Any particular breed you want to get involved in. It starts with learning your breed inside and out so you know what to expect with personality, health issues, whelping issues, etc. Know the history of the breed and the breed standard. Plan to spend alot of money upfront to research breeders and purchase your foundation stock from reputable breeders. Choose excellent representatives of the breed. Dont go 'bargain' shopping. There enough poorly bred dogs of every breed already out there.
Does someone have the link to one of the breeding sites? So so much to know and learn before even beginning. Maybe one of the links someone can provide will get you started with some reading materials.
It would be best to find a mentor close to you. First you need to get a good dog from a reputable breeder with a good pedigree, a dog that is going to help improve the breed. Then you need to show it or work it (and do well) to prove it's a good representation of its breed. Then after it has passed all suggested health test for the breed you can think about having puppies with another dog that has done all of the above and complements your dogs faults.
Why do you want to breed? Do you have a breed picked out? Are you willing to invest hundreds to thousands of dollars on health testing, and finding dogs from outstanding lines?Are you willing to spend hundreds to thousands on buying good dogs from responsible breeders? Are you going to show or work your dogs? Are you prepared to spay or neuter a dog if it doean't clear the health Cert?
Starting a breeding program takes a long time, I mean a loooooonnnnnnnnnngggggggg time. I have been building one for about 9 years and am about to have my FIRST litter this year. I have fixed a few dogs, including a champion bloodline show dog, that didn't pass the exams. Breeding your dogs puts them at risk of deasise(sp?) and possible death due to complications, are you willing to except that?
If you are serious about breeding the right way, with health cert, working or show titles, and dogs who are worthy of breeding. I recommend getting in touch with a breeder of the breed you have chosen and learn from them. DON'T rush to get a dog and breed it, that is years away from now. Don't expect to have a litter of pups for 4-10 years from now. If you do it right. Breeding is a passion of mine, I have been building a program for 9 years, and have yet to have a litter. I have been devisated when the show dog I bought had hip problems, and this was found out after spending hundreds on showing cost. He was nuetered. Listen to what everyone says, breeding is NOT taken lightly on this forum, and it shouldn't be taking lightly by anyone. This is a serious subject. Hope this helps.
I think you should be commended for asking about it first. I'm sure many people just buy a pretty dog and then look for someone who has a pretty male for her to mate with. I hope you find some good info, I think you came to a good place to get advice.
Why do you want to breed? That is the million dollar question. If you don't have an answer other than you think it would be fun, you love puppies, or to make some extra cash, then you don't need to think about it.
You need to have a great deal of money to start in order to purchase good quality foundation dogs. It will be two years before you can think about breeding them. You then need to understand that you need to do breed specific health testing, and be willing to spay or neuter any dog that doesn't pass. You must be willing to accept the idea that you will lose the investment if the dog tests unacceptably, and then you will have to start over. The you have to know that with birth comes potential problems. Will you have $500 for an emergency c-section if the need arises? You may not get any live puppies. You may lose your female. You will need vet visits for the pregnant mom and litter. You will need shots and health certificates, microchips etc.
Can you provide the necessary envoronment for raising puppies? Are you willing to give up a great deal of your life and time to raise the litters? Are you aware of all the potential problems, and costs associated with raising dogs? Are you willing to deal with the people that you will have to sell the puppies to? Are you willing to turn down homes that aren't desirable, instead of selling them to the first person with cash. Are you willing to screen homes and are you experinced enough to provide support to the new owners? Do you know about proper nutrition? Are you willing to provide premium nutrition instead of Puppy chow or Ol Roy just because it is cheaper? Do you understand that you need to protect whatever brred you choose? If you decide to breed, you are making yourself responsible for doing your part to protect your breed.
Most people are not equipped or do not know all the issues associated with being a breeder. It is more than putting two dogs together and allowing them to breed. If you don't want to face all the potential heartache and money loss, you don't need to think about it. If you are willing to deal with all of that, then you must find a mentor that is willing to answer the thousand questions you should have. nobody should do it on their own to start. Make sure that your mentor has good ethics. You need to do months of research before you decide. It is very rewarding if done properly, but if not, you will become part of the problem.