1995 SUPPLEMENT

POINTER BREEDER'S ALMANAC

Popularity

Rank by Number Whelped and Registered in 1994

ALL-AGE SHOOTING DOGS
1.Miller's Silver Bullett1.Rail Dancer
2.Brush Country Spectre2.Guard Rail
3. Miller's Showcase3.He's Just Right
4.Dunn's Fearless Bud4.Elhew Strike/ Elhew Snakefoot (tie)
5.Redemption's Reward

Rank by Number of Litter Registrations Claiming 1994 Whelping

ALL-AGE SHOOTING DOGS
1.Miller's Silver Bullett1.Rail Dancer
2.Brush Country Spectre2.Elhew Strike
3.Redemption's Reward3. He's Just Right
4.Barshoe Brute

Performance of Offspring

Rank by Number of Wins of Offspring in Each Category in 1994

ALL- AGE SIRES
PuppyDerby Shooting DogsAll-Age
1. Miller's Silver Bullett1. Miller's Silver Bullett1. Miller's Silver Bullett1. Miller's Silver Bullett
2. Black Crude2. Go Boy's Shadow2. Miller's Chief2. Miller's Chief
3. Miller's Showcase3. Redemptions Reward3. Redemption's Reward3. Miller's Showcase
4. Barshoe Brute/ Brush Country Spectre (tie) 4. Black Crude4. Miller's Showcase4. Go Boy's Shadow/ Barshoe Czar (tie)
5. Barshoe Brute5. Go Boy's Shadow
SHOOTING DOG SIRES
PuppyDerby Shooting DogsAll-Age
1. Elhew Mr. McGoo/ Rail Dancer (tie)1. Rail Dancer1. Bases Loaded1. Rail Dancer
3. Hank's Tradition2. Elhew Strike2. Rail Dancer2. Wahoo's Trouble Doc
4. Elhew Strike3. Elhew Mr. McGoo3. Elhew Snakefoot
5. Hook's Bounty Hunter4. Bases Loaded4. Bill's Doublecross Slim
5. Fiddler's Ace/ Hook's Bounty Hunter/ Rock Candy Man (tie)5. Elhew Mr. McGoo/ Fiddler's Ace/ Pork Roll (tie)

DATA SUMMARY SECTION

Summary for Period of Time over 1 Year and Cumulative Data on Indices

All-Age Section

THE MOST POPULAR STUD DOGS

INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATIONS

(15 year summary)

RankNameNo. Offspring Registered
1.Miller's Chief1620
2.Miller's Silver Bullett777
3.Evolution653
4.Redemption's Reward449
5.Addition's Go Boy408
6.Whippoorwill's Rebel364
7.Go Boy's Shadow357
8.Fiddler's Pride345
9.Flatwood Hank300
10.Miller's Showcase198
11.Rebel Wrangler176
12.Understatement170
13.Barshoe Brute165
14.Pike Creek Mike161
15.Rebel Hawk146
16.Double Rebel Jack137
17.Redemption 130
18.Mortlach 124
19.Bisco Big Jack119
20.Dunn's Fearless Bud118

Dogs in the 1990 edition that no longer have offspring that are winnig are deleted from this ranking for this edition.

LITTER REGISTRATIONS

(3 year summary)

RankNameNo. litters registered
1.Miller's Silver Bullett163
2.Redemption's Reward41
3.Go Boy's Shadow34
4.Barshoe Brute33
5.Dunn's Fearless Bud14
6.Miller's Showcase14
7.Mortlach13
8.The Hitch Hiker12

Only dogs with ten or more litters are included. Also, the above data represents only January, 1992 through December, 1994. Some litters whelped during that time were not registered until after December, 1994 or have not been registered at all.

