My definition of field dogs is real FT dogs. This dog is about 90 % show at this point, withFC AFC The Marathon ManandAFC Hiwood Shadowin the back on the dam side (granted they are 5 generations back) The sire of this dog is a CH/MH . My feeling is blending gets you a better looking dog ,with better coat and yes, tail and yes structure with a higher desire and trainability than MOST show only bred dogs.
I have a Grady son whom I absolutely adore, he is smart , trainable and a pretty decent marker but he is not the prettiest dog , he is high in the rear and as a really long tail and has hound dog ears, and a long pointy nose . When I breed him to a CH/MH/QAA x SH bitch I have (who made the cut in her large class at the Potomac last year), I hope that in the coming generations, I can start to improve on some of the structural flaws and keep a good portion of the drive. The bitch is pretty darn driven too! To EACH their own!!! I like a fairly substantial , ATHLETIC , more blocky headed (with proper length of muzzle) dog, and that is what my customers like.
I recently sent a finished FC bred bitch to my guide friend in South Jersey. She is doing great on geese , and gets REALLY cold on water. She does not have a great coat and not an once of extra meat on her bones ...she is not going to work out for him and he wants one of my upcoming blended pups