Bourbonnais Grey

SPECIFICATION
General information

  • Originated in France.
  • A rare breed of rabbit.
  • Very powerful.

BIOLOGICAL DATA
Normal
Weight

  • 4-5 kg (11 lb).

Build/physique

  • Thick set.
  • Well muscled.
  • Well balanced.
  • Slightly curved head.
  • Well furred ears, up to 12.7 cm (5 in) long.
  • Large eyes.
  • Short neck.
  • Medium sized legs with strong hind legs.

Hair quality

  • Very dense.
  • Soft.
  • Lustrous.

Colors/markings

  • Dark gray, covering all of the body except the belly, chin and under tail.
  • Belly, chin and under tail are a blue-gray color.
  • Overall color is slate blue with longer gray guard hairs tipped black.

Disease common to different rabbit types
House rabbit

  • Snuffles.
  • Torticollis.
  • Fracture of the tibia.
  • Broken back.
  • Abscesses.
  • Obesity.
  • Hairball in the stomach.
  • Inadequate feed.
  • Dental overgrowth.
  • Problems in old age:
    • Kidney disease.
    • Arteriosclerosis.
    • Tumors (uterus and mammary gland).
    • Itching and scales, eg due to stiffness.

Pet rabbit

  • Myxomatosis (vaccination is advised).
  • Viral hemorrhagic disease (vaccination is advised).
  • Salmonellosis.
  • Listeriosis.
  • Toxoplasmosis.
  • Pseudotuberculosis.
  • Inadequate feeding.
  • Snuffles.
  • Parasitic disorders:
    • Coccidiosis.
    • Ear mites.
    • Trichostrongylidae.
    • Cysticercosis.

Show rabbit (including problems common to the pet rabbit)

  • Sore hocks.
  • Gastric trichobezoars.
  • Problems in old age:
    • Kidney disease.
    • Arteriosclerosis.
    • Tumors (uterus and mammary gland).
  • Also problems common to the Pet rabbit as listed above.
Farmed rabbits
  • Sore hocks.
  • Snuffles and enzootic pneumonia.
  • Enteritis (all types).
  • Fertility problems.
  • Dermatomycosis.

ANCESTRY

  • Gray regional rabbits.

SOURCES
Publications
Refereed papers
Other

  • British Rabbit Council & Pet Plan (1999) The Rabbit List. (For a free copy, send an A5 SAE to The Rabbit List, Pet Plan Ltd, Computer House, Great West Road Brentford, Middlesex TW8 9DX, UK.)
  • Sandford J C (1996) The Domestic Rabbit. 5th Edn: Blackwell Sciences. pp 27-28. ISBN 0 632 03894 2.
  • Okerman L (1994) Diseases of Domestic Rabbits. 2nd Edn: Blackwell Sciences. pp 140-141. ISBN 0 632 03804 7.
  • Brown M (1982) Exhibition and Pet Rabbits. 2nd Edn: Triplegate Ltd. pp 63-66. ISBN 0 862 30050 9.

Websites

Person(s)
Organization(s)

  • American Rabbit Breeders Association, PO Box 426, Bloomington, IL 61702, USA. Tel: +1 309 664 7500; Fax: +1 309 664 0941; Email: arbapost@aol.com; Website: http://www.arba.net.
  • The Rabbit Welfare Association, PO Box 603, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 5WL UK. Tel: +44 (0)1403 267658; Website: http://www.houserabbit.co.uk.
  • British Rabbit Council, Purefoy House, 7 Kirkgate, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 1AD, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1636 676042; Website: http://www.thebrc.fsnet.co.uk.
  • House Rabbit Society, 1524 Benton Street, Alameda, CA 94501, USA. Website: http://www.rabbit.org.