I assume you are asking how to be a responsible breeder. :-)
1. Contact a breed club for your breed. Ask for a mentor.
2. STUDY the breed standard. Learn about dog anatomy and ask your mentor to
clarify anything you don't understand.
3. Learn what genetic faults and diseases run in your breed and test for any
that can be tested for.
4. Show your dog in conformation events to see if it is of the proper
quality for breeding. Winning doesn't always mean a dog is breeding quality,
but being around so many others that know your breed and will talk to you
will do wonders for your self-education efforts!
5. Study the past history of great dogs in your breed. You will see how your
breed has improved and progressed since the beginning of the breed.
6. Study the breed standard some more! ;-)
7. Join any Yahoo groups about your breed.
8. Live, dream and study your breed.
9. Get a good book on canine reproduction, and educate yourself about the
pitfalls, problems, and proud moments of breeding. Learn about the
physiology of reproduction, such as heat cycles and venereal diseases in
dogs, potential for problems specific to your breed, and what you need to
expect at whelping.
10. Remember that whelping (giving birth) can kill your female. Being used
as a stud dog can encourage bad behaviors common in intact males such as
territorial marking, aggression, and desire to roam from home.
11. Prepare to be broke. Breeding properly is EXPENSIVE.
12. Line up potential homes for any puppies you produce and write up a
contract. Remember to include that you will be willing to take back your
puppies at any time in their lives that they might need you. If you bring
life into this world, it is your responsibility FOREVER.
13. Prepare to spend sleepless nights attending whelping females, caring for
fading puppies or puppies orphaned, and practice cleaning up after 24/7 poop
I'm sure there are many things I missed because being a responsible breeder
isn't just a job. It's a way of life. You will live dogs. 24/7/365. There
are lots of hard decisions. There is a lot of expense. There will be pain.
But, if you do your darndest to always keep the welfare of your dogs and the
future of any of their offspring, you can go to step 14.
14. Enjoy the love and success of a job well done.
ADDED: Amerz- I am here, and you are right. I am NOT happy.
ADDED: Let me tell you WHY I breed. I breed to improve upon the quality of the breed I am dedicated to preserving. I do not want my breed to become a bunch of ratty-coated, schitzo, prick-eared, health-impaired, bug eyed idiots who wouldn't know a sheep from a shawl. I want to maintain the healthy vitality, look, personality, essence and soul of what makes my breed so special to me. I ALSO rescue the poorly-bred messes people make of my breed, which only strengthens my resolve to create only the finest dogs so people who want pets can enjoy healthy, well-balanced dogs that can live and play and love as family members for th longest time possible. And it costs me out the @$$!!! If I had what I've spent on dogs, educational seminars, rescue, and testing, I'd not be wearing Fruit of the Loom t-shirts and eating Ooodles of Noodles with such great regularity.
If you don't breed for the same reasons, name your "business" Shelter Suppliers is Us.
Rescuer, vet tech, groomer and show exhibitor of Shetland sheepdogs for 20 years.