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MYTHS A LEGENDS OF THE DOG WORLD

As a result of writing this column, I receive quite a few phone calls and letters from people who are just getting started in the dog gime. Most just want to conm~ent on a past column, or get a little more information about a particular column. But every so often, I get a real hum-dingEr.

I received a call recently from a beginner who was mad as hell at a well known and respected dog man. It seems the caller had paid $600 to thi~ man for a pup, only to find Out the pup had a bw.hy tail! The caller was quite surprised at my repy, which was, So what, whatí.s the problem? He ihen went on to tell me how another dog man, upon seeing the pup, told him that only dogs with thin, rat-like tails were game, and bushy tailed dogs invariably turned out to be curs.

This call got me thinking about the many myths surrounding these damn dogs, and I rea ized how easily a ~ullible newcomer could be misled. Following are a list of my favorite myths, and some facts to dispell these myths.

1. ONLY DOGS WITH RAT TAILS ARE GAt4E.

Bull! One of my brood bitches has a tail that resembles an overused broom, yet she is one of the gamest old gals Iíve ever seen. Another great dog, CH. TIMEX, not only had a bushy tail, his hair was also longer than that of most other bulldogs. And if Iím not mistaken, Rebelís CH. TURTLE does not by any means have a ratólike tail, and there is no doubt about his deep gameness.

On the other side of the coin, I have seen and owned many rat-tailed dogs that were rank curs. If youíre ever going to make it in this game, youíll soon realize that dogs are more accuratey gauged by their heart and ability, not the size of their tails.

2. UNDERSHOT DOGS cANíT BITE.

lím sure if a dog. is severely undershot it may indeed hinder his biting power, but many of the hardest mouth dogs Iíve seen were slightly undershot. I once owned a bitch that was so undershot she had a hard time keeping her bottom teeth covered, but when she bought the ivory together, things got ugly! The hardest nouth dog Iíve ever owned was also undershot. Other hard mouth dogs include RASTUS, FARGO, and Patrickís TATER. A nice sissor bite may impress a judge at a conformation show, otherwise it means nothing.

3. STIFLE DOGS ARE CURS.

Whoever started this one should be tarred and feathered and made to run the streets naked. The thinking here is that a stifle dog will work only the stifle because there are no teeth back there to bite him. Come on. ginmie a break. As anyone who has seen a good stifle dog in action, the dog often leaves his own stifle wide open while heís working the back end. I do feel that if a dog is a cur he will quit in a hurry with another working his nose, but the same goes for the stifle. A lot of damage is done back there and more often than not a dog will spend aíl his time trying to get a stifle dog off him as opposed to swapping the hold Out. I owned a bitch once that loved the stifle but would gladly go cheek to cheek until she could get back there.

4. RED NOSE DOGS ARE CURS.

This one is very close to my heart since I feed a iumber of red nose dogs, but again, this myth Is a bunch of bull. Andersonís CH. TONKA was close to an ace and his nose was as red as Rudolphís! need another example? How about the lx winner GR.CH. BUCK, others include CH. IRON BEAR; CH. IRON BOBCAT; and many fine dogs bred down from Bassí TRAIíIP RED BOY and other lines.

Again, to say a dog is or isnít game simply based on a certain physical characteristic he may or may not have is crazy.

5. HARD MOUTH DOGS ARE CURS.

This is another of my favorites. The thinking here is that hard mouth dogs are only hard mouth dogs because they are afraid of the other dog. To believe this drivel is to believe dogs like GR.CH.

~EBO;GR.CH. ART; GR.CH.. BOOMERANG; CH. KILLER; GR.CH. SNAKE; CH. TIMEX; CH. 410; GR.CH. ANGUS and

countless others were curs. All of these dogs were exceptional dogs with great mouths, and anyone who would say they are all curs Is talking out the wrong hole. Sure, there were many hard mouth Grand Champions that did eventually quit, such as MOE, MICKEY and TROUBLE, but all of those dogs had simply gone to the well one too many times, MOE in particular. MOE was a good dog but FARGO took too much out of himwhen he bested FARGO and MOE was just plain used up when he quit the next time out.

6.í ALL DOGS FROM (PICK A BLOODLINE) ARE CURS.

Youíve heard it before, tmOh, all of them damn ZEBO dogs are curs.tm Iím not picking on ZEBO bred dogs, but I hear that statement a lot, and in fact Iíve fed and seen more than my share of curs from that bloodline. But if you listen long enough, youíll hear it about most any bloodline. Two things are true in bulldogs: All bloodlines produce curs and all bloodlines produce game dogs. To say that any bloodline producers nothing but curs is rediculous. ZEBO himself produced many fine dogs, as is in fact a Register of Merit sire. His Qffspring have also produced many fine dogs. I think ZEBO gets a bad rap because he was such a hot stud dog that he undoubtedly was bred to a lot of bitches that werenít worth feeding, let alone breeding to a fine animal like ZEBO, and those bitches produced nothing but trash.

7. THE MORE YOU BET, THE BETTER THE DOG,

Just because you can afford to bet a bunch or more on a dog does not make him any better than most dogs being matched for a lot less, In fact, I think these bi9 money dogs donít run into as ,narv good dogs because they run in such limited company. I mean, how many guys can afford to risk a fortune on one match? Not Many, at least not many people who work for a living. Itís getting to the point these days where weíre beginning to judge a dog by the size of his ownerís wallet instead of his gameness and ability, and that ainít right. I think there are a lot of $500 dogs in the world today that could put many of these bigímoney dogs to shame!

8. INBRED DOGS HAVE NO MOUTH OR ABILITY.

I myself feed some extremely inbred dogs, and many are very talented. I think most people tend to misunderstand the concept of inbreeding, and therefore assume that inbred dogs canít perform well. GR.CH. ART was bred to several of his daughters and still produced winners. BOLID was also bred to his daughters and produced good dogs, as was RED~ BOY, who very often produced hard mouthed, talented dogs even when triple crossed! Georgeís TRIPLE OTT RED JR. is supposed to be a very good dog, and he is triple crossed off TRIPLE OTT RED, who in turn was triple crossed off Bassí TRAI4P RED BOY! You canít get much tighter than that.

9. A BIG HEAD EQUALS A HARD MOUTH.

If this were true the staff people would be unbeatable! While I have seen many big headed dogs that could bite the top off a car axle,.Iíve also seen many that couldnít get juice out of a grape. On the other hand, Iíve seen some bulldogs with heads that would look more at home on a qreyhound

that had absolutely devastating. mouths. I once saw a little, white 32 pound bitch that looked more like a rat on steroids than a bulldog! But when this little girl started, youíd have wished you were wearing a raincoat if you were in the first row!

10. BLOOD ALONE WONíT MAKE GOOD DOGS

What this means is that a well bvred cur, or cold dog, cannot produce good dogs. This has been proven false many times over, from 0160íS mother BAMBI, who I understand was cold, to 101 AMIN who quit at least twice and yet still has produced some outstanding dogs. But this can also backfire. For instance, I know a person who has bred several litters off what is supposedly the sister of a famous Grand Champion. While the bitch produced a few winners, all but one has eventually quit, and the bitch herself would nbt be alive today and never would have been bred if owned by most other dog man. Iím not trying to say that papers make the dog, because I donít believe thatís true. But I do believe that well bred dogs off of proven bloodlines, even curs, can produce good dogs

There are many more myths floating around the dog game today, but Iíll stop with these ten for now. The bottom line is, donít believe everything you hear, and trust your own eyes when judging a dog, not a bunch of myths!

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