1. Choose a stud that is strong where your bitch is weak, and that has corrected the weakness when bred to similar bitches.
2. Choose a stud that will produce the less inbred litter; double up on a dog in the pedigree only if you have a very good reason.
3. Choose a stud that you, or a trusted friend, have seen in the flesh.
4. Choose a stud with a background of good health and health clearances, and with an owner who is open about discussing problems.
5. Choose a stud you can actually reach when your bitch comes in season.
6. Choose a less popular stud over a very popular stud.
7. Choose an older stud (assuming he’s still fertile) over a very young dog.
8. Choose a stud that is owned by someone you like and trust, but never breed to a dog simply because you are friends with the owner.
9. Choose a stud whose owner will provide a written stud agreement outlining who is responsible for what, and what will happen in the event of every conceivable contingency.
10. Choose a stud with achievements that validate his merits, and that help attract good puppy buyers.