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Registered: Aug 2014
Originally posted by DL NH
Under what terms do you want a "good" track dog defined? Is it in terms of what wins in competition or is it in terms of a good pleasure dog? Is there a difference between the 2? To some extent, what one sees as worthless could be the others treasure.
One of the absolute most enjoyable hounds I ever had the pleasure to run with a lot was no more than medium speed. Sometimes he'd open on colder tracks than he could handle. You could call him off those if they were really bad. More often than not though he'd finish them and have the meat if you left him alone. Saw many a night where he'd trail for 30 mins plus telling a story as he went.
He was a fully open track dog that used his voice according to the condition of the track, didn't boo who and get anchored but moved ahead. As the track condition improved he opened more freely. He easily became a Nite Ch. My friend who owned him didn't get into the competition much so he never went beyond that.
Back in March of 1986 this fellow went to the BBCHA annual spring meeting in Natchez, MS. On his way down he stopped in VA and entered this dog in a UKC night hunt. Their was a nasty snow storm and temps in the 20's. They only had about 10 dogs entered in the hunt. Drum treed (2) coon that night, both on the outside. He was the only dog that ran and treed a coon out of the 3 casts that were sent out.
Not sure most in today's world would want that type of dog. Medium range hunt, cold nosed, fully open trailing track dog and had the meat the majority of the time. Checked in occasionally if he wasn't struck in. Does anyone Hunt this style anymore?
Most people do not have the patience for a true track dog.
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