Lionhead Working Standard
Gibbons 2008
Variety: Siamese Sable
additional varieties on Gibbons: Chestnut Agouti, Sable Point, Ruby Eyed White, Tortoise (Black)
addtional varities on other CODs: Black, Blue, Blue Eyed White, Blue Point, Chinchilla, Chococlate, Chocolate Agouti, Lilac, Opal,
Orange, Otter, Pointed White, Sable Marten, Seal, Silver Marten, Smoke Pearl, Smoke Pearl Marten, Squirrel,
Tortoise - Blue, Tortoise - Chocolate, Tortoise - Lilac

SCHEDULE OF POINTS
GENERAL TYPE.........................................................................40
Body...............................................25
Head...............................................10
Ears..................................................5
FUR............................................................................................45
Mane.............................................. 25
Wool………………….........……........ 10
Coat............................................... 10
COLOR.......................................................................................10
CONDITION..................................................................................5

TOTAL...................................................................................................100

SHOWROOM CLASSES & WEIGHTS

Senior Buck & Does - 6 months of age and over, not over 3 -3/4 pounds. Ideal weight 3-1/2 pounds.
Junior Bucks & Does- Under 6 months of age, not over 3 -1/4 pounds. Minimum weight 1 pound 10 oz.
NOTE: Juniors which exceed the maximum weight limit may be shown in higher age classifications.
No animal may be shown in a lower age classification than its true age.

GENERAL TYPE

Note: Lionheads should have a high head mount with stance high enough to show full chest and mane.
This is a posed breed and is not shown with the head on the table.

Body - Points 25: The body is to be short, compact and well rounded. The shoulders and chest are to be broad and well filled,
with shoulders matching hindquarters. The depth at the shoulders should round back to broad, deep, and well rounded hindquarters.
The lower hips should be well filled. Legs should be of medium length and medium bone, relative to the size of the animal.
Faults - Long, narrow body; flatness over shoulders or hips; chopped off or undercut hindquarters;
any specimen that shows raciness; low head set.

Head - Points 10: The head should be bold, with good width between the eyes. The muzzle should be well filled.
The head should be attached to the body with a high head mount and no visible neck. There should be a slight roundness between
the eyes, but the head is not to be round from all directions. Eyes should be bright and bold.
Eye color to be as described in the individual variety.
Faults - A long, narrow head; pointed or narrow muzzle, low headset. Head that is round from all directions resembling a Netherland Dwarf.

Ears - Points 5: Ears are to be short, well set on top of head, erect, well furred, of good substance and with a strong ear base.
They are to be rounded at he tips. Ears should balance with the head and body. When relaxed ears will be carries in a slight V".
Faults - Ears that are pointed, lack furring, or do not balance with the body. Heavy wool more than halfway up the ear.
Disqualification from Competition: Ears that exceed 3-1/2 inches in length.

FUR & WOOL

Mane-Points 25: The mane is to be wool. The prominent portion of the mane (top and sides near the ears) should be at least 2 inches in
length on senior animals. The mane is to form a full circle around the head, extending to a "V" at the back of the neck. The wool of the
mane should be dense enough to make the mane full and prominent. It may fall into a fringe from the top of the head and around the ears
or form a wool cap across the brow. Any wool in the front of the ears should enhance the prominence of the mane. The cheeks extending
into the whisker bed may be heavily trimmed but the center of the foreface below the wool cap should be clean of wool. The side trimmings
and chest may be noticeably longer.
Faults - A mane that is thin or lacks balance; a gradual change on the forehead between the eyes and ears from normal fur to the wool of the mane.
Disqualifications from Competition: Lack of any mane, or a mane that is of such poor quality that it shows open areas with no wool,
or has a shape that is very uneven in length and fullness. A mane that consists of long normal fur instead of wool.
Mane wool that is less than 2 inches in length.

