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There are many different colours and patterns of rabbits, my particular
favorites being Magpie, Harlequin, Blue and Sealpoint. Here are just a few
examples. All the colours shown, can be bred/found in all the breeds of rabbits
that I keep, although I may not always have specific colours/patterns
Magpie is the name given to the pattern, as opposed to a colour of rabbit. This
has to be my favorite pattern. The rabbit is patterned like a patchwork quilt
with a half black/half white face, one black ear, one white ear and with
corresponding coloured feet (one front leg black, the other white, one back leg
black, the other white) and then stripes of black and white across the back.
This is a very difficult pattern to breed, and when a rabbit does not have
the uniform patterning, it is then classed as a broken magpie (carries the
magpie gene, but not perfect in pattern). My aim is to breed the perfect
mini lop magpie, and also to produce a BLUE magpie (Blue/white) mini lop also,
which can take many generations of breeding and can take years to perfect.
The Dwarf Lop pictured on the far right above, is classed as a 'broken' magpie,
as although he does not look like a magpie, he does carry the magpie genes, and
therefore can re-produce magpie patterned kits (he is the father and grandfather
to all the magpies pictured to the left of him)
Again, Harlequin is the name given to the pattern of the rabbit. The pattern
should be identical to that described above for the magpie, however, the
Harlequin is orange and black rather than white and black. Again, I am aiming to
produce the perfect harlequin mini lop for the show table, and also I am
currently working on BLUE mini lop harlequins (Blue/Orange).
Blue is a very deep, slate grey colour, and is one of the most beautiful 'self'
colours found in the rabbit. When a rabbit colour is classed as a 'Self', this
means that the rabbit is totally one colour, so the Blue Self is completely blue
all over, and even has beautiful smoke grey/blue eyes, as shown in the picture
above left. When a colour is named as a Broken (or Butterfly) this means
that it is a white rabbit with a coloured nose, ears and body, the lionhead
pictured above right is a broken blue.
When a rabbit is classed as n - point, this means that the extremes
(points) of its body (being the nose, ears, feet and tail) are coloured and the
rest of the body and belly are white/cream. The eyes of a Sealpoint/Bluepoint
have a ruby glow. This particular pattern resembles the Siamese Cat. The Dwarf
Lop pictured above right is a Sealpoint, whose points are a rich sepia, sable
colouring, the Lionhead pictured next is a Blue-Point, and then the Lionhead Lop
to the right is a Frostpoint, whose extremes are much more faint and he does not
have a ruby glow to his eye. n-Points' tend to start off all white, and
the colouring of the extremes becomes darker as they grow.
Smoke is from the same colour group as the sealpoint, and has the same
patterning as the Sealpoint and Sooty Fawn (below), however the main overall
colouring is a 'diluted' blue (smokey grey)
Fawn is a light brown/burnt orange colour. 'Sooty' Fawn is fawn all over
the body, with darker 'sooty' extremes. This pattern is very similar to the
sealpoint pattern mentioned above, however, where the body is cream with a
sealpoint, it is orange with the sooty fawn. It is also possible to produce
'broken' fawn (white and fawn) as shown in the pictures above right.
Sable is also from the same 'colour group' as the Sealpoint, Sooty Fawn and
Smoke. Sable is a beautiful rich, deep sepia (deep chocolate) colour with darker
extremes. 'Siamese' Sable does turn slightly lighter across the body through the
moult, they are the chameleon of the rabbit world as they seem to change colour
throughout the year and are beautiful to watch.
Agouti is the name given to the pattern of the rabbit, and is the same pattern
as the wild rabbit. If you blow into the fur of an Agouti rabbit, you will see
'bandings' of different colours along the shaft of the hair, being blue, black,
tan, fawn. The Agouti also has light tan colouring around the nostrils and at
the back of the neck. The belly is cream. The above pictures show an
agouti and a 'broken' agouti (white/agouti).
Chinchilla is the name given to the grey version of the Agouti. Again, the
colour is not a colour as such, but a pattern, and this is made up of various
bands of different colours along the shaft of the fur. Do not mistake this
'COLOUR' for the name given to the completely different species of small animal
called a Chinchilla.
The Ruby/Pink Eyed White (REW) is the Albino of the rabbit world. The Albino is
completely white with red eyes. The eyes are red because of the lack of coloured
pigmentation. Ruby Eyed whites are quite short sighted, and can often be seen
slowly moving their head from side to side as if in a trance, this is called
'Scanning' and is perfectly normal behaviour. once the rabbit has the object in
focus, it will come out of the scan.
Otter is the name given to the pattern, and is a member of the 'Tan' pattern
group. Otters are mainly seen in Black and Blue. Basically the Otter is a 'self'
colour (eg. pure black or blue) over most of the body, with a white/cream belly
and inside the ears, and tan colouring behind the ears, and trim of the nose and
skirt (where body colour meets belly colour). They are a very attractive
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