As planning the pedigree there are several issues to be kept in mind. First of all I believe breeder must know own pedigrees by heart. potential male and own female pedigrees must be then connect together. Breeder must write them by hand to piece of paper. Then there are many other issues the breeder should keep in mind aswell. Why and what to keep in mind as planning a pedigree?
Handwriting is important as every name the breeder writes down must (or should) give a flashback. That flashback is how and what the dog in the pedigree was a like. If you do not know do find out so that you will have some kind of idea (=flashback in the future) as you write that name down. This flashback is kind of a big picture (outline, temperament and healthy issues). As you have written down 5 generation pedigree trust your intuition. I do believe 5 generation is what really counts. Learn 3 generations by hearth so you know it upside down.
Do breed type to type. Do try to mate your female to a male that has same strength as your female does. Fix the faults slowly in future generations. Do not wait one generations miracles. That is the mistake most breeders do. To establish a type you must keep the type and make it strong before fixing details. So make sure that in your future pedigree there is lot of dogs representing the same type you are looking for. Make sure that most of the dogs in the pedigree have lived easy life and that they reached at least 10 years of age. See that these dogs in the pedigree are from litters that were free whelped. Make sure they are coming from litters whose size was at least the average (or hopefully) more of the breed in general. Do protect the vitality of your pedigree and build up vital pedigrees.
Plan your bitch future breedings in advance so that her breeding career will product a logical line. That means that the future outcome have a purpose and that breed really needs these puppies to go forward. First litter should be the safest where you should know what to expect as much as it is possible in dog breeding. If the first litter was above the average do mate her again. If not think again should this bitch be bred or not? Most bitches should not be bred at all, good bitches should be bred may be once and really good females that do produce can be bred twice or even more often if the reason is there! However there must be a reason.
I do believe often that first litter is best to produce smooth linebreeding. Second one should be the invest for the future and out cross is often the case. Breeder´s should produce more out cross litters to produce genetic variation, produce vitality and to gain whole new qualities. If two first litters were really nice you can breed your female again and then you use the information the two first litters gave to you. Use that information and be innovative. Think outside the box. Ask some friends, other talented breeders and often breeder´s overseas what would they do? Be creative and innovative. That is what modern dog breeding is lacking the most at these times.
Try to produce pedigrees that are interesting. If the pedigree is right people must be interested in it. That means you can find good homes for your puppies, If anyone is not interested of your dogs or pedigrees – do find out why not? However do remember pure pedigree do not guarantee anything. The dogs must be good and healthy as well. Have you heard the terrible thing as someone says? But this dog has a good/interesting pedigree? So what – all the well bred pedigree dogs should have a good pedigree but that do not make them good. Good pedigree just by itself do not justify to bad dogs to be used for breeding.
Be creative and do try to produce innovative great pedigrees. That is what modern pedigree dogs do need.
This legendary dog had a great pedigree. He is Multi BIS Int & Fin & AM & Swe & Norw & Dan & Est Ch CHIC CHOIX ASHLEY WILKES. However his parents had some faults that I did not like and therefore I did not line-breed on him. Many others did…without asking. This is so typical in modern world.