Monday, February 21, 2011

Havana Rabbits

It is believed that this beautiful silky rabbit was first bred in Holland in 1898, using an unknown buck and a Dutch doe. Other European breeds have taken off from the original Havana, including the Feh de Marbourg and the Gris Perle de Hal. The original Havana is thought to have been bred with Himalayan rabbits which is the reason for the distinct colors and brilliant coat. The satin fur, a genetic mutation, was first discovered in a litter of Havanas. The first Havana was presented in 1899 in Holland, introduced in Europe in 1908, where it is still very popular, then making its way to the United States and accepted by the American Rabbit Breeders Association in 1916.


Chocolate was the original variety of the Havana but now black and blue are accepted. They are a compact rabbit weighing ideally 5 ¼ to 5 ½ for both bucks and does. They have a rich shiny coat that should have the same color over the whole body (except for the brokens) and very silky. They are known for their docile nature, friendly personalities, and love attention.

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