Everything You Need to Know About the California Rabbit

Posted by Katherine Ripley

The California rabbit is like the Siamese cat of the rabbit world.

The California rabbit breed is distinguished by its coloring--a white body with black points (the legs, nose, and ears). This color pattern is caused by the "Himalayan gene," which makes the rabbits almost completely albino, except for their points.

The breed was developed in the 1920s in California, by crossing Himalayan rabbits, which also have the pointed coloring, with Standard Chinchilla rabbits, and then breeding the offspring with New Zealand rabbits to achieve the desired size. The California rabbit and the New Zealand rabbit are very similar in size and body shape, and both breeds are raised for their meat and fur.

California rabbits quite frequently win Best in Show at competitions. These rabbits are known for being versatile, because they serve multiple purposes, and no matter what their purpose, they are prized.

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General Appearance

The California rabbit is like the Siamese cat of the rabbit world, with a light body and dark points. Its fur and the curves of its body are smooth to the touch.


At 8 to 10.5 pounds, the California rabbit is a fairly large breed. Its body appears to be plump, but it has a solid build. Its back has a pronounced curve.


The California rabbit has a soft, fine coat. A white body with black points is the standard acceptable color pattern, but some rabbits have dark brown or blue points. Their coloring is actually temperature sensitive, with cold making it darker and heat making it lighter.


The California rabbits have black only on their noses. Their eyes are ruby red, a consequence of the gene which makes them almost completely albino.


The California rabbit's ears are completely black (or whichever color the rabbit's points are). They are fairly large and stand up straight.


California rabbits are typically calm, good-natured, and friendly. They make excellent pets, including for children.


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