I don't have a lot of actual breeding experience, but over the years I have learned a great deal from others. In planning my upcoming breeding, I looked at my bitch to determine the areas where she needs improvement. I was dead honest, sought the input of others who might be more objective, and I made a list. Then I made of list of what I considered to be her strong points, also consulting others to see if what I was seeing is correct. Then I looked for a dog who was strong where she is weak, and who complemented her strong points. It was a tough search, because this dog also had to have a flawless elbow background. In my search I also considered what was behind my bitch and also the dog, which might not actually be seen in these 2 individuals. My 3 main goals with this potential breeding are: Improve topline Improve turn of stifle Improve elbow status I also hope to see improvement in mouth pigment, eye shape, and ear set, but these cosmetic goals are secondary to my primary structural and health goals. For me, I have to consider both the phenotype of the breeding partners and how they cross-fault, and also what is behind both breeding partners. After months of pedigree research at the OFA and Paw village, I found a dog I felt might be a good match for her. I sought the opinion of her breeder, and others who are familiar with this dog and what is behind him. All responses were favorable. The dog I have selected has a very nice topline, and his mother and her siblings ALL had gorgeous strong correct toplines, along with correct well turned stifles. For you other breeders out there, what were your criteria in selecting partners? Do you make extensive use of pedigrees and what is behind the dog? Do you breed like to like? My breeding will be a loose linebreeding (one dog twice on the 4th line), but it is a fairly strong FAMILY breeding, as it has about 7 lines that go back to a very influential bitch in my breed.