Jim Bennett

I recently found a great podcast that I just can’t walk away from. I’m finding myself listening to it whenever I have free time. It’s interesting, educational, related to the outdoors and an answer to many questions we’ve all wondered about. If you own a dog you’ll love it. It’s called “Hunting Dog Confidential” (HDC).  It has the answers all dog lovers and owners ever wanted to know.

Project Upland says HDC was created in 2020 to help fill a gap in more historic and journalistic style hosting in the upland community. With co-hosts Jennifer Wapenski and author Craig Koshyk, the series starts at the very beginning of the hunting dogs story inspired by Craigs first book, “Pointing Dogs Volume One: The Continentals.” After spending decades traveling the world in search of lost breeds, historical records and people and places that created the incredible hunting dog community, Craig is considered the foremost authority of hunting dog breed history and information.  It’s a podcast for people that want to get lost in the very beginning of the creation of dogs down to the very details that define the breeds we love and own today from hunting dogs to terriers!

If you’ve ever had any questions about your dog or some other breed this podcast will provide answers. If you ever wondered where dogs came from or how certain breeds were started and why this podcast will answer those questions. Some of the information will simply amaze you and some information will simply bring up more questions. For me it was the history of the breeds that answered the hows and whys that keep me fetching more podcast to learn more! Wapenski and Koshyk work well together making the podcast both a fun listen and learning experience!

I’ve had conversations with breeders for years that looked down their noses at dogs that weren’t of purebred stock like theirs. Thinking that their dogs just dropped out of the sky as an answer to prayers. But Craig Koshyk, a Canadian has done more than just dog research. He looked into the subjects of Cynology or Kynology, the study of matters related to canines or domestic dogs from first a cultural perspective and a serious zoological approach delving deep into biological, historical and ancient documented information regarding the history of dogs and various breeds. He showed how, where and why dog breeds were created. And created they were by people who wanted to fill needs with dogs that were bred with other breeds or wild dogs or wolves in the very beginning.

That is something I’ve done over 40 years, creating a dog breed that fills a niche for the things I saw, wanted and liked. Springador’s and/or Labradinger’s weren’t my creations. Some were accidental breeding’s and people loved them. I added to that niche by creating some that were born with a short tail, as if docked naturally by passing along certain genes. That is the same thing historic breeders did hundreds or even a thousand years ago. In the end breed standards were set to create the “purebred” dog so many love today. 


Jim Bennett is an outdoorsman who lives and worked in the St. Croix River Valley and can be reached at jamesbennett24@gmail.com

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