Ten Rules of Ethical Breeding
"Animal Control and Animal Shelters would NOT exist if these Ethical Rules Were Appied by all Breeders".
The only reason to breed purebred dogs is to preserve the best qualities of the breed. Breeding to supply any market is not a justification.
You need to do all your breeding with the best interests of the breed in mind. Never your pocketbook.
Dedicate your life to the breed. Be a life-long student of the breed. You can’t be a breeder one day and quit a year later.
As a beginner you need to immerse yourself in the breed as much as possible and find a respected suitable mentor.
If your not serious enough to show your line you bred to your peers and attempt to produce a constant line of many champions, you should not breed.
You need to keep track of all the puppies you produce, whether pet or show quality, to know how your breeding program is improving over time.
All companion animals need to be put on a spay/neuter contract. With AKC limited Registration.
All show puppies need to go on a contract that will not allow breeding unless the dog lives up to the quality intended and passes all health checks and certification necessary for that breed. If a prospective breeder does not want to do this, then I am sorry, but they will have to mess with someone else’s dogs not mine!
Co-ownerships allow you a certain amount of control in this regard because they require your signature in order for puppies be registered. AKC will not allow registration unless all papers are properly signed. If you have a difference with your co-owner, it will need to be settled in court before the AKC will register a litter of puppies.