What happens when you put dogs of different styles down together? Can they run together? Or will they have herky-jerky running with a lot of breakdowns and losses?
Chris Hopkins came down and ran last night. He has mostly 13" females that are Shooter and Dingus bred. They run with pretty decent speed, a tight line and close check work. All work a check from the inside out and can run with few checks.
I ran three young 15" males, Rambler, Jed, and Rep, that are a little bigger, more aggressive, and a little wider on the check. These young males are high on energy and can cause a few problems, especially until they get their edge off.
We went down to this clearcut to turn loose. The ground was mostly covered with about 1/2" of snow. We ran about three hours on four rabbits. The first chase was about what you would expect. The dogs ran it about 20 minutes and had several checks. They had some hard drives that ended in a breakdown. They ran decent, but not as good as we would have liked.
The last two chases lasted about 40 minutes each. The dogs were smoking with few checks. In fact, the only times they seemed to break down were the times I mentioned how well they were running. They ran whole circles almost with pausing. The chases covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time.
Does this prove that dogs of different styles can run together? I guess that depends on how different the styles are. Chris's dogs can gear up and run hard. The young dogs I ran did a decent job of gearing down in the tough spots. Maybe what it proves is that as long as all the dogs have gears, and will adjust their speed to the conditions, dogs of different styles can run well together.
I ran Rambler, Jed, and Rep. Chris Hopkins ran Molly, Beebee, Abby, and Juno. It was 33° with 10 mph wind and a slight rain/snow mix.