There is a lot of confusion with breeding the different colored fuzzy
My Shaded Breeding Program:
I had a Fuzzy Lop and a Holland Lop shaded breeding program
that consisted of Sable point, Siamese sables and Smoke
pearl. I also
kept Self colors Blue and Black
that I could safely breed to the shaded;
I can also breed my Blue and Black fuzzy lops to my Chocolate and Lilac.
I left out Tort because Tort is a Genetically more like a self and not a
shaded. It looks shaded and it's under shaded in the ARBA color groups.
However, when you cross a tort with one of the shaded colors mentioned above
you'll get a smutty colored shaded rabbit.
If I want to use a tort to improve body type, I'd breed it to a self
Then use a self colored kit from that litter to breed to the shaded. I
only have one litter that was a tort and sable point breeding. It was
the first litter I ever bred.
Below you can see that the C gene
is very different in torts from the shaded group.
Self Color group
Shaded Color Group
aaB_c(chl)_ D_ee Sable point
aaB_c(chl)_D_E_ Siamese Sable
aaB_c(chl)_ddE_ Smoke Pearl
aaB_c(chl)c(chl)ddE_ Seal (not a recognized fuzzy lop color,
but I'd use it in my breeding program)
Black Pointed white I'm not much of a pointed
white breeder (called AOV in other breeds like Jerseys). I had a
Chocolate pointed white. I bred Solid Chocolate to it. I know other
breeders will breed them to the shaded group of rabbits. Probably
because the C genes are relatively closer in nature.
Sleepy Hollow has a more complete Genetic
chart on fuzzy lops.
My Agouti Breeding Program:
When I bought Corbin's Flash I had to change my color breeding
program. Flash was Orange and didn't go with my shaded rabbits.
Therefore I switched my breeding program.
I now carry Orange, Fawn,
Opal, Chinchilla, and Squirrel (blue chin).
I still keep Self colors Blue and Black that I
can safely breed to Agouti colors.
I also have used on occasion Otter, Silver Marten, Frosty and
Ermine, ARBA does not recognize these colors
in Fuzzy lops and therefore
showable at ARBA shows.
When I breed Otter, Silver Marten, Frosty and
Ermine to Chin I get really clean chin colored babies, I also get a lot
of Frost and Ermine in my litters. They are really pretty and I send
them to pet homes or breeders trying to breed Chins.
Orange X Blue Otter and
Orange X Silver Marten and got Blue Otter,
Orange, and Chinchilla
Chinchilla X Chinchilla and got
Silver marten, Black, Chinchilla and Frosty.
Frosty, Ermine, Blue, Silver Marten, Black
Black X Chinchilla
and got Chinchilla, Black
Orange X Chinchilla and
Blue X Blue Otter and
got Blue, Blue Otter
Chestnut to Chinchilla and
I Still breed my Blue and Black fuzzy lops to my Chocolate and Lilac.
Below are examples of some young
fuzzy lops I've raised.