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    The cover of this month's Field with commentary by the editor alongside. Wow. Or should I say "Gorblimey!"






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    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.

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    Four one to Stoke at home and now this ... wrist slashing time.

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    What a terrible message to put out there... I have no issues with mutts, owned a couple throughout the years and they served their purpose fine (as pets). Deliberately mixing finely tuned gun dogs isn't going to give you the best of both... You're going back to square 1.

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    Don't do it, Eug - not on account of the Villa. I mean, a Plummer x Patterdale cross might be just the thing for the Baggies' midfield defense nipping at heels and achilles tendons, but the Claret and Blue have at least kept clear of the rat pack in the drop zone. Next year...next year...both our gundogs and our Throstles and Vanillans on the wing will be of better pedigree, let's trust in that. Gotta be better'n trusting in permanent relegation by wrist-slitting.

    Speaking of wings, remind me in your best Brummie why the h*ll we ever let Odemwingie go...???

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    Some outdoor writers have the same malady as some regular journalists..... they are idiots with a problem of figuring out what to write for each deadline....
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    Like when Angus Phillips wrote about "the best retriever man around, Jack Jagoda?"

    But I digress. The Field is essentially an aristo horse & hound and gundog chronicle - deadlines don't really apply when you're venerated almost much as the royal family (the royal family and their gundogs) over there. Don't know what's got into them with this cockamamie notion of conjuring up your own "breed."

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    What's the matter ????? Great idea ! Labrapointer ! A Dog that won't retrieve AND won't point ! Perfect !

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    Wow. Haven't received my current issue yet, but my favorite magazine may just have dropped a peg or two.

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    You missed the more important article in the issue. Tweed in vogue on catwalk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerd View Post
    The cover of this month's Field with commentary by the editor alongside. Wow. Or should I say "Gorblimey!"






    MG
    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.
    Perhaps it's just a matter of timeing ??? ... is it that that guy is just 100 years late ?

    http://www.retrievertraining.net/for...l=1#post497615

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