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We would not do that. There are some dogs that we only want on a pedigree once, regardless of how far back it goes. Others we don't want on a pedigree at all. We have generations of depth with no health problems, but we would never go this close unless desperate to save something-which thankfully we are not.
Fair means the dog does not have hip dysplasia. Other than that, just like Becky said, it depends as much on the quality of the positioning in the xray almost as much as the hips themselves. We won't put a dog under just to get a better xray. I would want to see the xrays myself though. We have one 12 year old who got fair, who every day jumps repeatedly at feeding time, with her head above the 3' counter that the bowls are being filled on, off her back legs only with her front legs never touching the floor.
Weigh the risks with your ability to work with the breeder's guarantee, since breeding this close does lower odds of best results. If it's just the guarantee to buy back at any time, think about that. If they guarantee to pay for a congenital problem, look closely at if you believe they are financially strong enough to do this.
Notice particularly how arrogantly the breeder talks. Some believe they can do no wrong. Not mentioning any names, but I know of one breeder who talked another breeder into breeding one of her studs to his daughter she sold to that breeder. A litter of 4 produced 3 with health problems.
Last edited by Tom King; 12-20-2011 at 02:11 PM.