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The two most popular breeds for meat production are the Californian and New Zealand. These breeds are most popular because they combine white fur (preferred by processors) and good growth characteristics. New Zealand rabbits are slightly larger than the Californian, 9-13 pounds versus 8-10 pounds. Although these two breeds are the most commonly exhibited at livestock shows, some events allow the Champagne D'Argents and Satins as well.


Californian Rabbit


After experimentation and crossbreeding, this rabbit was produced in 1923. It was bred as a meat rabbit to have broad shoulders, meaty back and hips and a good dressing percentage (percentage of edible meat). This rabbit is white except for ears, nose, feet and tail, which are a dark gray or black. The ideal weight for bucks is 9 pounds; does, 9½ pounds.


This is a white rabbit with colored nose, ears, feet and tail. Color is as dark as possible. The description of the body, to be of medium length, with depth equal to width and full over and around the hips, with firm, meaty saddle carried as full as meaty as possible to nape of neck and down sides over ribs and shoulders, with as little offal as possible. Mature bucks weigh 9 pounds; does, 9½ pounds.

New Zealand(White)

New Zealand Rabbit


An American creation that appeared after the Red New Zealand, is one of the best all-around commercial breeds. It is an all-white rabbit whose fur can be dyed many colors for use as garment trims. The ideal weight of bucks is 10 pounds; does, 11 pounds.


The standard pretty well sums up the appearance by saying "the ideal type should create in the mind an impression of balance, uniformity and must exemplify meat producing qualities". The body combines good depth and width with medium length and should smoothly covered with flesh. Mature bucks weigh 10 pounds; does, 11 pounds.

Champagne D'Argent

Champagne D'Argent Rabbit


Known as French Silver, is probably one of the oldest breeds known and has been raised in France for more than 100 years. A well-known commercial breed, its fur is useful in its natural state and is still one of the leading furs used in garment manufacturing throughout Europe.


Body moderate length, well developed hind quarters, shoulders and back. Not mandolin type. The colors should have no suggestion of champagne... Any tinge of yellow is a gross defect. Old silver, or the color of skimmed milk, with no trace of yellow tinge is the color desired. The French standard demands that it be "the color of an old piece of silver". This does not mean, however, tarnished or brassy silver; the intention is to indicate the smooth, velvety surface of worn silver, as contrasted with the hard, glittering appearance of a new coin. The young are born solid black and gradually attain the silver color over the entire animal from 4 months of age onward. This sometimes varies with the strain. Mature bucks weigh 10 pounds; does, 10½ pounds.


Satin Rabbit


An American breed that occurred as a mutation in a litter of Havanas. The Satin mutation affects fur structure and sheen, which are determined by a recessive gene. This means that if you breed a Satin with another breed, the babies will probably have the other breeds ™ fur structure and sheen. Therefore, it is best not to breed Satins with rabbits that have normal fur. Nine colors are recognized. The breed is popular for two reasons: Its type and size make it a good commercial breed; its sleek coat with commercial properties, brilliant sheen and rich, vivid colors make it an excellent show rabbit.


The body is of medium length, with depth and width approximately equal throughout the animal, showing a slight taper from hind quarters to shoulders. The top line is to be smooth, continuous curve, starting at the nape of the neck rising gradually to a high point over the center of the hips, then falling in a smooth curve downward to the tail. The ideal fur should be silky, fine, dense, thick, and soft to the touch, due to the interspersed dense undercoat of the animal. The sheen of the animal, due to the clarity of the glasslike hair shell and its ability to reflect light, emits a brilliant richness of the color. Mature bucks weigh 9½ pounds; does, 10 pounds.

List of Breeds

Rabbit breeds are different varieties of the domestic rabbit created through selective breeding or natural selection.
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