In the breeding of Exmoors, as in the breeding of Shetland ponies, distinctive families have been produced. The Exmoor may be considered the parent or foundation stock of the Dartmoor and the New Forest families of the breed. These latter are so nearly identical with the Exmoor that it will not be necessary for our purpose to treat them separately. In fact, the Welch pony, the Exmoor, the Dartmoor and the New Forest are sometimes so nearly alike as to deceive good judges when an animal of one breed or variety is offered as belonging to another. There are no distinguishing colors in any of these breeds of ponies, and one sometimes merges so closely into another in size and characteristics, that but few persons can accurately classify them off-hand. Then, too, a family or variety name is frequently used as a breed name. Even the marked characteristics of breeds and varieties, such as size, markings and activity, differ so little that it is often impossible to distinguish one from another unless typical specimens of both are present for comparison There is a constant multiplication of breeds and subbreeds, and this tends to confuse those who purchase the animals, while it gives opportunity, on the part of the seller, to misrepresent without being detected. However, multiplication of breeds and subbreeds tends to promote improvement. An honest, vigorous rivalry is indicative of growth and progress. The "battle of the breeds" may leave some slain by the wayside, but the fittest survive. The cyclonic arguments which periodically take place with some classes of breeders of live stock clear the atmosphere.