bear-chic wrote:...The old dog taught Clyde a thing or two (but not much) before he died last year, along with some others old dogs which left us a 7 year old Matthes hound that had some experience but had never made it to a tree...
I am sure I donâ€™t fully understand your situation.
You also mentioned you could not breed Clyde to a Walker dog because he is related to her.
So I am having trouble seeing the value of Clyde for breeding to.
Why did people add so much Walker blood to Matthes dogs?
Why are there no pure Matthes dogs left on planet earth?
It is not that hard to maintain a pure line.
So why wasnâ€™t it maintained?
That should tell you something. Listen to what people are telling you by their actions.
What it has said to me is that evidently the pure dogs worked well for Steve but not so well for other people. And several issues LawdawgHarris brings up are related to this one.
I donâ€™t have a bunch of dogs out there bred by me, because most dogs should not be bred. I have had some very good dogs that were not good enough to breed. And honestly, I got real tired of cleaning up after sloppy breeding practices. Itâ€™s an awful job. Awful. And it seems to happen most frequently around names of well known breeders.
You are going to do what you have already decided to do, I think. But you are talking about breeding a dog that was seven years old and never made it to a tree.
So there are some very important considerations when making the decision to breed a dog, that you can not know anything about. You canâ€™t know about any of the age related traits; or at what age his mind developed and his hunting/locating traits kicked in. You canâ€™t really even know about longevity, because a true picture of longevity includes the dog being hunted hard. There are many potential physical and cognitive genetic defects that can not be seen unless the dog is hunted hard in his prime.
What do you know about the dog?
1)That he likes to trail.
2)That he may or may not have some Matthes Lion Hound blood; and that may or may not be a good thing.
3)that he makes a good pet
4)that he lives a long time in good health if kept home his peak years and not hunted.
5)His puppies would be so adorable and snuggly
It seriously might be a good exercise to make a list of reasons to breed him.
I donâ€™t really understand people encouraging you to breed him, except that they already know you have your mind made up and they are saying OK, do what you are going to do. Have fun.
Next question is, why do you NOT use the same dogs as those in your area who are successful at what it is you want to be successful at.
There are A LOT of potential answers to that question. So, one example might be: â€ś I want to prove to those arrogant guys that a famous manâ€™s lion bred dog can be just as good for bear as their dogs that have been bred a couple hundred years by countless breeders specifically for bear hunting...â€ť
(Just one example)
Like everyone else on here, I also am happy that you have a dog you enjoy and a sport you enjoy. And I think it is awesome that it is something you and your husband can do together. Blessings on you and your marriage and your chosen hobby.
As you were.