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Registered: Oct 2004
Location: Clarksville, AR
Originally posted by Richard Lambert
Some people also get hung up on color. Does what color a hound is determine how well it can tree a coon?
It is very simple. Hounds are supposed to be open trailers. If a dog is not an open trailer, then it is not a hound no matter how many coons it trees. Being silent on track has always been a disqualifying fault. As I tried to explain earlier, you are actually asking to change the hound standard by asking to change the rule to allow silent dogs to be hunted.
Wasn't very long ago being a crossbred was a "disqualifying fault", or at least prevented participation as a registered hound. I/we/they can change our standards at the drop of a hat, always have.
Rule could be amended, without infringing on anyone's preference. Leave the strike points to reward the "hound" that runs around barking, but don't prevent the silent dog from participation. And if the silent dog that doesn't get struck is able to overcome and wins regularly, maybe people will start defining a hound as a dog that trees coon, not a dog that runs around barking fast and alot.
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