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04 May 2003 From: "Pam Hartley" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: ? for dwarf breeders
How do you get those beautiful dwarfs with large heads and smooth, well
filled bodies???? Must you have an
outstanding herd sire to start with or just continue to be vigilant with strict
culling and good breeding decisions with the mediocre dwarfs until
"viola" you luck out and get something special?
A little of both?
A: If you
happen upon one or more spectacular rabbits for sale, by all means buy them! :)
If you're not so lucky, you'll have to work with the parts you have.
a list of your rabbits. Then list each rabbit's faults and virtues. You will
start to see a pattern emerge in your herd.
that your rabbits as a herd have only one relatively consistent virtue right
now. Let's say most of your rabbits have nice shoulders.
say that your rabbits as a herd have some glaring faults -- let's say long ears
and narrow heads and pinched hindquarters.
fault that annoys you the most and then start breeding to a rabbit who does NOT
have that fault and hopefully DOES have the virtue of nice shoulders (but if he
doesn't have that virtue, only select kits of his that DO have nice shoulders,
so that you aren't exchanging one virtue for another, you're selecting for
future breeding animals only rabbits who have BOTH). Once you have one fault
pretty much licked, start on another.
this way, you will make progress and it should only take you approximately
forever to breed perfect rabbits, but imagine your pride when you finally do!
Isn't this hobby fun? ;)
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