Denotes the conformation. The shape or size of a particular part. The general physical makeup of the rabbit.
FULL ARCH TYPE
Belgian Hare, Britannia Petite, Checkered Giant, English Spot, Rhinelander, Tan
These animals show an arch starting at the nape of the neck, running over the shoulders, mid-section, loin and hips to the juncture of the tail. Most will show more depth than width. Most of this group should be allowed to move naturally after the original examination, and all will pose up on the front feet and toes.
American, Beveren, English Lop, Flemish Giant, Giant Chinchilla
These animals carry a very good arch starting back of the shoulders and carrying through to the base of the tail. Referred to as having mandolin type. This group should be posed with forelegs and hocks flat on the table for initial examination. A better evaluation of type may be obtained by allowing some of these animals to move naturally, on the table, after initial exam.
American Fuzzy Lop, English Angora, Standard Chinchilla, Dwarf Hotot, Dutch, Florida White, Havana, Holland Lop, Jersey Wooly, Lilac, Mini Lop, Mini Rex, Netherland Dwarf, Polish and Silver
Most of these animals are considered to posses commercial possibilities but are lighter in weight and shorter in length than commercial breeds. Most are posed with forelegs and hocks flat on the table. However, a few are posed in a semi “pushed up” position, resting lightly on front feet (Holland Lop).
Angoras, French, Giant, & Satin, Champagne D’Argent, Californian, Cinnamon, American Chinchilla, Crème D’Argent, French Lop, Harlequin, Hotot, New Zealand, Palomino, Rex, American Sable, Satin, Silver Fox, and Silver Marten This group is considered to be the ideal meat type. They are medium in length with depth equaling width, showing roundness of body and firmness of flesh. This group is posed with forelegs and hocks flat on the table, not bunched up or stretched out but rather in a sort of natural pose.
This group has a type that is long, slim, and cylindrical with fine bone and long slender head. They are posed stretched out as far as possible but with the forelegs and hocks flat on table. This allows for the rabbit’s markings to be shown at their best advantage.