To me nose is the only thing on the list that is completely set from birth. Brains can be developed with handling. A smart dog that is locked in a kennel and never gets used will become dull. Hunt imo is a use it or loose it thing. If you jump every rabbit for a dog he's gonna figure out he doesn't have to. Speed should always be adjusted to the conditions and terrain. A dog that only has 1 gear is useless to me.I like what you said about the determination and drive. I feel like that is important to me also even though I’m still new to all this. One of the main reasons I put this on here is because I seen alot of guys pushing for nose. I understand a dog has to have a good nose to run a rabbit but the way I took it from alot of guys is if they have the nose the hunt and desire will come to them. Like I said I’m still new to this but I also feel that is a little far fetched also? Maybe I’m wrong I’m not sure.
So I guess that's why guys try to focus on nose, especially field trialers, is because it is one trait that can't really be changed. You either got it or ya don't. Only problem with that is a dog with a big nose and no brains is going to be a babbling fool. I try not to focus on any 1 trait. I try to see how one trait can help or hurt another. To me it's all about having a well balanced hound that is willing to go the extra mile.