Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Central Florida
I'm not a breeder, however I know what I would look for in a breeder and that is most definitely not someone who's 20 and in their parents house with some knowledge on the breed. It's nothing against you or anyone personally... but that is just far too young to have that knowledge and experience... and also the funds. (unless your family was big in it already... then possibly.. I would still be a little weary)
I am in no way looking to discourage you, in fact I love when people learn what they really want to do and go for it. Though, I can't stress it enough... take your time. Learn, get involved, talk with people all the time..... start gaining your knowledge now! That's NEVER a bad thing.
At 17... that's still young. Get an education (probably something within the animal world... like vet tech), save money, let yourself go through a little bit more of life, ENJOY being young! Also, eventually you will need to buy a good house with room and plenty of outdoor space.... and either really good neighbors, or none at all!
As a respectable breeder, you will need to title and train your dogs, be on time with their vet care and handle ALL of their needs (which every owner should do anyways), you will need the room and financial ability to take back any puppies/dogs that may not work out in their first home. Everything is expensive when it comes to breeding. Vet care, food bills, shows & training, traveling, puppy care and medical bills.... and you always have to be prepared for the worst possibly situations. You could lose a litter, or your bitch. There is no money in breeding (you lose more at first then you make.. and sometimes this continues). Most breeders I know have full time careers and breed for the love of the breed as a passion in life.
When it comes down to it there are a few things that HAVE to be there before you can take on such a large step: Knowledge, ability, money, space/home, time, and of course the passion that drives the whole train.
Sounds like you are onto a good start, just take your time and if it's what you really want to do... you'll get there eventually! No rush!
Good luck with all the learning and hopefully some day you'll have the breeding program you've dreamed of!!
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