Post by joan on Feb 19, 2011 13:18:34 GMT -5
Feb 18, 2011 23:30:33 GMT -5 @mustelidmusk said:Joan , I understand that you offer a better guarantee. However, if you do sell a ferret, you sell to very close friends only. This is unfortunate for the general public since most of us cannot benefit from your practices since you don't know us . Most of the aforementioned breeders share common bloodlines, and dilutes are common in nearly all US bloodlines, including Marshall's.
Marshall's maintains a very closed breeding pool. Indeed, they do tag their ferrets to avoid inbreeding. However, I've noticed quite a few silvers, champagnes, and patterns showing up in the the pet stores. Champagnes are EVERYWHERE these days ..... this is quite apparent at our local ferret paly days. One thing I have noticed is that there are VERY FEW albinos. I do know that champagne littrs tend to throw quite a e albinos.......so where have all the 'binos gone? Probably to medical research . I love my 'bin girlie!!!!! I LOVE 'bino's. he seem to be RARE in pe stores these days in spite of all the fancy colors. OK - that was my "'bino rant!"
You're correct in that my health guarantee is very different from any of the show breeders, and none of my ferrets are related to any of the US show stock, except possibly through UI ferrets back at least 15-20 generations. I only breed medium to dark sables (no black sables) from a solid sable background so that I can guarantee temperament, plus health through 5 years of age re the typical ferret diseases (adrenal, insulinoma, lymphoma, and cardiomyopthy). I also guarantee re any congenital defect which might not be apparent at the time of sale.
Where did you get the idea that I only sell ferrets to close friends? Many of my buyers are close friends now, but most were strangers to me when they bought a kit from me. I do screen my buyers carefully, since I am breeding hybrids which are not suitable for many or most early neuter owners, and the potential buyer must come to my house to ensure that they understand exactly what to expect from one of my kits.
As I've said in other threads, Marshall has far more genetic diversity in their breeding stock than any other commercial breeder I'm aware of and certainly more than any private breeder has access to. I know of at least two commercial breeders from whom they obtained breeding stock in the last 15 years or so, one in the US and the other in Europe, and I'm sure there are others I don't know about.