American Blue rabbits will exceed your expectations as a pet rabbit or as breeders in your meat rabbit program. In our experience American Blues have a much better temperament than any of the many other large breeds that we have owned. They love to interact with humans and come up to us every time we open the cage door. The kits initiate interaction with humans as soon as they are hopping out of the nest. All our does are very tolerant of daily nest checks and allow us to handle the babies. When we had New Zealand and California rabbits the does always attacked when we got near their nests.
American rabbits are a hardy cold and heat tolerant breed. They are large rabbits weighing around 10 to 12 pounds. Our does have large litters averaging 8 to 15 kits. They grow quickly and efficiently and are easily kept on wire bottom hutches or in colonies.
We have seven does and three bucks. All of our American breeders are pedigreed stock except for one doe. Some of our offspring have been shown by 4H kids and we have been told numerous times that the judges said they have excellent conformation, color and coats. American Blues are very rare so are an excellent choice for kids want to show.
American Rabbit History:
The American rabbit breed is over 100 years old. It was developed for meat, a beautiful blue coat and a wonderful temperament. The American Rabbit Breeders Association, recognized the breed in 1918. Lewis H. Salisbury of Pasadena, California is given credit for producing the American Blue. The fur of an American Blue is the deepest blue color of any of the recognized breeds in America.
The popularity of the American quickly grew and by 1920, furriers were paying the unbelievable price of $2.00 for a good American Blue pelt and a breeding age doe would start at $25.00. This breed maintained a popular following through the 1940’s, but by 1950 the interests of rabbit breeders had changed to others of the many breeds that had been developed or imported into this country. Sadly, the American almost became extinct and in 2010 The Livestock Conservancy listed as the most rare of rabbit breeds in America.
Thanks to people like us, who have fallen in love with Americans and brought attention and interest in the breed, it had dropped down to number five on the rare breed list.