American Chinchilla Rabbits Information
(updated June 22 2014, ACRBA link updated)

The National Club for this rabbit breed is
American Chinchilla Rabbit Breeders Association
Their web site address is


The American Chinchilla rabbit was created in 1920s using
Standard Chinchilla rabbits and breeding them for larger size.
This was to create a rabbit with a larger pelt and bigger body for meat.

It was orginally known as the American Heavyweight Chinchilla and is
unique to the USA. Now it is one of the Rare Breed Rabbits, seriously
threatened with extinction.

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy has listed this
breeds' condition as Critical.

We would like to encourage more people to raise this fine breed of
rabbit as the heritage animal that it is!

Beside their use as livestock for meat, the American Chinchilla
is suitable for rabbit shows.
(Photo:A Pair of American Chinchillas ready to go the rabbit show)

The American Chinchilla was developed as a multi-purpose animal
for fur as well as meat. The coat is soft and beautiful.
(Photo:Blowing on the fur reveals the Chinchilla ring pattern)

The American Chinchilla attracts a lot of attention on the show tables
because of it's large size and the beautiful coat of fur.
People want to see it and most of all they want to touch it!
(Photo:This 8 month old buck is already over 9 1/2 lbs in weight)

These rabbits can be friendly and intelligent as any rabbit.
(Photo:This doe takes a walk on the lawn)

American Chinchilla Wideband
an article by ARBA Judge Steven Roush
Click to download data file. PDF format (Aug 26 2008)

Join the Chinchilla Rabbits Yahoo!Group, a mailing list
focusing on American, Standard, and Giant Chinchilla rabbits!

Click here to join chinchillarabbits
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Get the Book! "Domestic Rabbits & Their Histories:Breeds of the World"
By Bob Whitman at Rare Bits & Pieces.

Click here for book info!

Learn about The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy

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

Learn about American Rabbit Breeders Association

Click here for ARBA!

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