WORKING STANDARD FOR

THE VELVETEEN LOP


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"Molokai" pictured above.  More photos below.

We are no longer actively raising these lovely rabbits but you may contact Susan Tomasich at VelveteenLops.com to see what she has available.

The Velveteen Lop is a "work in progress" having been presented at the American Rabbit Breeders Association National Convention in 1999. Any new breed or variety must undergo a five year process before being accepted as "recognized" for show by the Breeder's Association. A breeder who wishes to develop a new breed or color submits an application to the ARBA stating their intent to develop and request a Certificate of Development. At that time they provide the Association with a written copy of the Proposal Standard of Perfection they are attempting to create. The breeder then has 2 years to start the breeding program and in the third year must present the rabbits for exhibition at the National Convention. If they Standards Committee agrees that the breeder has met it's criteria for the Breed or Variety, the first showing is accepted. The breeder is then obligated to present animals of equal or better quality in the next two succeeding years.

The Velveteen Lop failed it's final showing in San Diego in 2001 and had to start start again with the approval process to become a fully recognized breed. These beautiful and gentle rabbits may be shown at any ARBA sponsored show on an exhibition basis provided they have a copy of the "working standard" to present to the judge before judging begins. The animals are judged and placed as any other breed would be but are not allowed to compete for Best of Show until they are fully recognized following their third presentation.    The good news is that it gives the breeders more time to get better fur and longer ears!

The following is the working standard and is what we breeders are trying to produce. The ears may be a little short and fur not as dense as we would like now but with 5 more years to work on it, we will be ready when the Breed is finally accepted.

COLOR GROUPS are:

Agouti - Broken - Pointed White - Self - Shaded - Ticked - Wide Band

SCHEDULE OF POINTS:

General Type 71 points divided as follows:

Body 35 points

Head 10 points

Ears 21 points divided as follows:

Length, wide position 7 points

Substance and Shape 7 points

Texture and Condition 7 points

Feet, Legs & Bone 5

Fur 20 points

Color and Markings 4 points

Condition 5 points

TOTAL POINTS 100

TO BE ENTERED AND SHOWN IN TWO CLASSIFICATIONS:

Broken Pattern and Solid Pattern

SHOWROOM CLASSES AND WEIGHTS

Senior Bucks & Does - 6 months of age and over 5 - 6-1/2 pounds (5-3/4# ideal)

Junior Bucks and Does - under 6 months of age 3-1/2# minimum - 6# maximum

Note: Junior exceeding maximum junior weight may be shown in higher age classification. No animal may be shown in lower age classification than it's true age.

Note: Overall balance and quality should be deciding factors in assessing merit and worth. Assessing exclusively on the unique ears should be avoided. Measurement of the ears on the Velveteen Lop is to be taken from the tip of one ear to the tip of the other ear. A yardstick is strongly recommended for the most accurate measurement, and should be set just behind the base of the ears, resting on the neck. Ears are to be stretched to their greatest span. Do not fold the ears. Measurement of the width should be taken in several different places across the back side of the ear to determine the widest point.

GENERAL TYPE

BODY - Points 35: In profile, the Velveteen Lop should present the mandolin shape. The body top line should present a definite arch, starting at the back of the shoulders and reaching its highest point over the center of the hips, and gracefully sweep, rounded and full, to the base of the tail.

When viewed from above, the sides should taper slightly from the hindquarters to the shoulders. The body is to have a well developed hindquarter, midsection, and shoulder.

Chest is to be full and rounded.

Dewlaps are permissible.

The Velveteen Lop is a semi-arched breed and should be posed with the foreleg and hocks flat on the table.

Faults - Lack of arch, chopped; cut off hindquarters; narrow shoulders; pinched or undercut hips.

Disqualifications from Competition - Pigeon breast; Deviated sternum; short coupled, compact type.

HEAD - Points 10: Head is to be a wedge shape in appearance - wide to moderately full cheeks and tapering to a wide muzzle.

