Palomino Rabbits

Palomino Rabbit – information and facts about the Palomino Rabbit Breed. Learn more about Palomino Rabbits in this article. Breed photos are included.

Palomino Rabbit

The still unrecognized Palomino rabbit is known for its friendliness, greeting you a smile and a handshake. Are you aware that the name ‘Palomino’ comes from the Palomino horse, due to its resemblance with the latter’s golden color? That’s just one of the many interesting facts that we’re yet to unveil about Palominos.


Palomino Rabbit Facts

1. History

The Palomino rabbit breed has a heartwarming history. Mark Young, a resident of Coulee Dam in Washington State, had raised rabbits for decades starting in 1910 in the Lone Pine Rabbitry.

One of his desires is to develop a new breed. He dubs his process of developing a breed the “Color Blend Breeding”. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, he crossed different commercial type rabbits. On an interesting note, the Palomino breed started with black and brown rabbits. But when the bunnies already started growing up, a buckskin color and pale yellow color appeared. He then diverted his focus on crossing the two breeds. As a result of this, a beige rabbit appeared. He named the rabbit the “American Beige”.

Further development of the breed enhanced the color. Through his efforts, he was able to achieve fawn rabbits that he called tawnies. Soon, with the help of “co-breeders”, he was able to develop sunny bunnies into a breed. Together, the team has obtained an ARBA working standards with the name “Washingtonian”, in reference to the state where the breed was developed.

The breed’s first presentation was at the ARBA Convention in Portland, Oregon in the year 1952, where the name “Washingtonian” was changed to “Palomino”. After all the efforts of the breeders that are fazed with many challenges, the breed was finally recognized in the year 1957.


2. Characteristics and Appearance

The Palomino rabbit breed is a large meaty rabbit. It has a high commercial value as a meat rabbit but has a smaller bone structure compared to other meat rabbits, enabling a higher ratio of meat on the carcass. Palominos take long to reach the age of maturity.

The weight of a pre-junior Palomino is not over 5 pounds. Junior does’ weight should not exceed 8.5 pounds, with a minimum weight of 4 pounds. Junior bucks, on the other hand, have a weight range between 4 pounds and 8 pounds. The intermediate does are not to exceed 9.5 pounds, while the intermediate bucks at 9 pounds, correspondingly. For senior female Palominos, weight is between 9 to 11 pounds, and the ideal weight would be 10 pounds. The senior bucks would come at a lighter range at 8-10 pounds. The ideal weight is 9 pounds.

Similar to the New Zealand, the Palomino rabbit breed has a commercial body type of medium length. Its hindquarters are well rounded and its shoulders are broad and well developed. It has large, upright ears, and brown eyes. Basically, the top line rises upward from the neck and reaches the highest point at the loin hip, then sloping down to the tail.

The fur of the breed is of flyback nature and the coat is described as coarse and full. Weekly brushing of the coat is advised.

Palomino is a golden colored rabbit. It has the varieties golden and lynx. Based on its genetics, the golden color is a bright fawn, or a bright golden shade with a cream to white undercolor. And the lynx is not a true lynx or the lilac agouti, but rather a dilute version of the golden color, which most breeders call cream. In other words, it is a medium pearl grey outer color complementing with an orange beige and a cream to white undercolor.


3. Personality and Traits

Palominos are widely known for being friendly, gentle and sweet. They are smart and can be trained on how to use the toilet. Aside from this, their does are cited as good mothers, raising litters of good health. Their docile temperament makes them a good choice for children.

The breed does not suffer from any serious breed-specific diseases. Some of the common rabbit health problems that it may incur are overgrown teeth, flystrike, mites, lice, fleas, diarrhea, and infections.

However, despite this remarkably friendly personality and commercial value of Palominos, they still don’t get acknowledged in the mainstream rabbit community. This is because there are many breeds of similar size and body type that are of special coloration, such as the American Sable, the Crème d’Argent, and the American Chinchilla, all of which being recognized by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC). The Palomino is not sponsored by ALBC due to the fact that the breed was developed too recently and that it does not represent a distinct genetic population. This has affected the number of breeders who are willing to raise the breed.

Today, the Palomino Rabbit Co-breeders Association, established in the year 1955, continually promotes and develops the breed until it could achieve the recognition that the breed deserves from the American Rabbit Breeders Association. It’s also in the interest of the organization to foster a spirit of cooperation and interest among the breeders of the breed. One of the most remarkable things about the club is its emblem, which includes to clasped hands over a golden rabbit. According to documentations, this commemorates the handshake that Mark Young, Palomino’s founder, to breeders who would buy his rabbits.