I was surprised by the differences in OEB when I first started looking . . . I went OEB because they are supposed to be healthier/live longer, yet I wanted the English look . . . are my dogs going to be healthier, live longer just because OEB is their "name?" Probably not . . . I did not know squat, I know a little more now because of you guys.
But I'm sitting here thinking horse again! LOL!
Why do we feel a breed/ABs need to look alike?????
We raise Quarter horses & Paints, same bloodlines, Quarters are solid, Paints are spotted . . .
I raise certain bloodlines because I like to game/barrel race, I like turn & burn with brains & good conformation . . . I mix, cow, raise & halter . . . my favorite bloodline is Skipper W and his breeder was Hank Weiscamp, Weiscamp bred cow & race type horses with beautiful conformation, and Skipper W horses usually have golden retriever type temperaments . . . I used to run Man O War, Moon Deck, Jet Deck bred horses, all race bred & terrible to train, hot hot hot, nasty at times and thoroughbredy built, very lean, best horses I ever had once you get them trained if they did not kill you BUT I'm over 50 now and not into getting maimed . . . the Skippers are easier to train because they are ppl lovers, they are rounder & prettier built but still have the heart & conformation to get out & boogy . . . there are Quarters & Paints out there bred for western pleasure, english & other disciplines that are not going to fit with my breeding program because of conformation, temperament etc . . .
My Skipper W bred mare has taken grand champion in halter here in Minnesota but if I was to place in the WORLD show, I would probably have to have an Impressive bred horse, fed, medded & trimmed to be competitive in halter class, bred to look like a BEEF cow, so fat & heavily muscled that they can't trot without tripping over themselves much less run! And very possibly foundered & dead by age 5.
so I guess what I'm saying is that even in the bullies, AB, OV, OEB, EB, etc . . . is difference in a breed a bad thing????? The AB has many different uses. Do most bully ppl go by bloodlines like I do with my horses? You hear ppl mention "Scott type" or "Gargoyle" bloodlines etc . . . You go with the bloodlines/breeder that suit your discipline be it protection sports, hunting, showing or pet . . . .