Merlin is the full meal deal, straight out of the package and ready to go type of dog. I've been raising hunting dogs for 30 years and he has been the most naturally gifted hunting dog that I've seen. Never had to do anything with him for training, he has pups all over the US and Canada that have done extremely well in the trials and competitive world, but also for the family who just wants a great hunting/family dog. His ability to turn off and turn on his hunting drive when he is at home and in the field blows my mind. We will be using him to breed to Twinkie.