Rabbit Color Descriptions – Pointed White/Himalayan/Californian Variety


Himalayan and Californian are two alternate names for pointed white rabbits. Himalayan is often shortened to Himi and Californian is often shortened to Cal.

General Description

The rabbit’s body is pure white with colored points. Points are the nose, ears, feet, legs, and tail. Pointed whites are recognized in four varieties: black, blue, chocolate, and lilac. Most breeds are showable in all four varieties and judged in one group.

Surface Color

Pure white with color only on the points. 

Under Color 

Body under color is white, point under color corresponds with the point color.


The point color is to come as close to black, blue, chocolate, or lilac as possible. The point color often has a sepia cast, this is normal, but the truer the color is to black, blue, chocolate, or lilac the better. The color should be as clean and even as possible.

The nose marking (called smut in the Himalayan breed) should be rounded and defined. It should cover the nose area and reach up toward the eyes.

Ears should be colored completely with an even line at the base where the color meets the white head.

Color on the front feet should extend up the forelegs and match as closely as possible in length. Markings should be as even as possible where they meet the white fur.

Color on the back feet should extend past the hock joints and match as closely as possible in length. Markings should be as even as possible where they meet the white fur.

The tail should be completely colored.                                                                                                                       

Toenails and Eyes

Toenails should be colored, with dark toenails sometimes preferred. Light toenails are permitted as long as they show pigment and match.

Eyes are pink with a ruby pupil.


Breeds That are Showable in the Pointed White Variety

All varieties are judged together unless otherwise noted.

Pointed White, All Four Colors

American fuzzy lop, English angora, French angora, satin angora, Holland lop, and mini lop.

Pointed White, Black and Blue Only

Himalayan Netherland Dwarf

Jersey wooly.

Himalayan, All Four Colors

Himalayan(the four varieties are shown separately in this breed),

Netherland dwarf.

Himalayan, Black and Blue Only

Mini rex.


Californian. May be any of the four varieties, but close to black as possible is desired.

Rex and satin, both showable in the black variety only.


Exceptions to the General Description

Satin Angora, Satin

Satin angoras and satins have a light ivory body color.

American Fuzzy Lop, English Angora, French Angora, Satin Angora, Californian, Rex, Satin.

These breeds do not call for point color to extend up the legs.

Himalayan, Mini Rex, Satin

Dark toenails preferred.


General Faults

Rabbits with hutch stains or in molt. Point color which is faded, frosty, uneven, light, brassy, or barred. Stray white hairs in the point color. Points that are ragged or uneven.

rabbit with himalayan gene licking hind foot.

Body color creamy instead of pure white.


Breed Specific Faults


Point color is to be as close to black as possible, any other color is faulted.


Spots or streaks of color around and above the eyes, known as eye stain, are a minor fault. Leg markings that do not wrap completely around the legs.

Mini Rex

Smut (colored patch) on the dewlap.

Netherland Dwarf 

Fault for indistinct and/or limited markings 


General Disqualifications 

Eye color other than pink with a ruby pupil, or unmatched eyes. White or unmatched toenails. Foreign colored or distinct white spots in the points. Colored spots or smut (brownish shading) anywhere on the body. Smut is not a disqualification if it appears on the head, dewlap, or legs. Points which have tan pattern markings are a disqualification. Tan pattern in the markings will show a contrasting color inside the nose, ears, legs, and the underside of the tail.   


Breed Specific Disqualifications

English Angora, French Angora, Satin Angora, Californian, Holland Lop, Jersey Wooly, Mini Rex, Rex, Satin

Disqualify rabbits that have any marking which is completely missing.


Color on the front legs reaching above the elbow. Color on the rear legs reaching more than two inches above the hock.