kyduck wrote:So the pedigree of the dog, not the physical appearance, is how to select a good hunting dog? Thanks for the reply.
You will find the "physical appearance" IN the pedigree.
When looking at a litter, you aren't just looking for Champions and Master Hunters. You are looking for a good solid background with good solid Health certs.
For instance if looking for chacolate, you wouldn't want to see that every previous Sire and Dam in your pups background was a Chacolate also. Chacolates need be breed back to a black at least every other breeding because of there less dominant genes.
When looking at the pedigree, you are also looking at the parents physical appearance, and if possible the previouse sires and dams.
Physical appearance is in the eye of the beholder also. Even though AKC has only one view of what a Labrador Retriever or a Chesapeke looks like, each one of us have our own ideas of what we want in a dog. First off there is male or female. I personally liked a little bigger male dog, while someone else would prefer a small female that weighs around 50 lbs.
Energy level is something else to consider. If you are a first time trainer and don't have all the time in the world to train your dog or the patients. Then i wouldn't suggest that you go out and get a pup sired by Down Town Dusty Brown. Maybe your looking for a little less strung of a dog. This doesn't make the dog a bad dog, it just means that he isn't going to run like hell on a 500 yrd blind retrieve.
Sorry for the long windedness. I get this way sometimes.
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