History of the American Rabbit
The American rabbit or Blue rabbit has been characterized as having the deepest, darkest fur of all blue or gray rabbits. The American Blue Standard was developed in Pasadena California and recognized as a breed in March 1918. It was the original specimen of the American Breed. Various breeds of blue rabbits existed in America, and because of the mandolin shape body and blue color, it is guessed that its bloodlines come from Blue Flemish Giant, Blue Bevern, Blue Imperial and Blue Vienna. The American White Standard was introduced in 1925 after breeding white “sport” offspring of the Blue variety with White Flemish Giants.
Hay is the most important part of your rabbit’s diet. Pellets should only make up a small amount of your rabbit’s diet. They are high calorie and low fiber which leads to obesity and overgrown teeth. Fresh vegetables keep your rabbit’s intestines well hydrated, which helps with overall digestion.
Rabbits have a sweet tooth and would probably love to eat a lot of fruit. However, because of the high sugar content, fruits should be fed only as treats. Without enough water, intestinal contents can become very dry and get stuck. There are several foods that you should never feed your rabbit, including chocolate, pasta, and yogurt.
Size, Weight, Shape & Ears
The breed standard for the American calls for a mandolin or semi-arch shape and a long loin.
|The Senior Bucks||10 pounds (4.5kg)|
|The Senior Does||11 pounds (4.9 kg)|
|Intermediate Bucks||10 pounds (4.5kg)|
|The Intermediate Does||11 pounds (4.9kg)|
|Junior Buck and Does||9 pounds (4.0kg)|
|A Junior Buck and Doe||4 ½ pounds (1.8kg)|
Fur / Coat
The coat should be free from any stray colored hairs, with dense, soft, fine, silky texture, free from moult and good deep color.
The American Blue and White varieties are noted for their very good mothering abilities and lovely docile temperaments. Some bunnies are full of energy and love to hop about for hours on end in a backyard. If you’re looking for a companion rabbit who loves to hang out, this rabbit is definitely for you.