Here's a little advise to breeding torts, that I use in my herd
- once again it is my OPINION.
believe in keeping tort to tort, and crossed out to black for coat/type,
and/or red for color once in a while. Find a good base line, with a
strong color, so you can work more with type without worrying much about
coat density or color. To many tort to tort breedings can cause loss
of points. Tort's usually have few color problems if you use a nice
strong line. Breeding reds in can cause lack of darkened points on
them as well, not to mention smutty reds - most reds should be culled from
this breeding. This is why breeding blacks in can help darken points.
CULL CULL CULL for white hairs in your color spots!! Torts can be
difficult for coloring. My suggestion is to keep them to black and
tort, reds maybe. Of course, red to tort breedings will cause smut
reds, cull them and keep the torts with the best color. Once color is
in check, keep them to tort and a few blacks for coat. Torts can be a
challenge. Once again this is all MY OPINION, and it has worked
for me in my herd, once I learned the line.
According to the Standards of Perfection
tortoise's surface color of the body is to be bright rusty red-orange which
blends to a smoky gray-black on the falnks, head, belly, and feet. The
surface color is to extend well down the hair shaft to an off white under
color. The shading on the head is to be the darkest at the whisker bed
and is to blena lighter shading along the jaw line. ear color should
match shading color. upper side of the tail is to match the body
surface color with the underside of the tail matching the shadings as nearly
as possible. Toenails are to be dark. Eyes - Brown.
Faults - Smutty tinge obscuring the rich orange saddle color' point
color or shading color too light; scattered white hairs.
Disqualifications from Competition - White belly or tail white
toenails(s) white spot.