Although, also, how common is that vaulted skull thing? Seems so sad and almost cruel to breed them that way, much like brachycephalic (short nosed, smush faced, etc.) dogs and cats. People think they're so cute and I mean, I do love the actual breeds, but to me it's cruel and borderline abuse to breed something intentionally with health problems (especially breathing in brachys) or a hole in the skull, etc. just because it is "cute" or has the perfect crest or wins shows or whatever. Thankfully though, with some of the brachy dog breeds, there have been efforts to improve the breed. Pugs for one, in Germany they have "retro pugs" and they are working towards breeding them with longer snouts, a more loosely curled tail (supposedly the tight tail causes back problems), a little longer legs, etc. Etc. By I think selective breeding and maybe outcrossing with other breeds and they still have the same great Pug personality everyone loves, just in a healthier form, and I personally think that it's great that people are working towards healthier animals. I love some of the brachy breeds or other "unhealthy" animals but it does no one, especially not the animals, any good to continue to defend these breeding practices which is why I think that it is great. But sorry, I know I sort of got off topic there and that this thread is not about dogs or problematic breeding practices but rather cute Silkies BUT I believe I can tie it back to Silkies and chickens in general: My hope is that Silkies (and Polish?) too, and hopefully other unhealthy breeds as I'm sure there are others that exist, can also be bred towards healthier birds and perhaps maybe even outcrossed if necessary depending on how common this is while still retaining and achieving the charming personality and crest of the birds. Surely it can be done as many people seem to have non-vaulted Silkies. Though I guess it is hard to tell from a picture.
Edited by KDOGG331 - 11/5/15 at 10:22pm