In the summer of 2004 a ballot was taken to decide if other colours of Hare would be accepted into the club, and they were. It was decided to put a Standard for the Black & Tan before the British Rabbit Council to approve. By July 2005 Black & Tans became a recognised Belgian Hare. There is no break down of points for tanning in the Hare. There is some way to go to get the tanning of the quality of the Black & Tan rabbit although great improvement has been made over the last few years. The shape and size of the Black & Tan Hare has come to match the Standard Hare. In the past they were sometimes small and flat backed because Black & Tan rabbits were used in the breeding to improve the colour. The White Hare is being bred in the UK but has very rarely been shown so far. The Black is proving quite popular too. By accepting the coloured Hares into the club it was hoped that it would bring new interest and new members.
The type should be the same as the Standard Hare. No other colour except Black & tan. No white or other foreign colour allowed. The colour both in the black and the tan should reach well to the skin. The tan pattern to be the same as for the Tan rabbit. Eyes should be bold and bright with a deep hazel iris. In the event of equality of points preference must be given to the specimen who is the longest and largest. Adult weight approx 3.62 – 4.08kg (8 -9 lbs)
Faults. White toe nails. Deduct 10 points for each white nail.
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