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Letters from the Front Line:Anton: I might add the Gelderlander came from a time when there were no registers as such. A true working animal and landrace and unlike many rare pedigree dogs in closed studs books was a significant genetic resource which has been...Kathy: Thank you Anton for sharing about this once magnificent horse. I looked it up to find photos etc because have never seen one. Sad but interesting that even horses suffer from the fad and fashion of man kind. Seems we should have...Anton: The Gelderlander is/was a such a breed with four white feet, always strong as an ox though these horses are presently and very unfortunately suffering the same problems as some of the rare older pedigree dog breeds. The...Kathy: Anton I consider the following that has been the resuls of not only piebald, merle to merle breeding but lack of color pattern pigmentation. It is not that our canines pigmentation is different, and NOT COATS OF MANY COLORS, but...Kathy: I am amazed that this link you provided contains repeated statement regarding Show champion breeders that no one dare openly question? Does this actually make any common sense to you. Don’t let them brow beat you just...Kathy: Chron I had not seen this link but comes as no surprise. Am not saying it is not horrifying, disgusting and reprehensible but it does seem someone is taking crazy pills or something does it not? If you check the archives this...Dogtired: Just one comment about the full-body x-ray of “Gossie” – Chik T’Sun – the x-ray was taken after the dog died, and what with the physical changes that take place after death with rigor and all, it...Kathy: C,H, I should correct that the gene responsible for the Harlequin Pattern in Great Danes is different according to Genetic Marker testing in other breeds such as the Collie, Shetland Sheepdog. It is the pattern not the color is...Kathy: C.H. probably Sue Bowling’s site was one of my favorites since it first hit the internet. Indeed there are some very highly educated people on this site in varies areas. The true sign of an educated person…they know...Kathy: C.H. It is equally ridiculous comment to state it does not matter what is in a Pedigree. We all here have understood that the coat coat consist of combination of genes. Likewise, a piebald with a double merle and then you add the...Kathy: Rat girl you miss the entire message. This blindness is preventable. I have had dogs go blind on me as well. Please understand this is preventable. Today there is no excuse for blindness. Your argument is mute.
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