I've read a LOT here about how not to get started breeding (
), and a lot about how to properly start working to that end - it's fascinating, and I honestly thank my lucky stars I got the dog I have because I didn't know a fraction of what I should have when I got a puppy. I find the discussions and the underlying science about reading and combining pedigrees fascinating as well. But, enough about me, I am curious how those of you who are successful breeders actually took the leap to your first litter. After completing the titles you wanted and all the health checks, did you have a mentor that advised, "Ok, it's time!"? How did you know you had the right parents to proceed? And how did that first breeding work out?
(I've been searching through the other threads, and I couldn't find it if this has been asked and answered before - apologies if so!)
No worries, I have no intention of breeding my girl, or any other animal on the planet! I may be asking for trade secrets here, and I don't even realize it! But, if anybody feels like answering, I would love to hear the backstory!