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Posted on 02/08/2013 in HTX = Coondog.

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This month I’m going to cover what seems like a “hot topic”. I have received a couple of emails and several calls along these same lines. I think the principles outlined here will be useful in the Hunt Tests, but also in UKC Licensed Nite Hunts and Bench Shows.
Q: In a hunt test, when an inspector is concerned, how does UKC define “breeder”? Is it the owner of the sire or dam, or both? If someone else purchases the sire or dam after the previous owner has raised puppies, is he or she still considered the breeder even though they didn’t raise the dog?

Also, what does UKC consider regular hunting buddies? I’m just looking for a rule of thumb on this one!
A: When we talk about the breeder of a dog in light of the Hunt Tests, we would generally agree that it would apply both to the owner of the sire and dam. You have to consider the key part of both of these rules is based on one thought: perception.

How would it look if someone is your inspector who owned, or owns, the sire or dam? One could argue that it’s going to make their dog look better if one of its offspring has an HTX title so they would be more inclined to be lenient. I think this would also apply if a person has just recently purchased the sire or dam, but wasn’t the actual breeder of record when the pup was born. We’re not trying to call anyone a cheat or assume they would be more lenient, we just think it looks bad and gives the HTX program a bad rap so to speak. You don’t want that kind of bad publicity on your dog and we surely don’t want it on our program.

With the question about hunting buddies, the same thought applies: perception. We all have probably pleasure hunted with everyone in our club at one time or another, but does that make us hunting buddies? I don’t think so.

You know exactly the type of person we are talking about and who you consider your hunting buddy or not. I’ll give an example: I have a friend who doesn’t hunt much. Maybe once or twice a month he’ll go, and we usually go together. That doesn’t sound like a “hunting buddy”, does it? Except for a few things: we’ve grown up together, talk on the phone several times a week, and I go help him on his farm occasionally. Because of all of those things (and not how often we hunt together), I would not be a suitable inspector for his dog, or he for mine.

Again, we aren’t trying to say you will be lenient just because your friends. I know I could be objective in judging my friend’s dog, and I’m sure you could too. The problem is it looks bad for your dog and it looks bad for the sport.

The key thing to think of in both instances is how the situation looks. If you have any question about if this person would be a suitable inspector, do not use them. Likewise, if you have any question whether you should be an inspector for a certain hunter or dog, don’t do it. I think it’s better to eliminate someone from your judging pool unnecessarily than to use someone who could put you, your dog, your club, the HTX Program or United Kennel Club in a bad light.