Hello All - I'm new to RTF, and have been enjoying the great discussions here. Later this year, I'm planning to get a lab pup to train for some upland/waterfowl hunting, and as all around good companion for the family. I've had labs throughout my life, but this will be my first attempt at training a gun dog.
Here's my question: when looking at pedigrees of both sire and dam, what in your mind, constitutes a "strong" pedigree? Ideally, should both parents and grandparents be of champion or award stock? Also, I know that sire/dame each contribute 50% of genetics, but should there be a greater weighting on one sex over the other? I would be grateful for any thoughts. Thx