Post by teatpuller11 on Oct 14, 2017 18:11:08 GMT
Been thinking. How about this for an analogy: If you had a mint condition traveling writing box from 1790, it would be an antique. If you had a traveling box made yesterday from the same plans, with the same attention to detail and the same woods and veneers and horse hoof glues, so if put side by side with the antique you really couldn't tell them apart, in fact they would be identical, one is still an antique, but the other would be a replica. I think that would work in the case of Platinum. His dna is identical to traditional Dexters, but his paperwork says he's got upgrading, so won't qualify. A comparison like this would stop the fight?
Of course, then we come to just how accurate are old pedigrees, because paperwork without verification is just paper. I've noticed in Judy a habit of saying wrong or questionable paper on a traditional was a mistake/accident/unintentional, whereas for anything else, was a deliberate attempt to deceive, usually for profit. There's that selective reasoning again.
Which brings me back to the other issue: Judy doesn't own either test, but she has knowledge of both. Every time Cascade comes on, she harps on the first test, knowing she's being selective.
Mike talks about how Platinum has changed the look of Dexters. But Fermoy sure doesn't look like any traditional Dexter I've ever seen, and there's all sorts of questions about her purity, yet she's held up as an example of perfection...again, antique wild red vs. replica wild red, no matter how unlikely. And checking the pedigrees of Mike's animals on the ADCA site, Platinum is a long way back, so there's 30+ other Dexters in there to add their genetics. A lot of what we call traditional lines are pretty poor examples, with awful udders and pinched bodies. I'd like to have traditional lines but of good quality. A piece of paper doesn't make a good animal and a piece of paper that can't be proven accurate is even worse.
I've managed to get some good quality traditional animals without using Platinum for body type. IMO people who simply breed two traditional animals together without selecting for specific traits are just making more animals, they aren't furthering the interests of the breed. I think there's a place for traditional breeders with a program and a goal, and I think there's a place for the others who want a registerable Dexter with modern genetics accepted by the mainstream. Another analogy: people who dress up in deerskins with powder horns and muskets and like to skulk through the woods with or without a horse vs. the general population who prefer Spandex and cars and central heating