Spooner's Rising Sun, 25%
German. BOG at Convention
2006- his vey first show at
about 10 weeks old!
Everything on him alternates
Spooner's Onyx, 12.5%
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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.
Everyone needs a Standard of
Perfection to strive for.....
...and we are getting closer!
Spooner's Charles, 75% English
Thanks to Waltraud Musy of Berlin, Germany, for
her kindness and willingness to help: without
Waltrud the quality of my stock would not be nearly
as good as it is now.  Waltrud is a great friend!

Ein anderer Dank zu Waltraud Musy von Berlin,
Deutschland, für ihre Freundlichkeit und
Bereitwilligkeit zu helfen: ohne Waltrud die Qualität
von meiner Aktie wäre nicht beinahe ebenso gut als
es ist jetzt. Waltrud ist ein großer Freund!
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Dedicated to the betterment of the Harlequin
Since about Autumn of 2001 I have been dedicated
to raising a better Harlequin.  There is not other
breed so challenging to perfect, and so
breath-taking when perfected.
Since I began, only a few years ago, the
improvement in the quality of stock both in my herd
and around the country in general has been
amazing.  Harlequin breeders are dedicated to
their cause!
Checkerboard Rabbitry is proud to present our stock for exhibition.
We go the extra mile
My main goals are to have fun and improve the Harlequin.  I love teaching and
learning about Harlequins.  My rabbits are guaranteed.  I will ship if the buyer
desires.  I have imported fresh bloodlines to the USA and would love to do so
again!  Feel free to contact me, even just to chat!
Checkerboard Rabbitry

Focus on quality stock, both for showing and breeding
The Melting Pot of the American Harlequin
Updated 2/2008