The Tan rabbit, also known as the Black ‘n’ tan, is a popular breed and has been in existence for over 100 years. The back and sides are an incredibly sleek black, much darker than in other breeds. The underbelly, chest, chin, tail, inner ears, inner nostrils, eye circles are a rich rufus red colour. The sides have a tan ticking over the black, which produces a striking pattern. The overall pattern is caused by the tan gene, which removes the yellow band form the agouti, and the darker colour is caused by multiple “rufus modifying” genes. The adults weigh between 4 lbs and 6 lbs.
Tans are sprightly, and very lively on the judging table. The bucks tend to be highly friendly, but some does can be quite aggressive when in season. Bucks make very good pets, and does can be, when neutered.
There are four main colours, black, blue, chocolate and lilac. All colours are darker than equivalents in other breeds because of the refus genes.