VARITIES: black--blue--chocolate--gray--steel--tortoise



GENERAL TYPE....................25
  TOTAL POINTS..................100

Senior Bucks & Does--6 months of age or over, weight 3 1/2 
to 5 1/2 pounds.  Ideal weight 4 1/2 pounds.

Junior Bucks & Does--Under 6  months of age. 
Minimum weight 1 3/4 pounds.

Note: Juniors may be shown in a higher age classification. No animal may be shown in a lower age classification than its true age.


BODY--Points 17: Dutch type consists of a nicely rounded back, 
   beginning immediately behind the head, progressing over the 
   shoulders to the highest point at the loin and hips 
   (perpendicular to the stifle), and rounding off into a well filled 
   hindquarters.  From the top view, the shoulders should be 
   rounded and slightly narrower than the hips.  The rib spread 
   should be so that the side lines taper from the hips to the 
   shoulders.  The hips	should have a well rounded appearance 
   and be full to the base of the hindquarters.  The Dutch should 
   maintain a close coupled, well rounded appearance, whether 
   it weighs 3 1/2 or 5 1/2 pounds.  
  Faults--Large protruding hips that lose smoothness and 
HEAD--Points 5: The head is to be rounded and full, with a very
   short neck.  Head is to be set close to the shoulders.
  Faults--Pear shaped, pinched nose; coarse bulldog head;
    narrow head
EARS--Points 2: Ears are to be in proportion to the size of head
   and body.  Ears are to be stocky, well furred, and carried
   erect.  They should be set close together on the head.
  Faults--Ear length out of balance with body.  Thin and poorly 
    furred ears.
EYES--Points 1: Eyes are to be clear, bright, and bold.  They are to
   be free from spots in the iris, or any other eye discoloration.
   Both eyes are to match. (NOTE: Eye color is determined by iris color)
  Disqualifications from Competition--Eyes of a color other
     than specified for the variety.  Spots in the iris; light "China
	 blue" eyes; wall eyes.
FEET & LEGS--The feet and legs are to be straight, medium-fine
   in bone, and have the proper length and size to balance and
   harmonize with the compact body.  Toenails are to be white in 
   all varities.
  Faults--Extremely fine bone.  Broken toenails, if portion remains
     and color can be determined.
  Disqualification from Competition--Any colored toenail(s)
FUR--Points 10: (Flyback) Fur is to be dense and short.  It should
   be coarse enough in gaurd hair to offer resistance when 
   stroked towards the head.  The coat should fly back to its 
   natural position and lie smooth over the entire body.  There
   should be a fine, dense undercoat, interspersed with 
   decidedly heavier, thicker guard hairs.  The coat should carry
   a very high luster.  The length and finish of the fure should
   enhance the markings.
  Faults--Long, thin coat; coarse, harsh, or wiry coat; guard hairs 
     which are too long; fur too soft; stained or molting coat.
COLOR--Points 10: The colored portions of the Dutch are: the body
   (from rear of saddle line down the hind legs to the foot stops),
   the belly (from undercut line to rear of the rabbit, and down the
   inside of the hind legs to the foot stops), cheecks, ears, and
   tail.  The remaining portion of the rabbit is to be white.
BLACK--Color is to be a very glossy, dense, uniform, jet-black,
   running deep toward the skin, blending into a slate blue under
   color next to skin.  Eyes--Dark Brown.
  Faults--White hairs; mealiness; frostiness; brownish or any
    other tints; white or silvery undercoat next to the skin.
Blue--Color is to be a very glossy, inuform, medium-dark blue,
   running deep towards the skin, blending into a slate blue
   under color nest to the skin.  Eyes--Blue Gray.
  Faults--White hairs; mealiness; frostiness; brownish or other
     tints; smoky blue, silvery blue, or lilac shadings.
CHOCOLATE--Color is to be a very glossy, uniform, dark
   chocolate brown, running deep towards the skin, blending
   into a bluish dove under color next to the skin.  Eyes--Dark
   Brown, ruby cast permissible.
  Faults--White hairs; mealiness; forstiness; any other tints or 
GRAY--Color is to have an agouti pattern, showing distinct bands
   of color.  Colors on the hairshaft should be slate blue at the 
   base, followed by medium tan, then a thin charcoal brown
   band, finishing with a lighter tan band.  Colored portions 
   of the body should be uniformly dispersed with black guard
   hairs.  Narrow black lacing on the ears is desirable. Eye
   display a white or cream surface color, with a slate blue
   undercoat, extending from inside the rear legs over the belly
   to the undercut.  (Note: when the belly color is white, the
   undercut is determined by blowing into the fur.)  Tan lap
   spots are permissible.  Tail color should complement the body
   color on the topside, and be as close to the belly color as 
   possible on the underside.  Eyes--Dark Brown.
  Faults--Brassy tinge; white hairs; light surface color on body.
    Lack of uniform disbursement of black guard hairs.
