Hello All, I am a long time lurker on here. I just want to start off by saying thank you all for all the info on this forum. It has been very informative! I have been looking for a lab breeder (please feel free to provide recommendations either here directly or via a private message. Does not need to be local.) and more specifically a litter since November or so of last year. I am familiar with all the genetic testing common for breeders and understand the importance of the dog's pedigrees. That said, I have a few questions regarding picking a litter: 1. A lot of the litters I am seeing have a lot of titles in the pedigrees, but the sire and dam do not, or maybe just one of them does. How concerning should this be? Wouldn't the sire and dam's titles (or lack there of), be most important? The hope is that the breeder picked the sire and dam well for this breeding(counting on the reputation of the breeder)... But potentially, these pups might be the worst of their litter and then they are passing on these genetics on to your dog? Or is the combination of prior generations' pedigrees more important then just the sire and dam? 2. When looking at sire and dam sizes, temperament, etc., I read that if you have a sire and dam that are on opposite spectrums you won't get many pups in the middle. You will get some pups more like the sire, some like the dam, and maybe 1 or so in the middle. Is this true? Besides things that typically vary based on the gender, like size, is it more likely that a female will take on more of the dam's traits, and a male will take on more of the sire's traits? Or are the pups going to be a random mix of physical characteristics and temperament regardless of the gender of the pup and parents? I am looking for a litter that will be ready June - July or later if needed. Some more of what I am looking for: Black or chocolate female, smaller in size, more athletic build around 50-60 pound range, ideally more calmer, not as strung out. I hunt waterfowl about 25-30 days a year and would like to also hunt upland to get the dog on some more birds. Over the last several months, I have been getting more and more interested in participating in some hunt tests as well. The price isn't really a big concern for the right pup. Thanks for your help in advance! I look forward to the comments and will be sure to update when I pick a breeder/litter.