The Altex is not a recognized show breed by either the British Rabbit Council (BRC) or the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA).
But still, a breed none the less and its creation was developed over 20 generations so it’s an important one.
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History Of The Altex Rabbit
The Altex was originally created as a meat rabbit and named for the two Universities that co-created it Alabama and Texas.
Pronounced “all tex”, the breed was the product of Flemish Giant, Californian, and Argente de Champagne crossings and also later with the New Zealand.
The breed was created in 1986 by mating purebred Californian (CAL), Champagne d’Argent (CHA), and Flemish Giant (FG) rabbits. The FG bucks were bred with CAL and CHA does to produce two first-generation (F1) lines. These F1 animals were bred to produce a second-generation line (F2). All F2 rabbits were 1/2 FG, 1/4 CAL, and 1/4 CHA.
There’s only one variety of Altex as far as color goes and that’s the white one with gray pointing.
Size, Weight, Shape & Ears
The Alaska rabbit is a large rabbit.
Mature rabbits weigh in excess of 13 pounds, regardless of sex.
The adult Altex a white rabbit much like the Californian. They have gray points on their ears, feet, tail, and nose.
Fur Type / Coat
The Altex has a gentle disposition, is not aggressive in any way, and is very easy to handle.
Although not a rare breed, you may have trouble finding a breeder in your local area.
Rabbit Care & Handling
Here is a list of resources to help you care for your rabbits…
- New Rabbit Checklist – General knowledge if you’re just getting started.
- Breeding Rabbits – The best place to start if you are thinking about raising any breed of rabbits.
- Pet Rabbit Guide – Information and resources on the subject of raising pet rabbits.
- Health Guide – Up-to-date information & resources for ensuring your rabbit is in the best health.
- Diet & Exercise – Extensive info about hay, water, safe foods, treats, weight management & FAQs on the diet.