of the CRSC
of the Club shall be to promote and improve the breeding of Californian
rabbits; to encourage the exhibition of the Californian; to advance and
protect the interests of the public as well as those of the breeders by
the dissemination of authentic and reliable information concerning their
value for food, fur and show; and to cooperate with other organizations in
the promotion of Californian rabbit breeding in general.
of the CRSC
A. O. Kelly Jr., of University City, Missouri, started the organization
of the Californian Specialty Club. The club was started to stimulate the
improvement of the Californian rabbit and make it prominent on the show
In early 1947 a Constitution and By-Laws was adopted and application
made to the American Rabbit Breeders Association Fifty members from
sixteen states were in the original group. In 1948 Wesley Dixon was
elected President and by 1952 the club had grown to 290 members from 30
states and Hawaii.
The first Californian rabbit was shown at South Gate, California in
1928. The 1932 ARBA Convention in Pittsburgh, PA. was the first
convention that the Californian was shown. The breed was given a working
Standard in 1939. On March 7, 1948 a special meeting was held in
Bakersfield, California to complete a new Standard that had been
presented at the 1947 Milwaukee, WI. Convention for discussion. The
Standard as drawn up and approved at the meeting was mailed to the
membership for approval. The Standard was approved, presented, and
accepted by the ARBA at the Long Beach Convention in 1949. Prior to 1955
some other changes were made in the Standard and again a clarification
was made concerning smut on the usable portion of the pelt. Our standard
was rewritten in 1965 under chairman William A. Schaefer of Windsor,
Connecticut. The Standard was updated again in 1980 with points allotted
for condition. The 1991-95 Standard had some minor word changes and the
1995-2000 standard was updated with wording and some changes in weight
classifications. The "New 2011-15 ARBA Standard of Perfection"
will be available at the ARBA Convention in November held at
The name of the Californian Rabbit Specialty Club was adopted in 1959 to
make it clear to people other than rabbit breeders that a Californian is
Many changes have been made in our Constitution and By-Laws over the
years in order to upgrade and advance our breed.
Our breeders have become more skillful over the years. As a result the
competition has attained a very high level. The Californian rabbit has
won Best in Show at ARBA Convention four times. Mark and Clyde Henry of
Michigan in 1975, Brian Rice of Indiana in 1981, Trudy Hannon of
California in 1982 and J.R. Wilson of South Carolina in 1988. Will you
be the next to "WIN!" this honor?
During the 1981-82 show season the sweepstakes contest winners posted
over 24,000 points. The runner up during this time period totaled over
20,000 sweepstakes points, third place had over 17,000. This was a
sensational occurrence and has not been accomplished since that time.
The Californian Rabbit Specialty Club formally recognized it's youth
members before any other Specialty Club. Our youth members have enjoyed
the same privileges as the adults since 1958. A youth sweepstakes
contest is held annually (starting July 1st - June 30th) each year with
excellent competition by our youth members.
Over the years many wonderful people have continued the advancement of
the Californian rabbit. To the people we all owe a debt of gratitude.