Beveren

Breed: Beveren
Description: The blue Beveren should be a lavender shade right down to the skin; the white should be pure white with no hint of yellow stain or colored hairs; the black should be deep, jet black with a dark blue undercolor and the brown should be an even shade of nutria brown with a beige undercolor.

The Beveren is one of the oldest and largest of the fur rabbits. It was first bred in Beveren, a small town near Antwerp in Belgium. About 1915, during World War I, the Beveren became very popular in England because meat was very scarce. The flesh of the Beveren was more important than the fur at the time. The first Beverens were blue; later blacks, browns and whites were produced. The color must be deep and solid. The presence of white hairs in coloreds and silvering are common faults that must be avoided if the rabbit is to produce good colored youngster. Silvering was a common fault in the early blues. Because it was initially believed that they were too dark, the blues were crossed with light colored rabbits of other breeds and the silvering became prevalent.

The texture of the coat is intensely dense and thick. The fur should feel exquisitely silky and soft. Any harshness or woolliness is a fault. The desired length of fur is about one inch to one and a half inches. An interesting feature of the white Beveren is its clear blue eyes, distinguishing it from many of the other white fur breeds. The Beveren is the largest of the fur breeds, weighing seven to 10 pounds. The body is long but broad, with a distinct mandolin shape. The head is broad with a distinct curve from the forehead to the tip of the nose. The ears are long and broad with good substance or thickness, held in a “V” shape. The ear color should match that of the body perfectly. The ears of some Beverens tend to be a shade darker, throwing off the color balance.