I have never understood this idea that the parents must be titled to be bred. Do you consider a CGC a title? What about agility titles?
No, I don't believe CGC was ever intended to be seen as a title and, unless they beef up the requirements to get the certificate, I don't believe it should be. That is just my opinion and I am well aware of the fact that AKC is making it a "title" next year.
When I say that there should be "Training the dogs and competing them in some venue that provides an objective opinion on their quality", I meant just that. Yes, an agility title is a title. And obedience title is a title. A conformation championship is a "title". A successful working dog has a "title" just by the fact of doing the work day in and day out and being good at it. A herding title is also a valid performance based assessment of a dog's skill in that area. A schutzhund title counts as well (although I have seen my fair share of ScH I imported bitches that make me question the validity of their title). It doesn't matter where it comes from, as long as it is valid and it came from an objective third party. Something that says that animal excels at that activity
The fact that I believe there are many valid titles a dog can win that would help prove that dog's worthiness to reproduce should be evident in the fact that I never used the word "schutzhund" in any of my comments. Saying "some venue" means just that.
Without an objective opinion from a knowledgeable person, a judge who matches performance to a preconceived set of criteria, a dog's ability would only be based on what the owner/breeder says it is. This dog is a herder that doesn't stop? Prove it. Show me the dog working or show me the proof the dog meets certain performance criteria (a "title"). Same with any other activity. A title is nothing more than proof that the owner/ breeder can walk the talk.
You say this dog has perfect conformation? Prove it with someone's objective opinion. You say this dog has good hips and normal elbows? Let me see the objective opinion of someone who is charged with making the professional call.
I can say whatever I want about my dog. Saying it, without being able to back it up with performance, means nothing.