Wool – Points 10: The mane is made of wool that is strong and lively feeling with a soft silky texture. It should be wavy, showing crimping of the underwool, this crimping is often more evident in junior animals. Guard hairs will be present to protect the wool but should never create a
coarse feeling to the wool. Only the quality of the wool of the mane is used when judging Lionhead wool.
The quality of the transition wool, found on the lower sides and rump, is never taken into consideration.

Coat- Points 10: The fur should be soft, dense, of medium length, and prime. It should show lots of life and glossiness. Ideally the saddle,
flanks, and rump of the animal should be clean of wool. Transition wool is allowed on the lower rear sides section of the lower flanks and
the lower section of the hind legs and rumps of juniors and seniors. Transition wool is defined as significantly shorter wool on the body or
face of the Lionhead rabbit. Transition wool isnot to exceed 2 inches on the body and 1 inch on the face.
The ideal Lionhead should carry NO transition wool.
Faults - Fur that is long, thin, or poor in texture; transition wool on the flanks.
Disqualifications from Competition:
* Wool in the saddle area of junior or senior animals.
* Lack of a break between the wool of the mane and any transition wool on the rear section of the lower sides of junior or senior animals.
The break between the mane and transition wool should be clear and distinct, easily seen when the animal is posed. If there is a question,
simply lift the longer mane wool up, which should reveal the break of normal fur between the mane wool and any transition wool on the
lower rear side. Junior animals tend to carry more transition wool and should be given more leniency as long as the side break is clearly
evident.
* Transition wool over 2 inches in length on the body or 1 inch on the face.

image shows correct stance and ideal Lionhead with no flank wool

Color – Points 10: The fur, wool, and eye color is to be as described under each variety.

Condition – Points 5: As per ARBA definition


COLOR DESCRIPTIONS
IT IS IMPORTANT WHEN JUDGING COLOR ON THE LIONHEAD TO REMEMBER THAT WOOLED AREAS WILL BE LIGHTER IN COLOR
THAN AREAS OF NORMAL FUR.

SIAMESE SABLE - The surface color is to be rich sepia brown on the head, ears, back, outside of legs, and top of the tail. The surface color
will fade to lighter sepia on the sides, chest, belly, inside of legs, and underside of the tail. Dark face color is to fade from the eyes to the jaws
and all blending of color is to be gradual and free from blotches or streaks. The undercolor will be slightly lighter than the surface color.
Eyes - brown.
Faults: Animals that have streaks, blotched or poor color blending, scattered white hairs, or lack of darker color in the loin area

.................................................. Addtional Gibbons Varieties ...........................................................
CHESTNUT AGOUTI -The surface color on the top sides of the body is to be a light brown, ticked with black. The intermediate band is to
be a well defined orange over a dark slate-blue undercolor. The chest is to be a light cream or off white over a dark slate-blue undercolor.
The undercolor of the belly is to be slate blue. The top of the tail is to be black, sparsely ticked with light brown, over a dark slate-blue
undercolor. The nape of theneck is to be orange, with ears laced in black. Eyes - brown.
Faults: Animals that are too light in the color of the intermediary band or undercolor or are to light or dark in surface color

RUBY EYED WHITE - Color is to be a pure white and uniform throughout. Eyes - Pink.

SABLE POINT -
Color on the nose, ears, feet legs and tail is to be a rich sepia brown color. The marking color is to shade rapidly to a
brown bodycolor. The entire upper body is to be creamy brown color, with a lighter almost white undercolor. A slightly deeper body color
may occur along the saddle but is not desirable. The ideal is an animal whose surface color is light enough to give good contrast with
the point color. Eyes - Brown
Faults: Blotchy surface color on body: markings too light to provide good contrast with the body.
Disqualifications: White underside on the tail, martenized markings


TORTOISE - BLACK: The surface of the body is to be a rusty orange color on the loin, blending with a gray-black on the sides, rump,
belly, feet, and tail. The color is to extend well down the hair shaft to an off-white under-color. Eyes - Brown
Faults - Stray white hairs; underside of tail light in color.

