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 . . .

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Will This Cross Work?

Every beagler knows the feeling. You think and worry and hope and dream and it's all about pups, a lot of times even before the cross is made. I raise one or two litters a year. A lot of the future of the kennel rides on those crosses producing the kind of dogs that I like. 

Last year I had plenty of young dogs so I didn't raise any pups at all. That makes it even more important this year to get it right. I am not doing this to sell pups. This is all about raising pups to reload the kennel. To make it even more challenging, I decided to raise pups out of two young dogs that are just coming into their ability. Neither is proven but both have traits that I really like. Each has their own strengths that led to this decision.

Dennis' Strengths
  • Very Independent
  • Hunts and Jumps Rabbits Without Help
  • Powerful Out of the Check
  • Good Strong Squall Mouth
  • Great Speed on the Line
  • Good Conformation
  • Son of Logan Elm Neal X Big Meadows Breezy

Dilly's Strengths
  • Huge Mouth
  • Hunts and Jumps Rabbits Without Help
  • Independent in Check Area
  • Can Walk Out a Tough Check
  • Excellent Conformation
  • Granddaughter of Branko's Freejack & Logan Elm Neal
The strengths look great. BUT, both are unproven. On both sides you have young dogs that may or may not make the cut. In a year or two both dogs could be gone. In this case though, I chose to use young dogs with great strengths in areas that matter most to me, rather than use an older dog that my not be so great in those areas.

Another advantage is line-breeding and I have owned back three generations on the top side and four on the bottom.  Having a double cross of Logan Elm Neal in the pups makes me hopeful. This also has its question marks as I haven't doubled up like this too much. Who knows what it will produce. The pups are due in March, so in a year or two or three, I will probably know something about how the cross worked.  :)

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