To be blinded by love set's the one you love up to be a dissapointment should it for some reason fail to meet your expectations at some point. That's not fair to that which you love. I recall watching an interview with Mazzi Davis just befor the run that won "Quicksilver Pink" her National Championship at Ames Plantation. Her husband, Colin Davis, trained and handled "Quick Silver Pink". When asked how she felt their chances were that day Mazzi said that she didn't really know but that she felt they were ready. "But then again" she said, "she's just a dog and might have a dog day". She didn't but that's another story.
When "Dunn's Fearless Bud" won his National Championship, a very fine setter, and famous I might add, came up a bit short in becoming the first setter to win since "Johnny Crocket". I spoke with the breeder of that dog here at home and he was greatly disappointed, calling it a bird finding contest. Maybe it was and maybe it wasn't. But he had nothing to be disappointed about. The dog put down a great race and is none the less for not winning. Perhap's just to much was expected of the dog?
At the same time there was a great springer spaniel named "Brickfield Dewclose Flint" that prior to his run the first time he won his AKC National Championship was thought to be to big and heavy to win, he won twice in a row! I have watched the dog on several occassions and it was splinded.
William F. Brown wrote in his book, "Field Trial's": The greatest room in the world is the room for improvement"!
Never breed for average, never expect to much and except your dog for what it is, a dog.