Thanks Bill, my previous dog was from New Jersey so I'm not wrapped up with location of Kennel but only the traits the Kennel is breeding towards. My previous dog was being bred close to the motherline and they were repeating known traits for physical toughness yet very cooperative with great noses even in dry/warm conditions. I was not disappointed and his traits suited our weather and habitat perfectly. My buddy was not so lucky. His dog was an awesome dog as long as he wasn't working in and around briars, goat head stickers, yucca and cactus and the temps were below 50, but he didnt do his research on traits within the bloodlines. His breeder was breeding traits that was proven successful while working in the Northern border states since that was the majority of his clients resided. When hunting the Dakotas with his dog, he was a super hunter and near flawless but the conditions down here obviously inhibited him. Thus, I'm just reaching out to see what other Owners have to say if there are any on this forum. Thanks for your response though and hope your reaping from this awesome bird season!