These are NOT what he said they were... so what are they? *Update Pics!*

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by WhiteMountainsRanch, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I breed Californian meat rabbits, very infrequently and just for our personal use. I've always heard good things about Rex's and New Zealand's and have been wanting to try them. So imagine my excitement when I found a Rex-NZ meat breeder getting out of it and GIVING away his entire set-up for free! Only two pics and they were small, but I emailed him up and sure enough he still had them. We went to go get them today and imagine my surprise when I get there. Not only are they NOT New Zealand's, but they are tiny! I can't believe he used them as meat rabbits. It's pouring rain out right now so I'll get pics and weights as soon as the rain stops. Not them exactly, but they look like this:

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  2. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that one looks like a netherland dwarf x.... but nz x broken rex can have similar colouring...
     
  3. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought they looked like netherland dwarfs when I saw them too!

    Could the rex's or nz's be so small? I thought those were large breeds.
     
  4. Jamie_Dog_Trainer

    Jamie_Dog_Trainer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    there are Mini Rex rabbits. So the mix could very well be what they said, just failed to tell you that fact.
     
  5. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aren't Rex's supposed to have really soft velvety fur?

    These ones are no different than any other rabbit's fur.
     
  6. watchdogps

    watchdogps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are dwarfs, or dwarf mixes. No rex. Head shape is dwarf, but ears are longer than a purebred dwarf would be. Head shape is totally wrong for rex, as is body.
     
  7. Jamie_Dog_Trainer

    Jamie_Dog_Trainer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OP said that picture was an example of what his rabbits look like kinda, but not exactly. Without a pic we cannot say for sure.
     
  8. Jamie_Dog_Trainer

    Jamie_Dog_Trainer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mixed with a normal coated rabbit, Rex fur may not show up.
     
  9. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good to know guys!

    I'll get pics as soon as I can. Still pouring and nasty outside.
     
  10. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

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    This is a Mini Rex ( just not a very typey one). They average around 4 lbs. The gene causing the Rex coat is recessive, so the only way you'd see the shorter, softer coat would be if both parents were carrying it.

    The standard Rex is only slightly smaller than your Cali's (ideally, 8 - 9 lbs; the Cali is 9lbs). Crossed with a NZ, the resulting offspring should be about the same size as your Cali's at maturity.

    There is a breed called the Florida White that has meat rabbit type, but only weighs about 5 lbs. I suppose it's possible that the animals could be a cross between a FW to a MR, with the breeder not understanding what he had.

    Some people really don't know much about rabbit breeds, but they try to identify rabbit breeds without knowing what to look for. For these sorts of people, any rabbit that has red eyes must be at least part New Zealand (whatever the size), and anything with spots must be an English Spot. If this guy was one of these, you may now know why he went out of business!
     

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