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Comet and Shubunkin

Comet & Shubunkin


The Comet and Shubunkin have been developed in Japan and the United States. The US version of the Shubunkin was developed in the 1870-1880 range. While the Japanese refers to bright red in color, in fact red is selected against in the Shubunkin. Both of the fish described here seem to be derived from Demekin stock that was crossed with either a common or a Comet.

© Merlin Cunliffe 2016, Comet

© Merlin Cunliffe 2016, Shubunkin

Breed Development

Both breeds have very long fin length, For the Comet, a metallic fish, many colors exist. For the Shubunkin, less than 50% of the body should be red, blue is preferred. Also in Shubunkin, tail should contain black and there should be black speckle’s . Fish are typically fairly long and the body depth is 1/3 to ½ the length.

Judging is based on a 100-point scale.Color20Fins20Body and face20Condition20Deportment20100

Color Comet ShubunkinFins colored in metallic fish and contain black in calico fish2020Fins are clear or torn10-1510-15Fish are faded and not bright5-105-10

Body & Face DeductBody is less than 2X the depth of the fish.-10Peduncle cannot hold the tail correctly-15Fish is flat on top or bottom-10Headgrowth present-20Fins damaged-15

ConditionFish is fluid when swimming and tail is not stiff20Tail sits on the bottom10-15Fish hangs at top and fins are not held correctly10-15Fish is faded, mostly white5-10

Deportment Fish swims in circles or to one side only0-5Tail fin droops0-5Center V of the tail is not in the midline of the fish when swimming0-5

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