It is also important to note that being a breeder is time consuming, expensive and takes knowledge of the breed.
Before you start, you must decide on a breed. Go to shows and competitions and speak with the various breeders. Once you decide on a breed contact an established breeder and choose your female dog (bitch). Work closely with your breeder and your veterinarian.
The first and foremost principal of breeding dogs is to breed AKC registered breeds to produce a canine that is as close to standard as possible. As professional dog breeders say, “Breed to Improve.”
The commitment is real. A breeder must find the right stud that will complement the line. It important to know when to breed, how often to breed, and the final goal for that breeding.
Once the puppies are born the dam (mother dog) will usually care for them. However, when complications set in like an infection, the dam has no milk or orphaned litters, it is the responsibility of the breeder to take over. This requires proper feeding, keeping their area clean, and keeping both dam and litter clean.
After weaning it is even more time consuming and expensive. The daily care. grooming, vetting, training, and finding the proper family for each puppy is a full-time job.
Be sure that once a family is found for the puppy that they are informed of the responsibilities of spaying and neutering, feeding and training. Suggest activities for the entire family and training clubs in the area.
Becoming a responsible dog breeder is more work than fun.