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I agree 100% with the excellent advice that Shalva has given.
It takes many years to develop a "quality" line and deserve a good reputation in any breed of dogs and along the road are many heartaches and disappointments.
Reputable people in the dog world don't just breed puppies - they are actively involved with their breed and strive to bring something positive to it by being involved in the welfare and future of the breed they have a passion for. Breeding litters of pups is not the paramount aim.
Breeding puppies is messy, stressfull, hard work and expensive. Each time you breed a litter from your bitch/es you put them at risk. Puppies don't always come born all fluffy and cute, there are often difficult births, miscarriages, deformed puppies and puppies that don't thrive for various reasons. Then there is the worry about whether the pups are going to suitable and permanent homes. They do sometimes come back and the question you should ask is "am I prepared to be involved with and take responsibility for the pups I bred and the ones who may come back. The welfare of your dogs should always be uppermost in mind no matter what it costs in terms of money, effort and sometimes heartache.
The best thing that you can do for the moment is learn as much as you can from people who have been actively involved with this lovely breed for many years, people who have experience and informed knowledge and who are willing to share that knowledge with you. A good mentor will also become a good friend. Go to shows, events and get involved. Reearch, research, research.
Continually ask yourself WHY do I want to breed puppies? If financial issues (either gains or losses) play an important part then I would say please don't do it - it is best left to the experts.