Should We "Improve" The Breed Or the
American Pigeon Journal
It cannot be denied that selection can transform animal species into creatures that appear unrelated to their progenitors. Some fancy pigeons hardly resemble the wild stock from which they sprang. Among the hundreds of varieties of pigeons the Jacobins, Croppers, Trumpeters, Carriers and Fantails are a few that display extremes of some characteristics.
A parallel for comparison is the common goldfish, which has attained bright
yellow-orange color after many years of selection. A silver-brown native
fish of Asia and member of the carp clan, it is bred in over 100 varieties.
The Veiltail Moor, Pearl-Scaled Fantail and the Shubunkin scarcely resemble
the common goldfish, much less its wild ancestors!
Improvement suggests a positive movement. The early automobiles have been improved into the large gas-hogs of the 1960's. Along came the oil embargo and suddenly we are improving the auto to its former size.
As a pigeon fancier, I wonder if "standards" are responsible for the Rollers that don't roll and Trumpeters that cannot trumpet? Will we keep improving the Modena and King standards until both breeds have the same standard? I wonder about improvements? Are there any fanciers out there who simply enjoy fancying!?
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