Mecklenburg piebald

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Four month old Mecklenburg pinto

The Mecklenburg Schecke is a medium-sized breed of rabbit weighing between 4.5 and 5.5 kg.


The Mecklenburg pinto is the only stand-eared rabbit breed with coat pecking, besides the color dwarfs, which also have colors with coat markings. The head should predominantly be colored in the basic color, the ears are completely colored. There should be a white spot on the forehead (pallor). The coat drawing should cover the largest part of the back starting from the neck and should be as free of white spots as possible. The chest, parts of the legs and the underside are white. Mecklenburg piebalds are recognized in the ZDRK in the colors black-white, blue-white, red-white, wild-white and dark gray / iron-gray-white . The Mecklenburg piebalds are split in terms of the point spotting factor (k / K or en / En). This leads to the mating of type-appropriate animals to the splitting; In addition to 50% animals of the appropriate type, there are 25% monochrome animals and 25% so-called whites (also called "Chaplins"). Since the factor for point pecking in the pure-breeding state (Weißling / Chaplin) goes hand in hand with a reduced vitality of the animals, the mating of type pecks with one another is prohibited for animal welfare reasons.

History of the breed

The Mecklenburg piebald was bred by Rudolf Wulf from Goldenbow in Mecklenburg since 1973 . Wulf, who worked as a cattle breeder , had the goal of developing a breed of farm rabbits with the coloring and drawing of the black and colored cattle he had bred . He used giant checkers , blue Viennese and Alaska as starting breeds for his experiments . The cross-bred animals of the Giant Check and Blue Viennese or Giant Checks and Alaska were then paired with black and white, coat-drawn German ram rabbits . After intensive selection and repeated crossing of rams rabbits with coat piebald, Mecklenburg piebalds were shown for the first time in 1980 in Wittenberge . After the breed was recognized in the "Evaluation Regulations for Breed Rabbits in Socialist Countries" in 1980 in the colors black and blue, Günter Vetter from Bautzen bred the red color by crossing red New Zealanders . In 1990 the breed was included in the German standard. The colors dark / iron gray-white and wild-white were recognized by the ZDRK in 2012 . The color Thuringian-white is recognized as a breed in the ZDRK from October 2014 .

Similar races

The coat piebald is otherwise only found in the ram rabbits . For some time there have been efforts to breed the dwarf form of the Mecklenburg piebald. The colors black and blue have been recognized since October 2012. Official designation: color dwarfs, piebald, black and white (coat drawing) or blue and white.


  • A. Fischer: The breeding stand of the Mecklenburg piebalds , in: Der Kleintier- Züchter - Rabbit 1/2006, ISSN  1613-6357
  • Wolfgang Schlolaut: The big book of the rabbit , 2nd edition, DLG-Verlag, Frankfurt 1998 ISBN 3-7690-0554-6
  • R. Wulf: The Mecklenburg Schecke , in: Rabbit 11/1997, ISSN  0941-0848

Individual evidence

  1. Recognized Mecklenburg piebald colors
  2. Expert opinion on the interpretation of Section 11b of the Animal Welfare Act
  3. The ZDRK's Standard Expert Commission informs (2012)
  4. The ZDRK's Standard Expert Commission informs (2014)