Breeds and Strains-I am somewhat interested in hounds and read of the Walker strain, the Bluefield strain, the Redbone, the “old-fashioned long-eared, black and tan,” and several others that I have forgotten. Now you can tell me if there is any special marking of conformation that would enable me to tell by looking at a hound what breed he is? All the hounds in this section are of the three following types: Black and tan, black and white, or black, white and tan combined. Please give me what information you can on this subject.
The various strains of foxhounds are named mostly after the people who first imported them from England, about a hundred and twenty-five years ago, and others after the later importers, all of whom bred these dogs in large numbers and kept the dogs pure blood, though each strain differed slightly in some point or other from the other strains. You will understand that all of the foxhounds in this county are of English descent, although having been bred so long here they are called American foxhounds. The earliest strains were the Walkers, Brooke, Maupin, Byron, Robinson, July, Trigg, Henry and Birdsong, and the Redbone, Buckfield and others came later. Some of these strains were crossed, as each was strong on some one thing or other, such as scenting powers, endurance, speed, etc., and the crosses were for the improvement of the strains. The “old-fashioned, long-eared, black and tan” is no particular strain, but is “jes houn” and the formidable name describes him to a T. If there is any way of distinguishing the various strains other than by pedigree I don’t know if, but some people may be able to do so. To me they all look alike, more or less, and are all foxhounds. If I were buying a young dog to train, and I would hesitate to buy any other kind, I would investigate his nearest ancestors only to learn what kind of dogs they were as to hunting qualities, and wouldn’t give a fig what strain he was. I think there is far more in the training anyway than in the blood, though no doubt both count.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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