White New Zealanders

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The White New Zealander is a medium-sized, conspicuously blocky, pure white rabbit breed weighing around 4–5 kg. In contrast to the White Viennese, for example, it is a real albino . The white New Zealander is a typical farm rabbit with a type bred for quick growth and good meat yield, which is noticeable for its compact shape, broad head and comparatively short ears.

History of the White New Zealander

The White New Zealander was bred as a farm rabbit in the United States between WWI and WWII . It is not known with certainty which races were involved in its creation, in addition to the Red New Zealander , white giants and Angora rabbits are said to have been crossed. The breed was touted as the best economic breed in the US and introduced to Europe after World War II. In Germany , the White New Zealanders were shown for the first time at the European Show in Essen in 1960 and the agricultural exhibition in Markkleeberg in 1964 . Due to its very good utility properties, the White New Zealander spread very widely, especially in the GDR it was widespread, also due to the promotion of private rabbit keeping. Rabbits of this type are kept worldwide for meat production, Sandford also points out the importance of the White New Zealander as a laboratory animal.

Similar races

The Red New Zealander is a bright red colored animal of the same type of meat rabbit. The Black New Zealander is, according to its name, solid black. A Blue New Zealander is also recognized in Great Britain , its color corresponds to that of the Blue Vienna . These rabbit breeds are not a breed of color, but an independent breed with a distinctly blocky build.

A similar meat rabbit that was also bred using the White New Zealander is the Californian .


  • J. Broekhuis; DWH Krooshof: Rasbeschrijfing van de Rus, Californian, Nieuwzeelander , Nederlandse Russen, Californian & Witte Nieuwzeelander Club, 1996.
  • Friedrich Karl Dorn, Günther March: breed rabbit breeding. A manual for rabbit keepers and breeders , 7th edition, Neumann, Leipzig / Radebeul 1989, ISBN 3-7888-0569-2 .
  • Dieter Dress: Investigations into the influence of rabbits of the New Zealand White breed with varying degrees of heat tolerance on the fattening performance of their offspring at higher ambient temperatures. Hannover 1986, DNB 870807765 (Dissertation TiHo Hannover 1986, 88 pages).
  • Friedrich Joppich: The rabbit , 4th edition, Deutscher Landwirtschaftsverlag, Berlin 1969, DNB 574147241 .
  • John C. Sandford: The domestic rabbit , 5th edition, Blackwell Science, Oxford 1996 ISBN 0-632-03894-2 (English).
  • Wolfgang Schlolaut, Klaus Lange: The big book of the rabbit , 2nd edition, DLG, Frankfurt am Main 1998, ISBN 3-7690-0554-6 .
  • Victor Sotto: Growth process and carcass quality of New Zealand white rabbits , Rostock 1983, DNB 840690711 ( Dissertation A University of Rostock 1983, 91 pages).