- Got Pigs?
While the idea of show pigs are nothing I can accept, I thought well some of the new people might like to see an example of what the differences are.
E has explained alot to us also.
This is just a pictorial view, if you can get past the breeder/show mentality BS.
- Little Jo Wheek
Guys, there is a good reason why there are only Tans in Americans. And it's a good thing if you don't believe in the show/breeding standards. The way the ACBA recognizes new varieties (colors/color patterns) is similar to how they recognize new breeds. It takes a ton of breeding and formal presentations at the yearly "National" show. At that show, (if I remember right), there can be no less than 6 pigs of that type (may be more) in ideal markings and coloring. One of each sex in the breed AND variety in each of the age/size categories (there are 3). That means for Tans to be a recognized variety in EVERY breed means 13 x 6 animals for presentation alone at 3 individual Nationals. That makes for a TON of animals at presentation, let alone the rate of only 1 or 2 animals per litter usually being ideal. There are tons of culls when you are breeding for development of a new Variety or Breed. Americans were the easiest breed to get the variety recognized in since that is how they were imported by Juliet Barrera and once-ACBA president Tracy Iverson. They held the development certificate when I heard about the plans about 10 years ago.
Here is a pic--Tans are a very specific color pattern and were named Tans after the bunny breed showing a similar pattern:
Here is an ACBA article with a bit of the history.
Tan Cavy History
They are the newest recognized ACBA color variety.
Unfortunately, during my search for a pic, I did stumble upon breeders trying to develop tans in all other breeds. Great.
I think tempering it with information concerning problems with different breeds and the search for coat (and not good health) would work into it well too.
I also find software to design things very verbose. You end up with an ackward file that takes much more room than is needed.
Give me plain old html any day. Oh, and some style sheets.
- Little Jo Wheek
I guess I could definitely start writing a thread. The pics could be added later. That is the most intimidating part for me, actually, is the gathering and uploading of pics. I don't want to use any breeder sites at all to link to--I think I could get something arranged in the next day or two. At least the beginnings.