From Hunter-Trader-Trapper (1908):
Let me give you boys a pointer on breeding coon dogs. Take a large Irish water spaniel bitch and breed her to a large black and tan fox hound, then take a large bitch from this litter and breed her to a dog from a part blood hound and part black and tan fox hound. You will find that you have got a coon dog that will give plenty of tongue and is not afraid of the water, and has a spaniel nose with good feet and spread enough, with plenty of sand in his craw to kill any coon that runs.
Eugene W. Griffin, Huron Co., Ohio.
Mr. Griffin doesn’t tell us what the dog looks like.
In those days, experimentation and innovation were the key.
Not the malaise of the closed registry system and its religious tenet of blood purity for blood purity’s sake.
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