine your reasons, the responsibility and all the health information available for him and a potential bitch.
From a breeders perspective, I would have to say to invest the time and money to do it right, or don't do it at all. There are too many dogs in the world, to just reproduce for the sake of having another pup with a great personality. Shelters are full of wonderful pups.
Breeding should be the result of much time, effort, expense and evaluation. The purpose of showing a dog is to evaluate your dogs qualities against some of the finest in your area, to determine if your dog possesses the qualities to pass on to other generations. He may be sweet, but does he carry the potential for hip displasia, cancer, heart disease, Addisons disease, Storage disease, blindness or cataracts, etc. Conduct all of the genetic/health testing that your club recommends, to determine if your dog is a carrier or an affected dog with something that could be passed on.
It is our responsibility as breeders, to know what we are reproducing. If you live in the US, I would get him registered with the AKC and peruse their website to see what their expectations are of breeders.
He is your friend, partner, defender, your dog. You are his life, love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
I would not put the Continental Kennel Club in a class of reputable registries. JMO . Also, just because your dog has a wonderful temperment, does not mean the puppies automatically will. That is when Genetics come into play. Undesirable traits can surface, even in the most carefully bred litters. Breeding is not something to be done on a whim. It takes ALOT of time and research. Talking to a vet is a start, but it is certainly a long way from becoming an actual breeder. I think if more people would research what it takes to become a responsible breeder, they would opt out.