Note: All Satin Lop Rabbits
are to be judged to the satin lop standard, not to the standards of normal
furred lop rabbits of similar colors. As compared with normal rabbit fur,
satin fur is
This greater transparency of the outer hair shell makes the pigment granules show through more clearly so that satins appear more brilliant in color compared to normal furred breeds. The sheen is due to the clarity of the glass like hair shell and its ability to reflect light
The Satin Lop may exhibit poor ear carriage while being handled for the initial exam. In order to properly evaluate an animal's ear carriage the rabbit should be allowed to relax.
BODY: The ideal Satin Lop is a well-proportioned animal that gives the impression of balance and uniformity. The animal is to have well rounded hips, well filled loin, and ribs carrying forward to combine with shoulders that balance with the rest of the body. The shoulders should blend smoothly into the midsection, and the midsection should blend smoothly into the hindquarters. The body should be of medium length, and heavily muscled with good depth. The top bodyline should rise in a gradual curve from the base of the ears to the center of the hips than fall in a smooth curve downward to the base of the tail. When viewed from above the sides should taper slightly from hindquarters toward the shoulders. A simple dewlap is permitted on does.
Hindquarters - The hindquarters are to be broad, smooth, well filled with firm flesh and with the lower sides of the hips well developed. Depth should equal width, consistent with a well-rounded top.
Midsection - The midsection is to be broad, firm and carry as much flesh as possible on both sides of the spine. The side appearance should be of good depth and conform with the width of body. The belly should be firm and free from potty appearance.
Shoulders - Shoulders and chest should be broad and well developed with good depth and width. The width of the shoulders should be nearly equal to but not exceed the width of the hindquarters.
Feet & Legs - Legs are
to be straight and short in length. Bone is to be medium heavy. Hind legs
and feet are to be well-furred, full, firm, and stout.
Head - The head is to have good width beginning at the base of the ears and carried down between the eyes with well-filled face, jaws, and muzzle. The crown of the head is boldly curved and there should be a slight curvature of the skull form the ear base (crown) towards the nose. The size of the head should balance with the body and appear massive in bucks. Does are permitted to be slightly more feminine. The head should be set closely on the shoulders, with the neck as short as possible.
Faults--Long, narrow head;
Ears - The ears should lop vertically on both sides of the head from a strongly defined and properly positioned crown. Ears are to hang close to the cheeks, with the ear openings turned towards the head. The outline of the ears and crown resembles a horseshoe shape. Length and width of ears is to be in proportion to the size of the animal and should hang just past the jawbone. Ears should be well furred and well rounded at their extremities.
Faults-- Extremely long ears.
Eyes - Eyes are to be bright and bold. Color to conform to those listed in the coat color descriptions.
Fur: (flyback) The ideal fur should be silky, fine, and very dense to the touch. The coat should be well balanced, with uniform length. The fur should be set tight to the skin, without breaks due to molt, and be free from mats and stains. It must have an appearance of distinct, glossy, lustrous sheen.
Disqualify: lack of sheen.
Red - Brilliant deep red, not so dark as to appear brown or so light as to appear orange. Animals may have either chocolate or black smut. Smut must not be so heavy to destroy the appearance of a self colored rabbit. Belly cream to red. Toenails are to match and to be as dark as possible. Eyes brown.