Yorkies By Cheri

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How many days are a dog pregnant and what are the guidelines for the pregnancy?


Development of the puppies

Fertilization occurs.

2 cell embryos are in the oviduct.

The embryo is fairly resistant to external interference in development.

Changes in the female

Possible morning sickness.

Possible personality changes.

Care of the female

Normal feeding.

Check any and all medications with vet prior to administering.

No insecticides (i.e., flea treatments).

No live vaccines.


Development of the puppies

Embryo will be 4 cell at start of week and 64 cell by end of week.

Embryo enters the uterus.

Changes in the female

Possible morning sickness.

Care of the female

Continue as with Week One.


Development of the puppies

Day 19 the embryos implants onto uterus.

Changes in the female

Possible morning sickness.

Care of the female

Continue as with Week One.


Development of the puppies

Development of eyes and spinal cords.

Faces take shape.

Fetuses grow from 5-10 mm to 14-15 mm.

Embryos are at their most susceptible to defects.

Days 26 - 32 are the best days to palpitate (i.e.. feel for the puppies)

Changes in the female

Possible clear vaginal discharge

Mammary development begins

Care of the female

After Day 26, palpitation may be possible to diagnose pregnancy.

Limit strenuous activity (such as working, jumping, long runs.

Add 1/4 cup cottage cheese or a hard boiled egg to food on alternating days.

To do list

Schedule ultrasound or palpitation with vet if desired.


Development of the puppies.

Development of toes, whisker buds, and claws.

Fetuses look like dogs.

Gender can be determined.

Eyes (previously open) now close.

Fetuses grow from 18 mm - 30 mm.

Embryos are fairly resistant to interference with development.

Changes in the female

Swelling becomes noticeable.

Loss of "tuck-up" at her abdomen.

Weight will start to increase.

Care of the female

Slightly increase amount of food and switch to puppy kibble.

If you feed one meal a day, add an extra meal. If you feed twice a day, slightly increase one of the meals.

Add daily multi-vitamin.

Palpitation no longer possible due to fluids in uterus.


Development of the puppies

Development of skin pigment.

Fetuses should weigh around 6 grams and be 45 mm long.

Fetal heartbeats can be heard with stethoscope.

Changes in the female

Nipples darken and enlarge.

Abdomen continues to enlarge.

Care of the female

Add cottage cheese or hard boiled egg to food daily.

Increase the amount of food in the extra meal.

female should start sleeping in whelping box.

To do list

Assemble whelping box.

By this time you should be fairly sure that the female is pregnant. Notify the people on your puppy list. Let them know when you expect delivery.


Development of the puppies

Growth and development continues.

Changes in the female

Abdomen hair will start shedding.

The female will start to look pregnant at this point.

Care of the female

Slightly increase both meals.

To do list

Stop any roughhousing or jumping.

Radiographs (X-rays) possible to determine number and size of puppies.


Development of the puppies

Fetal movement can be detected when female is at rest.

Puppies can safely be born from now on.

Changes in the female

Milk may be squeezed from nipples.

The female will be very large.

Care of the female

Add moderate lunch.

To do list

Gather whelping kit

Make sure your car is gassed up and ready for a possible emergency trip to the vet's office.


Development of the puppies

Growth and Development continues.

Changes in the female

Nesting behavior may be seen.

Female may become distressed (panting, pacing, acting uncomfortable).

Temperature should be around 100.2-100.8 degrees Fahrenheit

When temperature drops to around 98-99.4 degrees Fahrenheit, puppies should be born within 24 hours.

Appetite may disappear as whelping approaches.

Care of the female

Start taking temperature three times a day.

To do list

Notify vet or emergency clinic when temperature drops so that they will be ready if you have any problems.

Keep detailed records on temperature and behavior of female.

Double check that whelping supplies are ready.


Make sure each puppy gets some of the female's colostrum (first milk) within first 24 hours.

Lochia (vaginal discharge) should be reddish to reddish-brown green is okay on first day). If you see black or dark green discharge, contact your vet immediately! PUPPIES ARRIVE!!

