Seawatch Stud· Registered
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I keep reading new and inexperienced breeders posts about outcrossing. Outcrossing into a stud of mice is NOT someting to be taken lightly, or resorted to more often than is absoultely necessary. Radical outcrosses, like for example, to another variety must be considered a last resort. If and when your chosen variety needs an outcross to improve it, always wherever possible use the same variety from a different line. Only if there is no other way should you consider crossing to another variety. If you have no choice but to do it, cross OUT of your existing stud not IN to it. In other words keep crossed mice out of your main stud until you are certain there is something to be gained from putting them in. Fanciers have worked hard to create lines of show winning mice, and that work can very easily be undone by poor decision making. It takes years to build up a good stud, and one generation to ruin it.