Patches Rabbit Stud; Rabbit Genetics

Agouti Pattern

Agouti; The genetic code for Agouti is A?-B?-C?-D?-E?

When Agouti rabbits are born, their skin is black with a pink belly and pink around the eyes and under the chin. After a few days you will see a redish tinge appear through their coat, this is the agouti colouring coming through. Agouti is pretty much your dominant colour and is useful in rabbit breeding to get stronger coloring through your stock. With Agouti, you either like it or you dont. It's one of those colours.

Agouti is also know as Chestnut and Castor (Castor is for Rex breeds)


Opal; the genetic code for Opal is A?-B?-C?-dd-E?

Opal's develop the same as agouti's do, but instead of being born with black skin, they look blue. Opal is a really pretty colour. Normally people dont like Agouti's much, but love the dilutes of it.

Opal is basically the blue version of Agouti.

Cinnamon; The genetic code for Cinnamon is A?-bb-C?-D?-E?

Cinnamon develops the same as the Agouti and Opal colours, but instead, when it is born it appears to have brown skin, its a lightish brown. Cinnamons end up having a gold look about them and I think they are quite pretty!

Cinnamon is basically the chocolate version of Agouti.

Cinnamon is also know as Chocolate Chestnut



Lynx; The genetic code for Lynx is A?-bb-C?-dd-E?

As with the above colours, Lynx also develops like an Agouti, this time the skin appears lilac like, or a pinkish blue.

I love the colour Lynx in Rex rabbits as the colour is most intense in the shorter coats. It gives off a purple like effect with this golden colour coming through. Very pretty colour indeed!

Picture 1 is a Lynx Rex, Picture donated by Bec and Cyran from

Picture 2 is a Lynx Netherland Dwarf, Picture donated by Leanne from

Although these rabbits are the same colour, they appear different as the rex fur is much different to the Netherland dwarf coat. It would look even more different again in an angora coat!



Chinchilla; The genetic code for Chinchilla is A?-B?-Cchd?-D?-E?

As with Agouti, when Chinchilla's are born the are black skinned with a white belly, white around the eyes and under the chin. Unlike the Agouti though, instead of developing a redish tinge appearing through their coat, they develop white hairs appearing. The Chinchillas are what i call the 'blue cattle dog' of rabbits as their colour looks like a blue cattle dog. It is one of my all time favourites. A good Chinchilla will appear to have a greenish tinge to their coat in the 1st couple of weeks of their life.


Squirrel; The genetic code for Squirrel is A?-B?-Cchd?-dd-E?

The Squirrel develops the same as all the above colours. When born, it looks like an Opal would, but develops the white hairs like the Chinchilla does. Not alot of people seem to be able to recognise a good squirrel. It took me almost a year to realise I had a squirrel. It wasnt until I test mated her that I knew what she was. I took her to shows as a baby, and no one could tell me what her colour was, not even a judge from overseas!


Chocolate Chinchilla; The genetic code for Chocolate Chinchilla is A?-bb-Cchd?-D?-E?

Once again, the Chocolate Chinchilla develops the same as all agouti buns. This time the Chocolate Chinchilla ends up looking like someones mixed cinnamon and sugar together as it develops. it is quite pretty. I have bred 1 Vienna marked Chocolate Chinchilla, and once again, no one could tell me what colour he was. I had to test mate again to figure it out.

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Lilac Chinchilla; The genetic code for Lilac Chinchilla is A?-bb-C?-dd-E?

I have not bred a Lilac Chinchilla before, but i would imagine that it would devlop like all the above colours once again. I would imagine it was have a lialc look to its skin as a baby, and after a few days develop white fur under the colour. I hope to breed one in the future so I know more about it.

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Sable Agouti; The genetic code for Sable Agouti is A?-B?-Cchl?-D?-E?

Alot of people confuse Sable Agouti with Chinchilla, they are very different. Sable Agouti does look very similar to Chinchilla, however it contains the shaded gene in its genetics make up rather than the chinchilla gene, so basically it is a shaded agouti. It looks like a funny coloured Chinchilla and has a presence of brown, especially during moulting.

If you are unsure if your bun is a Sable Agouti, the easiest way to tell is to put it to a REW bun as if it is a Sable Agouti, it will only be able to produces Shaded babies and Possibly REWs if it carries REW

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Blue Sable Agouti; The genetic code for Blue Sable Agouti is A?-B?-C?-dd-E?

As with above, instead it is a blue version

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Chocolate Sable Agouti; The genetic code for Chocolate Sable Agouti is A?-bb-C?-D?-E?

I have not had an opportunity to work with this gene yet, however i would imagine that it would look pretty much identical to that of a Chocolate Chinchilla. When i have an opportunity to work with this colour, i will post more information.

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Lilac Sable Agouti; The genetic code for Lilac Sable Agouti is A?-bb-C?-dd-E?

As with above, instead a lilac version

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