Heidi Strawn
February 4, 2011


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Use: The Harlequin rabbit breed, first bred in France, has developed into two groups: the Japanese and the Magpie. Photo Courtesy Marylou Zarbock


History: The Harlequin rabbit breed was first bred in the 1800s and originates in France. Courtesy Marylou Zarbock


Conformation: The Harlequin rabbit breed has been developed into two groups, the Japanese and the Magpie. The Japanese alternates the base color with golden orange while the Magpie alternates the base color with white. Known for its stark contrast—with one side of the rabbit looking the opposite of the other—five to seven bars or bands mark its fur. The Harlequin rabbit breed’s size ranges from 6½ to 9½ pounds. The recognized color varieties are black, blue, chocolate and lilac.


Special Considerations/Notes: The Harlequin rabbit breed is known to have a gentle temperament. Its life expectancy is 5 to 8 years.

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