Performance of Offspring

FIVE YEAR (1990-94) SUMMARY OF TOTAL PUPPY WINS BY PROGENY OF SIRES WHOSE PUPS WON AT LEAST 25 TIMES

RankNameNo. Wins by Puppies
1.Go Boy's Shadow 79
2.Miller's Silver Bullett77
3.Miller'sChief59
4.Black Crude53
5.Redemption's Reward45
6.Miller's Showcase33
7.Whippoorwill's Rebel27

FIVE YEAR (1990-94) SUMMARY OF TOTAL DERBIES WINS BY PROGENY OF SIRES WHOSE DERBIES WON AT LEAST 25 TIMES

RankNameNo. Wins by Derbies
1.Miller's Silver Bullett365
2.Miller's Chief271
3.Go Boy's Shadow243
4.Redemption's Reward209
5.Miller's Showcase110
6.Barshoe Czar103
7.Black Crude88
8.Fiddler's Pride77
9.Dunn's Fearless Bud68
10.Whippoorwill's Rebel65
11.Double Rebel Jack63
12.Barshoe Brute57
13.Flatwood Hank49
13.Rebel Wrangler49
15.Buzzsaw's Stormy Bud42
16.Addition's Go Boy41
17.Understatement34
18.Krug31
19.Bisco Big Jack30
19.Mortlach30
21.Pike Creek Mike28

FIVE YEAR (1990-94) SUMMARY OF TOTAL SHOOTING DOG WINS BY PROGENY OF SIRES WHOSE SHOOTING DOGS WON AT LEAST 25 TIMES

RankNameNo. Wins by Shooting Dogs
1.Miller's Chief385
2.Addition's Go Boy98
3.Redemption's Reward97
4.Go Boy's Shadow92
5.Spy Hill Buddy77
6.Miller's Silver Bullett75
7.Flatwood Hank71
8.Pike Creek Mike64
9.Miller's Showcase62
10.Evolution49
11. Whippoorwill's Rebel47
12.Fiddler's Pride42
13.Barshoe Czar37
13.Redemption 37
15.Barshoe Brute28
16.Double Rebel Jack17

FIVE YEAR (1990-94) SUMMARY OF TOTAL ALL-AGE WINS WINS BY PROGENY OF SIRES WHOSE ALL-AGE DOGS WON AT LEAST 25 TIMES

RankNameNo. Wins by All-Age Offspring
1.Miller's Chief315
2.Addition's Go Boy106
3.Miller's Silver Bullett96
3.Miller's Showcase96
5.Go Boy's Shadow89
6.Redemption's Reward68
6.Barshoe Czar68
7.Whippoorwill's Rebel61
8.Bisco Big Jack52
9.Barshoe Brute44
10.Flatwood Hank39
11.Black Crude36
12.Pike Creek Mike35
12.Fiddler's Pride35
14.Double Rebel Jack33
15.Understatement 32
16.Buzzsaw's Stormy Bud31
17.Mortlach30
18. Evolution27

Indices

Prepotency Index

RankNamePrepotency Index
1.Evolution.97
2.Miller's Showcase.94
3.Barshoe Brute.87
4.Redemption.81
5.Rebel Hawk.79
6.Double Rebel Jack.76
7.Addition's Go Boy.75
8.Pike Creek Mike.74
9.Miller's Chief.71
10.Understatement.62
11.Bisco Big Jack.61
12.Go Boy's Shadow .51
13.Mortlach.49
13. Flatwood Hank.49
15.Redemption's Reward.40
16.Whippoorwill's Rebel.38
17.Fiddler's Pride.32
18.Miller's Silver Bullett.31
19.Dunn's FearlessBud.27
20.Rebel Wrangler.24

Winability

RankNameWinability
1.Evolution196
2.Double Rebel Jack188
3.Miller's Showcase172
4.Rebel Hawk166
5.Understatement165
6.Barshoe Brute157
7.Pike Creek Mike152
8.Redemption143
9.Go Boy's Shadow140
10.Addition's Go Boy134
11.Miller's Chief129
12.Flatwood Hank111
12.Mortlach111
14.Dunn's Fearless Bud100
15.Redemption's Reward99
16.Bisco Big Jack98
17.Whippoorwill's Rebel92
18.Miller's Silver Bullett87
19.Fiddler's Pride75
20.Rebel Wrangler68

