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Jamaldanny

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Im curious about the quality of the Fur in rabbit especially in velveteen (mini rex). Few days ago, i had a discussion about density and resistance in Mini rex fur. For me, i dont really believe that dilute color such as blue, lilac or any related to dilute colors have poor in fur conditions directly. Is that true, dilute colors normally have less density and less resistance...and also the diameter of hair shaft also bit smaller??....is there any prove or it just a hoax?
 

SableSteel

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Yes. As a rabbit judge this is usually what I observe. The actual color pigment melanin is known to strengthen the coat - it has size and substance of its own, it's not just like a dye. With the melanin clumped together or less present the hair shaft is usually thinner which makes the coat seem softer and less dense (in similar note: makes for very good texture on satins). But with selective breeding you can get the density of a dilute coat to rival a non-dilute coat. Some of the best furred rex I have seen have been dilutes, but more often than not in an average rex or mini rex class they have inferior coats to the blacks.
 

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