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Choosing The Sire

Laura Bell

Staff Writer

Ohio

As a regular contributing writer to COONHOUND BLOODLINES MAGAZINE I’ve been

fortunate to be able to talk with many people within the coonhound world and hear about countless great dogs from
various bloodlines. I was aware of who was winning, what lines were out there
and I just needed to figure out what I wanted for Tanner. I knew I wanted
something dual purpose, meaning, something that could coon hunt and something
that was built correctly enough in conformation to compete in shows. But most
importantly I needed something to compliment Tanner, make up for her weak
points, and reinforce her strong points. Like –

Tanner likes to run the occasional deer, so I should look at sires that do not have a strong history of running deer. After
all, I want a coon dog not a deer dog!

Tracking ability. Tanner doesn’t lack much
in this department, but finding a sire with a strong track driving ability
wouldn’t hurt.

Treeing ability. Tanner has this dominated.
Once she lets out her locate bark, tree her and start walking to her to find
the coon. Very rarely have I ever questioned whether or not she had the coon,
she’s incredibly accurate. The sire I choose need not be as dominating in this
trait.

Temperament and personality. Tanner excels
at this category also. But hey, a charming, easy going male dog would be one of
the best things for this cross.

Conformation. I not only hunt these dogs,
but I show them. I wanted puppies that had splendor and brains. Face it, a dog
that doesn’t know what a coon is would take away from its heritage, and a dog
that wasn’t built to its breed standard would never hold up correctly in the
field. Correct structure and conformation is just as important as hunting
ability and everything else.  

Then there
are pedigrees
.

Tanner’s pedigree is like so –

 ------------(Great
Grand Sire) GRNITECH ‘PR’ Rock River Sackett

-------(Grand
Sire) CHGRNITECH ‘PR’ Rock River Sackett Jr.

------------(Great
Grand Dam GRNITECH ‘ PR’ Skeans Dolly

(Sire)
GRNITECH ‘PR’ Fletcher’s Stylish Jake

------------(Great
Grand Sire) GRNITECH ‘PR’ Hard Knockin Stylish Hayes

-------(Grand
Dam) NITECH ‘PR’ Fletcher’s Stylish Ann

------------(Great
Grand Dam GRNITECH ‘PR’ Schmersal’s Stylish Anna

GRCH
'PR' Bells NiteTime'n Tanner

------------(Great
Grand Sire) CH GRNITECH ‘PR’ Rock River Sackett Jr.

-------(Grand
Sire) GRNITECH ‘PR’ Babes Stylish Banjo

------------(Great
Grand Dam NITECh ‘PR’ Lipper’s Stylish Babe

(Dam)
‘PR’ Scotts Brushy Brench Bell

------------
(Great Grand Sire) ‘PR’ Byron’s Flag’n Yank

-------(Grand
Dam) NITECH ‘PR’ Hard Hittin Honey

------------
(Great Grand Dam) ‘PR’ Byron’s Lil Sparky

She carries Rock River Sackett Jr. twice in
her pedigree, which I like. Sackett Jr. sired 1806 pups in his lifetime and of
those, 410 earned UKC Hunting titles. Sackett Jr. was one of the historical top
reproducers of the Treeing Walker breed.

I was tempted to go with a sire that also
had Sackett Jr. in his pedigree, but there was another bloodline that I was
drawn to, the Clover bloodline.

The Clover line of dogs was originated by
Lee Logan, of Pennsylvania. Lee picked Clover out of a litter of pups because
of the perfect clover shaped marking on his side, hence why Lee named him
Clover and he became GRNITECH CH ‘PR’ Logan’s Wild Clover. As a side note, the
Clover line typically produces hounds that are mostly black & white with
small amounts of tan on their faces only. I did an article on Lee and his
“wild” Clover dogs and as a special treat, Lee offered me the chance to hunt
with some of his dogs. I had a blast! He brought four dogs out and those four
dogs looked like a million bucks that night. One in particular was called
GRNITECH ‘PR’ Wessel’s Wild Card. Card reproduced lots of good pups, several
with titles, and is still alive to this day. So, should I breed Tanner to Card?
I thought about it, but while Card had everything I was looking for it seemed
like everyone had a pup out of Wild Card and I wanted something a little
different.

