AKC Breeder of Merit
Has a history of at least 5 years involvement with AKC events.
Earned at least 4 Conformation, Performance or Companion event titles on dogs they bred/co-bred.
Member of an AKC club.
Certifies that applicable health screens are performed on your breeding stock as recommended by the Parent Club.
Demonstrates a commitment to ensuring 100% of the puppies produced are AKC registered.
As of 2011, I have over 20 obedience titled German Shepherd dogs that I have bred, that I know of. I have no champion conformation dogs so the merit is from obedience titleing alone.
Below is an Iowa breeders licence Some states especially in the south require no liscence at all for even large amounts of dogs. I believe this may be why there are so many puppy mills in Missouri and the southern US in general..
STATE LICENSED SINCE 1998
The report will show number of dogs here, and condition of kennel. They Do Not tell you when they are comming they just "show up".