OVERVIEW: RABBIT BREEDS
To let you get acquainted with the different breeds, a breed sheet of each breed will be shown here over time. However, this sheet will only become available once we have a photo of a breed-typical animal. Is your favorite breed not on it yet and do you have a nice photo? Send it to the webmaster!
71 rabbit breeds are recognized by AOBA, of which you can find here (in pdf) the full official list of breeds recognized by AOBA. Please always use these correct names for the breed and the color, both when applying for the breeder card and when registering at exhibitions! This prevents a lot of confusion ...
The rabbit breeds recognized by AOBA can be classified according to 2 different systems that are both used in exhibitions: on the one hand based on weight class and on the other hand based on breed characteristics.
Classification based on weight class:
- Large varieties: ideal weight of 5.5 kg or more, a maximum does not exist;
- Middle races: ideal weight from 3 to 5.5 kg;
- Small varieties: ideal weight of 2 to 3 kg;
- Dwarf grasses: ideal weight less than 2 kg.
Classification based on breed characteristics:
- Special hair structures
- Color: the whole body (excluding the abdomen), the head and the limbs are fully colored in wild color and are dilutions or in a solid color
- Drawing: there are delineated white (except: yellow for the Japanese) zones on the body
- Silvering: the entire body is alternated with partially bleached hair
- Pattern: a color gradient appears on the entire body
Some varieties come in different colors and can therefore fall under different groups (eg Color dwarf). With all rabbits that do not belong to the special hair structures or the hanging ears, it is therefore the fur color of the individual animal that determines how it is inspected and not the breed to which it belongs. There are only two exceptions to this, namely the Belgian hare and the hare dwarf where type, construction and theorem far outweigh the fur color.