Standard Rex Rabbits originated in France in 1919 as the
result of a recessive genetic mutation leading to guard hairs that do not
project longer than the undercoat of the fur. This results in a soft coat
having a velvety texture. (It is the guard hairs that give the length of coat
common to other breeds.)
They were first shown publicly at the Paris International
Rabbit Show in 1924 and was imported into the United States of America that
same year. It was soon recognized as a standard breed in parts of Europe, and
today the overseas following is large with many breeders.
Standard Rex Rabbits are bred mainly for its unique short
plush coat, which is approximately 13 millimeters in length, and has the feel
of velour fabric. To the touch a Rex coat is very silky and dense over the
whole body. This type of fur stands out amongst that of other rabbits.
The body shape of the Rex is very well proportioned and it
is a medium boned rabbit. It has a graceful carriage and round quarters with a
broad head. The adult weight is around 2.72 to 3.62 kilograms.
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