Adult Size: Large (8.5-11 pounds/ 3.9-5 kilograms)
Cinnamon rabbits are large, attractive rabbits. Its coat is short and easy to care for, so weekly grooming with a slicker brush should be adequate for the majority of the year. However, biweekly grooming may be necessary during the shedding season. They are good-natured and easy going, and enjoy attention.
The Cinnamon rabbits come with a very appealing color combination of rust with gray ticking. Bucks weigh about 9.5 pounds and does slightly more. The fur of a Cinnamon rabbit has a rich russet brown color, similar to that of cinnamon.
They are a cross of New Zealand Whites, Chinchillas, Checkered Giants and Californians which was developed in Montana. The American Rabbit Breeders Association first accepted it as a breed in 1972. It is primarily bred for show and for its meat, but has also become a good house pet despite it being on the larger side.
Of its four parent breeds, the New Zealand, Checkered Giant and Californian are largely bred for its meat; thus, the Cinnamon rabbits have high potential to be a meat rabbit as well. Their body is well filled with meat and is generally accepted as “commercial” typed bodies.
They have a happy disposition, reasonably calm and love human attention making them a good choice as pets for households with children. Being large in size may be an advantage to these breeds because children have difficulty picking them up, which in turn reduces their chances of being hurt. This breed doesn’t require too much. A well-balanced diet, minimal grooming, room to exercise in, food and toys to chew on, and time is well enough for it to thrive.
It has been included on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy’s list of rare rabbit breeds but isn’t actually considered endangered. However, there are only a few hundred of them and are quite difficult to come by.