Tan Rabbits

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

Tan Rabbit

The Tan rabbit is a small fancy breed. It is being shown all over the world. Despite coming from the United Kingdom, Tan rabbits have gained popularity in the United States.

Being a full-arch type rabbit, the Tan rabbit is deemed as one of the most beautiful of all rabbit breeds. Its beauty is attributed to the elegance that is found in wild hares. They usually have a strong showing in rabbit shows, standing tall on the rabbit show table, and running the length of it in order to show off their type and markings with grace.


Tan Rabbit Facts

1. History

In the late 1800s, Tan rabbits made their first appearances in England.


2. Characteristics and Appearance

The weight range of a Tan rabbit at the age of maturity is 4 to 6 pounds. Specifically, for the adult does, the weight range would be 4 to 6 pounds, while the bucks would weigh between 4 to 5 ½ pounds. The average tan litter is around 4 babies and the litter sizes can certainly vary.

Tans have a full arched body. Their arch starts at the nape of their neck, runs smoothly over their shoulders, midsection and hips. Their bodies are described as very lean, compact and well balanced. Ideally, their body type is short and deep. Because of this, their backs are also deeply and smoothly arched.

They have large ears that are active and erect. All of their four limbs manifest good straightness and extension. And their bellies are tucked high off the table.

Tan rabbits easily capture attention because of their peculiar body markings, which feature the contrast and intensity of their coloration.

Tans have a special feature among the six full-arched breeds that are recognized by the ARBA. While the Checkered Giant, English Spot, and the Rhinelander have a high tendency to produce incorrectly colored offspring from perfectly-colored parents, all of the Tan bunnies are eligible for show in terms of the markings.

Tans appear in four different colors: black, blue, chocolate, and lilac. All of these colors have similar patterned markings. The most common and competitive of all these varieties is black, with the other varieties unable to achieve the depth of color in both top coat and markings that the black variety can. Starting from the chest down to the tail area, the coloration of a Tan is an intense, deep red color.

The Tan color is comprised of red-orange highlights on an otherwise dark rabbit. The back, sides, and head of the rabbit can be colored black, chocolate, blue or lilac. Each of these colors would be a very deep shade when compared to those colors in other rabbits. Tan markings specifically appear on the belly, chest, underside-of-tail, inside-of-eats, jowls, nostrils, around each eye, and at the nape of the neck. Ideally, these markings should be fiery orange as much as possible.

When rabbits are being judged, the markings are the first in the consideration. This will then be followed by type and color, with the two being of equal importance.

In the case of Tans, a butting teeth and split penis are cited as the most common genetic disqualifications on the show table. For disqualifications that are not genetic in nature and should not be used as a ground for breeding purposes, ripped or pulled teeth, rippled or pulled toenails, and broken nails are the common factors.

Tan’s coat is a very glossy flyback.


3. Personality and Traits

Tans are very active and energetic. For those pet loves who prefer a small and yet lively rabbit, Tan is just a perfect choice.

Despite their beauty, many rabbit breeders find Tans difficult to raise. A special training is required in order for them to show off well in the show table.

Due to their high activity level, they would require moderately large cages. If this cannot be provided, Tans need to have daily exercise and therefore have to be removed from the cage every now and then. And more than that, they need to be closely monitored when outside their cages. This calls for rabbit-proofing in all of the areas that the rabbit will be exploring.

The Tan gene has a very important value to rabbits because it serves as the intermediate stage between the dominant agouti and the recessive self-alleles. This claim suggests that Tans are agouti on the bottom and self on the top. This same pattern is the reason behind the formation of other varieties, marten and otter, in addition to the tan. The wideband gene and heavy rufus modifiers are the reasons behind the bright orange color of the breed. This trait is what separates the Tan from the otter variety.