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Show Standard adopted for the Enderby Island Rabbit by the Rabbit Council of New Zealand

Photo by Ruth Jenkins


Is a fancy breed by show class. Small in size. Short coated. A registered rare breed numbering around 150 worldwide. Lived in isolationfor 127 years on Enderby Island and was only brought back of in 1992. Had adapted to eating seaweed.


Ring Size B


Coat too harsh, woolly, thin or short


White patches

Weight Ideal 2kg

Faults-Coloured fur on white part or white patches on coloured part.

Type- Body to be medium in length, with a slight taper from the hindquarted to front with a slightly arched back. Leaning to a racy look. The head is to be medium in size and in proportion to the body. The ears are to be in proportion & firmly set on the head,. Carried in a “v”, not neccssarly together. The feet and legs are to be medium to fine in bone and good length. Nails to match body colour.


Accepted Colours:

Slate: Undercolour showing a dark slate blue. Silvering on body, medium preferred. Champagne:Undercolour showing a lighter shade of slate blue. Silvering on body seen as medium to heavy. The whole interspersed with longer jet black hairs and silver tipped hairs. Head, ears, feet & tail can range from almost black with light silvering. To less of the base colour showing through the points, due to an increased amount of silvering in the body.

Crème:Undercolour is orange to go down as far as possible, body colour creamy white, the whole evenly interspersed with orange hairs and silver tipped hairs. Darker markings on head, ears, feet & tail permissable with less silvering than the main body. White under belly is permissible.

Evenness and Brightness of Silvering -the evenness of silvering is more important than the degree of silvering. Silvering is to be evenly distributed over the body with exception of the head, feet tail showing more of the base colour.

Under 5 months – Slate/Champagne kits are born black. Cream kits are orange in colour. Silvering starts to show around 6-8 weeks and can take up to 6 months before they come into their full coat. Solid patches on the base colour will bee seen in juvenile coats. Under 5 months should be judged for their general type and the evenness of silvering that is coming through at the time of showing.

The standard above has been written, to help preserve, a breed of rabbit taken off Enderby Island in 1992, which had been in isolation for 127 years. The aim is to keep this breed as close to the original stock removed from the island so their unique characteristics can be kept.

For a full run down on points for judging please purchase a copy of the standards from RCNZ via contact us or from the order form in the Bulletin.

Any changes to the standard has been written in RED as of 2009.


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