Black Satin Bloodline
Overall Goals of the Line
Our Black Satin line was a success from the start. Kirstin from The FarStar Rattery and I originally co-produced this line, in order to provide a clean outcross bloodline. We wanted to make a strong, non-silvered, Black line with Satin coats, carrying zero other recessives. That way, outcrossing to this line would bring in nothing but great conformation and a Satin coat. While the line started out strong, in the third generation, we hit a snag when all the females in the litter turned out to be sterile. We took the line backwards to cousins out of the second generation, but the female that we used turned out to be from a litter which was producing odd color mutations that did not display on Black. Because this color mutation could hide in a Black line for generations, it became apparent that we would have to start largely from scratch to rebuild the line.
Our goal is to completely clear away all other carried colors and recessive in this line, producing a beautiful, rich black color. Ideally, this kind of dramatic coloration calls for very strong conformation, beautiful bone structure, big muscular size and long, thick tails. Because we are breeding for Satin, we need a nice, thick coat with lots of strong sheen to it.
Because we are starting from essentially scratch on this line, the first thing we have to do is get rid of all the other colors, while at the same time preserving the health and temperament of the line and improving the conformation. Right now, there is no one thing we need only a little work on. Cosmetically, the line's a mess.
As always, health and temperament are paramount. Color will always take a back seat to those.