Run Factor

RankNameRun Factor
1.Mortlach57.00
2.Understatement5.18
3.Bisco Big Jack2.48
4.Double Rebel Jack2.25
5.Barshoe Brute1.95
6.Miller's Showcase1.55
7.Whippoorwill's Rebel1.51
8.Rebel Hawk1.30
9.Miller's Silver Bullett1.28
10.Miller's Chief1.12
10.Addition's Go Boy1.12
12.Rebel Wrangler1.11
13.Dunn's Fearless Bud.92
14.Redemption .88
15.Redemption's Reward.73
16.Evolution.65
17. Flatwood Hank.64
18.Fiddler's Pride.59
19.Pike Creek Mike.57

Major Circuit Index (MCI)

The Major Circuit Index addresses a consideration not reflected in the Prepotency Index nor in Winability. Neither the addresses the quality of wins. The MCI was formulated to specifically address that. It reflects only wins on the major circuit (derby and all-age). It is weighted by both the number of entries and the placement (first place given more points than second, etc.). Those factors are combined and then related to the number of individual registrations with the registrations of those whelped in 1993 and 1994 not counting because of their lack of opportunity. In the commentary in the supplements to earlier editions the possibility of using litter registrations was raised. The decision to not use those was made because of the low numbers involved. These have been published in The American Field only since 1992. Although Miller's Silver Bullett had 163 litters registered during that period, all others had fewer than 50 - most, in fact, had fewer than 10. Such low numbers renders quantitative measures very questionable. All of the individuals listed above had more than 100 individual registrations during this time frame (1990-1994). Only major circuit events occuring during that time frame are reflected in this statistic. Miller's Chief was excluded from this because of the substantial amount of winning by his get occuring prior to 1990. His inclusion would have reflected an unwarranted negative bias against him.

RankNameMCI
1.Miller's Showcase1326
2.Barshoe Brute1119
3.Dunn's Fearless Bud1014
4.Go Boy's Shadow956
5.Rebel Wrangler770
6.Miller's Silver Bullett751
7.Bisco Big Jack715
8.Whippoorwill's Rebel688
9.Addition's Go Boy448
10.Understatement424
11.Redemption's Reward358
12.Flatwood Hank244
13.Fiddler's Pride225
14.Double Rebel Jack196

PI VS WINABILITY VS MCI

A comparison of the top ten in each of the indices is given below. Each column is listed in rank order. Names italicized and bold-faced occur in all three columns. Those italicized occur in two columns, and those in normal print occur once.

Prepotency IndexWinability Major Circuit Index
Evolution EvolutionMiller's Showcase
Miller's Showcase Double Rebel JackBarshoe Brute
Barshoe BruteMiller's ShowcaseDunn's Fearless Bud
RedemptionRebel HawkGo Boy's Shadow
Rebel HawkUnderstatement Rebel Wrangler
Double Rebel JackBarshoe BruteMiller's Silver Bullett
Addition's Go BoyPike Creek MikeBisco Big Jack
Pike Creek Mike RedemptionWhippoorwill's Rebel
Miller's ChiefGo Boy's Shadow Addition's Go Boy
UnderstatementAddition's Go BoyUnderstatement

That four of the above are listed thrice is ample evidence for the claim that a good stud is a good stud is a good stud. Most of Evolution's offspring that captured major circuit stakes won the stakes prior to 1990; had they been included he would likely be listed thrice also (and probably close to the top). Double Rebel Jack just missed being listed in the MCI column. Given the smaller numbers involved and the larger influence of ownership and luck, the MCI might be the least valid of the three indices. Bloodlines apparently do count; practically all of the dogs listed above have connection to the top studs listed fifteen years ago in the original Pointer Breeders' Almanac. If production of field trial winners is a goal, then to use any dog listed in the Most Popular section that is not listed above would have to be seriously questioned.

