ex Malinois breeder
Join Date: Jan 2013
Dogs Name: Hercule of Devil Inside "Colt"
Dogs Age: born Oct 23rd 2012
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As a former breeder I can only confirm than your own stud is hardly ever the best possible match for your broodbitch. I used to travel to other areas of my country, and foreign countries as well, to use the stallion that I thought was best suited to any particular bitch.
That being said, maybe you're looking for a companion dog with healthy mind and body and a local breeder may provide just that. It also matters a lot to see in what sort conditions the dogs live, how sociable they are, do the pups get to be around children, other pets, etc.
In France cropping has been totally prohibited since 2004 I think, so it was not an option for us as I want to enter my pup in conformation and work events, but personally I'd go for an intermediate crop. I love the crop they do in the Eastern republics, medium length and with sort of an S curve to it, very attractive. I'm not so fond of the very long, American show crop, but as more experienced members have said, a good breeder will crop according to the dog's head shape...