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American Sable

American Sable

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Breed Organizations

American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA)
The British Rabbit Council (BRC)
The House Rabbit Society

Native Country
United States of America
Other Names
Fur Type
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Ear Type
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Breed Appearance
The American Sable is a result of Chinchilla rabbit crosses. Sables are identical to Chinchilla rabbits in body conformation, but their coats are colored differently. The head, feet, ears, back, and top of the tail are a dark sepia, while the coat fades to a lighter tan over the rest of the body, similar to the coloring of a Siamese cat. The breed's eyes are usually dark with a ruby hue.

Breed Description
Body: The body should be medium length with good depth and width through the shoulders, midsection, and hindquarters. The top line must be a smooth, continuouos surve, starting at the nape of the neck, rising gradually to a high point over the center of the hips, and finishing the arch down to the tail. The hindquarters must be smooth and well rounded, with no suggestion of angularity. There must be a slight taper of the side lines from the hindquarters to the shoulders.
Hindquarters: The hips must be broad, smooth, well rounded, and well filled over the lower back and sides. The lower back and sides must show roundness. the width should be equal to depth.
Midsection: The rib section is to show a gradual rise from the shoulders. It must be broad enough to create a taper from the hips to the shoulders. It must be well rounded and smooth fleshed. The loin should be broad and deep.
Shoulders & Chest: Shoulders are to be well developed, and in good proportion to the rib spread. The chest must have good width, depth, and fullness.
Head & Ears: The head and ears must be well shaped and medium full from the base of the ears to the muzzle. Buck heads must be masculkine, while doe heads are more refined. The ears must be inproportion to the head and the body. Color is to match the color on the back.
Eyes: The eyes must be bold and bright.
Feet & Legs: The feet and legs must be medium bone and length. Light or dark toenails are allowed as long as they match on the same and corresponding foot. Light toenails on front feet and dark toenails on hind feet is acceptable.
Fur: Rollback. The fur must have a fine, soft, dense undercoat thickly interspersed with somewhat coarser guard hairs. The guard hair is to be visible to the skin and evenly extend above the undercoat about 1/2 inch to form a protective covering of the undercoat. The fur should eb well balanced, withuniform length. When stroked towards the head, it must return to the normal position in a rollback fashion (not as fast as rollback) and lie smoothly over the entire body.
Color & Shadings: The color must be a rich sepia brown on the ears, face, back, legs, and upperside of the tail. The sadlle color will shade off to a paler shade on the flanks, underside of the tail, and belly. The rich sepia brown must shade off from the eyes and jaws and blend evenly with the chest and flanks. The undercolor should match the surface color as closely as possible and be uniform next to the skin. All blending of color shading must be gradual in both darker and paler hues. Eyes are to be brown, showing a ruby red glow in reflected light.

Selective breeding of rabbits began in the Middle Ages, when they were first treated as domesticated farm animals. By the 16th century, several new breeds of different colors and sizes were being recorded. In the 19th century, as animal fancy in general began to emerge, rabbit fanciers began to sponsor rabbit exhibitions and fairs in Western Europe and the United States. Breeds were created and modified for the added purpose of exhibition, a departure from the breeds that had been created solely for food, fur, or wool. The rabbit's emergence as a household pet began during the Victorian era.

Domestic Rabbits have been popular in the United States since the late 19th century. The American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) was founded in 1910 and is the national authority on rabbit raising and rabbit breeds having a uniform Standard of Perfection, registration and judging system. The domestic rabbit continues to be popular as a show animal and pet. Many thousand rabbit shows occur each year and are sanctioned in Canada and the United States by the ARBA. Today, the domesticated rabbit is the third most popular mammalian pet in Britain after dogs and cats.

He enjoys the company of other rabbits. It is generally docile, spending most of the day sleeping. Typically they enjoy the companionship of their owner, but on their own terms. When distressed, the American Sable will make a grunting noise or will, like many other breeds, thump its back foot on the ground in an attempt to scare whatever it is that is bothering them. Rabbits can make good pets for younger children when proper parental supervision is provided. As prey animals, rabbits are alert, timid creatures that startle fairly easily. They have fragile bones, especially in their backs, that require support on the belly and bottom when picked up. Older children and teenagers usually have the maturity required to care for a rabbit. Rabbits may grunt, lunge and even bite or scratch. Usually they do not bite hard enough to break skin. Rabbits become aggressive when they feel threatened or are cornered.