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Body Types
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Body Types:

 

Semi Arch- Animals are longer in body & have a well defined rise starting at or near the back of the shoulders, & continuing to round over the back & hips to the base of the tail. High point of the rise should occur at the top of the hips. The side profile is to be tapered from the hindquarters through to the shoulders. To be posed with the front feet directly under the eyes & toes of the rear feet aligned with the front of the hips. Some breeds may be allowed to move naturally after initial pose, to better evaluate specific type features. Semi Arch Breeds:

      Americans

      Beveran

      English Lop

      Flemish Giant

      Giant Chinchilla

 

Compact- Animals are lighter in weight & shorter in body length than animals of commercial type. Some breeds will have only a slight rise in the top line due to the depth of shoulders being slightly lower than the depth over the hips. The side profile may be tapered or of equal width from the hips to shoulders, as specified in the individual breed standard. To pose with front feet directly under the eyes & the toes of the rear feet aligned with the front of the hips. Posing in an excessively “tucked” position or allowing animals to move about the table is undesirable & strongly discouraged.

Compact Breeds:


      American Fuzzy lop

       English Angora

      Standard Chinchilla

      Dutch

      Dwarf Hotot

      Florida White

      Havana

      Holland Lop

      Jersey Wooly

      Lilac

      Mini Lop

      Mini Rex

      Netherland Dwarf

      Polish, Silver

      Mini Satin


 

Commercial: Animals are of medium length, with depth of body equaling width of body throughout. The high point of the top line should be over the hips. The side profile will taper from the hindquarters through to the shoulders. Fullness of body & firmness of flesh are important qualities.

 

Cylindrical: Animals are to show a straight top line with no arch or rise. Side profile is to show no taper. The front feet are to be even with the eyes & the body stretched out with forelegs & hocks flat on the table.

 

Full Arch: Animals are to have an arch continuing at the nape of the neck & continuing in a smooth, unbroken line over the shoulders, loin, hips, & finish by rounding to the base of the tail. Most breeds will show more depth than width of body. The side profile will taper from the hindquarters through to the shoulders.

 

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