Just my opinion 5 to 6 dogs is the ideal size pack anymore at some point I would think the slot dogs are no longer tracking the rabbit instead they are tracking the other dogs in front or should I say tagging along. This is just my opinion I'm no expert to say the least.
I agree to a certain point. There is a difference in a pack of 7or8 dogs running a rabbit and just tagging along compared to a pack that has there noses to the ground running the rabbit and not the other dogs. You just have to get dogs with all the same style.
the dogs we had back then were the run to catch type. they all took turns at the front. they were dogs that complimented each other very well. we were in the habit of huntng every saturday and sunday. we pretty much killed 40-50 rabbits a weekend. those were the times. we brought so many leads and handed two or three out to each hunter so i cant recall if i hunted more for dogs or leashes after the hunts. lol now i normal run up to four by myself or six if im with someone else. i really enjoy bracing two dogs more than anything.
I think it depends. I really like running trios or braces, depending on the dog. I even like to solo one. I also like running with good friends, and we will run 6 or so. If the dogs are seasoned, don't mind a biggerr pack, but like to keep my young dogs in a smaller pack. JMO
I usually run 5 or 6 due to the fact I have so many in the kennel (20). It is rewarding and enjoyable to see a dog solo a rabbit for 1-2 hrs. With this said the is NOTHING, I mean NOTHING that sounds better than 14 like style beagles after a buck rabbit! Unless it is 40 foxhounds running a coyote! Sweet music!
Depends on running conditions. On exceptionally dry days I believe one or 2 dogs can run it better than 8 or 9 dogs. Most of the time I run 8 because of the number of dogs I have so they can have their ground time.