Urban Rabbits

Description of the Tan Specific Care Information Breeding and Propagation An Autotelic Activity

Most folks have one or two breeders they initially get stock from to start with. Over time you'll add new blood lines to enhance certain features in your Tans. There is no "perfect" Tan but it is the goal of all breeders to create one as close to perfect as possible. No one person is responsible for where the breed is today. They are an accumulation of the work of many.

This information was put together as a result of working many years with this beautiful breed. We hope you find it helpful and inspiring. As with any hobby, there are ups and downs but for the most part, working with Tans is quite rewarding. There really is something irresistible about these little buggers!


2004 Tan Nationals Best of BreedTans are an old breed that has unique markings and striking coloring. They originally come from England where they have been shown since the late 1800's.

Color development:
Black & Tan Rabbit - circa 1887
Blue & Tan Rabbit - circa 1900
Chocolate & Tan Rabbit - circa 1920
Lilac & Tan Rabbit - circa 1925

Accepted adult weight range:
4 - 5-1/2 pounds

Tans are a full arched breed. Rabbits with this type show an arch starting at the nape of their neck, running smoothly over their shoulders, mid section and hips. Typical arched breed rabbits will display more depth than width. Tans have a very lean, compact, well balanced body. They are visually striking because of their unique markings, contrast and intensity of their coloration. Their fur is slick and glossy. Tans are raised as a fancy rabbit, not for fur or meat.

There are four varieties (colors) in the Tan breed: Black, Blue, Chocolate and Lilac. While our main focus is Black and Blue Tans, we also work with a small number of Lilac Tans. All four varieties have identical "tan" patterns. The Tan coloration is an intense, deep red color that is consistent from it's chest through it's tail. A Tan in it's prime will about take your breath away - it is a stunning and beautiful rabbit.

Tans are a very intelligent and gentle breed when they have been raised properly. They make superb companion rabbits. We have a ball working with our Tans and it shows in their temperament and handle-ability, all while being VERY competitive on the show table at the national level. Our stock began as a combination of domestic Tans and imported Tans from England out of old, stable lines.


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Urban Rabbits