I'm new to Field Trials / Hunt Tests and appreciate all the knowledge and advice found in these forums. I'm currently waiting on a new pup and he will be the first I've owned that will receive professional training. He is a very well bred pup and we are excited to get him.
When I attempted to purchase my last dog, the breeder strongly resisted selling him to me because I wasn't in the field trial game. She finally relented and I'm happy she did. That pup was out of Yellowstone's TNT Explosion (Nitro) and he was everything one could ask for in a dog. Although he lived in the house with the family, he got TONS of exercise and plenty of love and affection. In return he gave us everything he had right until the end.
During this recent search, I had two breeders refuse to sell me a pup because I was unsure if I would place him in FT or HT at the time. One stated, "placing such a well bred dog with a family is a waste of genetics". That was his attitude even though I live on the water and our dogs run/swim/retrieve EVERY day. While I understand breeding dogs is a business to some, I think they have forgotten that "quality of life" is a concept that applies to our four legged friends as well.
I expressed the above to a successful Field trialer recently. He responded by saying my dog likely had a better life than many many FT dogs. What do you think?