Pattern Group has five classes in it but many of those classes have four
colors in them that compete together. The tan pattern is actually
seen in only three variations, Tan, Otter, and Marten. Tans have fiery
reddish tan markings, Otters have creamy white and fawn markings, and
Martens have silvery white markings. At first glance these rabbits
may look like self colored rabbits but closer inspection reveals the
light lip trim, belly and ticking required by this color group.
The four colors recognized in each version are Black, Blue, Lilac and
Chocolate. Martens also are recognized in two shaded patterns.
These are the Sable marten and the Smoke Pearl marten. These
shaded colors have their own classes.
Anatomy of on Otter
|Tuffy shows the
required light lip trim and fawn ticking on his
chest. Also visible is his collar and white
belly. If using Himalayans in a marten
breeding program these marking will show up on some
of the Himalayans you produce. These are the
"martenized" Himalayans that are
disqualified from showing in almost every breed.
THEY SHOULD NEVER BE USED TO BREED HIMALAYANS!
Triangle - The small areas
behind the ears, in the shape of a triangle which is
generally lighter in color than the rest of the
coat. This is a feature of all Tan Patterns.
|Tuffy is showing his
white belly with a fawn line between it and his blue body.
Otter hind feet have light color on the inner side and the
outside matches the back and side color. You can
clearly see this division of color on Tuffy's feet.
Lars shows off his belly.
Compare the difference in color of Lars orange
markings and Tuffy's fawn markings. Both have
the correct color. Dilutes (blue and lilac)
should have fawn markings while blacks and
chocolates should have orange markings.
All tan pattern colors have similar markings in
some shade of red, fawn, or white. They are the
"Pattern" in tan pattern.