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Registered: Apr 2015
Location: church hill tn
I don't believe the dogs of yesterday were better than the dogs of today. I actually believe the dogs of today are better across the board. I do think the 3 hour hunts were tougher and the cast winner was usually the best coondog. I think the hour hunts often times are decided on the very first set of strike points on who strikes first, you could not do that in a 3 hour hunt. I truly believe that some breeders are producing better dogs today than yesterday dogs across the board. Now I don't think the tracking power overall is better today, I think we have lost some truly great cold nosed tracking ability from our current stock of dogs ( with exception ). Part of that has to do with the type of hounds being competition hunted and winning the hunts. No one wants a cold trailing dig that trees 2 0r 2 coons in a hunt, they want hotter nosed multiply coon treed type of hound. The ones that demand the cold trailing dogs are still breeding those type of hounds albeit a minority. If coons were scarce and hides were high, you would see the demand go up for the cold nosed track dogs. It's all about supply and DEMAND. It's not as simply as poor breeding, it's what sells. Better or worse depends on what one desired be it yesterday or today dogs. My younger friends absolutely detest a cold trailing dog, that want action and action quick. Hard to defend one type over another type, coons are more plentiful today and the hotter nosed dogs excel in the hunts, the old hide hunters needed the cold track dogs as every hide mattered. Hope you see my point, I certainly see yours and neither is wrong, it's only a choice. Dave. p.s. It's late and I am not going back to correct spelling. Lol.
Dave Richards Treeing Walkers Reg American Saddlebred and Registered Rocky Mt. Show Horses
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