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Location: Michigan
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tnhoundsman

Todd,
I have had these dogs for about 5 years or so..... finding one here, one there.... and putting together my kennel....
The reason I chose this breed is for their versatility, way of hunting, and temperament with all family members.....
Unfortunately, this line of dogs was almost extinct, except for one man in Pa. that kept the breed/line alive..... there was a dog here and a dog there, but it has taken a number of years to track them down.....

The breed even though the numbers have risen a bit across the country, are not making a great comeback as hunting dogs thanks to the show ring.... Brick Wall,)

They have never been bred for open or closed mouth so you get a mix of both, nose varies as well.... but for the most part are med. to hot nosed.... This is a breed that can be used to hunt various game in the same day, and be your best friend through it all.....

The major thing I like about them is that they can be gritty as they come on game, then 10 seconds later be playing with your kids in the yard.... either way they are just as happy.....

I had a male get ripped up pretty good with female that I had here (who ultimatley was culled permanently from any breeding program)... he was left to run loose while he healed and spent every chance he could just following my 6 year old twin boys around..... they would mess with him, and even though you could see it hurt, all he would do was wince, give them a lick on the cheek and walk a distance and lay down where they were playing keeping an eye on them..... I have no doubt that if another dog, animal, or person tried to do harm to them, he would have layed his life on the line...... and this is not just him, this is the breed ..... If these dogs don't show this kind of relationship with kids, they are permantly culled from the gene pool.....

sorry for the rambling.... Oops!

But thats just a few reasons, I chose this breed.....

Clyde

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tnhoundsman

clyde hope ya'll have a good running season. get the rust off the ol girl. have been huntin fairly regular here lately. caught 2 last saturday night.

alot of what you say about the deckers reminds me of alot of the traits i see in my plotts. i'm sure you noticed some of them on your visit to my place. like the loving nature ( catchin pigs one min and wanting petted the next) to the point of being protective( have heard of some being protective of owners). how is the gyp fitting in? any problems out of her other than comin in heat?

Location: Michigan
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tnhoundsman

Not a single problem. Actually it seems that most all the other dogs considered her the alpha right off the bat, which is extremely unusual for my dogs, they even seem to look to her for guidence, even my dominant females.... they follow her where ever she goes.....

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tnhoundsman

thats a good thing

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