To effectively read your pedigrees, you must develop sufficient familiarity with the dogs to be able to mentally access both their phenotype and genotype. Disregard superfluous information about show records. These are a source of ego gratification, but useless for evaluation of bloodlines.
Comprehending a breed standard involves more than merely reading it, or an ability to recite it. Most of all, it means grasping its basic intent. Even if you have some confusion about the rest, it is vital to have a clear idea of what is specified by the general appearance.
BREED FOR IMPROVEMENT NOT WINNERS
It is easy to become lost in the purpose of breeding quality dogs. For some, the attraction of the bright lights, the glamour and the glitz cause them to stray from the path.
Developing a bloodline that is well considered and that is a positive influence for the breed, takes considerable discipline.
Too often, the seemingly slow and carefully orchestrated effort to improve a breed is crossed up with the immediate desire to breed that one big winner and to become famous.
The breeder’s pledge must be to harbor and safeguard the breed. No breed is in perfect shape when the breeder happens upon it and none shall be perfect when they leave. But to leave a breed in better shape than it was when you came upon it, is the greatest compliment.