Our expert says:
It is common in many breeds, especially those breeds with relatively few members, to have common ancestors that far back. It does not disqualify them from breeding, as long as they are not immediate family (mother, father, siblings, etc.) I presume you mean that the common ancestry are at least four generations back, which is acceptable. I do suggest you check with your breeders association what their specific requirements for registration are, before you breed.
Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
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