Magnificent breed Viennese Blue Rabbit
Johann Konstantin Schultz, the head of the first Viennese Union of rabbit breeders is considered the author of this magnificent breed Viennese Blue Rabbit. Viennese blue rabbit was bred in Vienna Manor in 1895. It was a reproductive crossing of Moravian rabbits of pure blue color with breed of Flandres rabbits. The best representatives of the new breed in 1903 were taken to Switzerland, Holland and Germany. Viennese blue rabbit has a strong constitution and a harmonious body. Wool is smooth and thick, with a glossy gleam. Arista and underfur usually evenly colored, with the lighter hair at the base. Downy hair is much lighter and presents in Vienna rabbits in large quantities. Rabbits are born with gray fur, which, after the second molt acquires gray-blue color. During the summer, may appear brown hue fading with the approach of winter. Since the Vienna rabbits are very calm and friendly, people keep them as pets.
Johann Konstantin Schultz tried to get a new breed of rabbits, the main characteristics of its members were to be having a good fur and lots of meat. In the tribe collected rabbits weighing 3.5-4 kg, hair of which was pure gray-blue. At the age of one, two, four and six months rabbits weighed 450 g, 1 kg, 1.75-2.2 kg, 2.5-3.5 kg. Usually one rabbit gives birth to 6-7 young rabbits.
The head of rabbits is usually light, ears placed right, their length varies from 13 to 16 cm. The body is compact, dense, its maximum length is 60 cm. The chest is broad and deep (approximately 38 cm in circumference). Limbs are straight, sufficiently strong and muscular. The back is broad and elongated. Vienna rabbits have bluish claws and dark blue eyes. On average, they live 5-7 years, some individuals live up to 10-12 years.
Since rabbits Viennese are hardy, they can be diluted in rabbitries and outdoors. Due to its high resistance to adverse conditions rabbit can save the offspring at low temperatures in the winter.
Viennese Blue Rabbit