- Jun 12, 2022
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I'm not sure what a California white is, but I'm a fan of breeding purebreds so you can retain those neat recessive traits like the rex coat (though I have done breed crosses for three different breeds for specific reasons). But if you breed your rex to a non-rex, you'll lose that rex coat for at least a generation or two, and when you get it back it most likely won't be the same quality for a few generations. That's been my experience with rex and mini rex, anyway.Rural King now has California whites and rexes and rex mixes (probs mixed with Californians) again. I'm not sure if it's the same breeder as last time. The pure rexes are a dark dark brown and lovely. The mixes are broken black and otter again. I'm not sure if I should get a californian or one of the rexes or rex mixesd. But the lady who is in charge of them had left for the day. And the cages were unsexed. The other lady said the rabbits could not be sexed by the staff and the cages were only labeled if they knew. They are all 8 weeks old. If I get another female, I will have to wait quite a bit for her to be breeding age. I can check back Monday and see if the usual caretaker knows which are female and which are male. If it's a different breeder, I suppose I'll get a purebred rex. If it's the same breeder and they're likely a full sibling of my buck, should I get a Californian?
So, other things being equal, I'd go with the rex mix over non-rex, since you'd probably at least get some rex-coated bunnies. But it will depend on what your breeding goals are. If you're primarily interested in meat rabbits, pick the one with the best type (size, width of loin, depth of body) no matter what coat it has or carries.
Is there no way to get in contact with the rex breeder to ask about the relationship between these bunnies and your buck? Even if Rural King won't give you the breeder's contact information, maybe they'd pass yours on to the breeder? It seems to me that your buck and these 8-week-olds might be too close in age to likely be full siblings, but I can't remember how old your buck is. Also, if the pure rexes are dark brown, that sounds like maybe sable or seal, in which case that would be a minor hint that they're not full siblings with your otter. Can you get a photo?
For reference, here are some photos of color. They're mni rex but the coat looks the same in rex.
Here's a sable (which is shaded) (photo from American Rabbit Breeders Association, Inc.):
And here are pictures of seal (which is so dark it can sometimes be mistaken for sunburned black) and broken seal from Mini Rex Color Guide
There's also chocolate, which could be called dark brown (same credit as above):
Genetically, there's not much difference between breeding dam+son versus sire+daughter. The only exception would be in the case of sex-linked genes, but as far as I know there only two of those identified in rabbits (paralytic tremors and spoon ears, neither of which are common in North America). In the case of sex-linkage, the females are almost always the carriers, which would argue that mother+son matings would be the one to avoid if you were concerned about sex-linked genes.people say you can breed a mother to a son but I would not. I've been told it's ok to breed father to daughter and that's fine but like I said others say mother to son also is cool for meat and show. I really like my Cali buck bred to my Rex/NJ cross so? I bred her today and within an hour she was already eating alot and oinky. Crazy how they know. Amazing. Glad they got what you need, have a blast.
Outside of the sex-linkage issue, the advisability of any linebreeding depends on how inbred the line is and prior knowledge of undesirable recessive genes.