Skull is to medium length, with a curvature when viewed in profile. Neck is to be short.

Faults - Hollow checks; pinched or snipey muzzle.

Disqualification from Competition - Any similarity to a Netherland Dwarf head.

EARS - Points 21: Length, width and position - 7 points Ears are to be carried low on the head with no noticeable crown. Ears should hang loose and close to the body, with ear opening to the front and not turned towards the head. Length to minimum 14 inches tip to tip. Width of the ears should be approximately 1/4 of the total length of the ear. Length of the ear is to balance with the body.

Substance and shape - Points 7: Ears are to be uniformly thick enough not to be easily blemished or torn, yet thin enough to maintain the longitudinal crease in the ears. Ears are to be well rounded and wide at the tips.

Texture and condition - Points 7: Ears are to be very soft, smooth and pliable. They are to be free from tears, pimples an blemishes.

Faults - Cut severely for the appearance of any crown or for ear openings turning to the head. Ears should not be pointed or trowel shaped.

Disqualification from Competition - Ears less than 14 inches in length. Tears, holes, and blemishes which noticeably detract from the appearance of the animal.

FEET, LEGS & BONE - Points 5: Legs are to be medium boned, short to medium in length, straight and parallel to the body - with good width between the hocks. Toenails on the broken pattern may be either light or dark. Difference in pigmentation between the front and rear toenails is permitted.

Faults - Weak ankles; unmatched toenails on broken pattern.

Disqualification from Competition - Extremely long, fine bone. General toenail disqualifications apply to all groups except brokens

FUR - Points 20. The fur is to be dense, straight and upright, with a 5/8 inch ideal length. It is to be the same length and texture over the entire body. The guard hairs, which are not to be noticeably protruding, are to be very plentiful and evenly distributed. The fur is to have a lustrous appearance, good body, and a plush like effect, which offers a distinct springy resistence to the touch. The fur is to feel extremely smooth to the touch, but it is not to have a soft, silky texture which would destroy the springiness of the fur's body.

Faults - Fur that is dull, lacking luster, or density. Noticeably protruding guard hairs, harsh; wiry, soft or silk textured fur; wavy or uneven fur; fur which lacks guard hairs and thus lies flat when stroked.

Disqualification from Competition - Average fur length that is less than 3/8 inch or more than 7/8 inch.

COLOR OR MARKINGS - Points 4 : All colors should conform to one of the recognized Lop Color Guide descriptions. Points on broken pattern animals are to be divided equally between color and markings. There should be a nose marking (butterfly preferred), a dark circle of color around each eye, and solid colored ears. Blanket body pattern is preferred. The color line should start behind the head, on the shoulders, and make a sweep to the lower part of the hips. Feet and legs should be white, with the exception of elbow spots, which are normal and desirable. Eyes - color to conform to the Lop Color Guide descriptions.

Faults: body and head patterns not conforming with the general descriptions.

Disqualification from Competition - Complete absence of any head marking(s) on broken pattern animals. Brokens with less than 10% coloration.

Condition - Points 5: Per ARBA definition.

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PHOTOS below show some of the development stages in the breeding process.  Click on any image for larger view.

All photos on this page are the property of the web site owner and may not be reproduced without permission.

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In the early stages (1st generation) of breeding we see some with normal fur and half lopped ears (left) and some with Rex fur and marginally lopped ears.

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This little guy has great ears but still sports the normal fur!   velrew.jpg (18703 bytes)

Second generation looks better.  Still some with normal fur in the litter but ears are improving.ROYALREW.jpg (7405 bytes)

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  Variances in ear length are obvious very early within a litter. (Right)  rylblu.jpg (6247 bytes)    chiliv.jpg (13914 bytes)

By the 3rd generation the fur is denser and ears longer.  Baby coats still look curly and rough to start.

wymn.jpg (9700 bytes)  Now the fur is there, the ears are there, just need to make 'em smaller in overall body weight!  lv619.jpg (10388 bytes)  rylrew.jpg (71587 bytes)