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American Blue & White Rabbits


Webpage updated Feb 28 2012


The national club is Breeders Of The American Rabbit N.S.C.

http://www.americanrabbits.org/

You catch up on current events by joining the
American Rabbits yahoo!group which can be found
by following the link below
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AmericanRabbits



2009 Population Survey Results (Oct 25 2009)
2009 American Survey Data
Click to download data file. PDF file (Oct 25 2009)
With 37 replies coming in, we found 446 rabbits, 300 Blues, 146 Whites.
Thank you for your participation!

2008 Population Survey Results (Jan 25 2009)
2008 American Survey Data
Click to download data file. PDF file (Jan 25 2009)
With 32 replies coming in, we found 304 rabbits, 200 Blues, 104 Whites.
Thank you for your participation!

American Blue & White Rabbit 2007 Population Survey is Complete
With 42 replies coming in, we found 284 rabbits, 193 Blues, 91 Whites.
Click Here For Survey Information


Click to download data file. MS Works SS format (Dec 10, 2006)
With 16 replies coming in, the 2006 American Survey
is now complete. We found 183 rabbits, 109 Blues, 74 Whites.
Thank you for your participation!
Let's do it again next year!
2006 American Survey Data


HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN BLUE AND WHITE RABBIT

The American Blue rabbit orginally comes from Pasadena, California,
developed and introduced by Lewis H. Salisbury in 1917. Like many American
people, the American breed rabbit is a combination of immigrants welded
together by blood to become a distinctly different and American creation. At
least three different breeds of rabbit were used. The American White variety
was introduced in 1925.

(Pictures from "Fur Rabbits" by Marcellus Meek, 1924)

(Click on image to enlarge, click back arrow to return)



But we can see the heritage of this rabbit when we look at it, we
see the Flemish, the Vienna, and the Imperial in the mandolin shaped
American. This unique shape is shared in the U.S. by the Flemish
Giant and the Beveren. Before the European War (WWI), the American
Blue was known as the German Blue, but was re-named after the war,
just like many immigrants who naturalized here.


Intended as a meat and fur rabbit, the American standard calls for
bucks to weigh 9 lbs and does to weigh 10 lbs at senior weight.
Long in body, topline starting behind the shoulder, the topline rises
high over the hindquarter and down again, with a wide meaty loin.

The color of the American Blue is supposed to be the bluest of all
the blue rabbits.

(Photo:2003 Youth Best of Breed, ARBA Convention Wichita, Owner:Ryan Haag)



Since the development of compact and commercial type rabbits like
the New Zealand and Californians, the American breed has lost its
position as a leader and is now completely ignored by the commercial
market. Currently there are a small number of faithful breeders
keeping this American original alive.

(Photo:Jacot's Blue Senior Doe, Feb 2004)



By the standards of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, this
breed has been rated as "critical" for potential loss (extinction).
The Blue Imperial is already extinct. The Vienna Blue is gone from
the U.S. and hard to find in Germany. We encourage breeders to take
on the American Blue and White as a heritage animal, to preserve this
breed that is unique to our national history and culture.

(Note: The ALBC accepted rabbits into their mission in Sept 2005
and Americans were rated as "Critical" in their list. And in Feb 2012
the breed was upgraded to "Threatened" )

(File Photo:Blue litter, March 2005, MFO Rabbitry, Sacramento, CA)


Not just a historical curiosity, the American is a good meat, fur
and show rabbit. With some breeding care, the American can be a
large and hardy animal, with large litters and fast weight gain
potential. A good American is large and hard to ignore on the show
table.

The reason it has survived for almost 100 years is because of the
potential that was developed by Lewis H. Salisbury. The potential is
in there, waiting to be tapped by the American rabbit breeder.

(File Photo:Blue/Blue Pearl litter , May 2004, MFO Rabbitry, Sacramento, CA
The Blue Pearl (formerly called frosties) are a genetic color fault found
in some bloodlines of Americans. It is believed to be caused by chinchilla
color gene and non-extension color genes. Blue Pearl are removed from the
breeding program. But they are cute.)


Update May 6 2009: Blue Pearl is self non-extension dark chinchilla color.
It would look like this in genetic color shorthand: aaB-c(chd)-ddee
It's a chinchillated blue tortoiseshell. It is called Blue Pearl by
the Angora rabbit color guide which the only breed that recognizes
it for show. To be consistent we will be calling it Blue Pearl here too.

Sept 22, 2006 NEW AMERICAN HERD FOUND IN CANADA!


This is a REW Jr Buck owned by Gayle Gordon,
Photo by Helga Vierich-Drever, of Edmonton AB Canada.

It appears there has been a colony of these rabbits being raised in
Canada at a Hutterite community, which is a Christian denomination
church. Helga and Gayle bought the rabbits from the Hutterites some
ten years ago and were told they were New Zealand Whites.

The story is the Hutterites bought these rabbits from the USA in the
1920s and have been raising them for meat since then.

This info dovetails with the history of domestic rabbits. Bob Whitman
says these could very well be a isolated herd of Americans since in
the 1920s there were many more American Whites than New Zealand Whites
for sale.

Helga has taken them to rabbit shows as New Zealand Whites and did not
do very well. I think if they are put on the show table as American
Whites, they will do much better.

Look at the depth of the body on that buck and the fullness of the loin
and hindquarter. The mandolin body type on this rabbit is very good,
judging from the photo.

Helga and Gayle are very excited to think they have a true heritage
breed rabbit in their hutches.

They currently have a herd of 38 Whites, with Blues often popping up
in the litters. What an exciting discovery!

New Link posted 11-10-07
Click the link below to get to the Golden Spike Rabbitry website
http://web.mac.com/helgav

More American Photos

(Photo: TJK's AM45 Dwight, Grand Champion American Blue Buck, Dec 2006)



(Photo: REH Rae, Grand Champion American Blue Doe, May 2007)



Join the American Rabbits Yahoo!Group, a mailing list
focusing on American Blue & White rabbits.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AmericanRabbits

Get the Book! "Domestic Rabbits & Their Histories:Breeds of the World"
By Bob Whitman at Rare Bits & Pieces.
Available through Amazon.com or booksellers

Learn about The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy

http://www.albc-usa.org/cpl/wtchlist.html

Americans are included in Slow Food USA project,
look under Ark of Taste, Meat & Poultry

http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/programs/ark_product_detail/the_american_rabbit/

Learn about American Rabbit Breeders Association

http://www.arba.net/


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