The American rabbits are not recognized by the British Rabbit Council (BRC) but the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) has a standard for the American Blue & White rabbits.

The American is also known as the American Standard Breed and the American Blue Standard was originally known as the German Blue Vienna.

The American’s breed slogan is “Established as a Classic”.

Breed NameBRC CodeARBA CodeCountry of Origin
American BlueAMUnited States
American WhiteAMUnited States

ARBA Schedule Of Points

General type…55

  1. Body…40
  2. Head…5
  3. Ears…4
  4. Eyes…1
  5. Feet and Legs…5
  6. Tail…0

Fur….20

Color…15

Condition…10

Total points…100

History 

The American was originally accepted into the ARBA as a “Blue” rabbit and historically has the darkest fur of all blue or gray rabbits.

The American (also known as the American Standard Breed) was originally introduced in 1917. The American Blue Standard (originally known as the German Blue Vienna, renamed after World War I) was developed in Pasadena California by Lewis H. Salisbury and recognized as a breed in March 1918. It was the original specimen of the American Breed.

Its bloodlines are hazy as Mr. Salisbury did not publish the types of rabbits used to breed the American Blue. Various breeds of blue rabbits existed in America at the time, and because of the blue color and mandolin shape of the body, it is guessed that its bloodlines come from one or more of the Blue Flemish Giant, Blue Vienna, Blue Beveren, and Blue Imperial.

The American White Standard, the second of the American Breed, was introduced in 1925 after breeding white “sport” offspring of the Blue variety with White Flemish Giants.

Neither the Blue nor the White variety of the American Standard seems to have been exported to Europe as other breeds have been. This is probably because Europe already had many beautiful blue breeds of their own development.

American Varieties

A “Blue” & a “White” variety only.

Size, Weight, Shape & Ears

Size:

The American is classed as a large-sized rabbit.

Weight:

The Senior Bucks should weigh 9 to 11 pounds with an ideal weight of 10 pounds. Senior Does should weigh 10 to 12 pounds with an ideal weight of 11 pounds. Intermediate Bucks should not be over 10 pounds, and Intermediate Does should not be over 11 pounds. Junior Buck and Does should not be over 9 pounds.

Note – if you are showing a Junior Buck or Doe, they should not weigh under 4 ½ pounds.

Shape:

The standard for the American calls for a mandolin shape and long hindquarters. 

Ears:

The ears are narrow, tapering to a point.

Color(s)

The color is a uniform, dark slate-blue with no other colors present. f

A white variety (albino) named the American White was recognized in 1925 and has red eyes.

The Blue Pearl is a genetic mutation found in some Americans. 

Fur Type / Coat

Fur:

Normal / Flyback / Short

Coat:

The coat should be free from molting and good deep color, with a dense, soft, fine, silky texture. (Flesh firm and solid).

Personality

The American, both the Blue & White varieties are noted for their lovely docile temperaments and very good mothering abilities.

Breed Status

Rare Breed Status

The Imperial Blue is classified as an extinct breed, and the Vienna Blue can no longer be found in America. The American Standard Breed is slowly becoming extinct and gradually being replaced in popularity by the New Zealand and Californian breeds.

American rabbits are listed as a “Threatened” species. The White variety was especially in danger of being dropped from the ARBA’s registry.

American 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.