French Lop Standards
_SHOWROOM CLASSES & WEIGHTS
Senior Bucks--8 months of age and over, weight 10 1/2 pounds and over.
Senior Does--8 months of age, weight 11 pounds and over.
Intermediate Bucks-- 6-8 months of age, not over 11 1/2 pounds.
Intermediate Does-- 6-8 months of age, not over 12 pounds.
Junior Bucks and Does-- Under 6 months of age, not over10 1/2 pounds. Minimum weight 5 1/4 pounds.
NOTE: Junior or Intermediates exceeding maximum class weight may be shown in higher age classifications. No animal may be shown in a lower age classification than its true age.
NOTE: Each age classification shall be divided into two separate groups; those being Broken Pattern and Solid Pattern are judged together.
When posing the French Lop, the front feet should be resting lightly on the table.
BODY--POINTS 40: The body is to be massive and thick set. Shoulders are to be broad, well filled, and of good depth. The shoulders are to carry through to a slightly heavier and deeper hindquarter, which is round and has well filled lower hips. The animal is to be heavily muscled and balanced, with the shoulders blending smoothly into the hindquarters. In profile, the body topline should start at the base of the ears, rise in a gentle curve to its highest point at the center of the hips, and then round over and downward to the tail. A simple dewlap is permissible in does.
Faults-Long, narrow body, flatness over the shoulders or hips; chopped off or undercut hindquarters. Any specimen that shows raciness. large dewlap on junior does.
HEAD--Points 15: The head is to be strongly developed, wide, and sturdy. Does are permitted to be slightly feminine. Head is to be set closely on the shoulders, with the neck as short as possible. The crown of the head is boldly curved, and there should be a slight curvature of the skull from the ear base to wards the nose.
Faults-- Long, narrow head; pointed muzzle; flat crown.
EARS--Points 15: The ears are to be well placed on the head, rising from a strong basal ridge (crown), and lopping vertically both sides of the head. Ears are to hang close to the cheeks, with the ear openings turned towards the head. The outline of the ears and crown resembles a horseshoe shape. Length and width of ears are to be in proportion to the size of the animal. When the French lop is sitting in a normal position with the head up, the ears should extend 1 1/2 inches or more below the jaw. Ears should be well furred and well rounded at their extremities.
Faults--Blemishes; poor ear carriage; narrow, folded, or very thin ears. Ear openings turned away from the cheeks.
FEET & LEGS-- Points 3: Legs are to be thick, short, straight, and parallel to the body, with good width between the hocks. Toenails on Broken Patterns may be either light or dark. Difference in pigmentation between rear and front toenails is permitted.
Faults--weak ankles; unmatched toenails on Broken Patterns.
BONE--Points 10: HEAVY BONE is very important.
Disqualifications form Competition--Fine bone. General toenail disqualifications apply on all groups except Brokens.
Fur--Points 8: (Rollback) Coat is to be glossy and lustrous, with an ideal length of 1 1/4 inches. it is to be uniform, very thick and dense, and with a good rollback.
Faults-- Coat silky; long; harsh; thin; extremely short.
COLOR & MARKINGS--Points 4: Points on Broken Patterns are to be divided equally between color and markings. There should be a nose marking (butterfly preferred), a dark colored circle around each eye, and dark colored ears. Blanket body pattern is preferred. The color line should start behind the head, on the hips. Feet and legs should be white, with the exception of elbow spots, which are normal and desirable. Animals are to conform to the Lop Color Guide description of color for their variety or group. Eyes-- Color to conform to the Lop Color Guide description.
Faults--Body and head color patterns not conforming with the general description.
Disqualifications from Competition-- Complete absence of any head marking(s) on Broken Pattern animals. Brokens with less than 10% coloration.