Data on Brood Bitches

No information on brood bitches is readily available. It is known that Wine List and Nell's Rambling On are the two top producing brood bitches of all time in terms of number of winners produced. From the same data base containing information used in the MCI calculation data on the dams of the winners was extracted, and the data listed below was calculated. Regrettably quantitative data on registrations of individuals and litters is not readily available so no statistics with the power of the PI, MCI and Winability are possible at the present. The statisitic developed is labeled Brood Bitch Productivity (BBP). It reflects the number of placements of the offspring of the brood bitches and is weighted by the number of entries in the stake and the actual placement (1st, 2nd, or 3rd). Neither the number of offspring registered nor the number of litters registered is reflected in the BBP so, therefore, it is of limited value. It may be of interest to some, however. The list might be useful to consider in combination with the stud dog information; this is particularly relevant in light of the fact that most of the top studs in this publication are deceased. One might look for descendents of the top stud dogs that are also descendents of these brood bitches. Hopefully someone will have the interest to make a study of what dogs produced these top brood bitches. If so, it would certainly warrant consideration for inclusion in the 2000 edition of this publication.

RankNameBBP
1.Brow Mead Lady2286
2.Guard Rail Susan2043
3.Go Boy's Jill2009
4.Fiddler's June Bug1947
5.Miller's Crystal1758
6.Whippoorwill's High Ann1756
7.A Class Act1655
8.Hendrick's First Lady1426
9.Swing Along1210
10.Lil Jill924
11.Sweet Roll Sally769
12.Wine List546
13.Evolution's Canadian Gin431
14.Whippoorwill Clydette370

Caution is needed in the interpretation of the above in light of the fact that pre- 1990 data is excluded. Inclusion of such females as Wine List can be questioned in light of that because her score would be much higher had the results of her pre-90 get not been excluded. Perhaps there are others in the same situation.

Performance Traits

NameStrongestWeakestAcPiWnRF
Berrong's Flatwood Boboboldness, handling game, style on point pattern75%
Black Crudeboldness*, style on pointboldness*, bidability, pattern71%.852361.8
Brush Country Spectreboldness, pattern, bidability86%
Double Rebel Buckboldness, pattern, style on pointbidability 82%
Go Boy's Shadowboldness, accuracy on point, style on point, pattern**bidability, pattern**97%.51140.97
High Pressureboldness, speedaccuracy on point
Liveoak's Boboldnessbidability69%
Macintoshboldness, pattern74%
Miller's Silver Bullettpattern, accuracy on point, handling game, style on pointboldness87%

*Black Crude appeared to be inconsistent in this trait. Although he received 17 positive comments on his range during the period covered, he also received 7 negative comments. **Twelve comments of praise were recorded for Go Boy's Shadow with respect to his pattern, but during the same period of time he was criticized five times.

Shooting Dog Section

THE MOST POPULAR STUD DOGS

INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATIONS

(13 year summary)

RankNameNo. Offspring Registered
1.Pork Roll1295
2.Elhew Strike518
3.Guard Rail492
4.Rail Dancer464
5.Arrival378
6.Little John Boy356
7.Fiddler's Ace298
8.Gateway Matador268
9.Hook's Bounty Hunter255
10.Elhew Brass222
11.Bases Loaded213
12.He's Just Right148
13.Wahoo's Trouble Doc147
14.Roll Call108

Dogs in the 1990 edition that no longer have offspring that are winning are deleted from this ranking for this edition.

LITTER REGISTRATIONS

(3 year summary)

RankNameNo. litters registered
1.Rail Dancer84
2.Elhew Strike42
3.He's Just Right15
4.Bases Loaded13
5.Fiddler's Ace12
6.Elhew Mr. McGoo/ Hank's Tradition (tie)10

Only dogs with ten or more litters are included. Also, the above data represents only January, 1992 through December, 1994. Some litters whelped during that time were not registered until after December, 1994 or have not been registered at all.

Performance of Offspring

FIVE YEAR (1990-94) SUMMARY OF TOTAL PUPPY WINS BY PROGENY OF SIRES WHOSE PUPS WON AT LEAST 25 TIMES

RankNameNo. Wins by Puppies
1.Rail Dancer 103
2.Elhew Strike94
3.Bases Loaded57
4.Fiddler's Ace43

FIVE YEAR (1990-94) SUMMARY OF TOTAL DERBIES WINS BY PROGENY OF SIRES WHOSE DERBIES WON AT LEAST 25 TIMES

RankNameNo. Wins by Derbies
1.Rail Dancer234
2.Elhew Strike200
3.Bases Loaded194
4.Fiddler's Ace69
5.Hook's Bounty Hunter48

