I feel the biggest problem with others is when they start inbreeding all the bad and good comes to the top and for many they have a lot of bad show up and it scares them so they fail to cull as they should and sense much bad is showing that needs culling they stop inbreeding and it becomes a no no for them and they advertise to the world the awful creatures they created inbreeding, when if they had stuck to it and properly culled all these creatures out of their program, they would not have any bad show up, simple as that.It is hard at times to cull pups and hounds but it depends on how much you want to achieve your goal, so you do what has to be done in order to be successful!!!!I do not want to get into y'alls conversation, but I do have a question. Rebel, I have studying a few pedigrees that you have posted over the years. You certainly have the highest COI's that I have ever seen. Have you ever experienced birth defects or abnormalities? Everything that I have read, by scientist and genetic experts say that you run a higher risk when you get over 35 percent, some even drop the number to 25 percent.
I have battled various types of defects during the years i was selection my foundation stock, but nothing i would consider serious or life threating and some once i selected the hounds to start line breding, but as i recall the worse was bowed legs and some that did not match my idea of good conformation, but i viciously culled those and chose the best to begin inbreeding, knowing if i had not done a proper job i would be facing disaster and wasted many years to get to my point of inbreeding, so i may have culled some i should not have, but i had rather have done that, than have to start all over again, so you can say i have had culls from birth to maturity that had to be eliminated in order to achieve my goal of a rabbit dog that would be a hound that i appreciated, once i got to that point i started advertising in Hounds and Hunting and during the years i enjoyed trialing and i was so assure of my hounds i always guaranteed them to make the type dog you appreciated for one year or your money back or a replacement.My last litter there was four born one, a bluetick male i lost the first night, that left me three two males and a female, sense i am planning to move back to the farm in Alabama, i transferred all my hounds to my facility there.I had the mother and three pups in a carrier to them selves, a long trip up 75 and it was raining most the way, when i got to the farm i noticed the pups all together and i felt they were dead from drowning, my wife noticed one slightly moving and dried it off and wrapped it in warm cover bundled up tight, the Vet said it did not drown but was suffering from hypothermia and gave little chance of it surviving but the next morning it was very active and playful, these were month old plus pups born 1/23/18, so i lost the two males and have the one female redtick pup that weaned its self at right at one month old and is a fire ball of activity and from all my recollections, the best produced to date, very active searching in high grass and even briars as if she is searching for a rabbit and she will be a 13" or less beagle, showing to be very intelligent and should have a strong nose and super speed. Maybe i am seeing this pup wrong, but my opinion she is going to be a super hound, so obviously in the many past years i have done something right ,for a chance???? I apologize for the history lesson..lol..lol..lol