Breeding for Dual Champions
I was fortunate to have a Dual Champion as my foundation bitch more than 20 years ago. But it was clear even then that the days of fully show bred Weimaraners being competitive in Field Trial competition and fully field trial bred Weimaraner being competitive in Conformation competition were numbered due to the ever increasing quality required for success in either venue. Typically the show bred dogs lacked the drive, groundspeed, range or style needed for field trials and the field bred dogs often lacked the size, substance, breed type and clean movement required for show ring success.
So I decided to embark on a systematic program of crossing the better working of the show bred dogs I could find with the better built of the field trial bred dogs I could identify, incorporating foreign born dogs for genetic diversity and also where possible capitalizing on the efforts of other dual-oriented breeders by acquiring and developing offspring from promising dual-type matchups.
Even in the first generation of these show/field blended pedigrees a Dual Champion was produced, however it was more typical early on that a dog was still lacking somewhat in either field or show desirable attributes. However, within a few short generations of selectively breeding the best dual prospects from each generation, dogs fully competitive in show and field competition became commonplace and Trax has become far and away the predominant kennel in producing Dual Champions with five of the most recent six Dual Championships having been awarded to dogs carrying the Trax kennel prefix.