Where does Vieneese blue come from?
Viennese blue has its origin
in Austria. Johann Constantin Schultz from Wienna-Hetzendorf,
the head of the first Viennese union of breeders of rabbits wanted
to breed rabbits with nice fur and great amount of meat at the
same time. So, he used female of Viennese blue rabbit with partly
hanging ears, yellow female with one hanging and one rising ear
from France with imported black Belgian giant. This crisscrossed
rabbits were exhibited in 1895 in Prater under the name Viennese
blue giant, because the first rabbits of the kind were much bigger
than those today. In the next years he successfully reduced their
weight –which was 7kg, to the medium level. It was acknowledge
as a race in Austria in 897. The first Viennese blue were exported
in 1903 to Germany, Holland, and Switzerland. Today it is one
of the most widespread breed in Germany.
What does it look like?
Colour of its unusually thick fur is
shiny, dark blue, grey with a little lighter under coating. Its body is chunky
with even muscules formation. Head is big, short and wide in the forehead part,
with a short neck. Ears are long and oval; its ideal lenght is 12,50 cm, with
thick hair. Eyes are blue grey.i It has short and strong legs. Its ideal weight
is 4.25-5,25 kg. It is popular among breeders in Europe for its beauty and
Who are the most known breeders?
The European top among breeders in Germany are
Dr. Wilhelm Hippe, who got 173 points and the first place in exhibitions between
2000-2009. Others are Reinhard Menning and Hans Peisskert. The well-known breeder
in Austria is Gerda Waibl. These kind started to be imported to our country
in 1960s from Eastern Germany. Viennese blue got its first titul in Prague
in exhibition in 1968. In the Czech republic the rabbits from breeders K. Cadila
and M. Kozuba got the first places In Slovakia, there has been the Club of
Viennese rabbits breeders since November 27,1993
If you are interested in detailed information about the
scoring in each position, click here.
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