Teat, you don't have to travel to see the travesty wreaked on the Dexter herd in the US. .. .. . just browse the photos.
I wish FB wasn't so problematic regarding privacy rights, exploitation, and annoying ads or I'd visit more often and have a large library of Dexters that look like every imaginable breed EXCEPT Dexters.
ADCA is increasing prices on bulls to discourage registration of "so many bulls". . .. . any yet. . . . . if one browses through the pages of registrations by members of leadership over time. . .. . . . .most of them seemed to have little restraint as to registering bulls. More hypocrisy from on high. Prices have tumbled in the breed, ( as warned and predicted), and the elite, ( or those who think of themselves as such), must be having trouble moving their boys. Need to cut the competition.
Judy is only half right. Yes, there are a good number of Dexters that have drifted away from how Dexters should look... But many of those are not red and not polled. I can show plenty of pictures of not-red not-polled animals that don't meet the old breed standards.
The solution is for breeders to follow the old Dexter breed standards and descriptions in making breeding decisions.
The most important part of the original standard says: "hips wide, quarters thick and deep, legs short (especially from knee to fetlock), strong, and well placed under body, which should be as close to the ground as possible."
This black Old Orchard cow completely misses the standard.