This is another American breed of rabbit developed in the early 1900’s in Southern California. It is a cross of Himalayan and Chinchilla rabbits with New Zealand Whites. It was bred to produce a great pelt while supplying good meat. Today, this is the second most popular breed for meat producing in the world, the first being the New Zealand rabbit.
The Californian is classified as a “fancy breed”. It is most noted for its big ears and is considered moderate in size averaging 8-10 lbs. Coloration of the rabbit is similar to the Himalayan rabbit. It should have a predominantly white body and dark brown to black fur on the feet, ears, nose, and tail. They have pink eyes. Does bred for meat can average 8-10 kittens per litter.