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UPDATE:

With a heavy heart, I must go with my first instincts to stop breeding chocolates.  I will keep Sandy to be bred into my blacks.  And Maverick will stay here as a pet. 

ALL other chocolates WILL BE SOLD.

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Grand Champion

 Furry Friends R Us's

" Maverick "

Senior Broken Chocolate Buck

Sire: MS Rabbitry's Deville - Chocolate

Dam: FFR's Marie - B/Lilac

He is a product of my own stock.  He has daddy's KILLER coat.  Deville's mom is Centerstage's Prada, thanks Prada for the coat!  He has EXCELLENT color and coat texture!  He will be the herd buck for a while, I could use that coat on my chocolates, without losing their type!  So far he has thrown me some killer kits, complete with the coat they need!  Thanks Mav!

He carries such lines as: FFR's, Dreamcatcher, Centerstage, and Cresthill.

Show Winnings:

2/6 - Jersey County Fair - 7/11/09

1/8 - IRBA - 8/22/09 - Leg #1

2/4 - IN State Convention - 8/13/09

4/10 - Bloomington RBA (A) - 8/30/09

1/3 - KY State - 9/5/09

BOS - IRBA Show A - 9/26/09 - Leg #2

1/3 - IRBA Specality - 9/27/09

BOSV - MERBA - 9/4/09 -  Leg #3

3/10 - Macoupin County Fair - 7/24/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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* Chocolate Herd *

Here's a little advise to breeding chocolates, that I use in my herd - once again it is my OPINION.

I believe in keeping chocolate to chocolate to keep rich chocolate color, and fur density from slipping, due to breeding dilutes in.  Crossing to a lilac once in a while is ok assuming you are trying to get something from the lilac, it will not damage the color for a chocolate.  However, crossing dilutes in might cause density to slip a bit depending on the line - since dilutes have smaller fur follicles.  The main reason to cross chocolate to lilac is to improve the lilacs.  I breed for chocolates, so I do not keep many lilacs in the barn.  DO NOT take chocolates to blacks or blues, ONLY lilacs, other chocolates, and the occasional Ruby-Eyed white (from chocolate/lilac lines) to keep coat from lacking in density.  If you breed a black to black and receive a chocolate, just take the chocolate back to a chocolate or lilac.  This will insure type on your chocolates, since blacks tend to have the best type overall.  It's also ok to cross chocolates with chocolate/lilac otters.  Keep chocolates with the best type and coat, and breed them - cull heavily for color, once type and coat are in check.  Coat is the toughest part of breeding chocolates.  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.  In chocolates, remember - type, coat, then color.  Color can be fixed in 1-2 breedings, type and coat take a few.  Once again this is all MY OPINION, and it has worked for me in my herd, once I learned the line, and found a line I liked.

According to the Standards of Perfection

A chocolate's entire body is to be rich lustrous chocolate that runs deep towards the skin to a dove-gray under color.  Color is to be even over the entire animal.  Toenails are to be dark.  Eyes - Brown; ruby cast permissible.

Faults - Faded, rusty or sunburned color; scattered white hairs, color that is not even over entire animal.