ENGLISH SPOTS

Taken from the American Standard of Perfection:

Senior bucks and does- 6 months of age and over, weight 5 to8 pounds; ideal weight bucks 6 pounds, does 7 pounds

Junior bucks and does-under 6 months of age, not over 6 pounds.  Minimum weight 3 pounds.  

Body: The body is to be well carried up off the table.  HIps should be of good depth, well rounded, and should be slightly broader then shoulders, but not wedged shaped.  Bucks will show less tapering than does.  The body is to have balance and enough length to show a full arch.

Feet and legs:  Legs are to be long and slender, allowing daylight to appear underneath the body.  Legs are to be medium to fine boned.Mar  Hind legs are to be larger, and carried parallel with the body.  One or more colored toenails permissible.

Head and Ears:  The head is to be in porportion to the body with the ears carried erect.  Head is to be broader in bucks than does.

Fur:  Fur is to be short, dense, fine in texture, and carrying plenty of short guard hairs to give a very high luster.  Coat should be even, in good condition, and free from molt or stains.  Animal should be sleek and smooth in appearance.  

Markings:  Head markings:  Head is to be free of any stray spots.

                 Butterfly:  The marking is to be the shape of a butterfy.  Wings should be well rounded and circle the nose from lip to lip.  The body of the butterfly, or the nose fork, is to be in proportion to the wings and extend about 1/2 inch toward the forehead.

                 Eye Circles:  The eyes are to be surrounded by an even marking of color.  Both eye circles are to be alike and in blance with the rest of the head markings.  They are to be well separated from the ears, cheek spots, and butterfly.  Perfection is to get the eye circles as round as possible, but the feather over the eye circle should not be considered a fault.  The ideal size of the eye circle is the size of a quarter.

                 Cheek Spots:  The cheek spot is a round spot of color on each side of the head, located below the eye, on the cheek whisker bump.  Any other placing of the spot should be considered a missing cheek spot.  The ideal spot is to be 3/8 inch in diameter.  Cheek spots are to balance with the other head markings and be well separated from the eye circles.

                 Herringbone/Spine Marking:  The spine marking is to be a strip of color, starting immediately behind the ear base, and running in an unbroken line along the top of the back to the tip of the tail.  The spine marking shall broaden out beginning at the saddle, with the widest portion to be just above the point of the hips, then narrow in the direction of the base of the tail.  Color is to be carried out to the tip of the tail.  Edges are to show herringbone effects, which are ragged spikes.  Width is to be in porportion to the other markings, wider with heavy markings and narrower in lightly marked animals.  While still maintaining balance with the rest of the markings, the ideal width to strive for, on an adult animal of ideal weight, is 3/4 inch at the widest spart of the spine marking, not including the herringbone spikes.  

                 Side Markings:  The chain, body, and hip markings form the pattern found on the sides.  They are more commonly refered to as "side pattern".  The chain marking is the group that starts at the nape of the neck with one spot 3/16 of an inch in diameter, and takes a downward course toward the stomach, increasing in number and size of spot.  Largest spot in this group is to be 3/8 inch in diameter.

The body markings are those connecting the end of the chain and hip markings.  They are to carry on in a line along the stomach, leaving a clear white demarcation line along the stomach.  The body marking should sweep up toward the spine marking, joining the hip marking.  The size of the spots found in the body markings should be larger in size than were in the chain, but not as large as those found in the hip markings.

The hip markings furnish the hindquarters of the rabbit.  These markings should come up toward the spine marking, but not touch it.  The largest spot of this group shall not exceed the size of a penny.

                Side Pattern/Sweep:  Formation of the side pattern is important, and is made up of the chain, body, and hip markings.  The side pattern should be an unbroken flow of distinct spots, with no gaps or congested areas, increasing in number of spots as the pattern broadens from the chain through to the hip marking.  The pattern should have a graceful sweep starting with the chain marking, arcing down to the body marking forming a cear demarcation line along the stomach, then sweeps up to the hip marking.  The pattern should be open and evenly distributed with distinct separation between the spots.  All spots are to be round and distinct.

                Graduation:  The spots of the side pattern should increase in size through the chain marking, the body marking and the hip marking, with the largest size found in the hip marking.  The largest spot should be a maximum size of a penny.  All spots are to be round and distinct.

                Balance:  The balance of the side markings is important and should be carefully considered along with side pattern and graduation.  BOTH SIDES SHOULD BE MARKED ALIKE.  Sides with too many spots are referred to as "heavy".  SIdes not having enough spots are refered to as "plain".

                Belly or Teat Spots:  These 6 spots are desirable, but the absence of these markings does not disqualify.  A stripe down the center of the belly is permissible, but not desirable.  

                Leg Spots:  One spot on the elbow of each front leg and on the rear leg, at the hock, is desirable, but the absence does not disqualify.

 

 
 

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