|1.) One of the easiest traits to breed for is the split face. On any Harlequin
rabbit, the head should be divided vertically, with one half of the head
being the "base" color (either orange or white), and the other half being
the "marking" color (black, blue, chocolate or lilac). While a perfect spit
face is preferred, with clean division of color, no intermixing, and color
extending all the way to the edges of the cheek/jowl, only a complete lack
of a discernible split face will be a disqualification from competition.
2.) The ears should also "split", with one ear the "base" color, and the
other the marking color. Perfect ears are one solid color from base to tip
with no intermixing of color, and the "base"-colored ear should attach to
the marking-colored side of the head, and the marking-colored ear should
attach to the "base"-colored side of the head.
3.) The forelegs and chest should be split in color, with one leg and the
half of the chest it is attached to being one continuous marking color from
toes to neck, and the other leg and the half of the chest it is attached to
being one continuous base color from toes to neck. The marking-colored
half of the chest and its leg should be under the base-colored half of the
face, and the base-colored half of the chest and its leg should be under
the marking-colored side of the face.
4.) The hind legs are to split in color, with one leg base color from toes to
knee, and the other leg marking color from toe to knee. The hind legs are
to switch in color with the foreleg on the same side of the body. So, if the
rabbit's left foreleg is base colored, then the rabbit's left hind leg should be
marking colored, and vice versa.
5.) The body of the Harlequin may be banded (vertical complete circular
markings going all the way around the trunk of the body), barred (vertical
half-circle markings going from the spine to the middle of the underside),
or an evenly balanced combination of both. When viewed from the side the
markings should look like the rays of the rising sun. When looking down at
the top of the rabbit's back, it should look striped, checkerboard, or a
combination of the two.
6.) In the Japanese (orange) variety, the rabbits should have all pigmented
toenails. White toenails are a disqualification from competition.
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