Havanas first appeared in the U.S. in 1916, imported by rabbit breeders visiting England, and soon Ohio and Illinois had many dedicated Havana breeders, where it was not unusual to have a hundred or more exhibited in shows there during the late 30’s. Then they spread to other midwest and western states.
Due to improved uniformity in color and the “near mink” texture of their fur in an era when furs were quite popular, Havana pelts were in great demand due to the fact that neither dying or shearing were required in matching pelts. Pelts were selling for as much as $1.00 each in 1928.
Realizing the great future of the Havana rabbit, ten fanciers met in Akron, Ohio, in September 1925 and organized the present Havana Club, later known as the American Federation of Havana Breeders, and today as the Havana Rabbit Breeders Association.
In the mid 30’s, the desire for a larger pelt led to the development of a new strain of Havana, called the “Heavy Weights” and later the “American,” weighing up to nine pounds. This was done without crossing, but by limiting size of litters, special feeding, and selective mating. When they were standardized in 1938, the regular Havanas became known as the Standard Havana, today the Chocolate Havana. However, considerable type of the petite, cozy, and cobby little chocolate soldiers was lost by increasing the size of the American, and by the late 40’s, these breeders became extinct and were dropped from the Standard for lack of interest.
In 1930, a well-known and respected Havana breeder, Mr. Walter Huey of Pendleton, Indiana, discovered quite by accident a new mutation of Havana rabbit while attempting by intensive inbreeding and selection to improve the color of the chocolate brown known as Havana. Research established and proved that some of these formerly discarded specimens were truly an entirely new coat mutation of separate characteristics, the hair shaft being finer in texture and the hair more dense, intensifying a rich glossy chocolate color, and a simple recessive character. At first these Havanas were shown in competition against the Standard Havana, but this raised a storm of protest which precipitated their being acknowledged as an entirely new coat mutation. Later they were standardized as the Satin Havana with the same type and weight description as the Standard Havana.
By the same type of genetic breeding, it was found that the Satin finish could be passed on successfully to other solid color breeds, the White Satin being the first other established satinized fur, until today there are nine recognized varieties and a separate breed sponsored by the American Satin Rabbit Breeders Association.
In 1965, the Blue Havana was accepted by the Havana Rabbit Breeders Association, having the same type, weight, etc., except color as the Chocolates.
In 1980, a third variety was accepted, namely, Black, with the same standard description, weight, etc., except color, with the stipulation that no other varieties by added ever, and sweepstakes points to be kept separate on each variety, but all three varieties were to compete for BOB and BOS.
Lee O. Stamm is generally given credit for originating both the Blue and Black varieties.
English Havana Standard compares favorably with our present Havana Standard except they have two varieties, both chocolate in color, but one variety is slightly larger than the regular Havana and has Rex fur.
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