Friedrich Joppich

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Friedrich "Fritz" Joppich (born May 1, 1888 in Degersheim , Switzerland; † September 24, 1979 ) was a German small animal breeder and specialist book author. Friedrich Joppich shaped the breed rabbit breeding in Germany professionally and organizationally for over 60 years , but also made a contribution to the breeding and import of fur animals as well as breed poultry.


Friedrich Joppich was born on May 1, 1888 as the son of German parents in Degersheim in the canton of St. Gallen in Switzerland. His parents were craftsmen. He started breeding rabbits as a child, exhibited rabbits for the first time at the age of 15, and at the age of 20 he became a judge and was active at all major shows in Switzerland. In 1911 he organized the first Swiss club show for Dutch rabbits in Degersheim , and at the age of only 25 he was made an honorary member of the Swiss French Aries Club. In the years before the First World War, Friedrich Joppich was involved in founding various Swiss breed rabbit special clubs. When the First World War broke out, Joppich was drafted as a German citizen for military service in Germany.

After the war, Joppich did not return to Switzerland because he saw no possibility of finding work there. After a brief activity in Mecklenburg as a poultry breeding manager for two estates, he moved to Hamburg in 1919. In 1928 Joppich founded a highly regarded farm for fur animals and rabbits in Boberg near Hamburg , where, for example, the first nutrias imported to Germany came. In addition, between 1928 and 1931 he worked as a technical advisor in setting up a fur farm in Pushkino near Moscow.

During this time, Joppich imported various rabbit breeds and was intensively involved in the outbringing of other breeds, at that time he became an honorary member of the German Association of Judges. Joppich experienced the end of the Second World War in Brieselang in Osthavelland and then stayed in the GDR, where he was again intensively involved in the development of pedigree rabbit breeding, first in the Association of Mutual Farmers Aid (VdgB), in the specialist commission on pedigree rabbit breeders and then as head of the department Breed rabbits of the Central Board of the Association of Allotment Gardeners, Settlers and Small Animal Breeders of the GDR ( VKSK ). Friedrich Joppich received various honors in the GDR , for example he was awarded the GDR Medal of Merit as an Honored Activist , Honored Breeder . Since Joppich was also very successful as a poultry farmer and poultry judge, he was honored with the Robert Oettel badge of honor in 1952 at the 100th anniversary of German pedigree poultry farming .

His reference book The Rabbit , the first edition of which appeared in 1959, saw several editions.


  • Raw hide extraction and recycling (1933, together with R. Fritzsche and Curt Kniesche)
  • Our rabbit farm breeds (1944)
  • Rabbits: Breeding and Keeping (1945)
  • Pregnancy calendar for our pets and fur animals. Breeding calendar for domestic and ornamental poultry (1947)
  • Our rabbits as helpers (1949)
  • The Rabbit (1959)
  • Small animal husbandry (1984, together with Karl Friedemann)


  • W. Bernhardt, H. Nawoi, A. Franke: 1880–1980; 100 years of rabbit breeding. Brochure on the 100th anniversary of the first German rabbit breeders association, published by the central board of the association of allotment gardeners, settlers and small animal breeders in the GDR, Karl-Marx-Stadt 1980.
  • Former master Friedrich Joppich Managing Director of the Central Breeding Commission for Breed Rabbit Breeders Berlin, 70 years old. In: Thuringian small animal breeders. Magazine for small animal breeders and small settlers, 12th year, issue 12, April 30, 1958.
  • H. Indermauer: Degersheim. Published by: Political Community Degersheim, Degersheim 2002.

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