The ‘Washingtonian’ rabbit breed was first presented at the American Rabbit Breeders Association convention in 1953. And then the name of the breed was changed to Palomino. Despite some difficulties, the Palomino rabbit was approved as a separate breed and was finally recognized by the American Rabbit Breeder’s Association in 1957. Then the Palomino rabbit had been exported to Europe. And by the 1960s the breed was more common and gaining popularity. But the Palomino rabbits are not yet recognized by the British Rabbit Council.
Palomino Rabbit Characteristics
The Palomino rabbits are large breeds. They can be easily recognized by their unique fawn orange colour. They have a commercial type body. And their body type is similar to the New Zealand rabbit. Usually, the body of the Palomino rabbit is medium in length with solid flesh and it has well-rounded hindquarters.
Their body contains a smaller bone structure than other meat rabbit varieties. And such a smaller bone structure offers the breeder a superior meat ratio. They have brown coloured eyes, and their ears are big and erect. There are two colour varieties of the Palomino rabbit, which are Golden and Lynx.
The golden colour variety is an orange-beige colour over a white or cream undercoat. While the Lynx coloured Palomino rabbit variety has a grey or silver colour, mixing with an orange-beige over the cream or white undercoat.
The coat of both types of Palomino rabbit variety is rude and full. Like some other rabbit breeds, the Palomino does are heavier than the bucks. On average the Palomino bucks weigh about 3.6 to 4.5 kg and they do weigh about 4 to 5 kg. Photo from Wikipedia.