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Standard Chinchilla Breed Information

Jeresey Wooly Rabbits
"The Original Chin"

General Characteristics:

The Standard Chinchilla is a medium sized rabbit weighing in at about 5-7 lbs. for senior bucks and 5.5-7.5 lbs. for senior does. The Standard Chinchilla is to have a compact body with well filled shoulders and hindquarters. Standard Chinchillas are to have a nice topline with a width equal to the depth of the animal. The Standard Chinchilla is almost equally judged on its fur, color and type, so each area is very important to the breeder. Standard Chinchillas have been know for being good meat animals due to their medium bone structure and well filled loins. Standard Chinchillas have a great disposition and are very friendly.

Standard Chinchilla Background:

The Standard Chinchilla came into existence with the help of M. J. Dybowski. M. J. Dybowski was a French breeder who produced the Standard Chinchilla through a selective breeding process. He originally bred a wild grey rabbit, the Garenne to a Blue rabbit, and also a Himalayan. The litters of the Blue and Himalayan rabbits were then bred together in order to create the Standard Chinchilla rabbit that we have today. 

Standard Chinchilla Color:

Standard Chinchilla are only shown in one variety. The chinchilla color is most notibly recognized by its beautiful ring pattern that is seen when one blows into a Standard Chinchilla's coat. This ring pattern is created by each of the 5 bands that appear on the shaft of each hair. The four very distinct bands of the chinchilla color are called the undercolor, the intermediate band, and the two bands that make up the surface color. The undercolor is to be a dark slate blue at the base of the hair shaft. The intermediate band is located at the middle of the hair shaft and is to be a pearl color. The lighter this pearl color the better. The surface color is comprised of both a pearl band and the black tipped gaurd hairs of the Standard Chinchilla coat. The surface color of a Standard Chinchilla is not to be that of a salt and pepper appearance, but to have waves of black and pearl throughout the coat. The definition of the rings is very important and they should be as distinct as possible. The Standard Chinchilla also has several other features besides its chinchilla color that coves it's back. Its also has black ear lacing surrounding the top rounded portion of the ears, pearl eye circles inclosing the eye, and pearl nose and jowel markings. The Standard Chinchilla also sports a bright white belly, along with the underside of the tail. The top of the tail is to be black which is intersperced with white hairs. The Standard Chinchilla chest color is to be slightly lighter than the body, but still lightly ticked with pearl.

Judging Standard Chinchilla:

Standard Chinchillas are judged based on the Schedule of Points featured in the ARBA Standard of Perfection. The Standard Chinchilla Schedule of Points is featured below. 

Standard Chinchilla Schedule of Points

GENERAL TYPE............................30
FUR...............................................30
COLOR..........................................35
Undercolor.........................8
Ring Color & Definition.....12
Surface Color...................15
CONDITION.....................................5

TOTAL POINTS............................100