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Registered: Nov 2011
Re: Re: Outstanding Cold Nosed Trackdogs
Originally posted by DL NH
Good post. Spot on!! Stepping away from the coon hounds a moment. Some of you fellas in WI, MI, upstate NY, VT, NH, Maine, Canada, etc. may run snow shoe hare. If you do or have in the past you know that there are many who in the summer think they have quite a hare hound. When the snow is cold and dry and the temps are in the single digits and below OįF many of those wind splitters on bare ground can't run a hare for half a circle while a good harehound with what we refer to as a big nose can make it look like a summer run! Good cold nosed track dogs have never been plentiful. They've always been hard to find. But it seems to me that it is getting harder than ever. I lay a good percentage of that to many people scrambling to breed to titled dogs having never seen the hound perform even once.
I lay a good percentage of that to many people scrambling to breed to titled dogs having never seen the hound perform even once. [/B][/QUOTE]
It seems to me that it takes a certain type of hound to consistently win the hunts...the side effects are dogs looking for a hotter track and the dog appears to have a hotter nose and if we look a little deeper it could be a mindset that indirectly is being selected for in breeding these high powered winners...without realizing it the competition dogs are selected genetically for these traits...
When asking pleasure hunters and they strongly agree...when asking competition hunters they strongly disagree...
I have seen more than one hunter that thought they had a great pack of dogs catching many hogs...they didnít know they had one good strike/track dog that had a pack of me too dogs following that dog around...those dogs looked awesome until that lead dog wasnít in the pack anymore...kind of in line in what you already said...
Training dogs is not so much about quantity, it's more about timing, and the right situations...After that it's up to the dog....A hunting dog is born...
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