body type are easy to tell apart if you know what to look for on them.
Compact: This is most of the smaller breeds of rabbits. They are to have a
nice rise, be nice and rounded, and to be well filled in. The way a breeder once
told me to judge my Dutch’s type was to imagine a basketball, the body should
be just as round as a ball. The rabbit should have even length, depth, and
width. At the shoulders, there should not be room for you to place two fingers
before the rise starts, this is being weak in the shoulders. As you move your
hand over the hindquarters, you should not feel a dip over the hips. That
means that they are weak in their loin. For posing these breeds, their front feet
should be even with their eyes, and the hind toes should be even with the front
of the hip. In most breeds, the front leg should be flat on the ground, with the
head not too far off the ground. You need to be careful not to scrunch the rabbit
up too far. This is a common mistake most people make, as it gives the rabbit
a false look of having more depth.
The exception to posing this way is the American Fuzzy Lop, Holland Lop,
Jersey Wooly, and Netherland Dwarf. All four of these are to be posed naturally,
and are to hold their heads up. Their heads should not be push down, nor
should their bodies be pushed in, as this will ruin the appearance of the breed.
Breeds with Compact Type: American Fuzzy Lop, English Angora, Standard
Chinchilla, Dutch, Dwarf Hotot, Florida White, Havana, Holland Lop, Jersey
Wooly, Lilac, Mini Lop, Mini Rex, Mini Satin, Netherland Dwarf, Polish, Silver,
Commercial: This contains the larger breeds, which most are used for meat.
This body type is like the compact type, but larger in size. For me, I judge them
similar to how I would judge a compact breed except that they are more
massive in size. They are posed the same way.
Breeds with Commercial Type: French Angora, Giant Angora, Satin Angora,
Champagne d’Argent, Californian, Cinnamon, American Chinchilla, Cream d’
Argent, French Lop, Harlequin, Hotot, New Zealand, Palomino, Rex, American
Sable, Satin, SIlver Fox, and Silver Marten
Cylindrical: There is only one breed that has this type, the Himalayan. To pose
them, you want to stretch the rabbit out as far as you can, keeping it’s front legs
and back feet flat on the ground. When feeling the body, it should be as round
as possible, and even. They should have a nice straight topline, with no rise.
You should not feel anything sticking out, or have your fingers dip in at any part.
Breed with Cylindrical Type: Himalayan
Full Arch: These breeds are known as running breeds, as with most of them
the judge makes them run on the show table to show off their type.
The exception to this is the Belgian Hare and the Britannia Petite. Neither of
these breeds are to run. Neither of these two breeds should be judged the
same either though. The Britannia Petite is to be trained to pose. The Standard
of Perfection for the Britannia Petite has different ways to pose them listed.
They should all have an arch starting at the nape of the neck, continuing over
the hindquarters. Most of them show more depth than width, and they should
show daylight beneath their stomaches. A good way I heard a full arch breed
described once, it should look like a "h", with the top part being the head and
Breeds with Full Arch Type: Belgian Hare, Britannia Petite, Checkered Giant,
English Spot, Rhinelander, and Tan
Semi Arch: Many people confuse Semi Arch rabbits with Commercial rabbits
as both are larger animals, not realizing that there is a large difference. The
Commercial type’s rise starts right behind the neck, whereas with the Semi
Arch type, it does not start till after the shoulders, giving them a mandolin type
look. If you look closely at the pictures of Commercial breeds and Semi Arch
breeds, you will see the difference. As you feel the type of a Semi Arch rabbit,
you want it to start with a nice arch behind the shoulders, and be nice and
rounded in the hindquarters.
Breeds with Semi Arch Type: American, Beveren, English Lop, Flemish Giant,
and Giant Chinchilla
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