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    Quote Originally Posted by roseberry View Post
    this thread is insightful. since i have never had a "great marker" i am pleased to know that:
    1. there is a chance i may be a decent trainer.
    2. it is confirmed that i suck at puppy pickin'!



    Most of us are in the same boat ,up the creek without a paddle.... I do believe that a lot of dogs make FC, Master hunter and a few have made NFC's with mediocre abilities....Very few are great...They have their day in the sun but not often... Steve S
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Robinson View Post
    Just off the top of my head I would say great markers possess in no particular order, intense drive to get the bird, eye sight to see birds and guns at a distance, intelligence, memory, depth perception and some weird ability to keep track of a distinct location while running up and down, through cover, even off line, most if not all that is built in the dog at birth.

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    I agree with the eyes to see birds,depth perception and the ability to track distance while running...The other parts are usually present in great markers but I believe they only add to the ability in however the degree they exist in each dog....Steve S
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    There's an interesting article on heritability of performance traits of good race horses in the most recent Blood-Horse magazine, but unlike the AKC the registry for race horses, the Jockey Club, keeps and regularly publishes really good statistics, like leading sires by money won, leading first-crop sire, leading broodmare sire, leading sires by percent of winners from runners, etc. Stallions that produce precocious offspring that win as 2 yr. olds are commercially more popular than those that produce later maturing offspring as the get of sires that produce 2 yr old winners tend to bring more at the sales. Seems like that would be an interesting trait to track in retriever sires--those that produce Derby List dogs, for example, as a percentage of starters compared to say, dogs that produce AA pointed or titled all age dogs as a percentage of starters. Too bad the AKC or LRC doesn't track that kind of stuff.
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    I believe breeders could do more to improve the breed by more line breeding instead of continually out crossing to the latest greatest dog in the public eye to sell pups....Steve S
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    Quote Originally Posted by runnindawgz View Post


    "Happiness" is passed from one generation to the next IMHO (based on my mother / daughter team pictured here).
    That's Great picture...but Why do I get the feeling that wolves look about the same as they're chewing your leg off...must be too many bad clown movies as a child I guess
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