To be truly great at something, you must first set your direction toward a specific aim-point somewhere on the horizon. For us, that direction is to seek continual improvement in our breeding program, and our aim-point is squarely focused on the American Kennel Club (AKC) standards.Over the years, there have been many traits noted as “new and improved”. But the truth is, not everything that’s “new” is “improved”. In roughly 100 years, styles have come and gone based on the whims of various breeders, or with the fashion trends set by the next leading show special. But the standards rarely change, and that is what guides us.We do not breed for the judges, nor do we breed to our personal tastes. We breed an average of less than one litter per year, and thus do not spawn an overabundance of puppies. But of those we have produced, many have done quite well, earning honors in numerous venues, here as well as abroad.Though the prevailing opinions of our fancy may drift, the standard is our anchor. And it is our hope that over time, the true value of the Aircastle line will be found in how well we’ve conserved the form, function, and tradition of these incredible breeds.
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In Pursuit of ExcellenceThe key to quality breeding is to try and produce dogs that are as close to the standard as possible. That is what we strive for and it is the criteria by which our dogs are bred.The comparison to the right is an example of our breeding program. On the left is Aircastle’s Hope Diamond, and on the right, the head study from the AKC illustrated standard. Need I say more?