American Chinchilla rabbit is a popular breed and mainly raised as a commercial meat rabbit. Actually Chinchilla rabbits are a group of three rabbit breeds, and the American Chinchilla is the most rare of the Chinchilla breeds.
Standard and Giant Chinchillas are available. Small population of the American Chinchilla rabbit is largely due to the demise of the rabbit fur industry during the late 1940s.
As the name suggests, the American Chinchilla rabbit is an American rabbit breed which was developed in the early 1920s from the Standard Chinchilla rabbit breed.
Standard Chinchilla rabbit is from France, and arrived in the United States in 1919. It was very popular then and several breeders began to selectively breed the Chinchilla to increase their size.
Those large Chinchillas were initially known as the Heavyweight Chinchilla. Then the breed was recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association in 1924 as a separate, large rabbit breed.
And it was named the American Chinchilla rabbit. The breed is not very popular outside the United States and very rare today. And it is listed as critical by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. Review characteristics and full breed profile of this rabbit breed below.
American Chinchilla Rabbit Characteristics
It is a large breed and has a medium build compact body. It has short neck and fairly broad head with short, erect ears. It has a very soft, silky coat of dense and medium length hair.
Most of the Chinchillas have agouti coloring, where the hairs have different color bands along their length. The tips of the hair is grey, the middle color band is pearl and the undercolor (next to the skin) is dark slate blue. Black ticking are unevenly distributed over most of the body.
The belly, neck, flanks and eye circles of the American Chinchilla rabbit have pale, pearl ticking and the ears are laced with black. Average body weight of the American Chinchilla rabbit is about 4-5.5 kg. Photo from Wikipedia.
This rabbit breed was mainly bred to be a meat and fur producing breed. But today it is mainly kept for meat production rather than fur, due to the demise of the rabbit fur industry during the late 1940s. The breed is very suitable for commercial rabbit farming.
American Chinchillas are very hardy, docile, good natured and very gentle rabbit breed. They are good breeders, with an average litter of 6-9 kits. The does produce large litters and have good mothering instincts.
The bunnies grow faster and reach market weight quickly. The Chinchilla rabbit has contributed to the development of more breeds and varieties of rabbit worldwide than any other breed of domestic rabbit. It is a very suitable breed for commercial meat production. And their meat to bone ratio is very good.
On average these rabbit’s lifespan is between 5 and 8 years. The breed is also very good as pets. Even the novice can take good care of them, and they do not require regular grooming. Review full breed profile of this rabbit breed below.
|Breed Name||American Chinchilla|
|Other Name||Heavyweight Chinchilla|
|Breed Purpose||Mainly raised for meat production, but also suitable for fur production.|
|Weight||Between 4.0 and 5.5 kg|
|Suitable for Commercial Production||Yes|
|Good as Pets||Yes|
|Climate Tolerance||All Climates|
|Coat Color||Slate blue/pearl/black Agouti pattern. Same coloring is also found in a number of other rabbit breeds.|
|Country of Origin||United States|
Frequently Asked Questions
People ask many questions about American Chinchilla rabbit. Here we are listing the most common questions about this rabbit breed, and trying to answer them. Hope you will find your answer. Don’t hesitate to ask us if you have more questions.
Are American Chinchilla rabbits rare?
Yes, the American Chinchilla is the most rare of the Chinchilla breeds.
How much do American Chinchilla rabbits cost?
Exact price of an American Chinchilla rabbit can vary from place to place. And the price also depends on numerous factors. But generally an American Chinchilla will cost you around $40.
What are American Chinchilla rabbits used for?
The American Chinchilla breed of rabbit is used mainly for meat and fur production.
Is a Chinchilla rabbit a good pet?
Chinchilla rabbits are generally quite docile, very gentle and good natured. So they are pretty good as pets. They are also intelligent, curious and playful in nature. They enjoy company and attention. They are generally very good with children and are also well-suited as house rabbits.
Do Chinchillas bite?
Yes, the Chinchillas may bite the threat if no escape route available. Chinchillas have long and extremely sharp front teeth and a bite can be severe, deep and painful.
What do Chinchilla rabbits eat?
The Chinchilla rabbits generally eat the same type of food as most other rabbit breeds eat. Their most common food ingredients include hay, pellets, fresh herbs and veggies.
What is the price of an American Rabbit in India?
Exact price of a rabbit varies depending on numerous factors and it’s not possible to tell the exact price. But average price of a rabbit in India can vary from Rs. 150 to Rs. 1500.
How long do Chinchilla bunnies live?
Average lifespan of a Chinchilla rabbit is almost similar to most other rabbits. Their average lifespan is between 7 and 10 years. But with a healthy diet and good care a can live for up to 10 years. So, they are a nice pet to have.
How high can Chinchilla rabbits jump?
These bunnies are generally able to leap up to 6 feet in the air.
What are the characteristics of an American Chinchilla rabbit?
It is a large breed and has a medium build compact body. It has short neck and fairly broad head with short, erect ears. It has a very soft, silky coat of dense and medium length hair. Most of the Chinchillas have agouti coloring, where the hairs have different color bands along their length. The tips of the hair is grey, the middle color band is pearl and the undercolor (next to the skin) is dark slate blue. Black ticking are unevenly distributed over most of the body. The belly, neck, flanks and eye circles of the American Chinchilla rabbit have pale, pearl ticking and the ears are laced with black. Average body weight of the American Chinchilla rabbit is about 4-5.5 kg.
2 thoughts on “American Chinchilla Rabbit: Characteristics, Uses”
I have an American chinchilla rabbit who is 11 weeks old. I got him three weeks ago, rescuing him for being sold as meat. It is a travesty and should be illegal. These are sweet, loving, smart animals that make great pets and should be treated with respect like dogs and cats. There should be laws against having him for any other purpose then as a domestic companion. The way you nonchalantly describe them as being good pets or good meat is very upsetting.
Americans eat an average of 4 pounds of meat per week mostly from cruelly factory farmed cows, chickens, and pigs. If you’ve ever driven past one of these feedlots, the horrible smell goes for miles.
Cows are large, but chickens and pigs make excellent pets. Animals can have many different purposes to humans (in some other countries dogs are routinely farmed for meat). Rabbit meat from the small family farms raising them is a more humane and healthy choice than factory farmed meats.