Blance de Hotot kits, 6 weeks old, 3 lbs average,
photo by Dave Loucks
Rare Breed Rabbits Information Center
Rare Breed Rabbits List USA
Page Updated May 7, 2010 (See Hotot website)
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 part of 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 American Livestock Breeds Conservancy has rated some of the
breeds below as CRITICAL, THREATENED, WATCH, or STUDY
ALBC 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 are the Rare Breeds of Rabbit as 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 will be compiled again after the ARBA Convention in October 2009.
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.
Rare Breed List 2006
#1 is most rare, #16 is less rare
1 - AMERICAN
2 - GIANT ANGORA
3 - BLANC DE HOTOT
4 - SATIN ANGORA
5 - GIANT CHINCHILLA
6 - AMERICAN CHINCHILLA
7 - BEVEREN
8 - CINNAMON
9 - BELGIAN HARE
10 - AMERICAN SABLE
11 - LILAC
12 - CREME D'ARGENT
13 - SILVER FOX
14 - SILVER
15 - RHINELANDER
16 - STANDARD CHINCHILLA
To show the differences from 2006 and 2003,
Here is the list again with the rankings from 2003 added
Rare Breed List 2006 - 2003
#1 is most rare, #16 is less rare
1st number is 2006 ranking, 2nd number is 2003 rank.
1 - 1 AMERICAN
2 - 6 GIANT ANGORA
3 - 2 BLANC DE HOTOT
4 - 4 SATIN ANGORA
5 - 5 GIANT CHINCHILLA
6 - 3 AMERICAN CHINCHILLA
7 - 11 BEVEREN
8 - 8 CINNAMON
9 - 9 BELGIAN HARE
10 - 10 AMERICAN SABLE
11 - 14 LILAC
12 - 7 CREME D'ARGENT
13 - 13 SILVER FOX
14 - 15 SILVER
15 - 16 RHINELANDER
16 - 12 STANDARD CHINCHILLA
As you can see, all of the same breeds are on the list,
but they did switch positions.
Here is the list of Rare Breed Rabbits 2006, most rare is number one.
Links to information webpages are included when available.
1) American (Blue and White)
2) Giant Angora
3) Blanc d'Hotot aka Standard Hotot
4) Satin Angora
5) Giant Chinchilla
6) American Chinchilla
American Chinchilla Rabbit Breeders Association Website
9) Belgian Hare
10) American Sable
12) Creme d'Argent
13) American Silver Fox
14) Silver (brown, fawn, and black)
Rhinelander Rabbit Club Of America
16) Standard Chinchilla
All of the rabbit breeds from the original list are still there. They
just shifted positions
The original list is over three 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 am planning to simplify and just use ARBA statistical data.
Richard Gehr at ARBA has provided me with Convention entry numbers by
breed and variety for 2000 through 2006.
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.
He also provided me with Registration numbers for breeds for the last
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
Richard Gehr says we have permission to post the files for downloading.
I totaled the 2000-2004 Convention entries by breed. I ranked
those breed totals. Least will get rank of 1. Most will get rank of 45.
I totaled the three years of registrations by breed. I ranked
those breed totals in the same fashion as the 2000-2004 Convention totals.
I totaled the 2005-2006 Convention entries by breed. I ranked
those breed totals as above.
Then I totaled the three sets of rankings, 200-2004 Convention
Entries, Last three years of registrations, 2005-2006 Convention Entries.
I ranked those totals in the same fashion.
2006 Combined Ranks - MS Works Spreadsheet file
The top 16 of the finished ranking will be the updated Rare Breed
I gave Mini-Satins and Thriantas a "pass" for this list
update since as new breeds they do not have much data generated yet.
They would be included in the next update in 3 years from now.
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Learn about American Rabbit Breeders Association
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