Let me explain why I'm asking: this is my old female, Tess. This fall will be Tess's eighth season. She's well-mannered, handles reasonably well, is a decent marker, knows how to run blinds, has a good nose and absolutely lives to hunt. Like most gundogs, she has above-average potential that's always been held back by average (at best) training. In short, she's a good dog of decent ability that anyone would be proud to share a duck blind with. She's been a fantastic hunting dog, infinitely patient and understanding of my legion training gaffes, as well as a beloved family pet.