Heidi Strawn
February 4, 2011


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Use: The Rex rabbit breed is a meaty rabbit that was developed from a mutation giving it extremely dense, velvety fur. Photo Courtesy Bowtie, Inc./ Isabelle Francais


History: The Rex rabbit breed was developed in France in 1919 from a mutation found in a litter of wild rabbits. The mutation had no prominent guard hair, giving the rabbit a softer, denser coat. Courtesy Bowtie, Inc./ Isabelle Francais


Conformation: The Rex rabbit breed is a meaty rabbit with extremely dense, velvety fur. This distinct feel comes from its short guard hairs that are nearly the same length as its undercoat, about 1/2 inch long. The Rex rabbit breed’s size ranges from 7½ to 10½ pounds. The recognized color varieties are amber, black, black otter, blue, broken group, Californian, castor, chinchilla, chocolate, lilac, lynx, opal, red, sable, seal and white.


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

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