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Ask the Judge - Oct/Nov/Dec 2008


I had a rabbit disqualified once for a spot in the nose. This rabbit had been shown before and after this disqualification without the mark being discussed. To see the mark, one has to pull the nostrils apart. I agree it is a spot, but the Standard of Perfection states that the "spot or spots must be plainly visible". At what point should a rabbit be disqualified for a spot on the nose or lips?
From Kevin Hooper:
I have had plenty of experience with freckles/flash spots in Dutch, both as an exhibitor and a judge.  From my perspective as a judge, the Standard does say that the “spot or spots must be plainly visible” with the addition of “during the normal sequence of examination”.  Therefore, since the normal examination requires us to check the rabbit’s teeth, and hold the rabbit upside down, then that allows and requires us to DQ if we see it, even if we have to separate the lips.
As an exhibitor and breeder, I know this is a highly heritable trait.  If you think of long term success, you should thank any judge for finding a flesh spot/freckle.  This way, you can cull it out of the herd, and trace it back to those who are the carriers, and cull those accordingly.  I don’t treat all DQ’s this way, but this is one that usually does not show up until they animal reaches three-four months, and you have your hopes built up that you have a good one, only to be let down.  It is much easier to cull the producers of these!

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