The Silver is a very old breed of domestic rabbit, dating back to the 1500's. Before the colonizing of the New World, the Silver grey was kept in rabbit warrens in England, possibly introduced there from Portugal by Sir Walter Raleigh. Early to arrive on the American shores, the Silver was one of the original breeds to be recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (then called the National Pet Stock Association) when it was founded in 1910. Today, the Silver is raised in the United States and the United Kingdom. In the United States they raise them in three varieties: black, brown, and fawn. In the United Kingdom they raise four varieties: black, brown, fawn, and blue. The Silver is a fairly small rabbit, usually weighing 5-6 pounds when full grown. The Silver has a unique athletic type and active disposition. The name "Silver" comes from the silver-white hairs and hair-tips distributed evenly throughout the short snappy coat.
Silvers at the 2015 Spring National Show
The Standard Rex rabbit is a breed of rabbit developed in France in 1919. It is known for its unusually soft coat of fur. Currently, Rex Rabbits are most commonly kept for show rabbits, Fur & Meat.
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Breeds we have raised in the past but no longer have.
The Argente rabbit is one of the oldest breeds of French show rabbits. The British Rabbit Council recognizes five colors of Argentes: Bleu, Brun, Creme, Champagne and Noir, while the American Rabbit Breeders Association recognizes only Crème, Champagne and NOW Brun. At birth, Argentes are of a solid color, with adult coloring beginning to show around four months of age.
New Zealand white rabbits are a breed of rabbit, which despite the name, are American in origin. In 1916, W.S. Preshaw bred the first litter of New Zealand white rabbits with a plan to produce a rabbit that would be excellent for meat and fur trade. In the beginning New Zealand white rabbits were not bred to be a domestic pet. Instead they were bred for their excellent fur and meat. Fryers are slaughtered at two months of age and older rabbits are sold as roasters. The rabbits with high grades of fur are used to make fur coats and fur trimmings. The lower grades are used to make felt hats and glove linings ("Commercial Rabbit Raising"). New Zealand white rabbits are the number one meat rabbit in the United States Along with commercial purposes, New Zealand white rabbits are also used for laboratory purposes. Rabbits react similarly to humans to diseases and medications.