Adult Size: Large (8.5-12 pounds/ 3.9-5.4 kilograms)
The Satin breed has translucent hair shafts that reflect light, giving the coat a very high sheen. Coat color ranges from black to copper to white…and many things in between. The breed has been known as “The Rabbit of Beauty and Distinction”. It got its name from that special coat that is different from all the other breeds. The ears stand erect and should be well covered with fur. The medium-length body should have well conformed hind quarters with a continuous curving top line (shoulders to the top of the hips).
Satins originated in the 1930s and were first bred by an American breed named, Walter Hey. Since then, it has been known throughout the world by almost every national governing body, although credits must be given to the Americans as the ones to be able to perfect the breed. It has multi-purposely been bred since then for its meat, fur and also for show.
A high protein diet supplemented with sunflower seeds helps maintain good body tone and a healthy coat but no special care other than routine brushing is required.
Satins have one of the best meat-to-bone ratios of the commercial breeds and other characteristics, which make them great for meat production, are their good growth rates, their great motherly instincts and their ease of breeding. This breed of rabbits has a calm temperament, is very good-natured and known to be gentle and friendly. They may be ideally suited as pets for children but are mostly kept by breeders for showing that is why they are less known by the public.
A good standard for Satin Rabbit is one with well rounded hindquarters, at or above minimum weight, nice rise form shoulders to the top of hips when in show position and a good shine on the coat. The Satins come in many different colors but most breeders and owners think that the red satin is the best color for this bred.