Rex rabbits have short guard hairs that lie below or level with the undercoat to give a soft velvety feel to the coat. Originally bred for their furs, rex rabbits were also suitable for the meat trade. Chinchilla and Havana rex pelts were highly popular but colours, such as the Orange, were less valuable despite the rich orange colour. And became popular exhibition rabbits.
An Orange rex weighs between 2.72-3.62kg (6-8 lbs) and has a well-proportioned body with medium head, strong hind legs and erect ears. The orange colour spreads well down the sides to a white belly.
Rex rabbits are of a medium size and can make suitable pets, providing they have been handled regularly and gently from a young age. They have a tendency towards nervous behaviours but there are also many examples of the breed that are friendly.