is the correct shade difficult to achieve ? I imagine they must come in many different shades.
I could write an essay about this, and maybe I will one day for the NMC news. I've heard it said that lilacs are hard because they breed in too many variant shades. In my humble opinion, I don't think this is any more the case than with any other self mouse! I would put this down to the fact that there are no lilac mice around, no mature lines, so anyone with lilac mice has had to make
them, and since chocolate and blue are both bred to be dark, and lilac much lighter, one will be producing variant shades for a long time, so yes, in answer to your question, initially it is rather difficult to achieve the correct shade of lilac. Further down the line...I'd have to say I don't know yet.
The correct shade though, who knows! The standard is entirely vague. I like the lighter ones, as in the example on the NMC website, of which I have none yet.
Congrats on your continued progress! You've inspired me with these, I'm gonna try a little lilac side project when they pop up in a litter eventually. Shouldn't take long, have both b and d in my mice. Although mine will be lh and texel.
Great! Hope you will post pics of your progress too