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Blue Harlequin

Suggested working standard for Blue Harlequin Dutch

BLUE HARLEQUIN -- The color to be banded or barred pattern of blue & fawn,  (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 blue, the other fawn. One ear is to be blue, the other fawn (one solid color from tip to base).  The blue ear is to be on the fawn side of the face and the fawn ear is to be on the blue 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 blue and fawn 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 blue & fawn to the white stop markings. The tail to show alternation of fawn and blue. Paling of coloration permissible on underside of body and tail. Eyes- Blue-gray.

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 (blue & fawn) 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.

Blue 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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