Californian rabbit

Californian Rabbit

Californian rabbit

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The Californian breed of domestic rabbit was developed in the early 1920s by George West. Rabbit breeders in the United States crossed Himalayan breeds and the Standard Chinchilla rabbit breed and New Zealand Whites. The purpose of this breed was to have a good meat breed that also had good fur. The breed did not become popular for at least 15 years after development. Today, the Californian rabbit is the second most popular meat-producing breed in the world. The fur quality allows this rabbit to also be classified as a fancy breed.


The Californian rabbit has big ears and is moderate in size, weighing around 7 to 10 pound (3.5 to 4.75 kilograms). The original coloration of this breed was very similar to the Himalayan rabbit, with a predominantly white body and a dark brown on the feet, nose, ears and tail. They have pink eyes.

Feed and housing

Commercial rabbit pellets are often recommended, though this is a disputed claim amongst rabbit rescue shelters and commercial breeders. Pellets are high in fat, which will render a fatter rabbit, (but is not a healthy choice for longevity concerns.) Feed 1/2 cup of pellets per 5 pounds of body weight every day. Ensure a steady supply of fresh water or the rabbit may not eat the feed ration. For rabbits under 8 months of age, feed unlimited plain alfalfa pellets. House rabbits may be fed 2 cups of fresh rinsed greens, vegetables (stay away from greens high in iron) should be given...
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