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Body; should be "medium length" and "compact". "Compact means a rabbit of venison quality. Shoulders and hind quarters of the Buck should be rather broad but not so broad to be "mandolin" shape. The Doe will be slightly narrower in front but not enough to make a marked contrast. Excess length is not wanted. It is better to be shorter than longer in length.
Condition; "Firm in flesh ; bright, smooth, glossy coat, free from molt". Firmness can only be gained with proper feeding. A rabbit fed on only greens will be flabby but a rabbit also fed on grain (pellets) will be solid. The coat should be free of brown spots, yellow streaks and stain of any kind. The coat should be silky, shiny and smooth. During the shedding period the coat will be dull and lifeless. The coat should never be brushed but instead you should use your clean dry hands and finger through the fur which will bring out the natural oils and shine. It should be one inch in length but more is preferred by furriers. Select stock of longer fur but do not over look the one important fur point and that is the under wool. The denser the under wool the better. The blue color next to the skin should be very thick.
Fur Color; The color of the fur should resemble that of the South American Chinchilla rodent...it's natural wild color. The color should be the same all over down to the belly line with "wavy ticking" uniformly distributed all over the body.
Throughout the coat appear hairs that are longer than the fur. These hairs are jet black and are more like bristles. They are called guard hairs and their purpose is to hold up the fur, which would otherwise lie flat. They add greatly to the value of the pelt. The under color is a dark slate blue and covers the entire body. The belly is lighter and may look white down the inside of legs and feet and the neck under the jaw. This fur should be 1/2 inch in length. The next color is light pearl gray and is about 1/4 inch long. Some rabbits have a very narrow black stripe after that... than comes the end of the fur which may be black or light pearl to white ...this is the portion of the fur which gives the wavy ticked effect.
Weights; The standard mature weight for Bucks 9 pounds; Does 10 pounds.
Ears; measure 4 & 3/4 inches , heavy set, carried erect and close together. Evenly ticked to match the body color with the upper part of the ear showing a jet black narrow lacing.
Head; Medium to full with well filled face and jaw. Neck short as possible...medium dewlap.
Eyes; Dark brown or blue. Blue eyes will produce a more over all silver coat color. With brown eyed kits the infant coat will look more brown tinged down the back, but this turns black when adult.
Feet and legs; Should be straight and of medium bone. The upper part of feet and outside of legs should be ticked to match the body. Nails should be dark no white. Toes should not be overly long ("hare feet").
Tail; Underneath white. Top black, interspersed with white hairs or ticked to match the body and should be carried in the center of the body. To accurately see this the rabbit must move in straight line. If rabbit turns the tail will lean to that side of the turn. There are many good Chinchillas that do not make every point of the standard...but the "Standard" is what we are striving for. Those that don't come close should be sold as pets or culled as meat rabbits.