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5 hours ago, OldPhil said:

Hi Liam, good to see that you are still into your hunting👏

 Please give my kindest regards to your Father🙏

 The little bitch in the photo was a real nice animal,...mostly Whippet/Collie and a bit of Greyhound...

If you get a chance, borrow my 2006 book, A Moucher's Tale, (its no great shakes😀 ) I am not a writer,..but, there is a description of Gypsy, the Blue bitch and unfortunately, the story of her sad demise...🙄

 Go careful now Brother, and stay safe,..all the best, OldPhil.🙏

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Yeah me and the old man are still at it Phil, Heard you have a nice bitch there at the moment out of mikes chocolate dog, I’ve read that one Phil thought that was the bitch, you have defiantly had some sport nice to speak again Phil hope your keeping well👍

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😂 I know you are not too keen on the Blue Merles,..so I always fetch one along, just to annoy ya😉 The wee bitch that you might have seen run, one or two shushis, would be Angel.. I remember,

Would have to agree with you TOMO👏  Facts are, IF...you can get a fast type to slow down, use his head, instead of his muscles, then the quarry is half way into the bag. You have proved it yourse

just for lamping I'd go for a pure whippet, for daytime bushing/ferreting i'd add a bit of beddy/grey but keep it 3/4 sighthound.  Beddy/whippet X grey, 23 inches, basically a bred down grew with

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1 hour ago, LamperNM said:

That’s a nice type ferret man do you lamp with it or just a ferreting dog 

A bit of lamping and ferreting mate I give that young lad that bitch to get him into the hunting game and he took to it like a duck to water hopefully we our going to breed her at.the end of next season with my whippet greyhound dog 

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3 minutes ago, Ferretman65 said:

A bit of lamping and ferreting mate I give that young lad that bitch to get him into the hunting game and he took to it like a duck to water hopefully we our going to breed her at.the end of next season with my whippet greyhound dog 

 

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13 hours ago, sandymere said:

just for lamping I'd go for a pure whippet, for daytime bushing/ferreting i'd add a bit of beddy/grey but keep it 3/4 sighthound. 

Beddy/whippet X grey, 23 inches, basically a bred down grew with a rough coat and an attitude.

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Lovely looking animal 👍. Atb

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5 hours ago, Bosun11 said:

I recon this young bitch of mine would have made a decent rabbit dog if i'd of had her 20+ years ago. Though she seems to have all the qualities, i's gonna be tough to ensure i put enough infront of her to really know. Spinning 6/7 rabbits local just doesn't show the cracks.

It really don't matter whats in her either imo, she's a nice size, a good lift from the off and the determination i like in a youngster. It really is just a case of numbers...

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Lovely looking dog there mate... 

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1 hour ago, NEWKID said:

Lovely looking dog there mate... 

that’s a nice looking type.. looks built for the job I think most of us are in the same boat these days scratching about for rabbits?... if I catch five or 25 I enjoy it all the same just love to be out watching the dogs work just not the numbers anymore biggest bag season just gone was 20 rabbits with two pups the spot holds its number hoping this year it has picked up again 👍

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20 hours ago, LamperNM said:

I’ve seen a springer x Russell work and to be fair it was a handy dog lad on a local shoot had it always finding and catching rabbits in the cover hell of a nose on it never give a false mark 

What I didn't post up & should of is the major strong asset "happy " has is he has beagle type  tracking nose ,he can enter cover long after the other dogs, and catch the rabbit .He listens a lot  & is great at taking a rabbit out of its seat by sneaking up head down ,tail up , sounds much like the dog you commented on lamperNM. However  a lurcher type or a pure whippet would be my choice for a rabbiting dog.

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I personally think a rabbiting dog shouldn’t be to big and definitely not to small something around 21-23” TTS. Quick off the mark, agile ,soft mouthed , good nose and tough not just feet but physically and mentally .So basically a pup from parents that have those attributes would be my choice not necessarily based on breed type. Obviously no guarantees on the out come but gives you a fighting chance.

But the biggest clincher on choosing a pup is the wife’s got to like it 😀

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1 hour ago, Allan P said:

I personally think a rabbiting dog shouldn’t be to big and definitely not to small something around 21-23” TTS. Quick off the mark, agile ,soft mouthed , good nose and tough not just feet but physically and mentally .So basically a pup from parents that have those attributes would be my choice not necessarily based on breed type. Obviously no guarantees on the out come but gives you a fighting chance.

But the biggest clincher on choosing a pup is the wife’s got to like it 😀

24" rather than 23" but has the speed, stamina,  tough feet etc, uses her nose when required, natural retrievers, good strike and breeds true to type 🤫 🤣20210518_131224.jpg.6cadb8e2fe130a1744600969da19baf9.jpg

Although I'd class  her as general purpose rather than a rabbit specialist. 

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1 hour ago, Allan P said:

I personally think a rabbiting dog shouldn’t be to big and definitely not to small something around 21-23” TTS. Quick off the mark, agile ,soft mouthed , good nose and tough not just feet but physically and mentally .So basically a pup from parents that have those attributes would be my choice not necessarily based on breed type. Obviously no guarantees on the out come but gives you a fighting chance.

But the biggest clincher on choosing a pup is the wife’s got to like it 😀

Hit the nail on the head!! That’s what I’d look for when choosing a rabbit dog  

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16 minutes ago, sandymere said:

24" rather than 23" but has the speed, stamina,  tough feet etc, uses her nose when required, natural retrievers, good strike and breeds true to type 🤫 🤣20210518_131224.jpg.6cadb8e2fe130a1744600969da19baf9.jpg

Although I'd class  her as general purpose rather than a rabbit specialist. 

Looks and sounds ideal that extra inch turns her into general purpose rather than rabbit specialist 😀

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