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Harlequin

The Harlequin rabbit is distinguished by its colorful and dramatic fur markings. There are two types - Japanese and Magpie. In both varieties, the markings make one think of a medieval joker or clown (hence, "harlequin") - a face split down the middle, darker and lighter body stripes (colors go right around the rabbit's body) or bars (bars are offset on one side of the body and the other).

Japanese Harlequin rabbits have a combination of a bright orange or fawn color with a darker blue, black, chocolate or lilac. Magpie Harlequins have a white or light grey color combined with the same darker markings.

The ideal adult weight for a Harlequin is 6.5-9.5 pounds.

Japanese Harlequins:
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Magpie Harlequins:
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Note: According to Wikipedia, by some standards "harlequin" isn't really a breed at all, but just a fur pattern. The harlequin fur color pattern can occur in other breeds, even though rabbits in those breeds with harlequin color are not recognized as showable by ARBA. So, unless you're sure the rabbit is really a Harlequin, and especially if it's too large or too small, work through this key as if it weren't harlequin colored - so, if the rabbit you are looking up has Rex fur, then it's probably a harlequin-colored Rex or Mini-Rex (depending on size). If it's very tiny (1-3 pounds), it could be a harlequin-colored Netherland Dwarf or Polish, and so on. The bunny wouldn't be showable in an ARBA show (which might be why it wound up in a pet shop), but as a companion, it's still a Mini-Rex or Polish or whatever.
 
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