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English blood
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The best…

Any advice or feelings on how to pick the best pup from a litter just from looks or actions from experiences

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OLD TIMER
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Stand in the corner---

and take the one that picks you.

I did it the first time I went to Red Blakesley's, she turned out to be a good one. My Dad did it in the yard of Ed and Bobby Kuester's Limber Lost Kennel and his also turned out to be more then he dreamed.

If you think about it, how will you ever know if it was "the best one?" I mean unless you hunt everyone of them together EVERY TURNOUT, you will never know. Tracks are different, days are different and with whats being bred today I'm not sure you can measure them anymore. I always wonder if the TOC winner could win the best out of 5 hunts against the others, Or was it just their lucky night??

And remember, it doesn't have to be the best, it just has to please you.

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English blood
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That’s the stuff I wanted to hear. The old saying every dog has his day is definitely true in every aspect of life. A man just hates to not pick that one pup that would really stand out lol

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Reuben
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Many say close your eyes and pick the pup…in my mind the meaning behind these words are this…you don’t know what pup will be the best…it is a gamble so just grab one and hope for the best…

Once upon a time I had developed a line of dogs that were pretty good on average…every pup I chose turned out to be a keeper…

I now have a different set of dogs and my success rate has fallen off quite a bit…

Off subject but relatable…I never liked working for someone who would say, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, because that spoke volumes of the person with that mentality and this person could become a hindrance to me…

I like raising my own litter of pups so I can see how they think and act…even when doing that I’ve gotten rid of all the pups I kept by time they were a year old…usually keeping 3 pups from a litter so not a good ratio to have had…

Picking a pup…
When looking to buy an 8 week old pup…I like to watch the whole litter to see which pup does what especially observing their demeanor…a pup that wonders off alone to investigate their surroundings is a positive point…I also watch their overall demeanor…I pick for the pup with that “above it all attitude”…if I see that there is no doubt…that’s the one I want…

When reading some of the really great dogs…they have that above it all attitude and tend to be laid back…and their mentality is kind of like I know I can get the job done and don’t need any help doing it…but you can come along for the ride if you like…laid back until the tailgate drops…

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The best usually comes from the knowledgeable hands it ends up in. We've made something out of the leftovers no one else picked or decided that pup wasn't for them. Choosing a pup is a toss up. Find a bloodline you like the dominant traits of then eany, meany, miney, moe.

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The best usually comes from the knowledgeable hands it ends up in. We've made something out of the leftovers no one else picked or decided that pup wasn't for them. Choosing a pup is a toss up. Find a bloodline you like the dominant traits of then eany, meany, miney, moe.


I agree…the best chance to get a good pup is to buy a pup from a good line of dogs…I would prefer the pup to have relatives on both sides of the family tree…the other half is proper training…doing the right things at the right time and not to much of it too soon…

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Kler Kry
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Picking Pups

I don't agree with the theory that environment is equal or superior to heredity. If the parents don't possess the traits that you want then there is little chance that the pups will. Dogs do reproduce their likeness!
Most people if asked what they look for in traits will list the desirable traits.
I list the deal breaker traits! If either parent possesses a deal breaker trait all the glitter and bling of All Grand pedigree, voice , looks, titles and expert opinions can NOT offset a deal breaker trait.

I believe in picking a pretty pup with the voice from a litter bred for performance, instead of trying to pick an outstanding performance pup from a litter of pretty pups.

NO AMOUNT OF " BLING" WILL OFFSET LOW INTELLIGENCE OR ALPHA AGGRESSIVENESS in my opinion.
Some pedigrees consistently produce these deal breaker traits and continuing to try the same bloodlines that have stood the test of time and produced failures in the past does not speak well for the owners intelligence!
SELECTION OF BOTH THE SIRE AND DAM FROM A SPECIFIC PEDIGREE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE PEDIGREE ALONE. In every littler there are culls and keepers, but they all have the same pedigree.
Everyone reading this has been mislead by "old wise self proclaimed experts".

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Cthornberry
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I train all my pups solo just me and them 1 on 1 and I can tell u the most frustrating thing in the world for me is to be sittin there on a log and a 10 month to a year old pup be sittin there lookin at u waiting on u to make a move the other is the opposite I hate to have one the same age chasing stars barking every time it’s foot hits the ground all over creation I haven’t found a line of dog or even a breed for that matter that keeps me excited at this point as far as picking the pup in the litter I stay away from the shy ones wish I could help more lol

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