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Got this info compliments of JK Ottoman at Retriever Results, but found it VERY interesting since we are so fixated on Sires all the time


Recently a subscriber asked us about "blue hens" and suggested we use the Retriever Results database to identify these special dogs.

From our preliminary research, we learned that a "blue hen" is a bitch that features prominently in the pedigrees of successful dogs. To us, it sounds like the female equivalent of "dominant sire."

Using the dogs qualified for this year's National Amateur, we took a look at three generation pedigrees for 142 labradors.

394 (40% of the total) are unique Labrador bitches
Nineteen of them (5%) represent 42% of all bitches in the pedigrees
Most of the dogs on the list (69%) appear in just one pedigree.


 

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Bon,

That's an interesting graph. But, I think it is a little misleading. By measuring how often a dog shows up in a pedigree the frequency that dog, or their get were bred impacts that. So, if a bitch produces a stud who is used a lot it will make that bitch move higher on the list than one who directly produced more champions. It is a subtle but important difference.

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The true definition of a blue hen is a bitch that crosses exceptionally well with a variety of stud dogs and consistently produces quality even with different sires. So, when you look at pedigrees and see a certain bitch pop up over and over, take a look at who she was bred to. If it was only to one particular dog, she isn't a blue hen.
 

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The true definition of a blue hen is a bitch that crosses exceptionally well with a variety of stud dogs and consistently produces quality even with different sires. So, when you look at pedigrees and see a certain bitch pop up over and over, take a look at who she was bred to. If it was only to one particular dog, she isn't a blue hen.
That could only mean.........tada.........FC-AFC Tequilla Sunrise IX
 

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That could only mean.........tada.........FC-AFC Tequilla Sunrise IX
Might be a few others on the list. Rita comes to mind since one of her sons just finished the Nat Am and a daughter went out in the 9th. She produced 11 FC/AFC between 5 sires. Or Kweezy, 10 titled offspring between 3 sires.
 

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Tom and Sharon, You're both correct. The analysis we did is probably really more of a frequency analysis than a true blue hen. We just got intrigued when a subscriber asked us to start to look at it! As the Retriever Results database grows, we'll have multi-generation pedigrees of all the dogs and will then be in a better position to do a more complete analysis.
 

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They are pretty close. Plus one of Rita's breedings was to Keila's brother.
 

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Lottie and Desert Duk in my mind had something special.
 
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