The American Rabbit Breeders Association standard calls for a small to medium rabbit. Dutch are a 4-class breed. Pre juniors are 3 months and younger. Junior bucks and does are those 3–6 months of age with a minimum weight of 1.75 lbs. Seniors are 8 months of age and over, weighing between 3.5 and 5.5 lbs, with 4.5 being the ideal weight. Dutch are to have a compact, well-rounded body; rounded head; short, stocky, well-furred ears; and short, glossy "flyback" fur. Six colors (in conjunction with white) are recognized for show:
Black, a dense, glossy black
Blue, a medium blue-gray
Chocolate, a rich chocolate brown
Gray, (UK: Brown Grey) an Agouti color similar to that of the American cottontail, with bands of color on the hairshaft which produce a ring effect when blown into
Steel, (UK: Steel Grey) a black color with off-white tips to the hairshaft
Tortoise, (UK: Tortoiseshell) a bright, clean orange with slate blue shadings along the ears, whisker beds and hindquarters.
In the UK, Yellow (US: Gold) and Pale Grey (no US equivalent) Dutch are also recognized for show. New varieties under development in the United States include Harlequin (UK: Tri Coloured Dutch) (a pattern of black and orange patches) and Chinchilla. The Dutch rabbit originated in Holland, near the birthplace of the Netherland Dwarf. Both were considered strictly fancy showing animals at the time.
Despite its popularity, the Dutch rabbit has not changed much over the years. The most striking aspect of the breed is the marking pattern:
The blaze is an even wedge of white running up the rabbit's face. It is shaped by the cheeks which are the rounded circles of color on either side of the face. The neck marking is a white wedge on the back of the head. The saddle is to be a straight line running behind the shoulders and continuing underneath the rabbit to the undercut across the belly. The stops are located on the rear feet, which should be white from the toes to a point one third the length of the foot.
The American standard allots 50 of the 100 total points to markings, 25 points to general type, 10 points to color, 10 points to fur and 5 to condition
__New Zealand Broken Standards
Broken Group - For the Broken Group, the 15 points allotted for color shall be distributed as 7 points for the color and 8 points for the pattern.
Brokens are to include any recognized variety of the breed or variety within a group, in conjunction with white. Colored sections on Brokens are to match the standard for the colored variety.
Color and Pattern - Brokens are to have both ears colored, with color around the eyes, and on the nose. (No preference given for a full butterfly over an evenly balanced nose marking.) The body pattern may be spotted, with individual colored spots or patches over the back, sides, and hips: or a blanket pattern with color starting at or near the neck, and continuing over the back, sides, and hips. The preference is for an evenly balanced pattern. Toenails may be white, colored, or any combination of the two.
Eyes - The eye color is to correspond with the eye color specified under the respective solid color variety.
Faults—Unbalanced nose marking; unbalanced body markings; scattered white hairs in colored markings; white spots (not drags or ragged ear base) on the ears; Color in excess of 50%.
Disqualifications from Competition—The complete absence of color on the nose; (Note: Color appearing in any area where a butterfly would normally occur satisfies the requirement for a nose marking), on either ear; or around either eye; color less than 10% of the entire animal; excessive amount of scattered white hairs in the colored markings; eye color other than called for under the respective color descriptions; foreign colored spot(s). No Disqualification for White Spot(s) In Colored Sections.
NZ White, Black and Red
Varieties: Black-Red- White
SCHEDULE OF POINTS
GENERAL TYPE 63
Head, Ears, Feet & Legs 5
TOTAL POINTS 100
SHOW ROOM CLASSES & WEIGHTS
Senior Bucks - 8 months of age and over, weight 9 to 11 pounds. Ideal weight 10 pounds.
Senior Does - 8 months of age and over, weight 10 to 12 pounds. Ideal weight 11 pounds.
Intermediate Bucks - 6 to 8 months of age, not over 10 pounds. Intermediate Does - 6 to 8 months of age, not over 11 pounds. Junior Bucks & Does - Under 6 months of age, not over 9 pounds. Minimum weight 6 pounds.
Pre-Junior Bucks & Does - Under 3 months of age, and not over 6 pounds. Bucks and does to be judged separately. Each color to be judged separately.
