He wouldn't be 2 until what, October 2020? I wouldn't even worry about studding him after that, probably 2021 as fall breeding puts you in to Christmas Puppy Season.
And he has a lot to go for before he'd show his true worth in studding. People who advertise champion bloodlines are a dime a dozen. It's easy to breed to a show winner, it's harder to do it responsibly and get stable, healthy dogs.
I'd focus on training him, getting to know him and working with him. Shows are decent but they only tell you how pretty he is. If you don't have the time commitment for SAR maybe try tracking, obedience, things like that. It's good you're getting health tests on him but keep in mind what are you going to do if he fails those? A breeder in my area just recently had a young girl she bought and was planning on breeding fail her health tests and so had her spayed. What is the history of his relatives? You can have genetic hiccups where a dog from a line of bad hips may have good hips but he passes on poor hips because that's what is actually in his genetics.
Make sure you recognize his flaws as well and try to paid a female who compliments him. I have a female I could've bred, "champion bloodlines" the owners buy show winning studs and breed them to all their females, but she isn't a good candidate for breeding as good of a dog as she is.
That said you're asking questions so you're off to a great start. Keep in mind there will probably be a lot of byb breeders and such who may ask to breed to him. Do your best to refuse them. If they ask tell them you only breed to health tested, fully registered females. (Trust me a lot don't even have the full registration.)
Thank you for your reply! I really appreciate the thoughts and feedback. In response... we’re considering SAR largely because of husbands career with National Parks & Recreation. We live in Fort Collins, CO which has one of the largest numbers of SAR members, courses, training events, etc. in Larimer County and have been invited to attend meetings, network, and observe training events to see if it may be the right fit for us. The biggest question for us regarding SAR is what to focus on! I would train for Cadaver/Tracking. He would train for Avalanche Recovery. He is continuing education and while finishing a degree in natural resource management, is where we are “dipping our toes” continuing to explore possibilities. Jackson is only 5 months old and obedience/socialization is our primary focus at the moment - we’ll have plenty of time for SAR specific training once he’s met expectations on that. I also am fortunate enough to work full time from home, which has allowed me a tremendous amount of with him over the last few months. We work on obedience training 3x a day in short intervals, and one segment of “find it” not only to promote future SAR training, but for mental stimulation as well and pin pointing his skill sets. In addition, he’s met near 100 +/- humans and other dogs of all ages and sizes as we’ve made it a point to incorporate training (distraction) in public places for socialization and for future Canine Good Citizens course.
I am opposed to BYB, so staying true to that... if Jackson does not end up working OR if he has any health issues/genetic markers not saught after, we simply wouldn’t consider it and at the end of the day, would serve as a loyal member of our family.
If he ends up being stud-worthy, great thoughts on allowing other breeders to discuss moving forward.
Thank you again! 🙂