I know it's a pedigree but...?

by Lawren
(Nassau NY, USA)

I went to a local breeder and looked at the baby bunnies they have. All of the bunnies are healthy and extremely socialized and I could tell because they all wanted my attention. The lady showed me her pedigree certificate and her dvm thingy (yes she is a vet). She plans to neuter/spay all of the young before she lets anybody purchase one. They are currently only 4 1/2 weeks old.

But anyways I was just wondering what breed they were because they are so strange looking and I have never seen one like them ever before. Their coat looks like what a brindle dog's would. It is just black and brown all mixed together.

****Karen Sez****
Hmm, very hard to say what the breed is by your description. Why don't you call madam vet back and ask her what breed the pedigree says?

As to the mixture of brown and black hairs, 2 thoughts come to mind:
--The rabbits *might* have very badly marked harlequin coloration, or,
--They might carry a steel or double steel gene.

Several breeds of rabbit carry harlequin or steel color. You might check out the ARBA Breeds tab to the left and see if any of the rabbits look familiar. You can also take a look at www.raising-rabbits.com/e-locus-rabbit-colors.html to see if you can find a match.

(FYI: You don't need to spay/neuter for rabbit health. That's just propaganda. Spay or neuter a rabbit only if you happen to want a spayed or neutered rabbit. Just so you know... And there's more than one rabbit breeder in NY.)

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Sep 22, 2011
RE I know it's a pedigree but...?
by: Silver Desert Rabbitry

They sound like a Harlequin cross.
Also, I would advise you not to buy any from that litter of she spays or neuters them. That is actually bad for a rabbit's health and will cause then to have a shorter life span. Intact rabbits can live up to 10 years easily.
I am a breeder myself and I never spay/neuter rabbit, nor do I promote it. So many other breeders will tell you, especially the good ones, never spay or neuter a rabbit.
It's only for the rabbit's sake...not yours.

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