We get a lot of questions about our breeding practices. In these videos Jos Thoné explains his breeding practices and shares some important advice with the viewers.
In this part Jos explains his breeding philosophy "making fast pigeons stronger and visa versa".

Question: how do you make the pairs?
Answer: the goal is to make fast pigeons stronger and strong pigeons faster. That's is the basis of Jos Thoné's breeding strategy. In this example he has paired  a top long-distance pigeon 'Gaggan' with a hen from the Avril/Sachi bloodline. Last season this combination already gave winners, so it is definitely a good pair. Most importantly, the combination of these bloodlines are very successful in other pairs and in other lofts. It's also perfectly possible to pair original Thoné pigeons to other bloodlines according to the same breeding philosophy. 

One more thing...
In the beginning of the season, all our pigeons take part in the same races. This means that short-or-long distance pigeons, would race according to the Belgian racing system starting from 100 km up to ... 
When a pigeon wins at middle distance, we would keep racing this pigeon on the middle distance races, no matter if it's a long-distance pigeon in the pedigree. Hence, when we see that a pigeon could go further in distance, we will increase the distance for these pigeons. 

This is how 'Gaggan', a typical long-distance pigeon in pedigree, became a multiple 1. prize winner in the heavy middle distance races. 

Some results of ‘Gaggan’
1. Nat. zone Argenton (576km)
1. Nat. zone Chateauroux (548km)
3. Nat. Acebird 2019 – 7 prizes (PIPA)
4. Nat. Acebird 2018 – 6 prizes (PIPA)
5. Nat. c. Argenton – 648 birds
11. Nat. c. Chateauroux – 1.904 birds
19. Nat. zone Bourges (495 km) – 2.088 birds
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The children from 'Gaggan' are winning from 100 up to 800 km, depending on the paired hen. If we pair him to a fast pigeon (like in the video) the youngsters are ideal for 100 - 450 km. However, paired to a long-distance hen (like 'Tora'), the youngsters can go much further in distance.