Immediately the average sportsman-hunter with his good shooting dog will exclaim, “…then why fool around with field trials and breed for these wild-running, All-Age dogs?”
There are several reasons why field trials are essential in the development and protection of a hunting breed.
A dog that is not put together right cannot go the distance and look good doing it!
“There is a tendency toward average in any long-established breed, and outside of a very few individuals which inherit to a marked degree the intensified qualities of a prepotent sires, the majority of a dog’s get will grade down from high-class performer through all the intermediate grades to that of the rank duffer. The records of prepotent sires reveal the fact that they sired scores of ordinary shooting dogs to one really high-class performer. Consequently, what would be the ratio if we were to breed from individuals of ordinary quality; or, in other words, from such as are common consent considered “ideal shooting dogs” by the rank and file of American Sportsman?"