The National Rabbit Association of New Zealand

Rabbit club New Zealand

Standard Rex

What are they?

The standard Rex is a very old breed of rabbit, rich in history. They were bred for both their fur and meat. They  are a medium sized rabbit about 2.7 –3.6Kg. This breed is a rare breed in New Zealand and needs more breeders breeding them to bring their numbers back to what they were  in the old days.

Do Standard Rex make good Pets?

This breed is a very good pet with very few faults  Bucks can be very friendly and have great personality's, they are a good sizes for first time rabbit owners and they are slightly larger. pet scale a 4 out of 5 cages need to be  solid floor NOT wire.

What to Look For when Buying?

A well muscled rabbit thick in structure. A big bold head set well in large shoulders. The coat to be as thick and dense as possible. The texture to be exquisitely soft free from harsh texture, most colours accepted. Large erect, but with in-proportioned ears to be set on top of the head.

 

Standard Rex - Standard

Ring Size E

Points

 Fur 40

Type 20

Colour and/or Markings 40 

Total 100 

Fur - To be approximately 1.27cm (½in) in length. Fine silky texture free from harshness and woolliness, intensely dense, smooth and level over the whole body, of a lustrous sheen, firm and plush like character, devoid of projecting guard hairs.

Type - Well proportioned and graceful carriage, the body sloping gently up to well rounded quarters set on strong hind legs, medium bone. Head bold and broad, ears erect and to be in proportion to body, dewlap should not be excessive, eyes and toenails should preferably match the body colour.

Colour and/or markings - As below. Weight - The ideal weight for a standard Rex to be 2.72- 3.62kg (6-8lb). There is no weight disqualification for any age Standard Rex rabbit. 

FAULTS - Narrow wedge head, drooping ears, bare pads (patches on feet being devoid of fur, but skin unbroken), thin or curly triangle, white hairs on coloured coats (not to be confused with ticking on ticked varieties), lack of density, harsh, wavy, woolly or curly coats, adults over or under weight. Black hairs in blues and lilacs. For additional faults see individual standards. 

DISQUALIFICATIONS - Ill health, putty nose, white patches, crooked legs, excessive dewlap, sore pads (where skin is broken or scabbed), specked, wall or odd coloured eyes. 

NB - The above is the general standard for all Smooth-coated Rex with the exception of the Smoke Pearl Rexes, details of which are given below.

Self Rex 

Ermine - As pure a white as possible, creamy or yellow tinge a fault.

Black - A rich, lustrous blue-black, dark blue undercolour carried down to skin, brown tinge a fault. White toenails a serious fault. Any deformity a disqualification.

Blue - Clear, bright, medium shade of blue (not lavender) throughout, from tip of fur to skin, extending to, but not including toe-nails, brown tinge a fault. Toe nails to be horn colour, white toenails to be treated as a minor fault. 

Havana:

Shape - Compact, cobby body, very short neck, broad and rounded loins, wide and well developed hindquarters.

Head - Medium size, but not coarse, broader in bucks.

Ears - Well furred, small and straight carried upright.

Eyes - Same colour as body, glowing ruby red in subdued light.

Legs - Short, straight, fine in bone, brown toenails.

Colour - A rich, dark chocolate, the colour to go well down the hairs with a pearl-grey undercolour. 

DISQUALIFICATIONS - Excessive dewlap, ill health, excessive amount of white hairs. 

Lilac - A pinkish dove grey, undercolour to be as near as possible to top colour. Brown or bluish tinge a fault.

Nutria - Rich golden brown, colour to go well down the fur, pearl-grey undercolour to reach the skin, rusty tinge a fault.

Shaded Rex 

Smoke Pearl - Siamese Colour - Saddle smoke grey shading to pearl-grey on flanks, chest and belly. Shading to be gradual, avoiding blotches or streaks. Head, ears, feet and upper side of tail to match saddle as nearly as possible. General undercolour to match shading as closely as possible. Eyes to be bright and bold with a distinct ruby glow. Toe nails horn coloured. FAULTS – White hairs. Pale or white undercolour. 

Sable Siamese - Saddle an even rich sepia brown, shading gradually to a chestnut on flanks and slightly paler on belly. Head, ears, legs and upperside of tail to match saddle. Chest to match flanks. Top colour to go well down fur, undercolour to match shadings throughout. Eye colour to reflect a distinct rich ruby glow. FAULTS – Streaks or blotches, white hairs, rusty tinge,white toe nails. 