FIVE YEAR (1990-94) SUMMARY OF TOTAL SHOOTING DOG WINS BY PROGENY OF SIRES WHOSE SHOOTING DOGS WON AT LEAST 25 TIMES

RankNameNo. Wins by Shooting Dogs
1.Bases Loaded161
2.Rail Dancer148
3.Elhew Strike142
4.Pork Rail126
5.Guard Rail102
6.Gateway Matador89
7.Third Rail74
8.Arrival68
9.Hook's Bounty Hunter62
10.Railway Joe57
11. Fiddler's Ace55
12.Rapide38
13.Fame27

FIVE YEAR (1990-94) SUMMARY OF TOTAL ALL-AGE WINS WINS BY PROGENY OF SIRES WHOSE ALL-AGE DOGS WON AT LEAST 25 TIMES

RankNameNo. Wins by All-Age Offspring
1.Gateway Matador69
2.Guard Rail46
3. Rail Dancer33
4.Wahoo's Trouble Doc31
5.Elhew Strike28

Indices

Prepotency Index

RankNamePrepotency Index
1.Guard Rail2.68
2.Third Rail1.93
3.Arrival1.05
4.Elhew Mr. McGoo1.00
5.Gateway Matador.98
6.Bases Loaded.82
7.Rail Dancer.69
8.Fame.62
9.Little John Boy.50
10.Hook's Bounty Hunter.47
11.Pork Roll.39
11.Wahoo's Trouble Doc.39
13.Elhew Strike.38
14. Roll Call.28

Winability

RankNameWinability
1.Guard Rail451
2.Third Rail396
3.Bases Loaded199
4.Gateway Matador161
5.Arrival158
6. Rail Dancer135
7.Fame108
8.Hook's Bounty Hunter103
8.Elhew Strike103
10.Little John Boy93
11.Pork Roll72
12.Fiddler's Ace61
13.Wahoo's Trouble Doc54
14.Roll Call53
15.Hank's Tradition41
16.Elhew Brass23

Final Comments

The problems mentioned a few years ago are still with us. The reportage by "green" reporters problem appears to have no solution at the present. The PI problem might be solved by ignoring PIs reported after the dog deceases. The most valid one might the one reported during the year of his death. It is hypothesized that a truly great stud appears only rarely - perhaps only several times in a century. "Great" is defined by not only having an outstanding Prepotency Index, etc., but it also includes actually having a long term positive impact on the breed by being bred enough to make a lasting difference. Over the past quarter of a century this has happened only once ( 1980 Pointer Breeders' Almanac)! Through a tragic recent development it appears that a stud with such a potential has been rendered unavailable. It is reported that Black Crude is sterile. All that was said of him in the past few "Supplements" continued to appear warranted. Although he was not ranked in this edition in terms of the PI because fewer than 100 of his pups had been registered as of 12/95, a good case was developing for hypothesizing that he might be one of those once per quarter century appearances of a great stud. Had this continued to unfold as predicted he would have been the fifth in an unbroken chain of top sires. His sire, Barshoe Brute, although still alive at this writing, is reported to be too old to continue breeding. Brute was a top sire (perhaps the best of his era) during the short period of time he was utilized. All may not lost. There are several Crude dogs successfully competing on the major circuit, and any one of them might have inherited his prepotency. Serious breeders should watch their litter registrations like a hawk and observe the results in field trial reports. The future of the PBA is unclear at the present. Under ideal conditions The American Field would aggressively pursue the collection and dissemination of information of the likes of that are presented here and render the PBA unnecessary. There appears to be little likelihood of this in the immediate future. A final edition for the PBA is being considered for the year 2000 - perhaps a hard-back version. An electronic bulletin board is being considered also. It hoped that someone would undertake some studies to give breeders more information. Several unanswered questions are: 1. What about the question raised above under brood bitches concerning the breeding of the brood bitches? 2. What explains the descrepancies between the rankings of number of individuals registered and the number of litters registered? Readers might be interested in the fact that Elhew Mr. McGoo has a significantly higher proportion of his get registered than does any other sire that is being tracked. 3. Is there a relationship between who judges a trial and who wins? Do certain trainers win more under certain judges?