I finally got the chance to snap pictures of most of my Giant/cross keepers from this summer's breedings. These babies were all born in the middle of July and are now about 4 1/2 months old:).
here is BOCA, an FA/GA cross. She weighs in at 7 lbs. so her bone/frame
is good, but her wool is typical of what you might see in a
crossbreed---lack of balance and a very high maintenance coat as a
result. Surprisingly, the FA/GA crosses are proving far harder to keep
matt-free than the NZ/FA/GA crosses. I will need to breed toward the
easiest care coat possible that still maintains a correct ratio of GH to
This is DAFFODIL, the Chocolate littermate to Boca. I have said
before that I am not wild about the color Chocolate because it has never
been very dense in my experience, but since this girl has big bone and
has already passed the 8 lb. mark, I am keeping her around. LOL.
These are the two boys out of Marin, DOMINO and OLIVER. They are
not as large as the other rabbits, but their weights are still
respectable and they have very good type.
And this is the best (cross) baby that was born this year. MARLEY
is very large for her age (around 8 lbs.). She is typey and well
balanced. Her wool is dense and easy to care for, and she feels like a
lead weight when you pick her up *grin*. She is also out of an NZ/FA/GA
And this last picture is of Soraya, a black FA out of Etienne and
Diego who is also 4 1/2 months old. This is a beautiful little girl who
should do well on the show table next year:).
These buns only represent the first GA breedings I have done so
there will be lots of work to do in the future. Since the real work in
breeding is to isolate the best qualities of a herd and make them repeat
themselves again and again, it will take many years and many
generations to get the animal I want that can be produced the way I want
it over and over the same way. Just as it is with French Angoras or
any animal anywhere, each person's herd is like a signature that is
refined and developed over time. Lots of work, lots of time, and lots
of fried brain cells , LOL.