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are a breed of rabbit
originating in the Netherlands
. The breed was recognized by the Netherlands' Governing Rabbit Council in 1964 and the American Rabbit Breeders' Association
in 1979. They are popular house pets
, known for their sweet temperament and non-aggressive behavior. The breed ties as the smallest breed of the lop-eared rabbits with the American Fuzzy Lop with an ideal weight of 3.0 - 4.0 lbs (1.6 kg) for showing in American Rabbit Breeders' Association sanctioned shows. The most common fur colors are tortoise shell, broken tortoise shell, broken black and black, broken orange, and white.
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The Standard Rex
is a breed of rabbit
developed in France
in 1919. It is known for its unusually soft coat of fur
. Currently, Standard Rex Rabbits are most commonly kept as pets and show rabbits. Burke's Backyard
notes that Rex rabbits are claimed to be one of the most intelligent breeds of rabbits. The Standard Rex Rabbit can be housed outdoors year-round in warmer climates as well as in cooler climates if the correct accommodations are made. It can be fed a combination of commercial rabbit pellets and oaten hay
. Additionally, the Standard Rex tends to be a hardy breed with few health issues.
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The Checkered Giant
is a breed of rabbit developed in Europe
. In the UK the breed is known as Giant Papillon. Checkered Giants are one of 47 breeds of domestic rabbits recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. Mature Checkered Giant bucks should weigh at least 11 pounds (5.0 kg), and mature does 12 pounds (5.4 kg), but there is no specified maximum weight. The Checkered Giant is outweighed by the Giant Chinchilla and Flemish Giant. The Checkered Giant is one of only 11 breeds with defined markings.
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rabbits originated in France and were bred to standard by M. J. Dybowski. They were introduced to the United States in 1919. Apart from the Standard Chinchilla, there are two other breeds recognized by the ARBA
: The American Chinchilla or "Heavyweight Chinchilla" is larger than the Standard Chinchilla but otherwise identical. The Giant Chinchilla is a result of crosses between Chinchilla and Flemish Giant
breeds; it originates in the United States.
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Despite its name, the Alaska Rabbit
originates in Germany. It is a medium-sized rabbit breed, weighing around 3–4 kg (7-9 lb) with glossy black fur. This breed was created in 1900 by crossing Havanas, Dutch, Himalayans and Champagne d'Argents with the goal of obtaining a rabbit that looks like the Alaskan fox. The Alaska Rabbit Club is the British Rabbit Council
's national specialty club for this breed.