OK, guys, let me clear this one up. Old fashioned, long-eared Black & Tans are, for the most part the AKC registered variety, before recent developments in AKC that allowed the UKC type hounds to register with all that FSS baloney. There are some distinctive differences between the two types. Most of the AKC show type hounds are indeed worthless in the woods. However, a few people still bred hunting hounds. It is very important to find these people if you intend to buy a hound for hunting use. Kuester's Limberlost Black and Tans was formerly the place to buy for hunting, but they have gotten advanced in age and no longer breed hounds but sometimes still go for hunts with other guys...we're talking Ed is probably 87 now. Very nice people when I bought my two from them and I still keep in contact with them. The original bloodlines were Maple Hill, St. John, Ten Oaks, and maybe a little bit of Grand Mere. Some Twinlakes has been added over the recent past. Those are the original and pretty much ONLY lines that are true old fashioned bloodlines. Most others go back to Wagner stock somewhere and while Wagner hounds and Duncan's are very nice looking and successful game dogs, they are NOT truly old fashioned Black and Tans, nor are Boatman or Bloodworth, although they have many good qualities. Hope I didn't ruffle any feathers or anything, but that's just the way it is, not knocking any man or his hounds, just wanted to clarify that to a degree. I have done extensive research on these hounds and owned them for about 20 years now.
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