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Rhinelander was developed by Josef Heintz of Grevenbroch, North Rhine-Westphalia,
and was first shown in 1902 in Germany. Josef Heintz had crossed a Japanese
(a.k.a. Harlequin) buck to a common gray-checkered doe. One of the litter,
a buck, was the first “Rhinelander,” having the desirable
orange and black marking on the chin, ears, and butterfly markings –
the spots on one side of the rabbit being all orange and on the other
side all black. Heintz then mated a Japanese (a.k.a. Harlequin) buck to
a Checkered Giant doe, which produced a desirable doe in the resulting
litter. Using the buck and doe thus produced, he proceeded to breed –
keeping the best does and mating them back to Japanese bucks. He succeeded
in producing the Rhinelander, and in 1905 the breed was given a standard
There are two color varieties accepted by the American Rabbit Breeders Association - white with black and orange markings and white with blue and fawn markings. The hair is to be short & dense. The body must not be too slender and weight is 7 to 9 pounds. Eyes are chestnut brown, and V-shaped ears no longer than 4 3/4 inches with no white are required.
Status: See CPL