Those are both good, solid German showline pedigrees, and I don't see any red flags as far as too much too much inbreeding/linebreeding. (Not going to go into the whole problem of the German showlines having such a narrow genetic base...) Now, the questions only you and your friend can answer: what are the individual strengths and weaknesses of these two dogs, and do they complement each other? Why am I doing this breeding - is it going to contribute something to the breed? Can I find good homes for all of the pups, or are some of them going to wind up in rescue?
As far as breeding goes, the best time for pups to go to their new homes is 8 weeks of age. Studies have shown that this is the best age, physically and mentally, for them to begin bonding with a new owner. By that age, they have been wormed twice, and had their initial shots and vet check, which the breeder pays for. The breeder is also responsible for registering the litter. This is what EVERY good breeder is expected to do.
Mom should be wormed before being bred, and all her shots should be up to date as she passes her immunity on to the pups through her milk, before they are old enough to be vaccinated. They can also pick up parasites from her (most often roundworms) so that's the reason for worming.
The hardest part of breeding is finding good homes for the puppies. Even experienced breeders sometimes get conned - 2 puppies from my youngest dog's litter went to someone who promised to give them excellent care, and said they had a big yard for the dogs to play in, etc. etc.
He actually lived in an apartment, and kept the pups in a crate. He was arrested and thrown in prison, and the breeder got the pups back, because they were microchipped, and he hadn't changed the ownership info on the chips. (This is why a conscientious breeder ALWAYS microchips their pups before selling them!) The pups were so lacking in muscle that their pasterns were almost touching the ground.
Since you were involved with a schutzhund club, you will likely get good homes for some of the puppies, and given their pedigrees, you should get a good price for them, probably around $2,000 each. Check the ads on the Pedigree Database to get a rough idea of what showline puppies from V and VA bloodlines are selling for - they definitely ain't cheap! (I'm telling you this to protect you from the club members who seemed to want to cheat you.)
Another thing I would strongly recommend is you find someone to mentor you if you DO decide to go ahead with the breeding. Someone who can be available to help with the whelping if necessary. Breeding dogs isn't for the faint of heart, and it's a pretty steep learning curve! You need to be able to tell when the bitch is in trouble and needs help with a stalled labour. You need to know how to get a weak newborn breathing, and what to do if it's too weak to suckle. And you need to be prepared to maybe lose some of the pups, in spite of making your best effort to help them.
You will need a spot in your house where you can set up a whelping pen. It needs to be a place that can be kept warm, private and free of drafts. It needs to have a floor that is easily cleaned. It's not unusual for a GSD to have 8 to 10 puppies, and once they are out of the 'nest' and roaming around, you are going to spend a LOT of time cleaning up after them. (Most breeders are happy to see the pups go to their new homes at 8 weeks... they are a LOT of work!)
Yeah - I could go on, but I think I've given you enough to think about. It's a big decision. If you decide to go ahead with it, prepare to have your life turned upside down for at least 8 weeks!
Edited to add: I just noticed Dixie doesn't have her hip or elbow x-rays listed. Have they been done? They definitely NEED to be done before you breed her!
Thank you for the info! You know I don?t know what the weaknesses are for these dogs. They?re both great dogs and not too sure what weaknesses I would say these dogs have. I would hope that me breeding them would help the breed to produce better quality shepherds. I talked to my family and friends and all of them are willing to give me the full payment before they are even born. I have 12 families lined up already wanting them and I already made it clear that they may not produce 12 pups and none of this is a for sure thing just yet.
I will definitely do all of which you mentioned, vet check, akc, and shots.
The homes I found for these puppies, I definitely do trust them. They?re german shepherd enthusiasts and are willing to sign that if they cannot handle them or if some situation comes up in which they cannot care for the dog, they will be returned to me and I will not refund any money (reason is because I?m not making any money from this, I will be breaking even as the price I?m charging them will be the money I spent to breed them and care for them).
As I?ve been searching, I cannot find any mentors to help me with this breeding process. The people I ran into are charging an expensive fee and I just see them in it for making the money. The only person who said can help is one of my friends who?s studying to be a vet but she won?t be available all the time so that?s what?s stopping me now from breeding them since I know they?re a solid match.
I have a spot I believe I can turn into for them to breed. It?s a 10x10 Kennel, I can put hay to keep it insulated as well as add a heater and it takes me 10 mins to clean it out (literally just take drainage out and hose it out).
Dixie, I had her hips checked and everything. Got OFA certified. Just haven?t been able to sit on a computer and update it haha