The Cashmere Standard and Cashmere Miniature are recognized by the British Rabbit Council (BRC) but not the ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders Association).
|Breed Name||BRC Code||ARBA Code||Country of Origin|
|Miniature Cashmere Lop||L2||–||England|
BRC Standard Of Perfection
For Cashmere & Miniature Cashmere
Type and Condition… 30
Head, Ears, and Crown… 30
The cashmere comes in standard and miniature with a huge array of accepted colors in the various color groups including:
- Tan Colors
Other Color Varieties include:
Butterfly, Chocolate Tort, Fawn, Orange, and Steel.
Size, Weight, Shape & Ears
The Cashmere Lop is a medium-sized rabbit.
The Miniature Cashmere is a smaller breed of the rabbit.
The maximum weight for the Cashmere Lop is 2.38kg (5.1/4lb) with the ideal weight being 2.15kg (4.1/2lb). The minimum adult weight is 1.92kg (4.1/4lb).
The Miniature Cashmere has a maximum weight of 1.60kg (3.1/2lb).
The standard cashmere has a bold, thick, compact shape. The body should be short and broad, with almost no visible neck. The rump is short and rounded. The chest is broad and deep.
The front legs are short and straight. The hind legs are short, strong, and powerful. The tail is straight and furry.
The ears are broad at the base with tufts of fur on the tips. They are carried close to the cheeks giving a horseshoe-like shape when looking at the front of the rabbit.v
The eyes should be bold and bright.
The accepted colors of the Cashmere and Mini Cashmere Lop are as follows:
- Self Colors: Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Blue-eyed White (BEW), and Ruby-eyed White (REW)
- Agouti Colors: Agouti, Lynx, Squirrel, Cinnamon, Opal, and Chinchilla
- Shaded Colors: Bluepoint, Iron Grey, Isabella, Seal point, Sooty Fawn, and Siamese Smoke
- Tan Colors: Fox and Otters (Black, Blue, Chocolate and Lilac), Marten (Sable and Smoke)
- AOV (Any Other Variety) Colors: Orange, Butterfly, Steel, Chocolate Tort, and Fawn
Fur Type / Coat
The coat of the Cashmere Lop is his crowning glory; it should have a good density without seeming too wooly.
The topcoat of the Lop should be heavier than the undercoat, as well as noticeably longer.
When the coat is in full length and good condition, it should be roughly 1 1/2 to 2 inches in length and should hang naturally.
While a few stray white hairs are merely a fault in solid-colored rabbits, any kind of waviness in the coat is a disqualification from the show table.
It has been observed that, for some reason, the longer-haired, smaller breeds of rabbit are enjoying a much longer lifespan than other shorter-haired, larger rabbits.
The average age range of a cashmere lop and mini cashmere lop is between 8 to 12 years.
If housed indoors, fed the proper diet, careful handling, and general care, your cashmere companions will probably reach their teenage years!
Keeping the Cashmere as a Pet
Cashmere and Mini Cashmere Lops are an excellent choice for a pet rabbit.
They are bright and engaging, often capable of learning their own names and quick to greet people that they recognize.
Most enjoy being held and stroked, making them a great little companion pet.
Also nice, is that they don’t require as much space as some larger breeds.
Cashmere rabbits make excellent indoor or outdoor pets, provided they are placed in a safe and secure environment.
The cashmere and miniature cashmere lop were bred purely for their unique looks.
The cashmere and the miniature cashmere lop are not endangered or rare, and despite the fact that they are a relatively new breed, their popularity is increasing exponentially.
They are a regular, and very popular feature on the show table and quite often win the top prizes.
Rabbit Care & Handling
Before choosing to raise this particular breed of rabbit, it’s important to know that they can be quite a bit of work, particularly when they are younger. Up until the rabbit reaches about 5 months of age, their coats have a strong tendency to knot and become matted unless you groom them regularly. This will require a wire comb that is suitable for long-haired dogs and cats and your own fingers.
One of the most important aspects of grooming the Cashmere Lop rabbit is to realize that you don’t want to comb all the density out of their undercoat. Combs should only be used to help gently break apart mats and tangles – you shouldn’t use it to thin out the coat. The density of your rabbit’s coat, combined with the longer silky guard hairs are what gives the Cashmere his unique “poured on from above” appearance. Because of the difficulties with fur quality in young Cashmere rabbits, many breeders don’t start exhibiting them until their adult coats come in.
Caring for the adult Cashmere should only require weekly grooming and keeping his nails properly trimmed. Plucking out any dead hair or tangles will help keep your Cashmere Lop beautiful and comfortable.
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.