Sachsengold (rabbit breed)

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Saxony gold rabbit

The Sachsengold or Sachsengoldkaninchen is a small, bright red-yellow colored rabbit breed of about 3 (2.75-3.25) kg in weight. It is a yellow deer-colored rabbit with a pronounced effect of yellow enhancers. The corresponding hereditary formula is:
AbCDGy1y2 ... (German symbols) or ABCDe (English symbols)

The same color can be found in Red Color Dwarfs and Red New Zealanders .

The Saxon gold rabbit got its name after its country of origin Saxony and its golden yellow color.

History of the Saxon gold rabbit

The Sachsengold rabbit was bred by Richard Bennack from Röhrsdorf near Meißen and his son. Bennack began breeding a bright yellow rabbit as early as 1925. According to Joppich, he started breeding with a straw-yellow Rammler from a common cross and an "almost yellow" Japanese rabbit rabbit . Later, in order to intensify the yellow color, yellow-silver , rabbit rabbits as well as tan rabbits were crossed, the latter owes the Saxon gold rabbit its bright red-yellow color. Saxon gold rabbits were presented for the first time in 1952 , and in 1961 they were recognized as a breed. Saxony gold rabbits can now be seen regularly at exhibitions.

Similar races

The New Zealand red rabbit has the same coat color, but is significantly larger at 4–5 kg.

Joppich mentions a breed again extinct called Karlsbader Goldloh , which was bred out by a certain Friedrich Mader between the First and Second World Wars , but disappeared again. Genetically it probably corresponded to the Thrianta.

Red, the color of the Saxon gold rabbit, is a recognized color in various other breeds.

Sachsengold-type rabbits were bred at least at the same time in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic . Fingerland describes the relationship between the races.

The Dutch standard knows the Thrianta , also a red and yellow, small rabbit breed that was provisionally recognized as early as 1940 and recognized as a breed in the Netherlands from 1971. The Netherlands is given as the country of origin . Although Saxony Gold is a German name of this breed listed, but the Erbformel shown in the Dutch standard corresponds:
AcCDgoy1y2 ... (German symbolism) or atBCDe (English symbolism)
a tan rabbit with yellow body color.

Fingerland describes that this breed was bred by Andrea from Assen , later the crossing of Sachsengold took place. The breed changed its name several times until it was finally adopted into the standard as Thrianta in 1977.

The Czech red rabbit was bred by Theodor Svoboda from Prague from yellow "stable rabbits" using tan rabbits. After first introducing the breed in 1950, it was recognized in 1959.


  • Standaard van de konijnenrassen, cavia's en small knaagdieren in Nederland. Nederlandse Konijnenfokkersbond, Venlo 1990, ISBN 90-6216-276-2 . (Dutch)
  • W. Schlohlaut: The big book of the rabbit. 2nd Edition. DLG-Verlag, Frankfurt 1998, ISBN 3-7690-0554-6 .
  • F. Joppich: The rabbit. 3rd, revised. and additional edition. Deutscher Landwirtschaftsverlag, Berlin 1967, DNB 457107138 .
  • FK Dorn, G. March: Breed rabbit breeding. 5th edition. Neumann-Neudamm, Melsungen 1984, ISBN 3-7888-0326-6 .
  • J. Fingerland: Czech Red Rabbits. In: rabbits. 12/1999, ISSN  0941-0848 .

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