The cover of this month's Field with commentary by the editor alongside. Wow. Or should I say "Gorblimey!"
Mix & match breeds
The cleverest dog I've owned came from a mucky match in Dulverton. Somehow, a collie x alsatian had mated with a whippet, producing a small lurcher that could nail rabbits, retrieve an egg without cracking it and translate the Book of Deuteronomy from Hebrew if asked. It was a stunningly useful animal that cost practically nothing: then, as now, pedigree dogs commanded the money.
Yet today people are deliberately mixing their own gundogs to gain that cocktail of brains, performance and health that characterised my lurcher. And if you've ever despaired of labradors that won't face cover or springers that are nuttier than KP's finest, read our piece on crossbreeds. A hotchpotch hound might just be the solution.