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Something new here.  

As Part of the ARBA judges education committee I have been collecting photographs of  rabbits and cavy  DQs  and Color variations.  Those that  often  are seen in Mini Rex I have   put up  for visitors to view.

Torted Tri  is a DQ   Anytime you are exhibiting   in a Broken Class and a  Torted Tri is placed   feel free to  place a  protest.   A word of caution  to Mini Rex  exhibitors:  look carefully at a breeders breeding practices,  crossing Tri  into  agouti, shaded  or otter lines is a path to   destruction,  adding the harli gene to  Tort, Agouti , Shaded  or  Otter lines   creates a genetic nightmare that   will not be fixed easily.  
Beware  the breeder  who  claims  to have only a few hole and raises  many varieties>  Wins  do  not tell the whole story  the pedigree   will,   when a mishmash  of  varieties and crossing  of incompatiable varieties   is evident    it is best to avoind  the   area altogether  because  your money will be  wasted.  

    

As breeders add the striking Otter to their breeding programs  a few  Broken Silver Martins are bound to pop up , Frequently they will be mistaken  for Broken Black  but that is not the case.  A quick way to identify these non-showable animals  is to look at the ears and nostrils  note the light  color on the  inner ear and ear lacing.  
The following is what I prepared for the NMRRC Guide book
Silver Martin: These are like the Otter without the Tan factor.  Easily spotted in the Solid varieties because the tan Triangle and side markings will be white. But they will be problematic in the Broken Varieties particularly when the marking pattern is light.  The problem is not so much that they will be mistaken for Otters but that the Silver Martin Brokens will be mistaken for Black, Blue Chocolate and Lilac.  Usually looking over a class of Brokens the ears will be the first indication that something is just not right.  The inner portion of the ears on a Silver Martin will be silver-white. To verify that the animal is not an Otter start by checking the face, look for tan around the nostril opening, if the nose markings do not cover the nostrils then move to the neck to look for evidence of tan where the triangle would appear in a solid Otter, if the side marking extend far enough down the side portions of the tan band on the side should be evident.  Check the eye circles and ears there should be some tan / cream coloring evident here. If you are unsure ask several people with good color identification skills to look them over before you show them. Not all judges have good color identification skills and often they are expected to shuffle through too many animals in a day to spend extra time trying to find a tiny spot of color.  

Fox:  This is the Martin version of Tort simple to spot as a solid because they will have a white belly like an Otter or Martin. Like the Broken Silver Martin the Ears will be the first thing that does not look right. In the Broken you must examine the ears carefully for the tell tale white lacing on the inside of the ear.  The problem here is with the dilute versions, particularly the Lilac Fox as it is very often confused with Lynx.  Ethics plays an important role here, you must be fair and accurate in your evaluation of color for the Lilac Fox has been passed for years as Lynx.



Martinized Himalayan.   We see the DQ listed for this but few really know what it means or how to identify it.  Once you know how to look for it there will be no problem in spotting it. Typically it is the ears that we notice first; they have a white inner surface and white edges that tends to draw our attention.   Like discerning the Silver Martin from the Otter you should look at the ears and face first. The white lacing on the ears and nostrils are the first indication that the color may be incorrect for Himalayan, the confirming point will be the tail, a white underside to the tail will be present in a Martinized Himalayan.  You may also notice white extending up the back of the front legs as it does in Martins.  Lightly marked Himalayans carrying a lot of frostiness to the points (an undesirable characteristic) can sometimes appear laced but careful examination will separate the two since the underside of the tail will have some color to it.

another Martinized Himi ear pattern.    nostrils  will show light edges.

Now that the beautiful Sable point is recognized  we must avoid  introducing the tan pattern    like this Satin Siamese /Martin
  



Blue Tortoise:   A non recognized variety  that  is mistaken  for a Lynx.  Note that there is no lacing on the inner ear  as we would find in the correct Agouti Pattern.

Chocolate Tort:  A non recoznized variety with a brillent Red body color  and faint shading.   Look for a Ruby Glow in the Eye.

Fawn   a Dilute Red : another variety mistaken for Lynx.   note that the color  fades gradually from Fawn to cream with no discernable  banding.
                                                                                                                                Note the lack  of defined bands.

 
Note the  Fawn band  with blue white undercolor  and a lilac surface    This is close to the desired color for lynx.



Another very serious inherited  Color problem   A tricolor with Black spotting on a Fawn/Sand background.   This will be Disqualified under a knowledgeable judge.

 



Here we try to show  where  there are  two colors  in the iris  of thios Dutch, this little guy has a large blue sopt  in the other wise brown eye. This is a common   DQ in Dutch and Vienna marked rabbits .    Often the area is small and  found in the lower edge  of the iris.
   



Here  we show a very serious inherited physical problem  that is becoming more prevalent  in Mini Rex. Originally a serious problem in the Florida white, which FW breeders have greatly reduced  buy severe culling .  
I recall a number of years ago  having a heated argument with the mother of a youth convention exhibitor who  wanted to put a REW with this condition in the  NMRRC 24K auction.  I declined to accept the animal  and explained why  but the mother was quite irate that I would say no  to   the animal. She made quite a point of telling me later that they sold the rabbit for $100.  I am sure the buyer   later  found  that they had introduced this undesirable trait into their  line.
The Black Buck  shown  below was entered at the 2005 ARBA  Convention.  I do not know if it was caught  at judging  but when I was cooping up to go home I spotted him  and took a shot of his eye.   The other two photographs are of  two Lilac  rabbits (  the Breed) I DQ'd at a show  in 2006.  They demonstrate a more advance stage  of this  Inherited condition.  This the same condition that prevented the acceptance of both the Chocolate and Sable MR in 1989.  
The conjunctiva  (  outer membrane  surrounding the eye   begins to grow  past the  line dividing the white of the eye and the colored (Iris) portion.  This is not to be confused with the third eyelid  that moves across the eye. This growth does not move, in  the advanced and severe cases it will  almost completely cover the eye.  The bottom photo shows it best in this set of photographs.
  

With the introduction  of the beautiful Sable Point  we now see a few oddities popping up.  One  is the Chocolate Point,  shown here  next to a  Sable point.  Using these in a breeding program  will  onl;y serve to  keep this recessive gene in your  line.
The color appears brassy over the back  and the points a decided chocolate tone, eye color  lighter brown.


After Reading on Showbunny about  Magpi  Mini Rex being shown and placed  in the Broken Class. We found one to illustrate   what should not be shown nor placed.    

As time goes by   we will see  more  Rex  coated   rabbits  from Mini Satin liters,  this is due to the introduction of Mini Rex into some foundation lines of Mini Satin.   Be aware  of  these  and watch for  very fine coats, soft texture and  that sheen   which can be seen  on the ears and nostrils  where the fur is short.  It is also evident when  the coat is parted and light is allowed to  cross the fur.   Some Rex coated Satins will exhibit a lot of course guard hair  with a marked kink.

I will have photos of some REW   Rex coated Mini Satins later in the summer.

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