.................................................. Addtional Varieties held on CODs ...........................................................
BLACK: The surface color is to be rich, jet black over the entire animal and extending well down the hair shaft. The undercolor is to be a dark
slate-blue. Eyes- brown.
Faults: Fault animal for having faded color, scattered white hairs, or a light undercolor.

BLUE: The surface color is to be dark blue over the entire animal, extending well down the hair shaft with a lighter blue undercolor.
Eyes – Blue-Gray
Faults: Fault animals for having faded color, scattered white hairs or light under color

BLUE EYED WHITE (BEW): - The surface color is to be pure white and uniform throughout. Eyes – Blue
Faults - Fault animals with a creamy, yellow, or stained fur.

BLUE POINT: The points (nose, ears, feet, and tail) are to be a medium bluish gray color. The point color fades to a light creamy white
body free from smut or dark shading, to contrast with the darker points. Undercolor should be creamy white. Darker shading is permissible
around the eyes.Eyes – Blue-Gray
Faults: Streaks, blotches, or smut on body, brown (sepia) tinge to points, points too light to contrast well with the body color, scattered white hairs.
Disqualifications from Competition - White on underside of tail, any marten type markings.

(This color is a dilute Sable Point not to be comfused with the color Blue Point in other ARBA breeds which is a Blue Pointed White)

CHINCHILLA: The surface color on the top and sides of the body is to be pearl white ticked with jet black. The intermediary band is to be
a well defined pearl white over a dark slate blue undercolor. The chest is to be a pearl white over a slate blue undercolor. The top of the tail is
to be black, sparsely ticked with white, over a dark slate blue undercolor. The nape of the neck is to be white, with ears laced in black.
Toenails to be uniform and dark. An allowance to be made for distortion of ring color in mane and transitional wool area. Eyes – Brown.
Faults: Fault animals that are too light or too dark in surface color, or too light in the color of the intermediary band or undercolor. Brown patches
or brownish intermediary bands are undesirable.

Disqualifications from Competition - Disqualify animals with extreme dark or light color, brown patches of color, or extreme brownish
tinge in ring color. Animals without black lacing on ears are to be disqualified.

CHOCOLATE: The surface color is to be a rich dark chocolate brown over the entire animal and extending well down the hair shaft. The undercolor
is to be a dove-gray. Toenails are to be a uniform dark brown. Eyes – Brown. Ruby cast permissable but not desired.
Faults: Faded, rusty or "yellowed" color, scattered white hairs, light undercolor.

CHOCOLATE AGOUTI: The surface color on the top and sides of the body is to be a rich chestnut brown, tipped with chocolate tipped guard
hairs. The intermediate band is to be tan over a dove gray undercolor. The top of the tail is to be chocolate, sparsely ticked with tan, over dove
gray undercolor. The nape of the neck is to be tan with the ears laced in chocolate. Toenails to be uniform and dark. An allowance to be made
for distortion of ring color in mane and transitional wool area. Eyes – Brown.
Faults: Fault animals that are too light or too dark in surface color, or too light in the color of the intermediary band or undercolor.

LILAC: The surface color is to be dove-gray with a pinkish tint over the entire animal and extending well down the hair shaft. The undercolor is
to be a pale dove-gray. Toenails may be light but not white and must be uniform. Eyes – Blue-gray. Ruby cast permissable but not desired.
Faults: Faded or rusty color or scattered white hairs.

OPAL: The surface color on the top and sides of the body is to be medium blue mingled with fawn and is to carry as uniformly as possible
down the sides of the body. The intermediary band on the hair shaft of the surface color is to be fawn over a medium slate-blue undercolor.
The head, ears, legs, and feet are to match the surface color of the body. The chest is to be fawn over a medium slate-blue undercolor. The
underside of the tail and around the vent are white to the skin. The foot pads, around the nostrils, eyes, and inner surface of the ears are to
be white. The top of the tail is to be medium blue, sparsely ticked with fawn, over a medium slate-blue undercolor. The nape of the neck is to
be fawn. The belly is to have a white surface color (except where lap spots appear), back of forelegs, inside of hind legs, top of hind feet, and
underside of the lower jaw. The undercolor of the belly is to be slate blue. Toenails to be medium to dark and must be uniform. Eyes – Blue-gray.
Faults: Light surface color, light color in the intermediary band, or light in the undercolor.
Disqualifications from Competition - white undercolor. (An allowance to be made for color band distortion in the mane
and transitional wool areas.)

