About Palomino rabbits...
The Palomino (Pal for short)
originated in Washington State by Mark Youngs.
Unfortunately he did not keep track of the breedings and is
deceased so we will never know what breeds were mixed to get the
Pal. I can guess (this is only my educated guess) white or
red New Zealands, Cinnamon, Creme D'Argent, or Silver.
The Pal is a meat breed so
basically when you look at a Pal you want to see meat aka muscle
under the fur.
Fur type is flyback (if you pet the rabbit's fur towards the
head it will immediately fly back to its original position).
Palominos come in two varieties or colors Golden (I raise
golden) and Lynx (have more tinting of gray or silver throughout
their fur). Although not recognized by the American Rabbit
Breeders Association Palominos will occasionally have a white
with red eyes baby in the litter, this color is called Albino or
I have even seen it referred to as roan or rewn.
Lynx Palomino owned by Vern Palmblad
A litter of Golden Palominos with
Picture taken by Melissa Becker
The average weight of a Pal is 9 lbs.
Pre-Junior bucks and does - under 3 months of age not exceed 5
Junior Bucks - under 6 months of age, not to exceed 8 lbs but at
least 4 lbs.
Junior Does - under 6 months of age, not to exceed 8.5 lbs but
at least 4 lbs.
Intermediate Bucks - 6 to 8 months of age, not over 9 lbs.
intermediate Does - 6 to 8 months of age, not over 9.5 lbs.
Senior Bucks - 8 months of age and older, weight 8 to 10 lbs
ideal weight of 9.
Senior Does - 8 months of age and older, weight 9 to 11
lbs ideal weight of 10.
Litter size is usually 8 kits but can range from 6 to 12.
Palominos are generally a very docile breed. They are
great with kids of almost any age. In 4-H a child has to
be in the fourth grade to start showing rabbits as a junior
showman. That is usually the perfect age for a child to
get a Palomino as they are able to handle the size of an adult
Pal (the girl in the above picture is my sister Alex when she
was in the fourth grade. The kits or young Pals are great
for the younger kids to hold and learn to care for.
As docile as many of the Pals are they make excellent Animal
Assisted Therapy animals too. My buck Amos Moses was
certified with Dove Lewis Animal Assisted Therapy and Education
(DLAATE) program from September of 2004 until he perished in
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The history of the Palomino rabbit
January 3, 10:06 PMDallas Small Farms ExaminerCindi Hinton
The History of the Palomino Rabbit
The Palominos were developed at the Lone Pine Rabbitry by Mark
Youngs of Coulee Dam, in Washington State during the 1940’s and
early 1950’s. Youngs began raising rabbits in 1910 and he always
had this vision and desire to create a new breed of rabbit.
For many years Mr. Youngs purchased meat rabbits from the
youngsters of the area. Mr. Youngs selected what appeared to be
sports from some of these live fryers and would mate them
together. Occasionally he would obtain in some of the litters
buckskin or light yellow-brown youngsters. Youngs would also
refer to this color as “tawnies”. These off colored yellow-brown
rabbits were all saved and interbred. He would also introduce
blood from other sources into his project that he termed “color-blen
breeding”. Future generations would produce a fawn or golden
In the early days of developing Mr. Youngs along with his
co-breeders were faced with rabbits that were plagued with dark
ticking, smut, heavy dark ear lacing, white toenails, large
white eye circles, uneven color, white spots, the wooly gene,
along with albinos. Those early pioneers trudged along in their
goals that Mr. Youngs had envisioned for his new creation.
Note: “Presented” means that they are there on exhibit for the
ARBA committee to see and vote on if they would like to accept
the new breed.
Mr. Youngs, along with his wife Mabel, presented the new breed
for the first time at the 1952 ARBA convention and show at
Portland, Oregon, and dubbed the breed “Washingtonian”, however
he did not like that name so he placed a coffee can next the
cages holding the exhibition rabbits, which would serve as a
suggestion box for naming the new breed. People offered such
names as; Honey-Dew, Honey-Fawn, Golden Palomino and of course
we all know the winning suggestion was Palomino.
The Washingtonians were presented at the 1953 Amarillo, Texas
ARBA Convention when the name was officially changed to
Palomino. They were presented at the 1954 York, Pennsylvania
convention, the 1955 Columbus Ohio Convention, the 1956 St Paul,
Minnesota Convention. The Standards committee still had not
approved the new breed because they felt they need further
improvement. Then in Little Rock, Arkansas Convention in 1957 we
would see the Palomino recognized as a new breed in America,
with one variety, the Lynx. The most popular color of the breed
is the Golden, which received final approval in 1958 at the
Springfield, Illinois Convention. The first Palomino ever
registerd was in the fall of 1957 by Francis E. Baughman of
The Palominos have always been known for their amazing
hardiness, excellent production qualities along with their rapid
growth for fryer size animal. It is a fine breed for either meat
production or for showing. The breed has been introduced into
Europe, Malta, and even South Africa. Adults weigh from 8 to 10
pounds. A Palomino Specialty club was formed in 1955, simply
called Palomino Co-Breeder. It was all about the hand shake
between Mark Youngs and a new breeder. The handshake remains as
part of the emblem today.