The Line Between Show Rabbits and Pet Rabbits

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hotzcatz

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Eeewe! Never heard of that one. What's the genetics of WE? Separate gene like Vienna? Fortunately, it hasn't shown up in the herd here. Just wish there was some way to eradicate the Vienna gene.

Seems like another difference between pet rabbits, show rabbits and livestock rabbits are that the pet and show rabbits sell for a lot more.
 

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Well, it's a pretty closed herd so no WE here. Still got the Vienna, even with trying to get rid of it but the choice is seriously inbred or some V. Some other folks are starting herds now, so soon hopefully there will be some not so closely related to the ones here to swap bucks back and forth.

I think pedigrees may be the difference between pet rabbit and show rabbit people. Pet rabbit folks don't seem to keep track of which rabbit has been bred to which - if they breed them at all, of course.

As far as which method to use to raise rabbits, it all depends on the rabbits and what you want from them. When it comes to breeding healthy rabbits, the meat rabbit folks have pretty much gotten that process down pat. For books, the 'Rabbit Production Manual' has way more useful information than many, although it's pretty much a university textbook on meat rabbits.

Pet rabbit people are also willing to spend way too much money on their pet. If there's a problem, they default to taking the bun to a vet instead of finding a recipe. Many breeders - especially meat breeders - would just cull and start over. Overall, healthier rabbits, although not for the specific rabbit.
 
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