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Registered: Jan 2006
I read a piece a while back where John Strickland stated that they had bred BC a total of 35 times in less than 2 months (I believe) but the numbers may be off a little. But to answer the question whether or not Bluetick breeders aren't taking their females to him, twenty some were blueticks, so, yes the blue guys are breeding to him along with other off colored dogs. I wanted to go to BC a while back when I bred my female but several things made me choose another stud. First, I couldn't afford to pay $800 for a breeding that I wasn't sure would take. It was my females first litter and she had only ever been in season one other time and her cycles were nearly a year apart so I wasn't sure what would happen. Second, I was afraid of the AI for the same reason plus it would be more expensive. Now, before I get, (but you could sell the pups for a load of $$$$), yes you're probably right but what if it all went south and she would have had problems or never took at all? It's a big risk raising pups and I like to play the odds in my favor. Now that my female has had pups, I may consider BC on another breeding if it's in the stars.
Now getting back to the original question about independence. A dog should be 100% natural IMO, that includes independence. That way, when and if you decide to breed that dog, you know its all natural and not man made. There are so many things that man can do to make a dog appear different on the outside but if you breed that dog, it won't pass on the man made things, it will only pass on the natural bred in traits it was born with. For instance, if a dog is mean on the tree but the owner/handler has broke that dog from that trait, it will/may pass that unwanted trait to it's offspring. Independence is good to a certain degree. If one will leave a tree just because another dog comes in, well, you can have that one cause I don't want it.
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