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When there are repeating ancestors, the way IMO to interpret it is to look at those dogs that are more strongly represented. Look at their health clearances, what their ancestors clearances are, and what the dog in question has produced... When you get close breeding, not only do you strengthen the traits you like, but you also can see recessive traits rearing their heads. I know a lot of the successful show kennels have dogs with COI's of 36% or higher. There is no way I will ever be convinced that this a good breeding practice. Having the same great grandmother on both sides is really not that close of a breeding.
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