The National Rabbit Association of New Zealand

Rabbit club New Zealand


What are they?

Bred mainly for their meat, Californians are a medium to large commercial breed of rabbit found in the Normal Fur Section of the show, they are a very fast growing breed and can be used for meat at 12 weeks of age.  One of the first breeds of  rabbit breeds imported into New Zealand.

Do Californian make good Pets?

As this is a very large breed they are good house pets with a good temperament. Their only down fall is just the size and how un common they are kept as pets.

pet scale a 4 out of 5

What to Look For when Buying?

A shoe box like shaped body, muscle to be important and when touched  it tenses and almost shivers. The colour is to be as bright and full as possible, colour on the feet not to go above the knee joint. The coat to be harsh and dense . A broad head and well set with in the shoulders.


Californian - Standard

Ring Size L


Type 55

Fur 30

Markings & Colour 15 

Total 100

Type - The body shall be of medium length, with depth of body to approximately equal width. It shall have good depth of hindquarters, well developed shoulders and be plump and firm fleshed. Head - Broad, carried erect on a short neck and set close to body. Bucks head to be broader than the does. Ears - Length to be in proportion to size of body, they are to be well set on head, strong at base and carried in an upright position. Eyes - To be bright and bold, pink in colour. Feet and Legs - Medium sized bone, rather short preferred. Toe nails to show pigmentation and be as dark as possible. Tail - Straight and carried erect, length and size in proportion to body.

Fur - The coat should be coarse enough in guard hair to offer resistance when stroked towards the head, should roll back to it’s  natural position and lie smooth over the entire body. There should be a dense undercoat, interspersed thickly with decidedly heavier or thicker guard hairs. The same quality fur should carry down the sides and under the stomach. The stomach fur will be shorter but should be dense, avoiding a soft woolly type fur on the stomach and groin area.

Markings and Colour - Normal - Coloured nose, ears, feet and tail. Points to be dark sepia. Coloured spot on dewlap permissible but confined to dewlap only. Body colour to be pure white. Frosting on u/5 months exhibits must not be penalised. Chocolate - Standard as normals, except points to be milk chocolate extending to skin. Blue - Standard as normals, except points to be a clear shade of slate blue extending to skin. Lilac - Standard as normals, except points to be an even pink shade of dove extending to the skin.

Class Limits: Adults - Min 3.402kg (7½lb). Desired 4.309kg (9.1 /2lb) Up to 5 months - Max 3.402kg (7½lb) Up to 14 weeks - Max 2.608kg (5¾lb) Anything BELOW the ADULT minimum weight limits and ABOVE the u/5 and u/14 weight limits is a DISQUALIFICATION.

FAULTS - Type, racy, mandolin or any type not plump and firm. e.g. long in neck, flatness over back or bony protruding hips. Long slim head, pinched nose. Ears: heavy, open, spoon shaped, weak ear base. Eyes: faded colour. Feet: long heavy bone, complete absence of pigmentation in one or more toenails.  Fur: coat too short, too fine, silky or woolly, lack of density. 

DISQUALIFICATIONS - Colour extending onto body of pelt above the junction of the front legs with the body. Colour on rear legs not to extend more than 5.0cm (2in) above the hock joint of leg. Any coloured spot on the white part of pelt (as previously defined). Complete absence of colour on the nose, ears, feet or tail. Definite clean white spot in coloured markings.