Rex rabbits, AKA the king of rabbits, have been considered to produce one of the most beautiful furs since the 1900s. Its distinguishing feature is the short, plush pelt. Rex rabbit furs are less likely to become matted because of the shorter fur length, creating an elegant and luxurious fur every time. Its appearance is similar to more expensive furs like mink or chinchilla.
Rex rabbit fur was first introduced in France in 1919. It came from barn rabbits that were deemed deformed, but a Catholic priest saw beyond the rabbits’ health issues and began a breeding program to create a better breed from the poor barn rabbits. He was no expert in genetics, but he realized that these were the only animals he’d seen with this type of short, upright fur. By 1924 he had breeded 150 rabbits, and by 1927 Rex fur rabbits had spread to Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland, England, and even across the pond in the USA.
Between 1924 and 1929 there was a fur boom in the USA and breeders started creating Rexed varieties of other animals such as chinchillas, Flemish, and Havanas. In 1929 a specialty breeding club was created, and in 1958 the National Rex Rabbit Club was established (which is still active today).
Today true Rex rabbit fur must be held to specific standards. It should be between 0.5 and 0.75 inches in length, and be highly dense, short, and stand upright. The length and texture should be uniform throughout the fur and have a soft, plush feel. Rex rabbit fur is available in a multitude of colors: amber, black, blue, castor, chinchilla, chocolate, lilac, lynx, opal, red, sable, white, and more.
Because of its beautiful texture, Rex rabbit fur is a favorite among furriers and designers. It’s been used by designers like Alexander McQueen, Adrienne Landau, OBURLA, Cara Mila, and many more.
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