Monday, February 21, 2011


The original Havana began from a Dutch doe and an unknown buck breed. A similar breed of rabbit appeared at a Paris Exhibition in 1902 leading the way for other European breeds such as the Feh de Marbourg and the Gris Perle de Hal. The original Havana rabbits are believed to have been bred with Himalayan rabbits thus the reason behind the distinct colors and brilliance of this breed's coat. The Satin rabbit breed which also has a unique coat began from a litter of Havana rabbits.

The Havana is a small to medium build rabbit averaging four to just over six pounds. A true Havana rabbit will have the same color on the entire body excluding the broken variety and the fur should be short, dense and quite silky. The body is compact but well-rounded. The head will appear to be sitting directly on the shoulders rather than the neck while the ears stand erect but close together.

Even with their incredible coat that appears to need special care, the Havana rabbit requires no extra care than that of other short-haired breeds. Weekly grooming is usually all that is needed except during the shedding season when extra grooming may be needed. The Havana rabbit also doesn't require a special diet and can be fed the same foods as other breeds.

The Havana rabbit breed is known to be quite docile, making the breed a wonderful companion. Havana owners describe the breed as mild tempered that bond closely to their owners. Their personalities tend to be playful and they fully enjoy affections given by their owners. Because of their compact size and sweet temperaments, the Havana rabbit breed has become increasingly popular among new rabbit owners.


THE RABBIT HANDBOOK by Dr. Karen Gendron, copyright 2000.

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