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Breed Appearance
The Beveren is one of the oldest and largest breeds of fur rabbits. Their coats can be blue, white, black, brown and lilac, though not all of these varieties are ARBA-recognized. There is a rare variety called the Pointed Beveren, which comes in the same colors but has white tipped hairs. The blue variety is the original.

Breed Description
Body: The body type is to be of mandolin shape. Body is to be medium length, with broad, meaty back and a deep, firm loin. Shoulders are to be strong and firm, with a well-sprung rib cage, tapering slightly from broader, smooth hips. The body should present a definite arch when viewed from the side. The topline is to be a smooth curve, starting at the back of the shoulder, rising to a high point over the middle of the back, and curving over the hips to complete the arch.
Head: The head is to be full from top to bottom, with a well-filled face and jaws. Head is to present a distinct curvature between the eyes and nose with a medium broad muzzle. Size of the head is to conform to the body more massive in bucks than in does. A medium dewlap is permissible on does.
Ears: Are to be well furred and carried in a "V" shaped manner. Ideal length is to be 5 or more inches in seniors and intermediates.
Feet & Legs: Front feet and legs are to be straight, strong and of medium bone. Hind feet and legs are to be straight, powerful, and well furred. Legs are to be medium bone, in proportion to size of body. In whites, toenails are to be white or flesh colored. In blacks and blues, toenails should be dark.
Fur: The coat is to be very dense and glossy. The guard hairs should be plentiful and of fine diameter, but strong enough to fall or roll gently back into position when stroked from tail to head. Density and texture share equal importance. Ideal fur length is between 1� and 1� inches.


Black - Color is to be deep, glossy, jet black, carried well down into a blue undercolor.
Eyes - Dark brown.

Blue - Color is to be a clean shade of light lavender blue, carried well down into the base, free from silvering.
Eyes - Blue-gray, with ruby cast to pupil permissible.

White - Color is to be pure white, with no ivory cast.
Eyes - To be a brilliant blue.

The Beveren is a very old breed. Though uncommon in the United States, the Beveren has a rich European history. The breed was first developed in Beveren, Belgium in the 19th century. The Beveren was derived from crosses of the Brabanconne, St. Nicolas Blue, and the Blue Vienna. In 1902 in Beveren, Belgium the first standard was instituted for the "Blue Rabbit of Beveren". 1905 saw the first exhibition of the Beveren Blue in Norwich, Great Britain. During the First World War, the "V" for victory remarkably came from the v-shaped ear carriage of the Beveren. During this time the Beveren gained a great amount of popularity with the British. In the early twenties the Beveren was raised for rabbit pelts. The dominate variety used for pelts was the white variety as it could be easily dyed by furriers. The blue variety of the Beveren was even raised in Buckingham Palace in London before World War II. Through the lengthy development in the 20th century, British fanciers developed the blue, black, blue-eyed white, lilac, brown and pointed varieties. Comparatively speaking, the Beveren standard as printed in the ARBA Standard of Perfection remains very much the same in type and structure as that originally developed long ago. One major difference is that the ARBA only recognizes black, blue, and blue-eyed varieties in the American Beveren. Also, our British counterparts place a great emphasis on color and coat quality unlike other countries, including the U.S., who award twice the percentage that the British give for type; the percentage which remains for coat is consequently less. Due to the limited number of Beverens in the United States, U.S. fanciers have begun importing stock from Britain to alleviate some of the problems associated with constant inbreeding.

The Beveren rabbit is a rare breed. They are well tempered, clean, and smart. Beverens are full of energy, and love to explore the outdoors. 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.