The subject line pretty much says it all. Why is it that everyone want to add varieties to existing breeds, but there seems to be little interest in crossing breeds for specific traits to make entirely new breeds? I've noticed the same thing in my rabbits. It almost seems like a lack of imagination, maybe people think it's all been done already, so all you can do is paint them different colors? Or is it a lack of credibility attributed to "new breeds", like in dogs? For example, certain strains of Labradoodles (the original Australian ones) have been breeding true for generations, but there are still a lot of naysayers that refuse to consider them a breed. Are the parent clubs not interested in adding new breeds to standard? I understand wanting to work on and improve existing breeds and colors, and think that's a great idea. But if you're going to have a project and work on something new, why not go WAY out there and do something COMPLETELY different? For example, instead of adding the Lavender color to other breeds, why not work on a dual purpose breed where the Lavender color is its distinguishing characteristic? Not bashing, just wondering and trying to understand.