The Mink of the Rabbit Family
The Havana Rabbit earned its name because its original chocolate fur is the same color as Cuban cigars. Today the Havana comes in 5 recognized colors: chocolate, blue, black, Lilac and broken. Known as an ‘all-purpose’ rabbit, the Havana is a little bunny that can serve across different purposes. Its small size makes deal for the homesteader.
Havana rabbits are registered with the Havana Breeders Association and the ARBA
The breed is not from Cuba as you might expect from their name. Rather they originated in Netherlands in 1898. The Havana rabbits were first exported to the Germany in 1907, and reached Britain in the year of 1908. In 1916 they were introduced to the United States, and in Eastern Canada in the 1980s.
Havanas are known for their unique fur structure that makes them the “Mink of the Rabbit Family”. The fur is soft, dense, and lustrous with medium length, guard hairs are slightly coarser in texture with lots of luster. The coat carries a luster that gives it that glossy appearance. The Havana has a well-developed, cobby, compact-type body weighing between 4 1/2 to 6 1/2 lbs with an average lifespan of 7 to 10 years. Havanas are known to be one of the calmest breeds of rabbit.
The Havana is a meat rabbit. It s body is solidly built and can pack up to 5 pounds of meat on to a lightweight frame. The Havana also boasts a dress out percentage that is hard to beat. The litter size is usually 6 to 8 kits, a bit smaller when compared with the 8-12 litter size of a Californian or New Zealand. Due to this smaller litter size, the Havana is a very good option for a small family looking to supply the table.