About Woodpont Beagles
Hounds from this kennel have been successful in the past at AKC field trials and shows, although the primary focus the past 20 years has been on pack work after cottontail rabbit, and occasionally snowshoe hare.
Our goal is to breed hard hunting hounds with the proper combination of conformation and field ability.
Our Breeding Philosophy
From long established field lines, our hounds get their hunting instincts. By crossing these lines, over a 35+ year period, with carefully selected show beagle lines, we have been able to improve conformation to a level very uncommon in American hunting beagles.
WOODPONT FEMALE LINES
Starting with Woodpont Brandywine, purchased as a puppy in 1982 from Tom and Velta Dornin of Little Ireland Kennels, our lines now go back as many as 15 generations.
We breed for brains, nose, biddability, line control, voice, drive, and search, along with conformation to complete the total package.
Some of the hounds
Pictured is Woodpont Timber – a fine hunting hound.
Hounds From the Past
Thoughts on Today’s Beagle
What does the future hold for the beagle as a breed? Should we be concerned about the gene pool we have now, and about our possibilities for the future? Will the bloodlines we are developing today be able to produce something that will satisfy the rabbit hunter in 2030 and beyond (assuming there is still hunting then), or are we gradually creating beagles bred so specifically for field trials and shows that no hunter would want them?
These are the types of questions we must consider if we really want to maintain the long-term usefulness of our breed, especially for its original purpose. Too often, short-sighted thinking takes priority over what is best for the breed. Let me say up front that my thoughts are not meant to disparage field trialing, showing, judging, etc. I believe, as always, that trials and shows are wonderful events for bringing people together, and for showing individual hounds to the public, and do have some usefulness in thoughtful breeding decisions. My attempt here is only to get others to consider the overall welfare of the breed when these decisions are being made.