Lee sold Card to Mike Espinosa in
Springfield, Ohio and Mike has been raising a successful line of dogs out of
him. One especially caught my eye. His name was GRNITECH GRCH ‘PR’ Wild Card’s
Buddy and he was a direct son of Card and his mother was another Clover bred
female, making Buddy double bred on Clover. Buddy is young, only 3-4yrs old,
but I liked him and I first saw him in person at the 2011 UKC Autumn Oaks
event. He was starting to win a few hunts and he seemed like a good balanced
hound and even was working towards earning a show title. Dual purpose, that’s
what I was looking for! Buddy earned his hunting titles at an early age and was
starting to sire a few litters. The only thing was, while Buddy himself was
proving to be an excellent dog, it was unknown if his pups would carry the same
characteristics and he had around 30 pups on the ground all around the 1yr old
mark. The few that were old enough to hunt were starting to do a nice job, but
they were still young. Would Buddy commonly produce duds or dandies? Same goes
for Tanner. One never knows, you just hope.

Anyway, Mike had a post going about Buddy
and the rest of his kennel on the UKC Message Forum and I was keeping an eye on
this thread for a while. Tanner was due in heat around December 2012 and shortly
before this I had contacted Mike about the possibility of breeding Tanner to
Buddy. He was a very nice guy to talk with and was willing to work with me on
getting Tanner bred to Buddy. After talking with Mike I was sure that Buddy
would be a nice compliment to Tanner and together they would produce a
well-balanced litter of pups. He lives in Springfield, Ohio, which is just over
a 3hr drive for me.

Tanner finally came into heat in January of
2013. I went to the vet and got a Brucellosis test done (more on this in my
next column) and it came back negative, which is a good thing! She had a rather
short heat cycle and I chose to breed her on January 13th, which was
her ninth day of heat. She was standing for every dog in town, so I crossed my
fingers and headed her down to meet Buddy. Shortly after arriving at Mike’s,
Tanner and Buddy tied. More finger crossing that this would result in pups!
Mike lives in a residential area, which kind of surprised me, and no hounds
barked when we pulled up. Mike has a small back yard where the dogs stay and
wow what discipline they have! If they started barking, and we all know hounds
like to bark and are hard to stop, Mike just had to tell them to hush and they
stopped cold. This line of dogs minds their owner well, another added perk!

While down at Mike’s I got to see a pup out
of Buddy and another female out of Card. Very good looking dogs!! But I
especially liked another dog Mike had, Wild Card! The old boy looked much the
same from when I last hunted with him, only a little greyer and with a few
added pounds. I believe Mike said he was 13yrs old and just taking it easy. I
got to pet him and feed him several dog biscuits, he was a good ol boy and
loved the attention.

We filled out the necessary paperwork, and
then I shook hands with Mike and headed home. I can’t begin to say how excited
I was for this! I would finally have my first litter of pups on the way!
Hopefully! Dogs have a gestation of 63 days (but it varies, give or take a few
days) and according to a whelping calendar found at www.ukcdogs.com Tanner’s due
date would be March 16th, 2013.

The pups would have the following
3-generation pedigree

 -------------GRNITECH
'PR' Rock River Sackett

--------CHGRNITECH
'PR' Rock River Sackett Jr.

-------------GRNITECH
'PR' Skeans Dolly

----GRNITECH
'PR' Fletcher's Stylish Jake

-------------GRNITECH
'PR' Hard Knockin Stylish Hayes

--------NITECH
'PR' Fletcher's Stylish Ann

-------------GRNITECH
'PR' Schmersal's Stylish Anna

(DAM)
GRCH 'PR' Bells NiteTime'n Tanner

-------------CH
GRNITECH 'PR' Rock River Sackett Jr.

--------GRNITECH
'PR' Babes Stylish Banjo

-------------NITECh
'PR' Lipper's Stylish Babe

----'PR'
Scotts Brushy Brench Bell

------------'PR'
Byron's Flag'n Yank

--------NITECH
'PR' Hard Hittin Honey

------------'PR'
Byron's Lil Sparky

PUPS

-------------GRNITECH.
Logan's Wild Clover

--------GRNITECH.
Wessel's Wild Casey

-------------GRNITECH.
Logan's Wild Jeanie

----GRNITECH.
Wessel's Wild Card

-------------GRNITECH.
Yadkin River Cruise

--------GRNITECH.
Cheat River Big Horn Dutchess

-------------GRNITECH.
Abbott's Big Horn Daisy