The THRIANTA rabbit is no doubt the most orange colored rabbit you’ll ever see. The breed was developed by a breeder Mr. Andrea, of Assen, Holland. To achieve his goal he bred Tans, Havanas and a self Tortoise Papillon (English Spot). Mr. Andrea’s goal was to produce a totally orange breed of rabbit, perhaps to honor the Dutch royal family whose accepted color is orange. The Thrianta was recognized on May 1, 1940, just a few days before the war broke in the Netherlands.

It is unfortunate that there was little interest in the breed after the war. While the orange color was very good, the rabbit’s build was coarse, plus the standards that the Dutch rabbit breeders association laid down for the Thrianta was difficult to achieve. The Thrianta was soon withdrawn from the list of recognized breeds in the Netherlands.

In Germany a breeder by the name of Mr. Bennack created a similar breed of orange rabbit called the Sachsengold or Karlsbader Goldloh. To achieve his goal, Mr. Bennack used the Tan, Havana, Harlequin, Silver, Chinchilla and New Zealand Red. The build of the Sachsengold was much like that of the Thrianta, however the color was not as deep.

In order to improve the color of the Sachsengold a German breeder by the name of Mr. Kissner imported the last of the Thrianta rabbits from Holland. These were mated to the Sachsengold. In the late 1960s the Dutch imported Sachsengold rabbits from Mr. Kissner of Germany and these were recognized in the Dutch standards in 1971.

The Dutch decided to honor Mr. Andreas efforts for producing this deep orange colored rabbit, perhaps as a protest for the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The breed was renamed the Thrianta in 1979.

Thriantas were imported into the United Kingdom in the early 1980s from Holland. In the US the breed first arrived in the mid 1990s from both the Netherlands and England.

Thriantas have been presented before the ARBA Standards Committee in 2001 and 2002 by Judith Oldenburg-Graf. Unfortunately the Thriantas did not pass either presentation due to errors in the paperwork and rabbits being over weight. ARBA Secretary, Glen Carr now takes over with the presentation process.

The little Thriantas certainly attract much attention when ever shown or displayed because of their friendly nature, small size and intense color, but please DON’T call them a miniature New Zealand Red. Here is some of the comments that both judges and spectators made during the 79th ARBA National Convention in San Diego, California in 2001 when the Thriantas were first presented.

Senior Bucks and Does – 6 months of age and over, weight 4 1/2 to 6 1/2 pounds. Ideal weight 5 to 6 pounds.
Junior Bucks and Does – Under 6 months of age, not over 5 pounds.
NOTE: Juniors exceeding maximum weight limits may be shown in higher age classifications. No animal may be shown in a lower age classification than its true age.


BODY – Points 25: The body is to be compact, with enough length to carry required weight, well rounded, and balanced throughout. The body top line should rise in a gradual curve from the shoulders to the center of the hips and then fall in a smooth curve downward to the base of the tail. Hindquarters are to be smooth, and indicate roundness when viewed from any direction. Shoulders are to be slightly narrower than the hips. The loin is to be well filled and deep. The body is to be plump and firm of flesh. The tail is to be carried erect.

Faults – Narrow, long, or flat in body. Pinched or undercut in lower hips.

HEAD & EARS – Points 10: The head is to be short and full, with well filled checks, slightly more developed in bucks than in does. Short neck. Ears are to be erect, rather stocky, and well furred.

Faults – Pinched muzzle, thinly textured ears lacking fur.

FEET & LEGS – Points 5: The legs are to be short, straight, and medium bone. Toenails to be dark horn colored.

Faults – Cowhocks.

FUR – Points 20: (Rollback) The fur is to have sufficient resistance to resume a smooth groomed appearance when stroked in any direction. It is to be dense, with medium length. (Preferable length 1 inch). The fur to be soft to the touch, neither harsh, silky, nor wooly. (Recommended for showing in breed fur only).

Fault – Short or fly back coat.

COLOR – Points 30: The color is to be fiery, brilliant shade of red, as uniformly carried over the body as possible. Color must be carried well down the airshaft to the skin. Belly color may be slightly lighter in shade. Underside of tail and eye circles may be a lighter shade of red. Eyes – Dark Brown.

Faults – Lack of intensity and brilliance. Extremely light belly color. Light toenails.

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