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Rabbit Color Calculator

Rabbit Color Calculator

Created by Dominik Czernia, PhD

Reviewed by Purnima Singh, PhD and Adena Benn

Last updated: Sep 25, 2022

The rabbit color calculator uses the algorithm that finds the combination of sire's and dam's genes and determines what genes and color their offspring may have. As you probably know, bunnies come in all sorts of colors. In fact, there are hundreds of recognized colors and patterns of rabbits! So how does one go about determining the color of their rabbit?

The answer lies in rabbit color genetics.

A combination of genes determines every bunny's color. While these genes are many, there are five main gene groups that are responsible for the vast majority of color variations: A, B, C, D, E.


If you want to take into account much more genes, say yes to the include additional genes question in the rabbit color calculator. 

Color group - Gene Alleles (variants)

Color pattern


A (banded hair shaft)

a(t) (tan markings)

a (solid colored)

Black or brown


B (black)

b (brown)

Color amount and placement


C (complete color)

c(chd) (dense, chinchilla)

c(chl) (light, shaded)

c(h) (himalayan)

c (albino, red-eyed white)

Dense or dilute


D (full color)

d (diluted color)

Extension of dark pigment


E (full extension)

e (non-extension)

Steel and harlequin

E(s) (steel)

e(j) (harlequin)


En (charlie, broken)

en (solid)


V (no Vienna)

v (vienna, blue-eyed white)


D (no dutch)

d (dutch)


S(i) (Silver)

s(i) (no silver)


W (no wideband)

w (wideband)


P (no lutino)

p (lutino)

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