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Black Harlequin

Suggested working standard for Black Harlequin Dutch

BLACK HARLEQUIN -- The color to be banded or barred pattern of black & orange,  (definitions, a band is considered an unbroken circle of marking color, a bar is a semi-circle of marking color, running vertically on a side). The cheeks to be equally divided, one side black, the other orange. One ear is to be black, the other orange (one solid color from tip to base).  The black ear is to be on the orange side of the face and the orange ear is to be on the black side of the face. The pattern over the back and belly may be banded, barred or a combination of both without preference.  Clean lines are to be stressed, with alternating black and orange color.  The ideal body pattern to consist of at least 4 or more alternations of bands and /or bars on each side, beginning at the saddle and undercut. The hind legs and feet to continue alternation of black & orange to the white stop markings. The tail to show alternation of orange and black. Paling of coloration to cream permissible on underside of body and tail. Eyes- Dark Brown.

Faults-- Head and Ears incomplete demarcation, ears the same color, ears which fail to alternate with cheek color pattern. Body excessive brindling of pattern, lacking distinct bars or bands. Poor balance of sides due to plain unmarked side.

Disqualification-- An absence of two colors (black & orange) on each section: the head & ears, the body, the belly, the feet and legs, and the tail.

Note:  The body type of the Harlequin Dutch should be consistent with the current Standard of Perfection for all Dutch varieties.  All markings and general disqualifications apply.

Black Harlequin

Picture provided by Jill Pfaff

Picture provided by Crystal Howard
Sire is a black Harliquin and dam is a blue Harliquin

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