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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, June 27, 2017

But You've Got Dogs Out of Him

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Well, it sure it confusing. I got rid of dogs because I didn't like the way they ran. Look in my kennel though and there are all kinds of pups and young dogs out of them. So which is it? I keep getting this question, you hate the dogs but half your kennel is out of them? Yessir, that's right.

Some guys like blondes. Some guys like brunettes. Some guys like gingers. Some guys like skinny women. Some guys like women a little thick. It's not right or wrong. It's personal preference. It doesn't make a woman good or bad. It's just what a guy likes.

Just because I don't like the way a dog runs doesn't mean it's not a good dog. When I sold Logan Elm Black Butcher to Jamey Damron, I told him he would win hunts. This year, he won the Grand Champion class at the World Hunt. He is a good dog. He isn't my style. BUT, he is a good dog.

Logan Elm DK is the best jump dog I have ever seen at his age. He will absolutely win ARHA Little Pack hunts. He is also way rougher than I like. That doesn't make him a bad dog. It just means he is not my style. 

When making a cross, I try to look at all of the traits of both parents. I think about what I like about each and what I don't. I think about what the pups will look like and how they will act. I imagine them at a year old considering how they will hunt and how they will run.

I always try to breed for the future. I plan for years ahead. If a dog has good traits that I like, I will raise pups out of him/her. If they come from a family of reproducers, I definitely try to get pups from them. I consider good traits and bad. It's not black and white makes gray. There are so many shades that I just try to get as much good as I can and minimize the bad.

Is it easy? NO! Do I make mistakes? YES! YES! YES! Do I keep trying hoping to improve my kennel? Of course! Does it always work? NO! Am I addicted to the thought of raising better rabbit hounds?  Yyyyyyeeeessss!  :)

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