Here's a little
advise to breeding blacks, that I use in my herd
- once again it is my OPINION.
I believe in keeping black to
black, to keep rich black coloring. Watch taking too many brokens into
a solid black line, it can cause mismatched toenails, or "bone" color nails
on the solids. Find a good base line, with a strong coat, so you can
work more with type without worrying much about coat density. Watching
color as you go, you do not want your blacks to become "faded" or turn to
seals in appearance. In blacks, remember - type, coat, then color.
Color can be fixed in 1-2 breedings, type and coat take a few breedings to
correct. Blacks usually have few color problems if you use a nice
strong line. DO NOT keep any animal with scattered white hairs, I cull
heavily for that by removing the ENTIRE LINE. You can find a nice line
with type/coat that does not have the white hair issue. The hardest
part of blacks would be coat length, to me. Blacks are the first
color of mini rex shown, so type is usually not an issue, but still needs to
be culled for of course. But coat, can become too short, therefore
being too thin. Once again take a Ruby-eyed white out of black/blue
lines to correct it. Blacks can be taken to blacks and blues ONLY (and
black/blue otters, or torts), do not cross blacks to chocolates, UNLESS you
know the black has thrown chocolates before to a black doe. This mean
the black is carrying the genetics for a NICE chocolate. And most
important - - CULL CULL CULL for white hairs in your color spots!!
Once again this is all MY OPINION, and it has worked for me in my
herd, once I learned the line.
the Standards of Perfection
A black's entire body is to be a
rich lustrous black that runs deep toward the skin to a slate blue under
color. Color is to be even over the entire animal. Toenails are
to be dark. Eyes - brown
Faded, rusty or sunburned color;
scattered white hairs color that is not even over the entire animal.
GC FFR's Allison - 11 Legs
( passed away in 2013 )
GC FFR's Autumn - 3 Legs
( resides in Indiana )