11th Jul2011

Deilenaar Rabbit

by Raalph


The Deilenaar rabbit was developed in the fruit growing region of Betuwe, in the town of Deli, Holland where the breed gets it’s name. Mr. G.W.A. Ridderhof developed the breed in the 1930s, however he did not let it be known what breeds were used in the Deilenaars makeup. Leading rabbit authorities suggest that Flemish Giant, New Zealand Red, Chinchilla and Tans were used to create the breed we know of today. There is a strong belief that the Belgian Hare may have also been used to produce the rich fiery red agouti color and unique mackereling of black ticking. The Deilenaar was accept to the Dutch Standard on May 1, 1940, just mere days before the occupation of Holland during World War ll. The breed was slow to reach other European countries because of the war. The United Kingdom recognized the Deilenaar rabbit to the British Rabbit Council’s Standards in the late 1980s.

Deilenaars are a friendly, but lively rabbit. They are strong and robust, with a short body that is muscular throughout. The coat is the most eye catching feature of the breed, being longer than most other breeds. The warm red color is accented by the very heavily spotted black ticking referred to as “Mackereling”. The coat has a marvelous luster to it and unique to the breed, the fur is shorter on the head, ears and legs from the rest of the body.

TYPE – The type is short, thickset and well rounded. Head is carried on an invisible neck. The build is firm, with broad fore and hindquarters. The legs are firm and short.

FUR – The fur is of sufficient length so that the wavy ticking is shown to full advantage. The fur is close, very dense and lustrous.

HEAD & EARS – The head is strongly developed especially in males. The length of the ears should be 10 – 12 cm. (4 to 5 inches) with the ideal being 11 cm. (4 1/2 inches). The ears are strong and erect.

WEIGHT – 2.5 – 3.5 kg. (5 1/2 – 7 3/4 lbs.)

TOP & BELLY COLOR – The top color is warm red brown, with strong wavy ticking. This refers to the entire body except the belly and the inside of the hind legs. Muzzle, jaw line and the inside of the ears are tan colored. The ears are laced with black. The forelegs are heavily ticked, but more regularly ticked than the body because of the shorter fur on them.

The ticking on the back, flanks and head should be wavy, to give a “Mackerel” appearance. The triangle on the nape is a rusty red. The color of the belly is cream to sandy red. There is a thin rusty red line dividing the belly and body colors. The chest is warm red brown with slight ticking. The eyes are dark brown, the nails are darn horn and the whiskers are colored.

INTERMEDIATE & BASE COLOR – The intermediate color is rusty red brown. The base color of the body and chest is slate blue and to be evenly divided. The belly under color is creamy except at the rust red groin streaks, where the under color is blue.

CONDITION – The body should be meaty and muscular, in other words it must be hard. Flabby, thin or too fat animals are fundamentally wrong. The nails should be regularly cut and clean. The fur should be clean and without matts. The eyes should be bright and twinkling of spirit. The animal should be allowed to show itself resulting in a good posture.

MINOR FAULTS – Slight deviation in type; a few white hairs, weak “mackerel” or poor ticking; banded forelegs; and white whiskers.

SEVERE FAULTS – Severe deviation in type; many white hairs; very weak intermediate and under color; wrong top color – too grey or too yellow; completely even ticking (i.e. lacking “mackerel”); chest completely tan; tan belly; and blue under color at belly or tail.


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