She looks like a nice German Showline bitch, and looks a lot like my Odessa.
Whenever you announce an impending whelp here, you are opening yourself up to the third degree. Normally people deep into the breed frown on having puppies because your bitch is beautiful, or because you want a puppy out of her, because people use those excuses to breed anything and everything, dogs with no health screenings, dogs with no papers, mixes. And the results are slaughtered day after day in shelters across the country.
Everyone says "I have homes for them" "my family and friends all want one" "that will never happen to one of my puppies." "they are purebred dogs and I won't have any trouble finding them homes."
These people will say to leave breeding to the experts who are breeding for the preservation of the breed, who are breeding to improve some aspect of their current lines, who are breeding to hold back a puppy or puppies, to breed further to do something that produces dogs that will be excellent ambassadors of the breed.
What you have said was, I have a bitch, she is pretty, I want a puppy, I will breed her to an available stud.
What I think:
I think you are starting with a very nice bitch, and staying within the lines -- if I am correct about both being German Showline dogs. I think it could make a good match and the puppies should be very nice.
You have a lot to learn, I think, and spend the next so many weeks doing so. Use your breeder friend to help you place the puppies in the best homes. Do not sell them cheap. If you do, unscrupulous people will snatch them up and breed them to death, others may not give them the value they deserve, as they got them for just $x. [now half the board will complain that they got their dog cheap and they treat it wonderfully. I do not dispute that that happens, but we are probably less than 1% of the GSD dog owners out there, people nutso about everything dog, and not everyone is like that.]
Scroll down to the breeder section, and find some type of contract, one that says you will take the pup back in the least.
If you are not a member of a breed club already, what are you waiting for? You will meet people there who are almost as nutso and we are here about everything dog. And while you may not sell your puppies to them, you may get a better feel for what people are looking for.
Have you done any genetic testing on your bitch?
I wish you luck with the puppies. One litter of nice German Showline puppies will not ruin the breed.
I am hoping that when you made your choice, you had in mind health of dam and sire, health history of ancestors and progeny (of sire), and in those areas where your bitch is weak, I am hoping the dog is correct.
Again, good luck, looking forward to seeing the puppies.
Jenna, RN CGC & Babs, CD RA CGC HIC
Heidi, RA CGC
SG3 Odessa, SchH1, Kkl1, AD
Ninja, RN CGC & Milla, RN CGC
Joy, Star Puppy, RN CGC
Dolly CGC & Bear CGC