Let me present some facts once again at the risk of boring you.
Most of this post regards BMH's as these are more prevalent in this country but the breeding bit is the same for all dogs.
1 I have a strong interest in the both HS and BMH. Why, because I think the latter breed has not been well looked after in the UK and there is a need in the UK for good tracking dogs.
2 People whose opinion I respect tell me that the urge to make money by some early breeders was more important than anything else.
3 Also, in the post-communist era in Poland there was, so I am told, confusion as to which pedigrees were "valid" ie would have been accepted by the International tracking organization, the ISHV.
THERE IS, SO I AM TOLD, AT PRESENT ONLY ONE SOCIETY IN POLAND ACCEPTED BY THE ISHV.
4 As a result of this confusion dogs were bred from that should not have been used and most of the polish BMH’s I have seen would not pass the confirmation test issued by the German BMH Society. In my view it is wrong to breed from these dogs.
5 In case people get confused; the confirmation test has nothing to do with the tracking tests that a BMH must also pass in Germany before you can breed from your hound.
6 The Kennel Club appears to have accepted all polish pedigrees as valid and exchanged them for UK ones. The Polish ones were than destroyed by them so the Kennel Club tells me.
7 As a result all of the BMH in this country I have seen, they virtually all come from Poland, should in my view only be breed from, if at all, after the most careful attention to
A The pedigree
B The confirmation
C The parents ability to work (There are no trials as yet in the UK to judge this so it is hearsay about practical work that will have to do)
What I have written above is, I hope, now common knowledge.
But what still does surprises me is that some people disagree to what I would call the basic rule
Do not breed from a dog unless you are positive about ABC and if you post a dog for sale than accompany it with these facts.
Some further points.
I read aboutBazabgs. Again continental friends tell me that some of the posters on that polish site have been a bit “creative”; so in the matter of pedigrees I am told to only trust those issued by the Polish Society accepted by the ISHV.
And for reasons stated above the UK Kennel Club pedigrees should certainly not be accepted as gospel. (Also read the warning about accuracy on the Bazabgs site)
Some people seem to think that I invented all the above. What I am simply doing is putting into English the recommendations, rules and regulations of the German Tracking Clubs, no more no less.
And for those of you who think they know better or think that UK tracking is “different”;(no, no April 1 joke, they exist) I can only draw your attention to the fact that the German BMH Society together with its cousin the HS Society havetracked well over 1 million (1’000’000) animals since their creation. I would argue that by now they should by now know what they are doing!
Therefore I follow what they recommend, no more no less.
To sum up,what I hope to achieve is to create in the UK a group of Scenthounds that are as good as the German ones, if not better. It is doable but it will take a fair amount of time.
In themeantime I will continue to try and persuade people that before they breed or buy a hound they should at the very least take into consideration the facts above.
No more no less.
If after this anybody still wants a BMH or an HS pup with the internationally accepted papers send me a post; I’ll see what I can do. (And for the suspicious readers; no, I do not make any money out of it and yes, there will be conditions on the sale.)