Re: How did you become a breeder?
35 yrs ago a friend had a beautiful BIS German Shepherd , I was talked into leasing a top quality female and bred to him, disaster, mom died, C-section, 1 live pup, went to person who had paid deposit, pup killed by car at 4 months. Next effort yrs later, supposedly sterile female bred by my male 7 live pups so female back to breeder fro her litter, all pups died of heart problems, breeder spayed and gave away my CH--CDX female. Next breeding 7 yrs later,mom got Pyrometra and died when litter 3 weeks old while being spayed.
I will NEVER breed again, all these were healthy dogs prior to being bred and all had problems unforeseen. I love my dogs too much and although I have had the worst luck, and always go to the vet at the earliest sign of problems, all this has happened. All of these were house dogs and I loved them and always tell people if you love your dog Don't breed, just buy from reputable breeders and let them take risks.
I applaud those of you who are reputable but I will never be one of you, I am a good owner, and I encourage others to not breed.