ORANGE: Surface color to be a bright golden color, extending well down the hair shaft and carried evenly over the head, outer ear, front
of foreleg, outside the hind legs and the top of tail. Chest color is to be consistent with body surface color. Belly, back of forelegs, inside
of hind legs, top of hind feet, and underside of lower jaw to be white with an off-white undercolor. Lap spots should be present. Underside
of tail and vent area, inside of ear, eye circles and undernostrils should be white. Eyes – Brown
Faults: Fault severely for smut or ticking on body or lacing on ears; lack of lap spots, color faded or washed out in appearance

OTTER: Black, Blue, Chocolate and Lilac compete together. Otters should not be judged as a marked variety. Markings are to be the final
consideration after type, fur and body color. Surface & Under Color: The surface & under color of the head outside of the ears, front of the
fore feet, outside of the hind feet, and the top and sides of the body are to be described in the respective self varieties. Markings: Black
and Chocolate animals will have orange to creamy orange marking color, whild Blue and Lilac animals will have fawn markings and ticking
color. The belly, nostrils, eye circles, jowls, underside of the tail, inside of the ears, back of the fore feet and the inside of the hind feet and
legs are to be creamy white, highlighted by an orange or fawn marking as it meets the self color of the body. The border color between the
belly and flanks shall continue down the the hind feet as it meets the color of the body. The undercolor of the belly is to be as described in
the respective self varieties. The triangle and collar are to be orange to creamy white. No ticking is preferred. The eye color is to be as
described in the respective self varieties.
Faults: Brown or rusty tinge on body color; orange to creamy orange hairs in areas other than the patterned areas; mealiness on the ears,
head, muzzle; faded or indistinct markings. Scattered white hairs over the body.

POINTED WHITE: Body color is to be pure white. Markings may be black, blue, chocolate or lilac, and must be present on the nose, ears,
feet and tail. Allowances should be made for developing color on juniors. Toenails must show color. Eyes – Pink
Faults: Markings extrememly faded; frosted appearance to the marking color.
Disqualifications from Competition - Any Tan Pattern marking appearing in the marking pattern.

SABLE MARTEN: The surface color of the head, outside of the ears, back, outside of the legs, and the top of the tail is to be a rich sepia
brown with a slightly lighter undercolor. The surface color will fade to a lighter sepia on the sides and chest. All blending of color is to be
gradual and free from blotches and streaks. The nostrils, eye circles, jowls, inside of ears, triangle, collar, back of fore fett, inside of hind
legs, belly and the underside of the tail are to be a silver-white in color. Prominent silver-white guard hairs are to be evenly distributed
around the chest, sides, and lower hindquarters. Eyes – Brown

SEAL: Color is to be a rich dark sepia brown (bordering on black) on the saddle from the nape of the neck to the tail, shading to a just
slightly lighter tint on flank, chest and belly. Color is to carry well down the hair shaft with undercolor to match shadings throughout.
Toenails must be a uniform dark brown. Eyes – Brown. Ruby cast permissable but not desired.
Faults: Faded, "sunburned" or rusty tinge, too dark to show contrast in shadings, body color too light.

