Thrianta Rabbits

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Thrianta Rabbit Breed Info

Tan Rabbit BreedRecognized colors: One standard color

Size: 4.5-6 pounds.

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Thrianta Rabbit Information and History

Many new breeds were added to the ARBA Standards in the 1980’s.  Among them were notables such as the Mini Rex, American Fuzzy Lop, Satin Angora.  Then for almost twenty years, the roster sat at 45 breeds, not one more gaining acceptance.  They tried – the Velveteen Lop, the Lionhead, and others – but for almost two decades none of them made it all the way through the difficult process of becoming recognized.  Finally in 2005, not one breed but two were approved for their final showing by the ARBA Standards committee.  Those breeds were the Mini Satin and the Thrianta.

New as it is to the United States, the Thrianta has been known in Holland since before World War II.  The Dutch royal family was known as “The House of Orange”, and in the turbulent times of the 1930’s, a schoolteacher in the Netherlands named H. Andreae decided to show his loyalty to the royalty by producing a very orange rabbit.  Mr. Andreae lived in a province called Drenthe, but eventually his new breed of orange bunnies became known by an older term for the region, Thrianta.   It was accepted into the Dutch standard on May 1, 1940.

Just nine days later, Hitler invaded the Netherlands.  Most of the Thriantas were lost during the war.  In the years after, the few survivors were merged with a German breed known as the Sachsengold.   This gave birth to the Thrianta we know today.  They were first imported to the United Sates by Judith Oldenburg-Graf in 1996.  A series of importations followed from 1998-2003, giving America gene pool that breeders work with currently.   ARBA’s former Executive Director Glenn Carr saw the breed to its acceptance, backed by an enthusiastic Thrianta club membership.

Thriantas are about the same weight and body type as the Standard Chinchilla or the Lilac.  The type is compact, posed with the head near to the table.  When viewed from the side, the topline should rise in a smooth arc from the shoulders, peak near the hips and round off to the tail.  The fur is a rollback coat type, meaning that it slowly returns to its natural position when rubbed against the grain.  The outstanding feature of this breed is its bright red-orange color, earning it the nickname, “The Fire of the Fancy.”  The color should be as even as possible over the whole rabbit, and carried far down the hair shaft.

The Thrianta has been warmly received by the ARBA membership, gaining a fair amount of popularity in the few years it has been around.

Thrianta Rabbit Care

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Thrianta Rabbit Resources

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