Note: Juniors and intermediates which exceed maximum weight limit may be shown in a higher age classification. No animal may be shown in a lower age classification than its true age.
Body-- The ideal New Zealand type should create an image of balance and uniformity. The animal must exemplify meat- producing qualities. It is to have well rounded hips, well filled loin, and the ribs carrying forward to combine with the shoulders that balance with the rest of the body. The shoulders are to blend smoothly into the midsection, and the midsection is to blend smoothly into the hindquarters. The body should be of medium length, with depth equal to width throughout the entire body. When viewed from the side, the top body- line should start immediately at the base of the ears and rise in an upward curve to the high point over the center of the hips, and then fall in a smooth curve downward to the base of the tail. When viewed from above, the sides should taper slightly from the shoulders toward the hindquarters. A small dewlap is permitted on does.
Hindquarters--Points 21: The hindquarters are to be broad, smooth, and well rounded with firm flesh. The lower portion of the hips is to be well developed and
full. Depth should equal width, consistent with a well- rounded top.
Midsection--Points 19: The midsection is to be broad, firm, meaty, and carry as much flesh as possible on both sides of the spine. The side appearance should
be of good depth and conform with the width of the body. The belly is to be firm and free from potty appearance.
Shoulders--Points 18: The shoulders are to be well developed, with good depth and width to balance with the rest of the body. Faults—A break or late start in the top line; narrow shoulders; flat spot at shoulders; low shoulders; wide shoulders, spoiling balance; narrow loin, failing to blend with hindquarters; flat or
rough over top of hips; protruding hips; pinched or undercut lower hip; chopped hindquarters; rough spine; depth of body failing to balance with width throughout;
dewlap in bucks; large dewlap in does.
Head, Ears, Feet & Legs - Points 5: The head is to be full, with moderately rounded face and cheeks, presenting a slight curvature between the eyes and nose.
The size of the head should balance and conform with the body and be more masculine in bucks than does. It should be set close on the shoulders, with the
neck as short as possible. Ears are to be medium thick, well furred, well shaped, rounded at the tips and be in proportion to the head and body. They are to be well set on the head, with a good heavy ear base, and carried erect. Bone is to be straight, medium heavy, and medium length. Hind legs and feet are to be firm, stout and well padded. All toenails on the Red and Black varieties are to be uniform and as dark as possible.
Faults-- Long narrow head; pinched muzzle; extreme curvature between eyes and nose. Long, thin, or pointed ears; spread ear carriage. Fine bone; thin foot
FUR - Points 15: (Flyback) To conform to the ARBA Commercial Normal Fur Standard.
COLOR - Points 10: BLACK-- Color is to be a uniform, jet black throughout. Under color is to be dark slate blue. Eyes--Dark brown. Faults-- Stray white hairs; brownish cast. Disqualification from Competition-- Patch(es) of excessive white hair; very conspicuous stray white hairs; excessive brownish cast; white shadow bars on front or hind feet.
RED-- Color is to be a bright reddish sorrel, but not so dark as to be a mahogany red. Color shall carry as deep down the hair shaft as possible. The belly color should approximate the top color. It may be somewhat lighter in shade, approaching a deep creamy cast, but must not be pure white. White on the underside of the tail, or on foot pads is permitted. Eyes-- Brown.
Faults-- Light or dark ticking, when sufficient to produce ear lacing or body smut; white hairs in pelt; large
white eye circles; creamy collar around the neck. Disqualification from Competition-- A marked departure from the standard color, to the extent of being mahogany red or a light brassy or fawn color. Heavy ear lacing or body smut. -- Patch(es) of excessive white hair; very conspicuous stray white hairs; white shadow bars on the front or hind feet.
WHITE-- Color is to be pure white. Eyes--Pink. Faults—Soiled or stained. Ivory cast.
CONDITION - Points 12: Per ARBA definition, with special emphasis on firm flesh and finished fur.