So I'm starting out breeding Holland Lops. I've done masses of research, grew up around lops and have a pet lop of my own, my mother bred briefly, etc... Long story short, I'm ready to begin but there's one thing I haven't found much info on and I'm looking for advice. With all I've read and researched, I haven't found too much on finding the right starting pair. I do have certain colors I'd like to breed. Blues, Lilacs, Reds (any pattern really, I just love the more 'unique' colors) and BEWs tend to be my favorite colorings. I've read many hours into genetics and colors, and I know in theory what colors can breed into what. But with all this, I'd really just like some advice from someone who's done this first hand rather than just going from articles and books. Should I go with the color I'd like to 'specialize' in for my first pair? Or should I go for a bunny that's not necessarily the right color but carries the right genes for the colors I'd like(I know BEWs are different with this aspect, so only asking this question for the others)? What are the best traits/features to try and get into a line early? Are there any major 'cosmetic' issues (not health related) that I should totally avoid when looking for my first pair? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Been having a hell of a time finding good breeders in my area, and also finding personal experiences with this. Thank you in advance!