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Palomino Rabbits

Adult Size: Large (8-11 pounds/ 3.6-5 kilograms)rabbit breeds

Palomino rabbits have a smaller bone structure than other meat rabbits, which gives you a higher meat ratio. They are actually one of the meatiest rabbits out there, but they take a bit longer to grow. Bucks may be 8-10 pounds and does usually range from 9-11 pounds. Litter size is usually 8 kits but can range from 6 to 12. Solid wide shoulders and hindquarters as well as firm flesh condition throughout shows a rabbit that produces muscle. This means that they can also produce a five pound fryer for meat production also.

Palominos come in two colors: Golden & Lynx. The Golden has an orange/brown golden color (as the name suggests) and the Lynx has a bit more grey or silver tone in the fur. One disadvantage for this breed though is that it takes a while for them to mature, but many have attested for it to be worth the wait.

Aside from being known as one of the meatiest commercial rabbits, the Palominos are also considered to be one of the best breed of house pet that have been available. They have a very docile and friendly temperament, and like to be around people. Palominos are not a pure breed but a mix of many other rabbit breeds and were bred to find the nest mixture ideal for commercial and petting.  They were developed in Coulee Dam, Washington by Mark Young.

The body of a Palomino is well rounded and meaty with some curvaceous bumps. The breed is also known for its hardiness and excellent production qualities making them a fine bred for showing and for meat production as well. Show Palominos are bred for their big rears, the shoulders grow last but will be in proportion with the rest of the body in time. Meat Palominos, on the other hand, are bred because of their big shoulders.

They display a very cute appearance with a very gentle personality to match too. They are cuddly and make for wonderful pets because they can be great with kids. However, it is best to keep them on the ground then holding them constantly. Palominos have also been used as Animal Assisted Therapy animals.

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