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How do I learn to know whether a dog is breed up nice or not, just looks like hundreds of different names. Seen one guy said it was a blackcreek but I seen very little blackcreek names and other people said it looked like a nice pedigree? Thanks.
 

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People who claim to have Blackcreeks, Skullforks, Weir Creeks, Gay, Shorts, etc, really do not since those are all old lines and the original breeders of those lines have been gone for many years. What you really need to determine is what has been crossed onto those lines in the years since the founder of that line stopped actively breeding. No line continues the same way after the original breeder stops.

I would suggest that you look for pedigrees where you see the same hound names multiple times, indicating the pedigree shows line breeding or even inbreeding. If you see nothing but different names, which will be true of most beagle pedigrees, you have a very openly bred hound. A more linebred or inbred hound is more likely to perform and reproduce the traits of its dominant line, because there are fewer variables at play. The trick for a beginner is to decide what type of beagle you want, then find someone breeding closely (linebreeding/inbreeding) for that type of hound. Be prepared to spend time studying, visiting breeders, and looking at many different hounds to understand fully what you really want.
 

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I plan to go to the trial hunt coming up in January. I've watched some on youtube and I like blackcreek's. Branko's are too fast for me I think that's what Benson's Kennel runs off youtube. I got a male I like from beagles om fire, grade dog, he hunts really hard which I like but his nose sucks on jumping a rabbit. I watched him work a spot over 30 minutes today before giving up and heading home. Tons of hunt though comes back bloody.
 

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Hows your rabbit population ammo ?
Keep in mind theres no dog that can jump the rabbit if the rabbits no there . I normally always find some rabbits but their sure not thick as they once was and 30 min of hard hunting without a jump is not all that uncommon around here
I've got a few rabbits at least they always hit something. Problem is I can watch him work an area for 30 minutes no rabbit but I've walked in and jumped it before. He never barks outa place, always a hot rabbit there. There has been days I've gone and he not bark and that's ok, but if he barks he needs ro produce, especially when it's a trend.
I'm currently talking to the breeder I got the male from and get another dog from him. Love the way he hunts just poor nose, I'm gonna show him the videos I got and see what he says.
 
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