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I am not a breeder either, but I think I agree with Joelle. I visited breeders on both ends of the spectrum that way and some in between. I think it varies with the situation.
One breeder I met last year had more puppies than I was confident she could handle, given what I saw with her set-up, her health, and what I was afraid I couldn't see. I didn't get a good feeling about it, so I didn't get a dog from her.
On the flip side, the breeder I'm buying my May puppy from currently has 3 litters, but one is at her daughter's (they both breed and show, and will take turns watching puppies when the other cannot be there), and she only works 2 days a week, so she is with the puppies almost full time, and is very focused on their proper development. The part about how often to breed a female - that I can't comment on, since I don't know much about what is appropriate or healthy for them.