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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-14-2002, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Breeding...what do you think?

Ok, so someday I would love to breed exotic colored chinnies, but for now I'm just rescuing/adopting. Here's my question(s);
1. Should/could my chinnies from the fur farms be bred with a clear concience? I do know which one's are related and which are not, so I'm not really worried about that part. They are very healthy and they appear to be good quality...
2. One pair I adopted was given to me as a breeding pair, the person they came from bred them and sold the babies. The male passed away and I paired the mother with her daughter...do you think I could mate the mother (or the daughter for that matter)? Would you?
3. How big of a concern is quality if I were to breed for a litter or two for pets for myself? I would never knowingly breed a chin that had any bad qualities.

What do you guys that breed think?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-15-2002, 12:08 AM
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1. Should/could my chinnies from the fur farms be bred with a clear concience? I do know which one's are related and which are not, so I'm not really worried about that part. They are very healthy and they appear to be good quality...
Provided they are from reputable fur farms and pass a vet check (i.e. teeth, etc.), I wouldn't see why not.

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. One pair I adopted was given to me as a breeding pair, the person they came from bred them and sold the babies. The male passed away and I paired the mother with her daughter...do you think I could mate the mother (or the daughter for that matter)? Would you?
Do you know their background? Do you know if there was ever any malocclusion? Fur chewing? Other health problems? If so, and the answer to all of these is that they are healthy, I would say yes. If not, I'd be hesitant w/o seeing them or previous kits.



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3. How big of a concern is quality if I were to breed for a litter or two for pets for myself? I would never knowingly breed a chin that had any bad qualities.
That of course is for you to decide. If that's the only reason you're breeding and you make sure the chins are healthy, i don't see a problem. If you plan to 'better the species,' quality should be a large concern.

Keep in mind, all of this is my OPINION!

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Great questions!

1. I agree with what Jade said and get a thorough check up of the chinchillas from the fur farms. If you can obtain pedigrees from the fur farms, that would be something good to have.

2. Do you know the background of the breeding pair? I think when it comes to breeding, knowing the backgrounds of all chinchillas is a very important aspect of breeding. Do you happen to know why the male died? Was it something that can be passed on to the offspring? If so, I would not breed the offspring.

3. If you are solely breeding for yourself and not selling the offspring, then yes, that is fine. Everyone breeds for a different purpose. Most people will agree when breeding a specific animal, it is to better the species so you have to think of what your long term goals are.

Quality is such a broad term and has various levels for some people. The traits that come to mind when thinking of a high quality chinchilla are blocky, has dense fur, healthy and preferably has the Brevi characteristics. If you are breeding just for yourself, then it isn't absolutely necessary to have a chinchilla that is blocky, dense fur and Brevi. The most imporant aspect for you is to have healthy chinchillas that do not have any genetic flaws.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-15-2002, 07:24 PM
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They say there are no dumb questions, so I'll jump in and ask. What is "Brevi"?

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Brevi is short for brevicauda and is recognized by a rounded nose, small ears, and a blocky body I believe. Let me see if I can find some more info for ya!

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