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.

Breed NameBRC CodeARBA CodeCountry of Origin
AltexUSA

History Of The Altex Rabbit

Origins

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.

Creation

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. 

Altex Varieties

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

Size:

The Alaska rabbit is a large rabbit.

Weight:

Mature rabbits weigh in excess of 13 pounds, regardless of sex.

Shape:

Commercial

Ears:

Upright

Color(s)

The adult Altex a white rabbit much like the Californian.  They have gray points on their ears, feet, tail, and nose. 

Fur Type / Coat

Fur:

Short

Coat:

White 

Personality

The Altex has a gentle disposition, is not aggressive in any way, and is very easy to handle.

Breed Status

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. 

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Miranda Hawkins
Miranda currently lives just outside Colorado Springs, Colorado with her husband, 8-year old son, and what she lovingly calls her “zoo.” Miranda grew up in the Midwest and always had animals around while growing up. After graduating from college, she married her husband Sam and they moved to the mountains of Colorado where Miranda became very involved with the regional rabbit rescues.

Currently, her “zoo” includes two dogs, one rambunctious cat, and three indoor rabbits. Oliver, a delightful Black Otter Holland Lop, and Juniper, a gorgeous Opal Satin Angora, are a bonded pair and have been together for three years.

She had the pleasure of adding an energetic Fawn Flemish Giant to her family one year ago, named Sir Gregor. He had been abandoned outside a pet store and was put up for adoption. Miranda feels very blessed to have this lovable lagomorph living amongst her family and is a strong advocate for educating people about rabbits and how special they truly are.

Miranda has put together a team of rabbit lovers and breeders from across the country and hopes you will find the information and resources on the JustRabbits.com site beneficial. She loves to hear from her readers and looks forward to seeing many more people become loving responsible bunny parents.