The Ranchu Goldfish is certainly something to see! They have an impressive appearance that is similar to that of the Lionhead Fancy Goldfish.
The Ranchu originated in China many years ago. They are one of the oldest types of fancy goldfish to date. In the 1800’s, these fancy goldfish were introduced to the Japanese in hopes of further developing the breed.
The Ranchu is highly sought after for goldfish competitions, especially in China and Japan.
These fancy goldfish have a round and chubby body shape that is similar to that of the Lionhead or the Oranda.
In fact, they resemble the Lionhead so closely that they are often mistaken for them. Both goldfish breeds lack a dorsal fin which is one of the reasons for their restrictive swimming abilities.
Both the Lionhead and the Ranchu will sport a “hood”. A “hood” is a head growth that is very brain-like in appearance. “Hoods” are also sometimes referred to as a Wen.
While both fish have this head growth, the Lionhead’s hood is much more prominent on top of his head. The Ranchu’s hood is slightly less prominent and sometimes covers more than the top of their head.
The Ranchu has a broad back and tail fins that fan out almost horizontally, whereas the Lionhead’s back is slightly flattened and tail fins fan out more vertically.
The Ranchu Goldfish can come in a variety of colors and patterns. The most familiar pattern is “bi-colored” and are usually found in red and white or gold and white.
However, the Ranchu can also be found in a calico pattern as well as a variety of solid colors (red, white, black and yellow-orange).