Well, gentic testing,, because german shepherds have a lot of problems is VERY imortant you cannot get certification untill after 2 years,, so NO dog should be bred before then!!!!
This is the current list of HIGH risk issues in shepherds..
German Shepherd Dog adults; choosing a puppy from a breeder who tests parents for health can help avoid future health problems in your puppy:
Cardiac Evaluation - OFA $100-$200
CERF Screening (Canine Eye Research Foundation) $40-$80
Elbow Displasia (OFA, by X-Ray)
Hip Dysplasia (OFA or PennHIP) $200-$400
Mucopolysaccharidosis VII (genetic test) Not sure on this one..
the test are not cheap,, but very important,, if you are concerned about future health.. and honestly in this day and age people can SUE you if you produce a puppy with a problem and you HAVE not tested..
Not the sticky is,, Because several of these health problems are polygeneic (many genes) testing your dog is only the first step,, you also should only use dogs that come from tested parents, and also grandparents..Ideally you should know what your dogs littermates test results.. If your dogs parents where not tested then it is VERY likely your pet may test CLEAR but be a carrier and produce the problem.. BUT, you still need to test your dog.. there is NO excuse to breed a dog affected with any genetic health disorder..
As far as showing, conformation shows are to prove by a independent evlauation how closely your dog meets the breed standard, cost can vary but are generally about $20-30 a show entry(class) and you need at LEAST 3 shows,, in a popular breed like GSD expect to have to go to at least 10-20 shows BTW,, I spend about 200 a weekend on entries, hotels food gass and such,, and most weekends to not get the "points" needed for a CH,, I figured out I spent about $3000 in expenses to finish one of my males,, showing the dog myself,,over a year,, no if your dog is not of show Quality then no amount of money will get that CH,,and honestly shoudl not be bred,, and in a breed like GSD you do often need a professional handler.. or at least classes to learn how to show your dog,,cost for that adds more $$..
Perfomance titles include hearding, obedience, Temeprment testing (manditory) rally, agility tracking, and schutzund if you decide the conformation ring is not for you,, honesty you should prove your dogs merits though the peformance venues..
Honesly I spend at least 2000 a dog a year to compete in conformation, rally, herding, agility, obedience, tracking and weight pulling.. and about $1000 a dog on health testing,, most needs to be repeated annually..
Now the breeding stuff, overall cost for a litter,,you should never breed a litter UNLESS you have at least $2000 free cash on hand to spend to cover some basic expenses and emergencies.. call around and get pricesand such and base you budget on that..
can vary but intial cost are stud dog fees, good quality male with proven health testing and produces nice quality pups,, can be anywhere between $500-$1500 or even more,, Whelping supplies,, box, medical kit and such $300 at least.. Testing on mom, independent of genetic health testing..Complete exam, Brucelosis test, CBC/CHEM and propper testing to determine her most fertile period, vaginal cytology progesterone assays can run anywhere from $100-$1000.. My last litter I spent $4000 just to get the dog pregnant with a very nice male by AI..
Food and supplies for the puppies, they eat a lot,, toys, milk replacer,, and such..
then of couse you need the basics for the pups,, vet exams, health certificates, Vaccinations at least $40 a pup
I also do eye exams on each pup with a opthomologist a additional $40 a pup and microchipping $20..
Now if all goes well, than that helps,, but if you have complications like a C-section,, not only do you run the risk of losing mom, pups or both BTW that can cost anywhere between $500-$3000 depending on when and where it happens,, and it generally happens at night,, and you need the services of a emergency clinic..
So the actual process of breeding the litter independent of shows and health testing is expensive..
you also need to be able to take at least a week off work,, longer if mom is not willing or able to take care of her new kids,,
Honesty you might if your lucky, make a couple of hundred bucks on a good sized litter.. that is ALL,,and assuming all are sold at 8 weeks,, this is for 4 months of HARD work and also potentially a week or so of lost regualar salary.. But most cases you are lucky to break even..
Now you did state that you did not want to Just breed puppies for profit,, So you would need to do a good percentage and honestly all of the above,, to offer quality dogs that people really would be intrested in buying,, the way people make money on breeding is by taking chances, not doing propper screening, not using quality breeding stock to start with, and selling their pups to anyone,,who comes along and really not caring if they end up dead, abused or negleted
The truth is, often these breeders do loose puppies (die) loose mom, have sick puppies for sale,, and only make money because the actuall number of litters, and volume make up for the losses,, that is the truth,, most commercial breeders only make a couple of hundere bucks on each litter,, if they don't break even.. Common most live in HORRIBLE conditions themselves,, and are NOT rolling in the Cash.. and with the case of smaller scale breeders back yard breeders get lucky and happen to make some cash, get lucky because the demand may be high at that particualr time.. The IRS sees it as a hobby, so if it was such a money making prospect do you not think that they would not be cashing in on it?
Reputable breeders generally show a loss, when all expenses are in, or break even..
Breeding dogs, even if you cut every corner possible is not a high cash income,, if you figure in all the time you spend,,
I do on occasion breed a litter,, and I don't make any money that is for sure,, I get my extra cash from selling stuff on e-bay..I make at least 10 times the extra income from selling show leads,, and collars.. the dogs are my hobby, and I do it for fun and enjoyment,, that is all..
Yes it is possible to make some money,, but FAR less then what you expect,, and really only if you do not care enough to health test, take propper care of mom and such..
Most people think ok,, A GSD can have anywhere from 5-10 pups,, sold for a resonable amount of $500-$1000 each,, then heck thats a lot of extra cash.. right? unfortunaly when all the cost are in, puppies do not sell as soon as expeceted..small litter,, and such.. and that is the REAL truth.. Hope this helps..