I can see why you have made the assumption that I am focusing on croup more than anything else, because I have included it here.
My first priorities are based in temperament, health, the things that make for a great healthy fit to my needs. These are the expressed priorities of the breeder as well.
THose aspects of the breeding were discussed with the breeder.
The emphasis on croup in my post was based on an asthetic preference - one that takes second place to other characteristics.
I haven't fully stated all of my thoughts on this thread, and don't intend to. But I did want to clear up the misunderstanding that croup is my top priority.
Temperament and health are priorities for the breeder - if they are able to produce great dogs in those areas, with and without steep croups, then I would want to bring home a dog without a steep croup. It's simple as that.
I actually posted the pedigrees not really considering the croup- it came up for me later. The breed has changed more than I realized since my childhood - I grew up with working line shepherds whose appearance I really loved, but I believe that a showline dog is better suited to my needs. I am not looking for a hard core worker, and would not be able to offer the dog the life it needs to be it's best.