Some guys like blondes. Some guys like brunettes. Some guys like gingers. Some guys like skinny women. Some guys like women a little thick. It's not right or wrong. It's personal preference. It doesn't make a woman good or bad. It's just what a guy likes.
Just because I don't like the way a dog runs doesn't mean it's not a good dog. When I sold Logan Elm Black Butcher to Jamey Damron, I told him he would win hunts. This year, he won the Grand Champion class at the World Hunt. He is a good dog. He isn't my style. BUT, he is a good dog.
Logan Elm DK is the best jump dog I have ever seen at his age. He will absolutely win ARHA Little Pack hunts. He is also way rougher than I like. That doesn't make him a bad dog. It just means he is not my style.
When making a cross, I try to look at all of the traits of both parents. I think about what I like about each and what I don't. I think about what the pups will look like and how they will act. I imagine them at a year old considering how they will hunt and how they will run.
I always try to breed for the future. I plan for years ahead. If a dog has good traits that I like, I will raise pups out of him/her. If they come from a family of reproducers, I definitely try to get pups from them. I consider good traits and bad. It's not black and white makes gray. There are so many shades that I just try to get as much good as I can and minimize the bad.
Is it easy? NO! Do I make mistakes? YES! YES! YES! Do I keep trying hoping to improve my kennel? Of course! Does it always work? NO! Am I addicted to the thought of raising better rabbit hounds? Yyyyyyeeeessss! :)