American Blue Rabbits are growing in popularity. Find our more about this heritage breed and whether we will sell any.
Since adding the American Blue Rabbits to our homestead, I have been contacted by several people inquiring about purchasing rabbits from us. I thought I would take a moment to address this question that we are often now asked.
About American Blue Rabbits (Also called American Blue & Whites)
The American Blue breed is over 100 years old and was created in California by a man named Mr. Lewis H. Salisbury. To develop this breed, it is believed that some of what he used included Blue Flemish Giants, Blue Viennas (now extinct), Blue Beveren, and Blue Imperials (now extinct.)
When this breed was first developed, it was called the “German Blue,” but after World War II there was a general animosity against Germans. Many families changed their names (including my own) to sound less German. My father’s side of the family used to be “Diehl” and became “Dahl.” Likewise, the name of this rabbit breed was changed from German Blue to American Blue.
American Blue rabbits have a mandolin body shape. A mature male weighs in around 9-11 lbs and a mature female weighs in around 10-12 lbs.
The rabbits generally come in two colors: rich, deep blue or albino white with red eyes. Rabbits who are born with a different color are called “sports” and are not considered to be good for keeping breed standards. That said, even the sports are adorable. One of our does produces breed standard kits – blue/white. Another doe produces some of these color variant kits. They are fine for all purposes, meat, pets, etc., but we will not breed the “sports.”
The kits are officially weaned. They are all living together now in a bunny colony. Here you can see the color variations we have. Most of our baby rabbits are the standard blue like the one on the right (12 of the 16) We have one albino that you can see in the center, and from one doe we got three “sports.” The sandy blue color there on the left.
American Livestock Breed Conservancy lists the American Blue rabbit breed as “critical low.” The breed was nearly extinct, but is starting to gain popularity once again.
American Blue rabbits are an excellent heritage breed rabbit. They have beautiful soft fur, are a good sized rabbit and ideal for meat production. But besides that, American Blue rabbits also have very friendly, docile personalities. They would make great pets! Every time I go out to our rabbits, each of them greets me. The young kits will also pile up on one another to get closer to me as I feed and water them…and wait for me to scratch their ears and rub their backs. They are an all-around excellent rabbit.
Will we sell our rabbits?
Yes and no.
If someone would like to purchase rabbits from us, we are more than willing to sell some – whether for breeding stock for your own rabbitry, or single rabbits as a pet.
Because I am a blogger & vlogger, everyone can see how well our rabbits – as well as everything else here – lives and is treated. Our animals live a good life here on this homestead. Anyone who wants one of our rabbits, will know exactly what they are getting. Now these rabbits are not yet pedigreed. I don’t have three generations of records on them, yet.
So – need breeding stock to get started with (or add) American Blues? Looking for a great pet rabbit? We’ll certainly be happy to talk about it. (Contact me.)
As I stated about, selling rabbits comes with a “yes” and a “no.” So what’s the “no” part?
We will only sell rabbits to people who are in the area or are willing to travel to come get them. We are simply not comfortable shipping live animals. I have been contacted by people from as far away as British Columbia who wanted to purchase rabbits from us. We just can’t do it.
Additionally, not that we ever expect something like this – but we would never sell rabbits for laboratory or any other purpose of that nature. Again – we don’t expect it, but just tossing it out there.
Have questions about our rabbits? Want to know more or to discuss it further? Contact me