How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask NancyH Your Own Question

NancyH
NancyH, Dog Expert:Rescue, Train,Breed,Care
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 31957
Experience:  30+ yrs dog home vet care & nursing, rescue, behavior&training, responsible show breeding, genetics
Type Your Dog Question Here...
NancyH is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

When Yorkie puppies are one to two weeks old, how ...

Resolved Question:

When Yorkie puppies are one to two weeks old, how quickly should they be gaining weight or what is an appropriate amount of weight to gain in a day or a week?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 8 years ago.
Puppies should always feel full and firmly packed when you pick them up that is one sign of good health.
Puppies usually double their birth weight in the first week. They then should gain steadily at a rate of 1 to 2 grams per pound of expected adult weight each day. So if a pup will be growing up to be a 5 pound Yorkie in a week you'd expect the pup to gro 35-70 grams in weight.
The easy key is this, they should grow every week and even every day they should be gaining some small amount of weight. They should never lose weight or stop growing for a week as that may indicate a nutrition or health issue. They shouldn't feel flaccid when you pick them up either.
Hope this helps you!
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Nancy Holmes's Post: Thanks for the info. I'm trying to figure out what this means in oz. that should be gained. I'm trying to figure out if my pups are going to be large or avg. size. I have two litters and one litter at 1 week old is rapidly catching up to my other litter which is 2 weeks old. I don't want 3 lbs. yorkies but I don't want 10 lbs. ones either. I'm just trying to gauge their growth. A one week old, neither litter quite doubled their birth weight. I'm using a pretty good scale that measures ounces.

To be specific, my litter that is 2 weeks old weighs 11, 12 and 13 oz. My litter that is 1 week old weighs 8, 9 and 11 oz. Some of them have gained up to 1 oz. a day.

I hope this is making sense.
Expert:  NancyH replied 8 years ago.
A gram is about .35 ounces so if the pups are gaining at an ounce a day its a little under 3 grams.
My experience has been early growth has a lot to do with the richness of mom's milk and how much she makes and how many pups she is supplying it to. True growth patterns settle in when the pups go on to eating real food.
I've had pups that look oversized early on slow growth when they get to having regular food and end up average in size and others that were undersized end up bigger than the rest once they no longer were competing for mom's milk.
I find weighing the dogs at 12 weeks and doubling the weight and adding 1-2 pounds gives me aproximate adult size. Or doubling the weight at 16 weeks. Keep as good a track as you can of these litters for better prediction next time. If you used the same sire you might want another one a different time breeding.
Toys can be a bit unpredictable depending on the size of grandparents and great grandparents as well as the parents. Also the less related the dogs are the larger the pups may be.
The second litter may end up closer to the 8-10 pound range but you will know more as time goes on as to how they will keep going.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Nancy Holmes's Post: Thanks for the info. I am definitely going to accept your answer because it is valuable to me. Just one more question, what did you mean by the less related the dogs are? Do you recommend inline breeding? And exactly which relatives qualify as inline breeding? The family who owns the stud I used wanted to buy a female from the litter and planned on breeding it to her father and I refused to sell them one. What is the scoop on what is acceptable and what is not?
Thanks,
Kelly
Expert:  NancyH replied 8 years ago.
My apologies I was off to vist a puppy at a dog show today! Just got back and online.
When you do a complete outcross in breeding you often get size in toy dogs. In the next generation you may be able to bring it back down by line breeding back.
I would not inbreed in terms of breeding siblings or mother X son, father X daughter as that is a little close but line breeding such as uncle X niece or aunt X nephew or 'cousins' is a way of lining up genes to maximize chance of getting the kind of quality offspring you want.
While close inbreeding also lines up genes well you have a higher possibility of seeing a poor line up of recessives and a smaller number of pups in the litter due to gentic combinations that keep the fetus from surviving to become a puppy.
You can read about the pluses and minuses of various breeding methods here
www.dogbreedinfo.com/inbreeding.htm
www.sloughi-international.com/linebreeding.htm
http://www.geocities.com/farmcollie1/inbreeding.html
www.omalmalamutes.com/omal/breedingmethods.asp
As you want to keep small size if you plan to keep any pups from the litter keep the pups who are the healthiest and smallest. If the medium pup is healthier (good knees and heart for example) you keep that one over keeping the smaller one. You can breed for size but breeding for health and size will serve you better in the long run.

NancyH, Dog Expert:Rescue, Train,Breed,Care
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 31957
Experience: 30+ yrs dog home vet care & nursing, rescue, behavior&training, responsible show breeding, genetics
NancyH and 8 other Dog Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
< Last | Next >
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
  • $1,000 spent at his vet, and I finally get the correct diagnosis from Nancy Holmes for $15 Carol Cedar Hill, MO
  • I think this is the greatest web site in the world. Thanks to all! Judy New Haven, CT
  • I have referred several friends to your web site. I'm impressed with how easy it is to use your site, the Experts available and the quickness of answers. Nina USA
  • I am completely pleased with the quick response that I received in our time of need for our dog, Jasmine. I couldn't believe how quick the response was and I thank you. It's good to know you're there!! Jasmine's Mom USA
  • Please let everyone involved with your site know that your Expert, Dr. Lucy, has saved my dog's life. I will recommend your site to all my pet loving friends. Thank you again for simply being there! Sonya G Easley, SC
  • Last night my Expert spent close to 3 hours working with me on my dog's illness. Thank you so much for this opportunity to share in her care and knowledge! Cathie M Pompano Beach, FL
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2534
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2534
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/Jav917/2012-2-20_54059_201221802254JoananddavidArchuleta3.64x64.jpg Joan's Avatar

    Joan

    Vet Tech

    Satisfied Customers:

    4544
    Vet Tech for over 30+ years working w/Dogs/Rescues
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/jadedangel57/2011-11-8_193134_janenewsm.64x64.jpg Jane Lefler's Avatar

    Jane Lefler

    Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst

    Satisfied Customers:

    13847
    Former vol Vet Assistant.Breeder 16+ years Dog trainer / behaviorist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/ER/ERPetNurse/2011-11-7_1293_b.64x64.jpg Candy's Avatar

    Candy

    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    7108
    Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BA/babybloo/2011-3-10_62613_DavidandI.64x64.jpg Theresa's Avatar

    Theresa

    A Voice for Your Pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    4704
    19+ years experience in small animal medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    4430
    UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/VetAnswers/2013-4-5_8257_prof10.64x64.jpg Scott Nimmo's Avatar

    Scott Nimmo

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3977
    BVMS, MRCVS.