SILVER MARTEN:- (Black, Blue, Chocolate and Lilac) The surface color of the head, outside of the ears, front of fore feet, outside of the
hind feet, and the top and sides of the body are to be the surface and undercolor as described in the respective self varieties. The nostrils,
eye circles, jowls, inside of the ears, triangle, collar, back of the fore feet, inside of the hind feet and legs, belly, and underside of the tail
are to be silver-white in color. The triangle and the collar may white and may be slightly soften or defuse color due to the wool of the mane.
Prominent silver-white guard hairs are to be evenly distributed around the sides and chest.
Eyes - The eye color is to be as described in the respective self-varieties.
Faults - Fault animals with mealiness on the ears, head, or body. Scattered white hairs or indistinct markings

SMOKE PEARL: Color is to be a rich smoke gray on the face, ears, saddle, outside of legs, and top of tail. Saddle color is to shade off
grandually to a soft pearl gray on the flanks, chest and belly, inside of legs and underside of tail. All blending of shading is to be gradual
and free from blotches or streaks. The under color will be slightly lighter than the surface color. Eyes – Blue-Gray, Ruby cast Permissible
Faults: Blotchy shading, animals that are too dark or too light to show a contrast in shading.

SMOKE PEARL MARTEN: Color is to be a rich smoke gray on the head, ears, saddle, outside of legs, and top of the tail. Saddle color is to
shade off gradually to a soft pearl gray on the flanks, chest and belly, inside of legs and underside of the tail. All blending of color is to be
gradual and free from blotches or streaks. The under color will be slightly lighter than the surface color. The nostrils, eye circles, jowls, inside
of ears, triangle, collar, back of fore feet, inside of hind legs, belly and the under side of the tail are to be a silver-white in color. Prominant
silver-white guard hairs are to be evenly distributed around the chest, sides and lower hindquarters. Eyes – Blue-Gray, Ruby cast permissible
Faults: Blotchy shading, animals that are too dark or too light to show a contrast in shading.

SQUIRREL: The surface color on the top and sides of the body is to be blue mingled with white. The intermediary band is to be white over a
medium slate blue undercolor. The chest is to be light pearl over a medium slate blue undercolor. The undercolor of the belly is to be slate
blue. The top of the tail is to be slate blue, sparsely ticked with white, over a medium slate blue undercolor. The nape of the neck is to be white.
Toenails to be uniform and dark. Eyes – Blue-Gray
Faults: Fault animals that are too light or too dark in surface color, or too light in the color of the intermediary band or undercolor. Brown patches
or brownish intermediary bands are undesirable. An allowance to be made for distortion of ring color in mane and transitional wool area.

Disqualifications from Competition - Disqualify animals with extreme dark or light color, brown patches of color, or extreme bluish tinge
in ring color. Animals without blue lacing on ears are to be disqualified.


TORTOISE - BLUE:
The body color is to be fawn, blending into a blue shading over the rump and carrying well onto the haunches. Top color
should carry well down into the undercolor blending into a cream color next to the skin. Top of the tail should match the body color, with the
underside to be blue, blending into a cream next to the skin. Belly should match shadings, with cream undercolor. Head shadings should be
darkest blue at the whisker bed, blending into a lighter shade along the jaw line, darkening again at the ear base and blending up into the ears
to match the body color. Eyes – Blue-Gray Faults: Stray white hairs, faded shading
Disqualifications from Competition - white belly or tail

TORTOISE - CHOCOLATE: The surface of the body is to be a rusty orange color, blending with a light to medium chocolate "shading" on
the sides, rump, belly, head, ears, feet and tail. The color is to extend well down the hair shaft to an off-white undercolor. Toenails are to be
uniform and may be medium to dark brown. Eyes – Brown. Ruby cast permissable but not desired.
Faults: Surface color too light or too dark, smut over the back, scattered white hairs. Light color on the underside of the tail is undesirable.

TORTOISE - LILAC: Surface color on muzzle, ears, feet and tail to be lilac. Saddle and belly to be a medium creamy beige or almond that
carries well down the hair shaft with an off-white undercolor. Saddle color to blend to a light dove-gray lilac shading on the lower rump and
haunches. Toenails may be light but not white and must be uniform. May show lap spots on belly Eyes: Lilacs will show a Ruby cast
Faults: orange or rusty surface color, Body color that lacks beige or almond so it looks almost white Disqualification: White underside of tail,
shading that is black, chocolate, or blue.