It Takes A Village

When you bring a new puppy home it involves every family member. Your kids, friends, parents, grandparents, and even the postman. You need to have everyone have a role and everyone needs to know what is expected of them and the puppy. And yes, it does take a village.

Here are some things to consider when you are thinking about getting a puppy. After all, it is a new family member and will require breed specific care and lots of love.

1. What kind of lifestyle does the breed require?

Our puppies require lots of companionship, love and an indoor environment.

2. What is the grooming requirements?

Daily brushing and bathing weekly. Grooming is an option

3.How much exercise is required?

They love to play in the yard, weather permitting, but running and playing in the house is usually enough.

4. Can you meet the parents or atleast see a pic?

Our parents are on sight.

5. What kind of food is fed?

We feed Taste of the Wild Puppy Food, recommended by our vet. I free feed our puppies. They have kibble and fresh water always. We also give Nu Vet daily. This is an amazing human grade supplement. It has made a tremendous difference in my dogs and their pups. It boosts their undeveloped immune system and protects them against disease. I also give Nutri-Cal twice daily.

6. Will puppy be vaccinated?

yes, we give age appropriate vaccinations and de-worming.

7. What about socialization?

Our puppies are in a social environment from birth. They are raised with lots of TLC in a family environment with other pets.

8. Is there a guarantee?

Yes, against genetic defects resulting in death.

9. What about shedding?

Our breeds are non-allergic types. That is to say, they do not shed hair and dander.

10. Are the pups pet quality or show quality?

Our puppies are bred for pet quality. That is to say, they are bred with certain temperament and personality traits taken into consideration, however, most would be considered show quality. We breed sweet tempered, loyal, loving pets. Their average life span is 12-17 years, so you see, they can give you years of loyal and loving companionship. Just ask yourself if you have the time and desire to be a loyal and loving companion to your pet.


The definition of Parti -is per AKC- Parti-color Two or more definite, well-broken colors, one of which must be white. For example, Black Parti-color would be black and white. If you hear the term Parti Yorkie, they are talking about the color of the yorkie. The Parti yorkie is not a separate breed, it is a Yorkshire Terrier. The Parti stuck in front of the name to describe its color. AKC registers them only as a yorkshire terrier and the color on the papers will say for example(black/blue, white and tan/gold Parti color) Where the regular yorkies colors are black/blue and tan/gold. No white.

The Nikko's line is the line of Parti color yorkies most people are familiar with here in the USA.

Nikko's Rolls Royce Corniche was a top show contender in 1983 and 1984, he was out of Nikkos Orange Blossom and CH. Nikko's Mister Independence. From Corniche came Nikkos Rolls Royce, Ashley, (Born 6/19/1982) From Ashley, Came Nikko's Mickey Spillane ( Parti colored) ( Born 5/3/1992) and Nikko's Silk and Sale (Born 9/9/1991) When these 2 were bred together my records show that 3 puppies were born on 10/15/1997. These pups were Nikko's Great Expectations (PartiColor) Nikko's April in Paris(parti-color) and Nikko's Golden Charm II(Black and tan w/white Markings). Nikko's Mickey Spillane was a parti, but as I said, his AKC papers state blue and tan because AKC did not Acknowledge the parti color at that time.

The Tri- color had been showing up in litters from Ashley since 1984 and Nikkos Kennel had been quietly placing them in pet homes and asking people not to say where they got them.

Crownridge and Summit had obtained Parti colored puppies from Nikkos kennels and wanted them AKC registered with their true parti-colors . So in 1999 they convinced Nikkos Kennel to go to AKC and get them registered as yorkshire terriers parti color.

This turned out to be a very lengthy and costly process to Mrs. Lipman,(Nikko's Kennels) as AKC shut down her kennel in 1999 for 18 months to conduct DNA studies of 42 litters sires and dams. She was not allowed to breed or sell or conduct any business during this time.

