Description: The satin bone is strong and powerful with front legs carried straight. The most important feature is the coat, which should be exceedingly dense, about one and a quarter inches in length. Although the satin pelt has been used in fur work, it is not as successful as was initially expected.
The satin is an all-American mutation of fur rabbit. It was first bred by Walter Huey of Indiana from a white doe and an English imported Havana buck. The resulting litter contained satin Havanas that were instantly recognizable because of the shiny appearance of their coats.
The satin has a high gloss sheen over its entire fur, resulting from the flattened scales of each strand of hair and the absence of the central hollow cells of the normal fur. From every angle, the fur of the satin displays the unique satin-like sheen that is so attractive.
Discovered in 1930, the satin mutation was not exported to England until about 1947. The most popular color of the satin is ivory, which is the white or albino. The actual color of the ivory is more creamy than white. Many other colors of satin are really the normal colors and normal markings of the fur breeds that have been satinised.
The American satin varieties include the black, blue, Californian, red, chinchilla, chocolate, copper, Siamese and, of course, the ivory. The copper and the Siamese are slightly different from those of the normal fur breed. The copper is similar to the Belgian hare in color, including the black ticking. The Siamese has a white base at each hair so the shadings are much lighter than in the normal fur Siamese sables.
The satin is a medium-sized rabbit weighing from six to eight pounds, with a cobby body and slightly arched back. The head is broad and carried on a short neck; the ears are in proportion to the body, wide and well-covered.