Bella Rose Rabbitry
- Feb 12, 2022
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Rex are classified as red rather than orange, so there's that. Which is not to say you couldn't have an orange rex.So she is considered red, not orange?
I sure wish someone could explain the cause of this 'snowball' effect, where the color is lovely on the outer part of the hairshaft but then goes down to white quickly. The fawn/orange/reds seem to have it the most, but I've also had it in blacks, chocolate, chestnut (castor if you're not an angora) and harlequin. Some have as little of 1/4" of color at the tips, and the rest of the hairshaft white. They call these rabbits with the extreme white band "snowballs". Looks like this rabbit is about half and half, color and white. I assume there is some sort of modifier, but perhaps it is a relic of the 'ee' non-extension, even in non-fawn rabbits? I've had New Zealand Reds without a smidge of white on them, so it's not just that all reds have this issue. Any clues as to why this happens, and how to eliminate it from the herd?
This is a black self with the excess white:am curious about the snowball effect, now. @judymac I noticed some of your posts on RT about this topic, and have been reading though lots of threads. You mentioned seeing this in your herd, which includes angoras, right? Do you happen to have any pictures of the regular color vs the snowball variation in angoras? I’m really interested in the difference in look on the hair shaft.
This is a black self with the excess white:
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Here's a sibling with better color. While the color does get lighter as it goes down the hairshaft, it still is gray, not white:
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The goal is as much uniformity in color as possible. There are umbrous modifiers that intensify the depth of color, although I know little about them. Apparently, they come in positive and negative, multiple positives tend toward deeper color, multiple negatives toward pastel shades. This isn't dilute, the face colors are unchanged, just the main fiber hairshaft is affected. I used to have great depth, the gray fiber from my blues when spun was darker than many herd's blacks. Then I met someone with the palest of pastel shades, and fell in love with those delicate shades. It was different and gave me a greater range of yarn colors. But, it wasn't long before I had totally lost the deep, rich color in my kits, and had the washed-out colors entrenched in my genetics. That was decades ago, and I'm trying to breed back for depth of color. But lately, I've been encountering this white base color wandering high up the hairshaft, a different problem. Very frustrating.
This is apparently different from another type of snowball that is found in some dilute kits, where the color is restricted to the outer 1/8 to 1/4" of fur, but it is only in the newborn kit, when they molt they have a normal coat. I've not seen this type of snowball personally, and I don't believe the cause is known.
The excess white I'm dealing with is obviously genetic, I've traced it back four generations in the herd I bought a red buck from, which is why I suspect there may be something related to the ee fawn non-extension gene. The fawn genetics do have the white base color, and something must be moving the white base color up the hairshaft. Steel moves the dark base color up the hairshaft, leaving the middle fawn band on the tips. But this is leaving the normal tip color at the tip, so it isn't related to that.