  Disqualifications from Competition--Absence of intermediate
   ring color over the colored portion of the body.  Absence of
   slate blue under color on the belly.
STEEL--The entire colored portion of the body is to be black, with
   a uniform disbursement of off-white or cream coloration on
   some of the hair tips.  Undercolor is to be slate blue, carried
   as deep towards the skin as possible. Crotch marks are 
   accepted.  Eyes--Dark Brown
  Disqualification from Competition--Ring pattern over the
     back or upper sides.  White underside of tail.
TORTOISE--Color is to be a bright, clean orange, blending into
   smoky-blue shading over the lower rump, and carrying well
   down the haunches.  The top color should carry down into the
   under color, blending into a dark cream color next to the skin.
   Upper portion of tail color should match top body color.  The
   shadings on the head should be darkest at the whisker bed,
   blending into lighter shadings on the jaws, darkening again at
   the ear base, and blending up the ears to match body color.
   The smoky blue shading is to include the underside of the 
   tail.  Eyes--Dark Brown.
  Faults--White hairs; smut or smudge throughout the orange
    color; lack of bold shadings; underside of tail light in color.
  Disqualification from Competition--Complete absence of 
MARKINGS--Points 50
     Markings are to be clear, distinct, and regular, free from 
colored drags into the white section or white runs into colored
sections. Collar (including neck), chest, forelegs, blaze, and 
foot stops are to be white in all varities.
Cheeks--Points 12:  Cheecks are to be full, even, and well
rounded, not angular or ragged. Cheeks are to be carried to
the whisker bed, but not into it.  They are to follow the 
jawbone, meeting the line of the neck, and be free from drags
into the throat or mouth.
Faults--High cheeks, looking like eye circles; heavy cheeks that 
drag into the whisker bed; cheeks that run below the jaw line.
Blaze--Points 5: The blaze is the white portion of the head. It
should be medium wide and wedge shaped, covering the
nose, whisker bed, and tapering up to the ears, where it joins
the hair line. The blaze is to continue to the cheeks and
should be well rounded and follow the jaw line after passing 
the whisker bed.
Neck--Points 5: The neck is that potion of the collar behind the
ears.  It should be wide, wedge shaped, clean, and even.
Neck is to be free from drags of the ear color into the the collar,
or white of the collar running onto the base of the ears.
Animals possessing a full neck will not recieve the 5 points
allotted for the neck marking.  Dirty necks will be faulted
according to the seriousness of the fault.
Hairline--The hairline is to be a narrow white line running 
between the ears, entirely dividing each cheek marking and 
ear, connection the white portions of the blaze and neck
marking.  If the hair line is missing, the animal should not be
disqualified. If the hairline is partly there, but does not join 
either the blaze or the neck, it should not be considered a 
spot, nor should the animal be disqualified from competition.
A hairline between the ears is desirable, although no points
are allotted to it. 
Saddle--Points 10: Undercut--Points 8: The saddle is the point
on the upper body where the white fur ceases and the 
colored fur begins.  The dividsion should be just behind the
shoulders and form a perfect circle around the body, with the
undercut.  The undercut refers to the under part of the body.
This is a continuation of the saddle marking and it should run
in an unbroken line close behind the forelegs, but not
touching them.
Disqualification from Competition--When the body color
extends past the elbow joint onto the foreleg.
Stops--Points 10: The hind feet are to have white markings from 
the toes to a point one third the length of the foot, as
measured to the point of the hock.  They should be equal in
length, clean cut on both feet, and form perfect circles around
the feet where the white of the sstops meets the body color of
the leg.  Hind toes may be separated to identitfy a split stop.
Disqualifications from Competition--When the white portion of
the foot stop reaches above the hock joint.  When the body
color runs between the toes of the hind feet, connecting the
color of the upper foot with the color of the bottom of the foot.
(Known as a split stop.)

Lack of surface of under color on the belly, thus failing to show an undercut. An extreme amount of white hairs scattered through the colored sections. Bare spot(s). Three colors in Black, Blue, and Chocolate. Distinct white spot(s) in colored section. Distinct colored spot(s) in white section. Spot or spots must be plainly visible. Any foreign colored area, other than called for in the breed standard, that is plainly visible while the animal is in its natural post, or can be detected during the normal sequence of examination. (Foreign being a color other than is called for in that particular area.) Colored Toenails(s).

CONDITION--Points 5: Per ARBA definition.
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