The New Zealand Rex Rabbit Breed was developed in America during the period shortly after the Rex rabbit was introduced. It is not certain exactly when it was created, but pictures are available of a buck New Zealand Rex shown in 1930.
Unlike many breeds that were created overseas, the New Zealand breed is an American made creation from the early 1900’s. Their bloodlines are not formally documented; however, it is believed that the Golden Fawn, now an extinct breed, and the Belgian Hare played a major role in its creation.
When the Rex rabbit was introduced to America in 1924, the American Federation of New Zealand Breeders jumped on the band wagon to create the New Zealand Rex rabbit breed. The breed held its own standards for Red and White varieties until 1935 when it was integrated into the Rex National Club and lost its individual standards. It has been extinct since that time.
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