Originally Posted by Itskristen
Another question... what if I bred him? Would I be able to show offspring? Would that even be recommended?
yes, that's actually how the game is played. :)
IBC has a standard judge criteria that you should take a look at to determine this. if you think he is the pinnacle of what you desire in a show betta, find a female that has the same/similar defining characteristics (like a sister), breed that to your male. most often, the F1 generation comes out as a mixed bag, so you might have to backcross to the father to get more consistent/fixed genes.
also it would be important to find faults in your male. a closer photo and a full caudal, dorsal, and anal spread would be necessary for this. broken rays, excessive branching, poor posture, non-ideal morphology of body and fins all contribute to faults. the reasoning for this is to find a female that is the exact opposite of these faults so that the progeny would even out. in this case, it might be safer to do sibling to sibling crosses, rather than back to the parent, if the faults are significant.