I love beagles and I'm glad to see Uno win, although I'm a little partial to the 11" size rather than the 15".
Do you think that dog can hunt?
Seems like show dogs and good hunters have different personalities.
I bet that most of "those folk" will be looking for the oity-toity show lines. There are a LOT of Beagle dogs out there!
What's funny is that our Lab. Charlie is from a high-end breeder, of show dogs and Service dogs. They were planning to keep her as a breed dog, (they only raise one litter every year or 2), but her hips didn't "certify" or whatever it's called as "excellent".... OK, but not "excellent". So they were holding her as a pet, working her w/ their other dogs, until "the right" folks came along...and they gifted her to us. Charlie has a stack of papers that I can barely read, but all she knows is that she luuuuuuuvs her people! :thumb:
I love my dogs! Hoity toity I am not sure of the meaning. In my search for a replacement of my 18 year old I have found that a lot of breeders after retiring from the show circuits venture into other areas because of their attachment to their animal. One of the first steps for the show circuit is obedience training and bonding. From there everything blossoms. It is because of the attachment and caring and competition brings forth many avenues of a sharing relationship. A lot of show careers are shared with agility and rally training and competition at the same shows. A lot of other venues are available such as Search & Rescue, Therapy, Cancer sniffing, Shutzund , Field Trials and on and on. I'll bet that Beagle can run with the best of them. However the owners are probably protective because of potential stud fees.
I am currently negotiating with a breeder of one of the Westminster Group winners for a pup to be born sometime this year. He is the number 5 winningest dog in the history of his breed. Would you believe he has a string of titles way past his show status in agility, obedience and therapy. ( He visits nursing homes and is certified to do so. Do you think he is a good family dog?) The bitch that he will breed to also has gone past her championship status in Obedience work.
I'd love to have a lab or the Austrain Sheperds to work with. Wonderful animals!! I can only have one so I am picking carefuly through the Hoity Toity dogs as he has to fit in my plans and my family and my house.
Someone is missing some great dogs with those Sheperds the fellow from MO has. If I had a rural residence I'd be in MO picking them up.