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Posted 07 December 2011 - 10:14 pm
I have two springers . The older one has a lot of trial blood in him but it is Badgercourt and his build is stocky -a bit like a welsh cob in style.
When he was young he used to race around a bit but had good stamina and was frequently the last dog still hunting on our syndicate shoot. He is now old and has arthritis, a bit overweight but he still comes out and puts in a full day. What I seem to have noticed is as he has matured he uses his nose more and I use the whistle less just letting him get on with it unless there is some patch that needs working out. He still finds game and maybe my memory is wrong but I think he is a better game finder now than in his athletic prime.
Another dog in our syndicate is the same age was a faster more frenetic worker but frequently had to be carried home.
He no longer works.
I do not think it has anything to do with the amount of red in the pedigree but certain hereditary deficiencies such as hypoglycemia which would not show up in a field trial . The danger is a FTCH with such a trait passing it on and destroying the gene pool by multiple matings. There does not seem to be any safeguard against that risk.
Posted 09 December 2011 - 07:58 am
Posted 09 December 2011 - 05:25 pm
Depends what caused it. If the dog had fasted before hunting it may not be hereditary.
Its interesting you mention hypoglycemia as one of my friends springers has suffered from this. We were out workingit hard one day and it started fitting or so we thought. Turns out it was hyperglycemia. Dont know much about it at all but does anyone know if its a hereditary problem? The vet told him just to change his dog food.
I know of a dog and his daughter that suffer from it badly and despite being good workers I would never buy a pup from that strain.
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Posted 11 December 2011 - 12:22 pm
Posted 12 December 2011 - 05:05 pm
But he did say it took him a full season to learn to slow down and pace himself for a full days work, when he first retired and started working he about needed carrying home at the end of the day, so i suppose he retired at 5-6 years.
Posted 13 December 2011 - 11:19 am
So there will be a variety of reasons for finishing trialling.
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