There is sometimes to be found a surprising level of antipathy among those with an interest in hounds, towards the influence and usefulness of Hound Shows. My own belief is that they have a value, as long as they are seen as a complementary tool for the hound breeder's use. If the primary requirement is working ability in the field, then Hound Show competition offers a yardstick for assessing the bodily conformation that supports it. It provides some of the best examples on which breeders can base that aspect of their efforts, as a vital part of the mix that makes high class working ability possible.
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