Well here we are. Bit the bullet at last and asked it (been ripped to pieces on some other forums for even asking). I've been planning to breed Bonnie since before I got her, and that was almost 4 years ago. I hadn't been in the financial situation to fund a litter any time in the past 4 years, and I wanted to give myself plenty of time to learn all about breeding, hence why she hasn't been bred before now. Rebel will be the father, but not for a while yet I think as he's 11 months old and when she's 'on', they're kept apart.
So. Rebel is registered, from a breeder with papers (full name: Truckaluck I Am Rebel), and he's on a mains register. Looking back on his lineage there's: Bojak, Wottapud, Jeszaicia, Sarasota, Gateacre, Faithet, Kelindaholm, Metaris and Jakarra with a few backcrosses. So a fair few, considering his limited pedigree. I'm only familiar with a couple of those, mainly Bojak and Wottapud, with both looking like they're competition homes (agility, obedience, pets, etc).
Bonnie isn't papered, but I'm 100% sure she's purebred from both her behaviour, looks and littermates (had a pic of parents somewhere but lost it). She's off a working farm down in Tamworth, so she has a very strong prey drive. Rebel does too but to a lesser extent.
Before I do anything with either of them I'll be having them both cleared for hip and eye problems, as I don't want any prospective disorders passed on. This is something I fully intend to chase after, and I'll be continuing the Bonnie/Rebel line if all goes well, so I can work up my own 'pedigree'. I intend to breed dogs in the future too, so I want to get all 'this' out of the way early, hence why I've spent so much time looking into it in the past.
I won't be breeding for profit as that's not my thing, and it's irresponsible. I'm often seeing articles where people say they're lucky to break even when raising pups, which I don't mind. I'll be breeding for health, colour and temperament. As for the puppies 'occupations', it will be showing, but not conformation showing (instead it'll be agility, obedience, pets, any other career that isn't conformation - you'll find out why in a minute). Both of my dogs have very nice natures, and have never shown unwarranted aggression.
Rebel's heritage has a lot of chocolate. You can even see that from the wottapud side of it - he has chocolate going a fair way back.
Bonnie is a mix - her litteramates were very colourful. She is black and white, there were chocolates, choc merles, tricolours, choc tries and a wheaten. So she is a genetic rainbow, I'm sure.
I asked the breeder for some advice on breeding as, you know, she obviously knows her stuff. She knew Rebel was to breed, so she allowed him to be on a mains register with no extra cost, which was very generous of her, and as far as breeding goes she advised to put him with a female with little white on her face (Bonnie has a thin blaze, tapering to almost nothing on the stop), so that pairing should get some nice markings (because, if you're unfamiliar with Rebel, he has a half face - half white, half chocolate). So, providing they're healthy and good natured, the markings should be very 'classic'. And even if not, no pressure. Health/Temp > markings.
Now, conformation breeding and why I'm against it: Most breeders I've come into contact with who breed for conformation backcross. I cannot STAND backcrossing, and I will never do it. It's sacrificing the dog's health for shape, which in my opinion is downright irresponsible. I'm also morally against it, cos father x daughter and mother x son. Ew. Nobody wants to know about that. Plus I've seen some atrocious deformities arise from a lot of back-crossing, like dogs that can't walk or breathe properly, or whose hips splay out once they reach 5 years old, or eye problems from just two years. Nope. Not my thing. I'm all for breeding for certain traits, but only if it's done right.
There. Bonnie and Rebel, to let you get a better idea. I only intend to breed one litter from Bonnie - that may change, but that's the plan at the moment. Rebel, however, will remain entire and will be 'studded out'. Then, even when Bonnie is past breeding age, I'll still have some of the parents' offspring, in a pick of the litter deal. I already know several homes that would be willing to take in a border collie puppy in a year or two, so I have homes pre-sorted in the event of a litter.
So. This obviously isn't all the information I know, as it'd take ages to write it all out, but what do you think? Who has good advice to give me?