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More on Finley River dogs....
Dave Freeman, thankfully, gave credit to the orignators of the Finley River dogs which began on the Finley River just south of Springfield, MO. and Laura added a couple of the lines greatest promoters which also are from Mo. You can still find some of the original type of Finley River dogs, but a lot of them with Finley River in the pedigree have gotten away from the original characteristics. Most of the old dogs were NOT blanketback, but white with a broken pattern across the back or mostly white. Most of the older Finley River dogs had a thick, coarse coat of hair and a lot of it. The dogs were "cleaned up a bit" for showing which you see today, and generally are not the hard, blow down tree dogs that are so popular now. They were accurate and had a lot of sense, however. I have been hunting a Finley River dog since 1977 starting with a son of GrNtCh Mears Finley River Dan. The best crosses for consitency were perhaps daughters of Finley River Joe crossed on Finley River Dan. The dogs I have here noware heavy Finley River through GrNtCh Rickman's Finley River Boone, Dual Grand Finley River Penny, Dual Grand Finley River Chico, Dual Ch Finely River Lonnie, Dual Grand Nitehawk, Finley River Sam (an old dog my neighbor owned that was tough as they come!), Pantry's Cedar Creek Hobo, Singer, and Sue II, and GrNt Twin Rivers Dusty. The Lone Pine dogs are a good source of the old Finley River blood, too. The just kept their "ugly" and they also kept their "coon dog"! Spring Creek dogs also came from the line, but have sort of suffered the same fate of being outcrossed to the point of no return. Lonnie Mears of Springfield, MO, Rick Vestal of Tennessee, Gary Brown in Illinois, Terry Daniel of Iowa, and Tom Strang of Pennsylvania all have some of the old stock in their dogs. Hope this helps you out!
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