There are no minimum education requirements to be an animal breeder. Anyone can become an animal breeder with a little bit of knowledge. Breeders must understand state regulations regarding their breeding practices. For example, they may only be allowed to have a certain amount of animals on their land. In some states, breeders must be registered with the state, so the state can make sure they are following all guidelines. Some breeding clubs require membership in order to protect their interest in the breed. Breeders who do not register with the state or with these breeding clubs are sometimes called unregistered breeders. In certain areas, unregistered breeders can face legal consequences.