A lovely utility breed, Beverens are raised for meat, fur, and some for show. They have a beautiful soft pelt, and they are a large rabbit and is a productive meat producer.
Does are excellent mothers, and raise large litters. The does are gentle, and the kits grow quickly.
Beverens thrive in a range of containment conditions, from colonies to wire hutches.
- Type - meat, fur
- Size - medium-large
- Production Capability - efficient producers of meat
- Special Features - dense and glossy fur with gentle rollback
- Best for Farms - good for farms who can afford a more rare rabbit for breeding and meat production, who prefer something a little unusual
- Egg, Milk, Meat Features - typical rabbit meat
- Other Products - not applicable
- Historic or Contemporary Significance - presence in the US for over a century
- Housing and Space Requirement - typical for meat rabbit
- Regional Adaptations - adaptable
- Feed Requirement - typical
- Other Considerations - As with all rare rabbit breeds, they are expensive to acquire, but also sell for a higher price as breeding stock or pets.
SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT RABBITS:
There are a gazillion rabbit breeds. We don't have all the good meat rabbits listed here (if we missed a particularly good one, let us know, it does not have to be endangered).
Rabbits produce a lot of young, so they are subject to fairly lax endangerment standards. They are not considered endangered until there are very VERY few left - the numbers are much lower than for many other species.
This means that some breeds NOT considered endangered may still be very difficult to obtain. It also means that by the time they ARE endangered, they may be IMPOSSIBLE to obtain. But many are still available unregistered, even when considered endangered. It is confusing.
If it is practically impossible to obtain the animals, we have not listed them. If they have genetic problems, are difficult to breed to a fussy standard that is irrelevant to utility, we have also not included them as a rule.