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I reread this whole thread and have a couple additional comments:
1. One person mentioned it rare to have a like parent in the two dogs being bred. If you read Pat Craig Trotter's book Born to Win you will realize that that is not uncommon or a bad thing if you have two dogs with strengths you wish to set and might do that for a bunch of generations. Pat is a very success breeder/owner/ handler who, now, is also a judge. Pat's book is not the only one, by successful breeders, that has this close linebreeding/inbreeding view. I've read many. Carmen Battaglia is another. Google them if you want.
As far as the "red flags" go on this or another forum I replied re more than one breed. Myself and a number of other "good" Hav breeders had, for many years, another breed when they fell in love with the Hav and began showing and breeding. That didn't mean they gave up their original breed, just added another. I began in shelties in the early '70's and have them still. I don't, by choice, breed often, and the last sheltie litter I had is now 4 and had 2 and kept them both. I bought my first Hav over 8 years ago and have had a total of 3 litters. There are exceptions to many of the "red flags"
3. breeding back to back without taking a heat or 2 off. I've read extensively on this, been to Dr. Van Hutchison's talks, and talked to a number of other repro specialists. Physiologically, it is better for the bitch not to skip heats, it causes the uterine wall to thicken more than just aging. I, like I mentioned before, don't do much breeding, but if I did I wouldn't skip for the sake of resting the dog.
I probably am venting, but I think the "red flags" are not a close "set in concrete" guide.