California rabbit

California rabbit. It is the second most popular meat-producing rabbit in the world.


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  • 1 Origen
  • 2 Features
  • 3 Behavior
  • 4 Sources


In the early 1920s, breeders from the United States crossed New Zealand , whites, Himalayans, and chinchillas to finally produce the Californian. The objective of this crossing was to obtain a breed that gave good meat and good skin. The breed did not become popular until 15 years after its development. Today, the Californian is the second most popular meat-producing rabbit in the world. The quality of the skin classifies this rabbit as a companion rabbit.


The Californian has erect ears of moderate size, weighs between 3.5 and 4.75 kg. The original color of this breed was very similar to that of the Himalayan. With a predominantly white body and black feet, nose, ears and tail. The Californian is found today in chocolate, blue and lilac, all developed in Great Britain .

The Californian should not be confused with the Himalayan, a companion breed that has the same coat of fur but is not related at all. Californians wear an “L” ring.

Californians should have thick, full hair and a small but visible neck. In the UK , unlike many other countries, there are 4 colors for Californians: normal, lilac, chocolate and blue. In other countries, the only accepted color for Californians is normal.

  • The head is large, with a short neck.
  • The length of the ears should be well in relation to the body.
  • The eyes are bright and pink.
  • The coat is marked on the nose, feet, ears and tail, the darker the better. Body color is white.


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