Description: The pinkish dove shade is much more uniform over the entire rabbit; the blue cast is much less common. A good lilac is pleasing to the eye; the coat should be deep and soft to the touch. There should also be a warm glow to the rabbit resulting from the pinkish dove shade of the fur, which should have a lustrous look.
The lilac is believed by many authorities to have originated as a sport in a litter of Havanas. Others say that it was bred by crossing a blue Beveren with a Havana. The second method, first accomplished by Professor R.C. Punnet in 1922, has been described in detail. The litter from this cross, which was all black, carried the factor for dilution and, when bred among themselves, produced blue, black, brown, and lilac. The lilac is a dilute brown.
The lilac was originally known as the Cambridge blue. The Gouda, a lilac-colored Dutch rabbit, wasproduced two years earlier than the English lilac. The lilac bears an unmistakable resemblance to its Havana forebears in type. The body is short and cobby with well-developed hind quarters. The head is short; the short ears are held upright.
Many of the earlier lilacs were much heavier boned with thinner, harsher coats that were inclined to be flyback. Another common failing with the early lilacs was the abundance of white hairs under the armpits. It is very rare indeed to find a lilac today with these faults. Contemporary coats are much denser, giving the lilac a pelt of exceptional softness.