Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Central Florida
I didn't see anyone being negative or discouraging. Maybe that's just how I read it.... All I see on here is people giving advice, like she asked. If someone asks, I know I am not going to sugar coat it or lie... I'm going to say the truth.
I personally think the OP (if plans stay the same) will be an amazing breeder.... but... probably not by 20years old. Keeping goals realistic will rarely bring failure... while making goals that are unreachable mostly lead to failure. It's not something that happens quickly, it's a long term goal that you reach for over many years. I also think education comes first, and would hate to see someone drop that for something that honestly wont *make* much money and could possibly wear out. The best thing to have is a solid career first, then lead into breeding. I give my opinion to offer the best advice I can and share some information that may help... which actually comes from some personal experience, except my goal is a Grand Prix 3-day eventer. That's also a large goal that takes a lot of time (especially when you don't have millions in your bank). Anyway, I think everyone was just trying to offer good advice. There has been a lot of great points and information here. I guess everyone just takes it differently.
On a side note... I also agree with what someone said earlier. Since you have a good mentor, take full use of that! Go to shows and training, be there when pups are born and being raised (if possible), learn the ropes from them..... and eventually, you can branch off into your own and throw in your own ways. Pick out what you want to breed, what lines, what do you want to be involved in, what goals do you want for your future kennel...... from there, start going to those events.... go to the clubs and talk to people, watch their dogs and what they expect out of them.... what's maybe a flaw or an unwanted behavior/personality. Since you'll be breeding, you will have to know what you want out of your dogs.
Just some ideas... not discouraging you or telling you NOT to do it. If fact, when the time is right and you do start your program, I am sure you'll have amazing dogs. It's a long process though. Prepare and learn as much as you can now. Literally talk to EVERYONE you can. For right now... the passion is there, and that's a really good start!
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