South Bend, Indiana, United States
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Californian rabbits are beautiful. With a white body and dark ears, nose and paws, they are visually reminiscent of Siamese cats. (In the US only the white with dark points is recognized for the breed, the British have other standards, allowing other color varieties. (This doesn't necessarily matter if you are not planning on showing them, but still worth mentioning). They were originally developed for the meat and fur industry and it shows in their size: they are typically 7-10 pounds in weight.
I have had Californians both as pets and as an FFA project. They are generally quiet chill animals. Rabbits are not, in my opinion, a kid-friendly pet, unless the parents are heavily involved (like they should be with any kid-pet pairing). They require gentle handling because they are easily startled and relatively fragile.
I loved having Californians and hope to one day have another as a pet. Because of their size they seem to get along pretty well with cats (although they should NEVER be left unsupervised together). My rabbit and my cat used to chase each other in circles around the house. It was quite amusing!