3 of the dogs tested were owned by Mrs Bogren(Crownridge) and 1 owned by Mrs Gesmundo(Summit Yorkies)

During this study AKC also spoke to several other breeders about tri colored pups born in other bloodlines.

Many highly respected breeders admitted they occasionally had these tri colored pups born.

AKC went back as far as they could with the living dogs. They DNA'd about 42 litters. They also talked to a lot of the "old" breeders and they told them they had always been in the lines but were disposed of.

In June of 2000. The DNA studies of Nikko’s Kennel was completed to the satisfaction of AKC.

AKC deciding that after a study of the Yorkshire History and the DNA of the dogs involved in the study they were satisfied that the color can be produced in otherwise normal litters of Yorkshire Terriers.

AKC Letter

There are several lines of Tri color Yorkies, but Nikkos Line has been the most talked about and prominent because they were the ones who had all the testing done. Tri-colors have shown up in Wildweir, Hylan, Durrer, Parquin and Kokopelli to name a few.

On 2/25/2007 a litter of pups were born out of Ch. Hylan Acres Ridin the Storm and Hylans Darling Diva. This was a shock, all puppies were DNA'd proof of parentage and registered with AKC. There were 3 parti color puppies in the litter They were:

Crownridge Talk of The Town TR65165502

Hylan Diva's Harlequin Romance TR65165503 Parti

Hylan Diva's Mardi Gras Party Girl TR65165504 Parti

Hylan Diva's Dannilynn Has It All TR65165505 Parti

Hylan Diva's Remington Blue Steel TR65165506

Ch Hylan Acres Ridin the Storm is still being bred and would still be producing carriers into the puppies from him. Some of these puppies are being shown and some are champions.

Before Nikko's

On December 10, 1976 Joan Gordon and Janet Bennett/ Wildweir Kennels had a Tri- colored yorkie born, At that time they had heard of tri's being born in England but had never seen one. They AKC registered the pup and named him Wildweirs Triplicate"Trippy" after his tri colors. He came from a long line of Wildweir Champions and they were indeed shocked to see that the tri could actually be produced from 2 standard colored yorkies with no history of tri colors in the background. Joan stated they had heard of the tri colors in England but Trippy was the first they had ever saw in person. Trippy was around 5 lbs and was all yorkie in temperament. They kept him until he was 2 yrs old and then placed him with friends where he lived to 12 yrs old.

The Parti Yorkie has finally come into its own and made its place in the pet world. They each have their own personalities and special markings and they had to wait a long time for the recognition they deserve. But they are Yorkie thru and thru.


The Burgundy Wee Line originated with Jan Lotze. She took the best, tiny Yorkies, with little, short muzzles and baby doll faces, square/cobby little bodies and produced wonderfull tiny Yorkies. She bred for this look and size for over 30 years. She has now retired from breeding Yorkies

Natalie Nelson, of Watertown, South Dakota continues the line and has finessed and improved it for another thirty years. Natalie originated her line with her tiny little male, Burgundy Wee The Cookieman (one pound four ounces) and Natalie's Little Katie.

I got my fantastic little boy, Ziggy, from Natalie. His papa is a son of The Cookieman, and his namesake, Ziggy Boy De Bigafa is his great grandfather on his mothers pedigree side. He descends from a long line of American and Canadian Champions.

My tiny little Ziggy, Cheri's Burgundy Wee Ziggy De Bigafa, weighs just two and one half pounds. He is the light of my life. Always busy, terribly precocious and an all around lover boy. I waited for 18 months for Ziggy to come into his Adulthood.  He was 6 months old before Natalie was comfortable enough with shipping him to me.  He has turned into a wonderful, courageous, loving little guy who keeps you on your toes with his antics.  I can see why she is so loyal to the Burgundy Wee Bloodline

I cant thank Natalie enough for trusting me with this little guy and I certainly will try to keep the line true, as she has done.

Ziggy is proving to be a wonderful addition to my breeding program, as well as being a loving companion and special addition to my family.