I really wish we had dutch in this country, so beautiful! Youre doing a great job with them Sarah, I really enjoy looking at the photos you post of them. And oh my, those abysisinian want to hop across the pond and come live with me! :mrgreen:
Irish spotting at least over here is usually a mouse that has a head spot/blaze, a belly spot, and a marked tail. So sort of similar to your herefords over there and I think it is the same gene or k-factors making the markings. Irish spotting isnt really standardized here though, its just a nuisance in anyone breeding brokens.SarahY said:I thought that Dutch might be modified spotting too but no, I've test bred it with normal recessive spotted pet shop patchy mice. I've never heard of Irish spotting.
I don't want to sound rude (because I really don't mean to be) but I've never seen pictures of any mice that have actually been 'improved' in America (ETA: except for NuedaiMice's blacks, they look better every time). Up until recently I think a general lack of consistancy and discipline in breeding American mice has prevailed and as a result breeders have got nowhere. The best mice have been imported from us. I do think that is changing though now that there are more people interested in doing it properly, and I expect a lot of improvement in the future.
I'm not saying that trying to breed Dutch out of recessive spotted piebalds will be easy or quick, just that you can do it
I think a head spot is one of the nicest markings.Irish spotting at least over here is usually a mouse that has a head spot/blaze, a belly spot, and a marked tail.
I really do need to get some current pictures of my mice and see what all of you over there think of my mice. As part of me still feels like Im in the dark on selecting for the right traits of a proper show mouse! :roll:I'm glad I didn't offend you HemlockStud. I'm sure you and others as dedicated and sensible will make good things happen for the American mouse fancy in the future.
what happened to them?MouseBreeder said:A few years ago I exported a crate of mice to the US and dutch were included...