Administrator & LOTR Addict
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
There are quite a few breeders on this site, Jane.
If your goal is to become a breeder than I would be looking for the best female you can possibly afford. A breeding program is built on the foundation of good females and not on males. Later on you might think about getting a male, but right now I would start with a female.
I started with puppies, but many others start with young dogs or older bred females that could give you one or two more litters. The most risky, IMO, are the first and last options (I know of too many people who have imported females that either won't conceive, can't carry a pregnancy or kill their puppies), though as I said, I started with puppies and took that chance. The young dog option is probably less risky since you can at least have prelims done and test the female. There is always the possibility that the female won't be breedable, though, when mature. There is also the reality that really good bitches are rarely for sale though if you have patience you can find them.
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