Rabbit Body Types
A rabbit is just a rabbit until you take a closer look. There are actually five distinctly different body types. The types semi-ach, compact, commercial, cylindrical and full arch each have their own unique appearance.
Semi-arched type rabbits are longer in the body with a definite arch beginning to rise at the rear of the shoulders continuing to round over the back and hips flowing down to the base of the tail. The high point should occur above the center of the hips. A profile view shows a taper from the hindquarters to the shoulders resembling the arched shape of half a mandolin. The semi-arch type is sometimes referred to as the mandolin type.
Semi-arched rabbits are posed with the front fleet positioned directly under the eyes and the toes of the rear feet should be directly under the hips.
Compact type rabbits are smaller, lighter in weight with shorter bodies. Some compact breeds have only a slight rise in the top line. Individual breed standards should be referenced for specifics on posing for each breed.
Compact types are posed with their front feet directly under the eyes with the rear toes aligned with the front of the hips.
Compact Rabbit Breeds
American Fuzzy Lop – English Angora – Standard Chinchilla – Dutch – Dwarf Hotot – Florida White – Havana – Holland Lop – Jersey Wolly – Lilac – Lionhead – Mini Lop – Mini Rex – Mini Satin – Netherland Dwarf – Polish – Silver – Thrianta
Commercial type rabbits are of a medium length with a depth of body equal to width of body with the highest point of the top line over the center of the hips. A profile view shows a taper from the the hindquarters to the shoulders. Fullness and flesh tone are very important qualities in a commercial breed.
Commercial breeds are posed with front feet directly under the eyes and the rear toes directly under the front of the hips. They should not be posed in an over tucked or stretched position.
Commercial Rabbit Breeds
French Angora – Giant Angora – Satin Angora – Blanc de Hotot – Champagne D’Argent – Californian – Cinnamon – American Chinchilla – Creme D’Argent – French Lop – Harlequin – New Zealand – Palomino – Rex – American Sable – Satin – Silver Fox – Silver Marten
The cylindrical type is to present a flat top line lacking arch or rise. A profile view should show no taper. Cylindrical type are shown with the front feet in line with the eyes and the body stretched flat with all four feet flat. The cylindrical type is a small group consisting of a single breed, the Himalayan.
Cylindrical Rabbit Breed
Full arch breeds have a continous arch starting at the nape and flowing smoothly over the shoulders, loin and hips down to the base of the tail. Most full arch type will show less width than depth of body.