Well I know how to breed animals, that's pretty straight forward. I know that in order to have a great offspring you need to 1: make sure that the parents are both healthy and don't have any genetic diseases or disorders that can be passed down to the offspring and 2: make sure that the parents are not from the same family or closely related. Otherwise you just breed based on your preference. What I'm more concerned about is the business aspect of it and basically how I get your name out there, etc. I have done quite a bit of research on the breeding process and what not but I feel there are just some things you can only learn from experience and that's one of the reasons why I was looking to see if I could find someone that I could apprentice.
The highlighted comments are so so so far from reality it is sad. There are tens of dozens of commercial and backyard breeders who flood the market with puppies who have no real knowledge of the breed, no vision of the ideal for which they are striving and absolutely no idea of what they are actually producing other than a dollar amount that the litter will net.
To breed responsibly, respectably and knowledgeably....one has to LEARN about the breed, the types, the history of the dogs who are commonly seen in pedigrees....one has to know what traits are associated with dogs who have been prepotent and bred so much that they are going to show up in a high percentage of dogs today....one has to learn pedigrees, look at dogs training and trialing and learn to recognize traits and where they come from.....one has to train a few dogs and see how the pedigree aspect manifests itself in the live dog in front of you.
One has to understand prepotency, nicks and backmassing. One has to understand the blueprint for the ideal dog and strive to bring together the aspects without overloading some or losing others in an attempt to produce that dog. One has to understand the temperament and health issues common and try to understand where they come from and avoid or overcome them by balance in the pedigree with animals who do not have those issues known in their lines.
And there are some sucessful breeders who believe - and I am NOT a preponent of this
- one has to cull undesirable traits!!! In a discussion with a very experienced breeder, about why I would not use a dog with X and Y combined with my female lines, his solution was to cull puppies who did not meet his acceptable temperament criteria at 8 weeks....I breed to avoid producing anything that is so extreme that I would have to make that choice, but others find it acceptable to cull in order to meet their goals.... to me this is a shortcut and shows little concern for the overall health and future of the breed....the genes are still there and this does nothing productive except keep the failures out of the public hands which should not have been produced if the person actually had a passion for the breed rather than for the bottom line.
There is much much much more to breeding than buying a couple of dogs in Europe who have credentials, making up a kennel name and coming up wiht a marketing plan to sell puppies