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Registered: Aug 2013
Location: Seneca, Mo
Originally posted by yadkintar
Completely out of the breed gives you a completely different gene pool still is a hound but no relatives multiple 5 or 6 times like the walkers.
Should also be healthier less prone to illness.
Unless that sire carries the same genetic disposition for those diseases. The idea that hybrids are actually healthier is not proven.
And as Richard asked earlier are all hybrids considered to have hybrid vigor, the answer is no. The offspring is only as good as the gene pool available. You are not guaranteed heterosis and an over dominance in all the things you are looking for. If so all these designer breeds of dogs would exhibit superior health, stamina and reproduction to their purebred counterparts. Even in the know coonhound world of x breeding and crossbreeding that has taken place for decades if not centuries in some cases you would see the same thing in a consistent basis and we know that is not true. Even in crossbreeding you should be selective in what you are breeding for and maybe you will get heterosis with over dominance in all the right places nose, speed, health, mouth and accuracy to go with it. Knowing what traits are brought to the table from each line on a consistent basis but if it were a guarantee the superior dog would not be an anomaly it would be as common as dirt. There was a time not that long ago that grade dogs were in bigger numbers than registered. Some were from selective crosses (chosen coonhound to chosen coonhound regardless of breed), some from ready and able nearby and many from when Harry met Sally (hound x ?). All hound gene pools are much more varied than many will ever know or admit if they do. Single registration of hounds by breed brought in lots of unknowns. I do think that breeds that bred and accepted only a low amount of color variations did fall more quickly behind by culling for color as opposed to for ability, no offense meant to anyone.
Point of all this make your crosses based upon what desired traits you are looking for but complete outcross, with in breed or even inbred with thousands and even hundreds of thousands variations that can happen there are no guarantees. Imo 50% of a dogs ability comes from natural genetic disposition the other 50% is environment and much depends upon you.
Best of luck and may the stars line up for everyone's future crosses!
Cheyenne & Jennifer Cummings
Seneca , MO
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