It's cutting them loose and having the pack run the rabbit until it gives up and goes in a hole or gets caught. And although the dogs usually don't catch it, they run like they want to. Just me and my pack of hounds, in any condition, on any day, in the roughest places I can find . . .

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Rating Dogs

Bud Denny posted about an interesting method for rating dogs on the Hunted Hare Board. His method is explained on this post with some discussion also.

Rate your dogs with 5 points in each category, five being strongest. Hunt, Nose, Line control, Checkwork. As my thinking always is you may be able to fib to everyone else but be honest with yourselves. Just your running dogs but can add pups if you wish. Then what is their strongest point and weakest.

So a rating table would look like this.

So I did this and found out this is hard work. I did it, thought about it, and did it again. Then the Old Man did it, and we compared. It was amazing how similar we scored. And I am still thinking about it and am going to score again. I also thought about adding stamina, conformation, health, value in breeding program, and personality. 

I'm sure this method is not perfect, but the results were interesting. The dogs that scored the highest were Chip, Gypsy, and Hot Head. That really wasn't a surprise to either one of us. Some of the other dogs' scores were a little unexpected, and definitely something I will have to consider. 

This is a great idea and an easy to use tool for someone that is concerned with having the best dogs possible. I am anxious to try it later this spring to evaluate young dogs when I start to put a lot of hours on them. Thanks for a great tool, Bud!


  1. Now, you s...y,s...er. You know I'll have to bite on this one. I hope you're happy knowing I'll be taking paperwork to the field with me now and, beating myself up over it. You should feel bad that I will have homework for Vigar. :)

  2. I had no doubt, in fact I even thought about it as I was posting this, that you couldn't resist. I can't wait to hear your what you find. And Vigar as well. He needs a little homework now that he is retired. :)