State Fair Treasure Hunt

Senior Doe

Called a REW (Red Eyed White).
Females are does.  Bucks are boys.
The adults weight 8-11 pounds.
Find a Senior Doe (over 8 months) which have a dewplap--the big waddle of exta fur under their necks. 

Mamma bunny pulls some from here, her chest and inner legs to make a warm soft nest for her babies who are born with eyes closed and no fur so they are cold.

This breed is listed by the Livestock Conservancy as "Threatened."  We have really made a comeback over the past 4 years with creating a demand for this breed through our comfort rabbit training program.  Not everyone is a big fan of albinos but the steel blue coloring is really popular in our foster program.

 

Dewlap under neck

AMERICAN
WHITE variety (REW)

Senior Doe

Hi I'm Ambrosia.  This is AFTER my haircut.  I was just at the fair for the 4H contest.  I grow 1 inch of fur each month and my caregivers provide a gentle haircut

3 to 4 times a year when it grows out to 4 inches.  They also trim my face which can be completely covered with wool and long bangs so I can't see anything. If I'm true to the Standard of Perfection I'm just a giant round poofball with ears and a nose.

Notice the lacy fringes on the ears. My wool is super thermal so I'm glad to have fans blowing on me in the summer time. I LOVE WINTER and enjoy playing outside in the snow with Caleb.

I'm several pounds lighter than the my relative the Giant Angora.

 

SUPER Soft & expensive for yarn

ENGLISH ANGORA

White & colored varieties

 Intermediate  Doe

Called a REW (Red Eyed White)
When full grown they should be
9 1/2  - 10 pounds and produce up to 2 pounds of wool every year. 
This doe is only 6 months old and her Dad was Harris, one amazing ambassador for our programs.

As the name implies, they are much larger than the other Angoras. 
The head sits close to the body with trimmings on the forehead and cheeks.  The decoration on the ears aren't as bold on the females, but there, but  should be both fringes and tassels carried in a "V"

Has Awn (guard hairs like the French) and Awn Fluff - with a wavy wool, and medium soft fine hair with a gentle shine.  Just a whole lot more fluffiness to love!!
 

4 inch fur length

GIANT ANGORA
REW -- White only

Senior  Doe

Another French rabbit, this one hails from Champagne countryside. This large 9-12 pound  senior rabbi is Commercial in body type but when they stretch out in the green grass at the Peacebunny Cottage, you'd never know it.

It has a gorgeous butterfly pattern on its nose.  The fur is considered fly-back over a blueish white body and jet black hairs creating a silver effect when viewed from a distance.

We named her "Poppy"  for the French word for Butterfly -- Papillon.  Her roommate is a cousin breed, named the Creme d'Argent.
The funny thing is that people say DEE- ARGENT for one and D'ARR JENT for the other.  We got both Poppy and Peaches because the owner is going off to college.

 

Butterfly nose

CREME
D'ARGENT

Senior Buck

I look like my Great Grandpa "Paxton Peacebunny," after whom the whole rabbitry is named.

This breed is listed by the Livestock Conservancy as THREATENED and Caleb is trying to create a demand for these rare breeds.
Their blue fur can fade to brown in the sunshine. They have a rise from the neck to a big hump on their back called semi arch or mandolin shaped. 


 

There are four other different body shapes -- 1) Cylindrical which looks like a sausage on the table 2) Commercial which has a big hump coming straight up from the neck 3) Compact which is very stocky and has basically no neck 4) Full Arch which has a very high belly off the table in running breeds like Tan

 Semi Arch body type

AMERICAN

BLUE variety

Senior Doe

Notice how the long fur / wool  isn't
growing on her cheeks like the English.  They also come in lots of different color varieties on a body that is smooth and almost oval from the side and oblong shaped  from the top. 

Thanks to Marie Antoinette this breed was brought to Europe from their original home near Ankara (Angora) Turkey.

The fur has a lot of guard hairs which makes it more firm and not as airy soft like the English.  But that makes it easier to groom and works a lot better for making commercial yarn. The wool is still very soft and it should be very dense all over, including the back and belly. We use a commercial blower to make sure its not matted.
 

Angora is 7x warmer than sheep wool

FRENCH ANGORA
White, Colored, Agouti, Ticked & Pointed

Senior Buck

This super striking white rabbit with black eye bands always gets a second look. It's a thick, muscular rabbit with a strong face and rounded commercial body.
 

This white beauty comes from a tiny town in France named Hotot (pronounced Oh-Tote), so literally this rare heritage breed is "white from Hotot."
 

This senior buck we're planning to bring is a registered champion and is helping us ensure good blood lines.   He's very healthy and we're optimistic about his descendants.

The Dwarf Hotot is just a miniature version... Many of you have fallen in love with "Tator Tot" who isn't show marked but he is awesome

 

Eye banded rabbitsfrom France

BLANC  DE  HOTOT

Senior  Doe

This commercial breed has a gorgeous red-brown coloring with uniform smoke grey ticking across the back and getting darker along the belly.  The under color should be orange.

We have had a rescue we named Cinnamon (yeah, super creative right?) and another named Captain Phil for the past four years.  The owner thought they were fixed.  Surprise!  Styxx is her son and although he doesn't have
 

Butterfly nose

CINNAMON

01/19 - 01/23

An extremely rare breed that at one point has less than 150 left registered.  Thankfully they are slowly on the rebound & hoping for babies this fall.

They are always super friendly, standing up to greet us when we come by.
Their ears have black lacing 1/16 inch.  Has rollback fur with dark slate blue at base, light pearl in middle with narrow black band.  The fur strongly resembles the coloring of a CHINCHILLA which is not in the rabbit family.

There are two other Chinchilla rabbits distinguished just by size. The standard is smaller (5-7 pounds).  American (9-11 pounds).

Giant (12-16 pounds).  The Livestock Conservancy only lists the American Chinchilla. 

Black tipped ears

AMERICAN
CHINCHILLA RABBIT

 Intermediate  Doe

Like the American breed, it has a mandolin, long semi Arch shape but with MUCH bigger ears.

The fur is rollback not flyback, because the hairs are longer with plenty of glossy dense guard hairs.
The ideal length is 1 1/4 to 1 1/8
inches that doesn't feel harsh

The blue variety should be a light lavender blue all the way down to the base without any silvering. 

The white variety (like Mia at home) has BLUE EYES dominant. 

This heritage rare breed comes from Austria and the blue eyes are called Vienna marked. 

The adult  seem more gentle than the American breed, more calm overall and make great parents.

 

Austrian blue rabbit, some with BLUE eyes

BEVEREN
Blue, Black or White

Senior  Doe

Another French rabbit, this one hails from Champagne countryside. This large 9-12 pound  senior rabbi is Commercial in body type but when they stretch out in the green grass at the Peacebunny Cottage, you'd never know it.

It has a gorgeous butterfly pattern on its nose.  The fur is considered fly-back over a blueish white body and jet black hairs creating a silver effect when viewed from a distance.

We named her "Poppy"  for the French word for Butterfly -- Papillon.  Her roommate is a cousin breed, named the Creme d'Argent.
The funny thing is that people say DEE- ARGENT for one and D'ARR JENT for the other.  We got both Poppy and Peaches because the owner is going off to college.

 

Butterfly nose

CHAMPAGNE
D'ARGENT

Senior  Doe

Adding more each day...

 

Butterfly nose

SILVER FOX


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