Brynja - Galdur
Galdur is a good choice as a mate for Brynja for a number of reasons.
1. Genetics/Inbreeding (scroll down for a pedigree). Galdur's father brought a unique bloodline from Europe and Galdur has almost no common ancestors with Brynja. The inbreeding coefficient (IC) scores for their cross at 5 generations is 0% and at 10 generations is 3.185% (Thanks to Jim Hansen of Vinlands Icelandics for calculating the IC numbers).
2. Temperament. Brynja is high strung. She's always surveying the world for something that needs her attention (and attention tends to mean barking). Galdur is much more laid back. He's high energy as well, but he doesn't think he needs to bark at every squirrel or bird or bicyclist or pedestrian or UPS truck (no, check that, they both think the UPS truck warrants barking at). Brynja's barking often borders on the excessive. We can go on an entire walk in the woods - roundtrip of a mile or so - and Galdur often doesn't bark the entire time. The hope is that Galdur will transmit some mellow genes to the puppies and, like their father, they will be a little less vociferous.
Brynja's CHIC Results
Brynja's hips were evaluated as Normal - Fair, no sign of hip dysplasia (her OFA results are here). All of her tested relatives have Good or Excellent hip evaluations. Her family's results suggest that her "Fair" evaluation shouldn't preclude her from breeding - quoting the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals: "Do not ignore the dog with a fair hip evaluation. The dog is still within normal limits. For example; a dog with fair hips but with a strong hip background and over 75% of its brothers and sisters being normal is a good breeding prospect."
Brynja passed a CERF exam on 21 December 2016.
Galdur's CHIC Results
Galdur had a Penn-Hip exam on 15 January 2013 and scored in the 80th percentile, so he has excellent hips (his OFA page is here). As for Brynja, all his relatives have had "Normal - Good" OFA hip evaluations. His PennHIP report is below.
Galdur passed a CERF exam on 21 December 2016.