Seal Siamese - Head and body even rich dark sepia, shading only slightly paler on lower flanks, chest and belly. Top colour to go well down fur, undercolour to match shadings throughout. Eye colour to reflect deep bluish black. FAULTS - Uneven top colour, rusty tinge, white toenails, white hairs, blue undercolour a serious fault. 

Tortoiseshell - Top colour (saddle) to be rich orange, going well down towards the skin and lightly tipped with brown. Ears, muzzle, feet, belly and underside of tail to be rich blue-black, gradually shading into the body colour on face, flanks and haunches. FAULTS - Excessive extension of the shadings into the body colour.

Tan Pattern Rex 

Sable Marten - Saddle an even rich sepia brown, shading gradually to a rich chestnut on flanks. Belly, eye circles, inside of ears, underside of jowl and nape triangle to be white. Colour to go well down the fur, undercolour to match shadings throughout. White ticking on legs is permissible. Eye colour to reflect a distinct rich ruby glow. FAULTS - Streaks or blotches on top colour, white hairs on outside of ears and on body, white ticking on flanks or rump, rusty tinge, white toenails. 

Seal Marten - Head and body an even rich dark sepia shading only slightly paler on flanks. Belly, eye circles, inside of ears, underside of jowl and nape triangle to be white. Colour to go well down fur, under colour to match shadings throughout. Eye colour to reflect deep bluish black. FAULTS - Uneven top colour, rusty tinge. White hairs on outside of ears and on body, white ticking on flanks or rump. White toenails, blue undercolour a serious fault. 

Smoke Pearl Marten – Saddle smoke grey shading to a pearl grey on flanks and chest. Shading to be gradual, avoiding blotches or streaks. Head, ears, feet and upperside of tail to match saddle as nearly as possible. General undercolour to match shading as closely as possible. Eye circles, inside the ears , line of jaw, inside nostrils, inside of legs and feet, belly and underside of tail to be white. Eyes to be bright, bold and with a distinct ruby glow. Toe nails  horn colour. FAULTS – White hairs on outside of ears and body. Pale or white undercolour. 

Orange Martin - Saddle deep rich orange carried well down the sides gradually shading to white belly. Colour to go well down the fur, undercolour to be white. Eye circles, inside of ears and underside of jowl white. Chest to match flanks. Face and outside ears to match saddle. FAULTS - Ticking, barred front feet and brownish tinge, blue undercolour. 

Fox Black - Colour jet black, colour to go well down the fur. Undercolour to be as dark blue as possible. Eye circles, inside of ears, line of jaws, underside of tail and belly, to be pure white with undercolour permissible. Triangle to be white and as small as possible. White ticking on chest, flanks and rump desirable. Ticking may protrude beyond fur as in Normal Foxes such ticking to be white tipped hairs and to be considered an added beauty. Eyes brown or grey, brown preferred.

Blue - A medium blue (even and sound) extending to the skin. Eyes blue or grey, blue preferred.

Chocolate - Dark chocolate (even and sound) top colour going down the fur as far as possible. Undercolour slate. Eyes brown or lilac, brown preferred.

Lilac - Pinky-dove top colour (even and sound). Undercolour dove. Eyes lilac with ruby glow. FAULTS - Rusty tinge, pale undercolour. DISQUALIFICATIONS - Yellow or other colour in white pattern. 

Fawn - Saddle to be a bright golden fawn without any trace of creaminess, carried well down the flanks, gradually shading to a white belly. Colour to extend down the fur as far as possible, clearly defined white undercolour. Eye circles, inside of ears, jowl and underside of tail to be white. Chest to match flanks, head, outside of ears and forepaws to match saddle. FAULTS - White hairs, blue sheen on coat, bluish or brownish tinge on points, bluish undercolour, very heavily barred feet. 

OTTER - Body colour to be lustrous black uniform throughout, with slate blue undercolour, to reach skin. Markings - The belly and underside of the chin and tail to be creamy white with blue or white undercolour, to be divided from the body colour by a distinct border of tan. Nostrils and nape of neck to be tan. Eye circles and inside ears to be fawn. Chest to be a mixture of black and tan, merging with the main body colour. The fore feet on the front shall be predominantly black; the tan border between belly and flanks shall be continued down to the hind feet

Blue - A clear, bright, medium shade of blue (not lavender) throughout, from tip of fur to skin.

