Astrex History
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Astrex, Astrex Type, & Kinky Fur Type

Astrex Fur === refers to Astrex rabbits showing curl and / or wave in rex fur type. (Astrex rabbits will/shall carry the wa wa (double recessive) for wave/curl gene and will gain/increase in curl/wave until they reach 18 ~ 24 months of age) (Astrex rabbits MUST show CURL and / or wave in rex coats to be classified as Astrex rabbits, and maintained in our Data Base ~~ and may also exhibit all three fur types: CURLY, and WAVY and Kinky fur with the predominance of fur being CURLY and/or Wavy)

NOTE: OUR goal is to breed FULL FLEDGED CURLY ASTREX with curly rex fur distributed over the entire head/body that resemble the blue Astrex buck from 1945.


Astrex Type Fur === refers to rabbits showing wavy and kinkiness of the rex fur or nearly rex fur type and the animal must not loose this, but must keep this fur type until reaching maximum wave at 18--24 months, to be accepted and maintained as Astrex Type rabbits in our Data Base.

Kinky Fur Type === Refers to rabbits with a kinkiness (or slight wave) of individual hairs in rex or nearly rex fur type. These rabbits may have a kink to the ends of individual hairs, or a slight wave to each individual hair. (These fur type rabbits WILL NOT be listed as Astrex rabbits, or Astrex Type rabbits, but as KINKY FUR TYPE rabbits used in Astrex Rabbit and Astrex Type Rabbit development.) (An Astrex or Astrex Type rabbit may have may have curly/wavy AND kinky fur, but KINKY FUR TYPE rabbits will not be included as Astrex or Astrex Type.)

Best Modern Way to Describe Astrex Fur:
Take a very silky textured poodle (dog) and shear/clip it. When the poodle fur starts to grow back, after about a week, AND is Rex Rabbit Fur length, and which is short, silky, and with CURLS, waves, "cowlicks", ripples, "waterwaves", going in EVERY direction, but is too short to make a complete ringlet curl !! ~~ This greatly approximates Astrex rabbit fur...and thus describes Meek's "water waved" Astrex buck. This is the standard of Astrex rabbit we are striving to save from extinction, using all our available Astrex and Astrex Type stock to do so. Rett


Only through the extremely rare appearance of Astrex Type "sports" have I/we been able to reproduce Astrex Type Rabbits in the last 5 1/2 years. Astrex/Astrex Type "sports" must be crossed with other Astex Types to stabilize modifiers and other genes involved. This is why other rabbit breeders have graciously donated their rare Astrex Type sport kits to our Astrex Redevelopment program, for which we are kindly thankful! This is why we are not yet selling Astrex Rabbits...because we wish develop fully curly wavy rex ~~ that will reproduce it's kind with each breeding... hence, TRUE Astrex Rabbits !!

American Astrex Rabbit Breed Standard for Fur:
Written by: Loretta Ann Bowman
(American Astrex Rabbits / Cotton Tails & Bunny Hop Farm / Astrex Rabbits)

Based upon nearly 4 years of intense research of Astrex rabbits from various and numerous sources. For Full AARB Breed Standard please download the AARB Club form and send in your $15.00 club dues. You AARBC packet will include full BREED STANDARDS, Membership Card and Certificate. Mail directly to the Address listed on your application/ etc. Thanks, Rett



Here are some examples of Fur Texture found in Astrex and Astrex type rabbits. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge.


carmel

louie

simon

storm

storm

storm

storm

ripples

ripples

ripples

ripples

louie

carmel

sizzle

sizzle

Current ~
Astrex or Astrex Type molting to Wavy/kinky fur and gaining wave

Ripples ~
Fur Texture, Head, Face, Shoulders, Other Areas

RainBow ~
Ripples' Mom ~~ Black Orange Harlequin Doe

Ripples new daugther out of his sister Blessing,
born Nov. 7, 2003

Ripples new daugther out of his sister Blessing,
born Nov. 7, 2003

Darling little Glacier I ~~
out of Stacy's NZ stock. He did not survive past 4 months of age due to his small size and health.





Developmental Stock:


Sweetie Pie, sire to Ripples
(Regular Furred Harelquin Rabbit)




Broken black Astrex kit born 2 1/2 years ago (March 2001) from Rett's stock ~~ unrelated to Ripples


Ripples new daugther out of his sister Blessing
~ born Nov. 7, 2003





Ribbons x Storm baby, Black Astrex-Astrex Type Kit, 3 weeks old

Ribbons x Storm Blue Astrex baby, 3 wks old, getting wave, curly, etc. Born 12-10-03

Ribbons x Storm Astrex Kit - Blue 3 weeks getting curly, wavy, rosettes. Born 12-10-03

Ribbons x Storm Astrex Type Kit 3 weeks old developing some rosettes, curl,& wave

Astrex Type Kit January 7, 2003
4 weeks old

Astrex Type Kit January 7, 2003
4 weeks old

Astrex Type Kit January 7, 2003
4 weeks old

Astrex Type Kit

Astrex Type Kit

In loving memory of Glacier
Died: December 12 th, 2003
Now he's one of Heaven's smallest bunny angels.

Glacier- Tiny Ruby-eyed White Astrex Type Buck

Glacier-
Dam: Hannah II
Sire: Silver (of One Acre Farm)
October, 2003 - Dec. 12, 2003

Astrex Type Kit born Dec 31, 2003

Astrex Type Kit born Dec 31, 2003

Astrex Type Kit born Oct 25, 2003






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