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Rare Breed Rabbits List USA

Page Updated July 19, 2014


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There are rabbit breeds that are special. Developed for color,
size, or special qualities. Now they are largely ignored by the
commercial market and most breeders.

These are the Rare Breed rabbits. They are small in number,
but each have their own special quality to them. And their numbers
could be very small indeed, maybe less than 200 rabbits in the U.S.
for some breeds.

Many of the these rabbit breeds were developed as meat and fur
rabbits, with wonderful potential for show.

The Livestock Conserancy (formerly American Livestock Breeds Conservancy)
has rated some of the breeds below as CRITICAL, THREATENED, WATCH, or STUDY
LC uses a different ranking system than the Rare Breed Rabbit
listing system and focuses on American breeds or rare foreign breeds
that have been in USA a long time.

These Rare Breeds of Rabbit were first outlined in Tina Schrier's
article in August of 2003. (click here for article)

A new list was compiled at the end of 2006.
The list was compiled again in 2010.
The list was complied again in 2014

Our list features the least active of the ARBA recognized rabbit breeds
to focus attention on these breeds. Some are in danger of disappearing
altogether. Here it is.

Here is the short version
#1 is most rare, #16 is less rare

2014 Rare Breed Rabbit Rank
1 Blanc de Hotot
2 Giant Angora
3 American
4 Beveren
5 Giant Chinchilla
6 Creme d'Argent
7 Belgian Hare
8 American Sable
9 Satin Angora
10 Cinnamon
11 Lilac
12 Silver
13 American Chinchilla
14 Palomino
15 Standard Chinchilla
16 Rhinelander

Note: Silver Fox was #15, is now #17 and is off the list, but remains as a
Watch status. Standard Chinchilla has joined the Rare Breed List as #15



To show the differences from 2014 and 2010,
Here is the list again with the rankings from 2010 added
Rare Breed List 2014 - 2010

What is the Rare Breeds List?
Here is the short version
#1 is most rare, #16 is less rare

2014 Rare Breed Rabbit Rank (with 2010 rank on right)
1 Blanc de Hotot (1)
2 Giant Angora (2)
3 American (5)
4 Beveren (4)
5 Giant Chinchilla (7)
6 Creme d'Argent (14)
7 Belgian Hare (11)
8 American Sable (10)
9 Satin Angora (6)
10 Cinnamon (3)
11 Lilac (8)
12 Silver (9)
13 American Chinchilla (12)
14 Palomino (16)
15 Standard Chinchilla
16 Rhinelander (15)

Note: Silver Fox was #15, is now #17 and is off the list, but remains as a
Watch status. Standard Chinchilla has joined the Rare Breed List as #15

Five year ranking period for 2014 list:
I used only the last five years data for this list because I wanted
to evaluate the current population levels. People have been working
to increase the activity of their favorite breed and I wanted the list
to reflect that recent effort. I thought the 5 year ranking period
which coincides with the Standard Of Perfection period would be
appropriate.

Ranking according to averages per year for 2014 list:
In the first list (2006), I used total entries and registrations for
ranking. This time I used averages by year for ranking. The reason
is the Thrianta and Mini Satin breeds were recognized during the
one 5 year period and added to the list of all breeds. The use of
averages make it possible to compare averages when there is less than
a 5 year history available.


As you can see, most of the same breeds are on the list,
but they did switch positions.

Here is the list of Rare Breed Rabbits 2014, most rare is number one.
Links to information webpages are included when available.

1) Blanc d'Hotot aka Standard Hotot
Hotot Rabbit Breeders International
http://www.hrbi.org/

http://rabbitgeek.com/breed/blancdehotot.html

2) Giant Angora
National Angora Rabbit Breeders Club
http://nationalangorarabbitbreeders.com/

3) American (Blue and White)
Breeders of American Rabbits NSC
http://www.americanrabbits.org/

American Blue & White info page on rabbitgeek
http://www.rabbitgeek.com/abwrc.html

4) Beveren
American Beverens Rabbit Club
http://www.freewebs.com/beverens/index.htm

5) Giant Chinchilla
Giant Chinchilla Rabbit Association
http://giantchinchillarabbit.com/

6) Creme d'Argent
Creme d'Argent Federation
http://www.cremedargent.org/

7) Belgian Hare
American Belgian Hare Club
http://www.belgianhareclub.com/

http://www.belgianhareclub.com/

8) American Sable
American Sable Rabbit Society
http://www.americansables.org/portal/

9) Satin Angora
National Angora Rabbit Breeders Club
http://nationalangorarabbitbreeders.com/

10) Cinnamon
Cinnamon Rabbit Breeders Association
http://www.cinnamonrabbitbreedersassociation.webs.com/

11) Lilac

http://albc-usa.org/cpl/lilac.html

National Lilac Rabbit Club of America
http://www.nlrca.webs.com/

12) Silver (brown, fawn, and black)

http://www.silverrabbitclub.com/

13) American Chinchilla

http://www.rabbitgeek.com/chinamerican.html
American Chinchilla Rabbit Breeders Association Website


14) Palomino
Palomino Rabbits Co-Breeders Association
http://www.palominorabbits.org/

15) Standard Chinchilla
American Standard Chinchilla RBA
http://www.ascrba.com/


16) Rhinelander

Rhinelander Rabbit Club Of America
http://www.rhinelanderrabbits.com

ON WATCH STATUS as of 2014
17) Silver Fox

National Silver Fox Rabbit Club
http://www.nsfrc.com/


Most of the rabbit breeds from the original list are still there. They
just shifted positions

The original list is over eleven years old. It was created using data
from ARBA and other sources. This was registration data, convention
entry numbers, with some factors for entries at National Shows.

Since data for entries at national shows is not consistently recorded,
I simplified and used ARBA statistical data.

Richard Gehr at ARBA has provided me with Convention entry numbers by
breed and variety for 2000 through 2006.

Susan Baker and Eric Stewart at ARBA provided additional data for the
updated list in 2010.

Eric Stewart, Susan Baker, Judy Mohr, William Bryan, Kevin Whaley,
and Jordan Miner provided assistance and encouragement for 2014.

Their help made the list possible and is gratefully acknowledged.

Download Data file for 2015 list (PDF)

Download Data file for 2014 list (PDF)

Download Data file for 2010 list (PDF)

Download 2000-2004 Convention Totals Excel file

Download 2005 Convention Totals Excel file

Download 2006 Convention Totals Excel file

ARBA tracks these numbers to see who stays in the Standard of Perfection.


Download Registration Totals Jul '03 to June '04 Excel file

Download Registration Totals Jul '04 to June '05 Excel file

Download Registration Totals Jul '05 to June '06 Excel file


2006 Combined Ranks - MS Works Spreadsheet file

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Learn about Livestock Conservancy
(formerly American Livestock Breeds Conservancy)

http://www.livestockconservancy.org/

Learn about American Rabbit Breeders Association

http://www.arba.net/


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