While the focus of evaluating body type in this post is mostly for meat production (with purebred or crossbred rabbits), the greater part of it applies to all rabbits meant for breeding and/or show. The main exceptions are that full-arch breeds (such as English Spots) should be narrower, and won't fill out to the table like commerical and compact breeds. For semi-arch (also called mandolin) breeds, such as Flemish Giants, shoulders are supposed to be low and the rise is supposed to start late. Most everything else should apply to all breeds.
|New Zealand and Californian rabbit profiles.|
|How to set up a rabbit correctly for proper evaluation.|
|New Zealand doe pushing forward and posed properly.|
|High, well-rounded rise vs. short, flat rise.|
|Late-start rise vs. proper rise start|
|Chopped off hindquarters vs. properly sloped hindquarters.|
If you're not evaluating in person, ask to see pictures of the rabbit from above, if possible, as well. There are some things you can see from above that you might not notice from a side profile.
|Narrow shoulders vs. well-rounded, wide shoulders|
|Wide loins vs. narrow (or hollow) loins|
|Pinched hindquarters vs. meaty hindquarters|
|Hollow loins vs. well-rounded loins.|
|Properly square hocks vs. turned hocks|
If you still have any questions about evaluating rabbits, please add a comment below. I can put together an addendum post for anything I may have forgotten to cover.