Originally Posted by nochoramet
+1 for DragonFish. There isn't even a set standard anymore because ppl breed pretty willy-nilly and VT's have been mixed with all other tail types. And that's why there's such a variety. I've seen some vt's that almost look like a delta, some with round tails, and some that are pointy!
It's a terrible shame that there's no VT standard when VTs are sort of the "default" pet betta, and when they do have their own distinct (if diluted) look.
Something similar is happening with dogs -- people have overbred and poorly-bred some popular breeds so much that most people don't even know what a true one is supposed to look like! I see it all the time with labs, poodles, and schnauzers, among others. The show breeders who breed for proper type and temperament are the ones keeping these dog breeds alive.
Are there no breeders who work with VTs and who are interested in developing and maintaining a proper standard? It seems wrong for them to just get... forgotten and diluted into murkiness.