Chocolate - A rich dark chocolate with a purplish sheen, the colour to go well down the hairs with a pearly grey undercolour, eye colour brown.

Lilac - A pinky dove grey throughout from tip of fur to skin, bluish tinge a fault. FAULTS - Brown or rusty tinge to the body colour. White or tan hairs other than in the patterned areas. Grey belly surface colour. 

TAN - Body colour to be black, blue, lilac or chocolate and to go down as far as possible. Belly, chest, eye circles, inside ears, underside of jowl and triangle to be rich tan, face and outside ears to match body colour. FAULTS - Rusty body colour, tan hairs on back and outside ears. DISQUALIFICATIONS - White patches in armpits.

Agouti Pattern Rex 

Castor - Colour to be dark rich chestnut brown. Intermediate colour to be rich orange clearly defined on a dark slate blue undercolour. Orange and dark slate blue to be equal (half and half). Fur to be lightly tipped with black, chest to match flanks. Head, outside of ears, upperside of tail to match body colour, ears laced black. Belly and underside of tail white with dark slate blue undercolour. MINOR FAULTS - Barred front feet. FAULTS - Heavy black top, greyness on haunches. 

Chinchilla - Fur to be lightly tipped with black and white giving a sparkling chinchillated effect. Intermediate colour to be near white clearly defined on a dark slate blue undercolour, with a minimum of one-third and a maximum of one-half near white. Chest to match flanks. Head, outside ears and upperside of tail to be chinchillated grey. Ears laced black. Eye circles, inside ears and underside of jowl pearl grey. Belly and underside of tail white. FAULTS - Rusty tinge, heavy black top. 

Cinnamon - Colour to be bright golden tan. Intermediate colour to be light orange clearly defined on a blue undercolour. Fur lightly tipped with brown. Chest to match flanks. Head, outside ears, upperside of tail to match body colour. Ears laced brown. Belly and underside of tail white with blue/grey undercolour. Blue and orange bands to be approximately equal in width. FAULTS - Fawny tinge, dark blotches barred front feet. 

Lynx - Colour to be orange shot silver. Intermediate colour to be bright orange clearly defined on white undercolour. Tips of fur silver. Belly, eye circles, inside ears and underside of jowl white. Chest to match flanks. SERIOUS FAULTS - Bluish tinge on top, blue undercolour. Barred front feet. 

Opal - Top colour pale shade of blue with a layer of golden tan between it and the slate-blue undercolour. General effect to be blue-shot-tan. Belly, eye circles, inside ears and underside of jowl white. Slate and golden tan bands to be approximately equal in width, belly colour to be white with blue under. FAULTS - Barred front feet.

Other Colour Rex 

DALMATIAN - Coat is not pigmented that is to say white all over. The pattern consists of numerous little coloured patches covering the body, head and ears.

Bi-colour - White body with pattern of one colour only.

Tri-colour - White body with pattern of two colours (i.e. black patches and fawn patches). The patches can only be, black, blue, brown, orange or fawn. The colour to be carried down as far as possible. Eyes and ears to match appropriate colours; solid ears, eye circles and smut are allowable. FAULTS - Not enough coloured patches. DISQUALIFICATIONS - Pattern too much like that of a butterfly or an English i.e. with a resemblance of a saddle. 

HARLEQUIN/MAGPIE - (Japanese), English, Dutch etc - all marked varieties to resemble nearly as possible the normal varieties in colouring and marking plus the Rex coat and type.

HIMALAYAN Colour and Markings - Points to be dark seal. Body colour pure white. Nose marking to go well up between eyes into whisker beds and to be large and egg shaped. Ears, dense colour to roots. Front feet markings well up legs and down to toes. Hind foot markings well up hocks and down to toes and tail dense to roots. FAULTS - Creamy or yellow tinge in body colour, eye stains. OTHER COLOUR POINTS RECOGNISED - Blue or Chocolate. COLOUR NOT RECOGNISED - Marten type points in all colours. 

SILVER SEAL - Colour jet black, silvering to be evenly distributed over the whole of the body, giving a sparkling effect, including ears, tail, feet and chest. Undercolour dark blue to skin.  

Black otter Standard Rex