Re: opportunity, or disaster
Nobody here is going to encourage this. Don't take it personally.
If you don't want to be a BYB, then don't breed this dog. Love her to death, learn plenty along the way, she will have been an inspiration to acquire much knowledge, but you couldn't fetch much for a pup from a dog with no known pedigree, no titles which prove her temperament and working ability, no health screenings (OFA, hips & elbows, CERF for eyes), all things that separate BYB's from reputable breeders.
You admit a lack of experience and knowledge in both training, breed standards, and genetics, she still has her own issues...but she can
help you learn all those things and be a four legged mentor and great companion to help you get to become ready for that eventual day when you could graduate to that place where you could become a breeder.
Breeding is a money loosing proposition, and the potential for heart ache is great, as the risks are many. On Petfinder, any given day,
there are over 100,000 dogs available, 10,000 or more GSDs or GSD mixes. She was lucky you found her. You are lucky to have her, but
breeding her would likely only add to this number.
I know this is not what you had hoped to hear. I am not a breeder.
I am just a guy who has hosted some wonderful dogs in my life, often imagined breeding, but know it's more time/money/work and
knowledge to do right than I have had resources for. I have trained my own, always had well behaved charges who are admired for their
behavior, but have yet to actually title one, though I am working on it. I doubt I'll ever become a breeder, but along the way, have come to understand the pitfalls and responsibilities of doing so are enormous.
Anyways, don't feel bad about nobody encouraging you to breed this girl. Do feel inspired to follow this dream some day with another down the road, but understand there is much between the desire and the ability to perform with enough knowledge and conviction to do it correctly.
Do come back here, often, it's a great place to learn! You will have many more questions, and folks here are willing to answer them. Do post pics, we can't get enough.
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