Crossed the French Angora down with the downy rabbits of unproductive performance, domestic breeders received, in the middle of last century, a beautiful new breed – white down. In creating this hybrid, the goals were to improve the quality and quantity of fluff, strengthen the bone core, and increase weight and size
Distinctive characteristics As a result, rabbits were obtained, having average sizes and a dazzling white color. Although, this breed can have a black, blue, smoky color. Live weight reaches 4 kilograms
White downy can be of two types: Kursk and Kirov. The main advantage for the breeders is their unpretentiousness, endurance and excellent tolerance of different climatic conditions. Rabbits are characterized by a powerful physique, with a well developed skeleton and a spherical body, with a wide croup and back. Breasts are not distinguished by parameters. A small round head, with small erect ears. Paws strong, straight, with pronounced musculature. The long hairline consists of a light, thick and elastic down, with high spininess that protects it from stalling
On average, one adult rabbit for a year brings from 300 to 750 grams of fluff, and some rabbits – more than one kilogram. Thanks to the formation of the undercoat, under the ripened down, these rabbits do not remain bare after they are plucked, and, therefore, are less likely to catch a cold. It is recommended to disassemble the lumps first by hand. A qualitative hair covering is very in demand for manufacturing of a plenty of downy products
Breeding and maintenance The females of the white down are rather prolific, bring up to seven pups at a time, have high milk yields. Collect fluff can already with two months old rabbits, just do not start with a plucking, enough combing a couple of times a week. It is possible to cross with other breeds. When choosing a rabbit white down, the first thing to pay attention to the state of its fluff. It should be thick, elastic, not less than five centimeters long, and cover evenly the trunk and legs. Healthy young has pink ears, clean eyes, even teeth and fresh breath
Growing rabbits of this breed implies regular culling of animals that do not bring more than 300 grams of fluff per year. When equipping the cells, to keep the white down, one must remember that this breed does not tolerate a strong heat, up to the occurrence of a heat stroke. In regions where the temperature rises above 28 degrees in summer, special attention should be given to pregnant females and rabbits
Contain rabbits can be in burrows, according to the type of natural conditions, and in cells installed on the street, the construction of which allows the use of various materials. The breed is white downy, today it is widespread among rabbit breeders of all categories. The tribe is growing these rabbits in the breeding farm of the Kursk region, where the breed was bred.
White down breed of rabbits