The most visually attractive are considered rabbits of the chinchilla breed, which got their name in honor of a small rodent with soft gray fur. Rabbits of the chinchilla breed are considered to be universal. They can be grown with equal success both for obtaining fur, and for meat slaughter. Many contain chinchillas as pets.
The breeding of this breed was due to the crossing of animals of the same breed as the White giant with smaller animals of the chinchilla breed. Subsequent selective selection and selection of crossed rabbits allowed individuals with a higher muscle mass and a much shorter period of puberty. Moreover, the animals are perfectly adapted to the feeding and climatic conditions of Russia.
The average weight index for a mature specimen of this breed is five kilograms, but some animals gain up to seven kilograms. The rabbits of this breed have a strong constitution of the body with a deep and broad chest. The head of small animals with erect proportional ears. Some individuals have a small-scale dewlap. The body is compact, the length is from 62 to 72 cm, the index of confusion is on the average from 56 to 64 percent.
The average weight of a newborn baby rabbit is 75 grams. Cubs quickly and steadily grow and already by two months the weight of the rabbit reaches 1.8 kg, by three months – 2.8 kg, to four – 3.7 kg. At the same time, the yield of meat at slaughter varies from 56 to 63% of the total weight. Soviet chinchilla is a subspecies of chinchilla rabbits. These are large enough animals with thick soft wool of gray-blue color.
Heterogeneity of hair color is one of the main features of this breed. The lower part of the tail, the abdomen and the inner parts of the legs have white markings, the eye grooves of the animals also have a white edging. Interesting coloring of skins, large dimensions and excellent pubescence make the skins of the Soviet chinchilla popular in the market. Often, the rabbit fur of this breed is chosen to simulate the original chinchilla.
To date, the Soviet chinchilla is the most common and often bred breed of rabbits on the territory of our country. More than sixty farms are breeding this breed. Breeding animals can be as in the ordinary, rabbit, so in rabbitries with a shed content system and fully mechanized nurseries. Breeding is profitable from an economic point of view. One animal at the age of two to three months consumes up to four kilograms of fodder per kilogram of muscle growth.
One rabbit brings for one okrol to eight rabbits, while the total daily milk of the individual is up to two hundred grams of milk, when there is active lactation. Most breeders are breeding these rabbits for the subsequent sale of live animals as pets. They differ calm melancholic temperament, do not require delicate care, and also do not show aggression towards their owners and their children.
Rabbits of the breed “Soviet chinchilla”