Blue Eyed White Information
A Blue-Eyed White (BEW) is a solid white rabbit with bright blue eyes. The gene that is the cause of BEW is called the Vienna gene. Vienna rabbits should not be bred in with Chocolate colored rabbits or shaded rabbits. These colors can create a ruby cast to the blue eye resulting in the rabbit having a violet hue to their eye resulting in a disqualification. The eyes should be a bright, brilliant blue. Brokens can be used, however if you are new to breeding the Vienna gene, i would advise to stick to solid colored rabbits to begin with until you become more familiar with how it works. Sometimes brokens can be labeled incorrectly.
Type can be difficult to achieve in this color variety. It isn't the easiest to work with which is why many choose not to. It takes more space, time and dedication to continue to improve type. I've been working on this color for about 10 years. I've improved the type on my herd by a lot over the years. They went from first off the show tables, to placing in the top 5 in my local shows. I go up against some of the top Holland breeders in my area, so it's a great accomplishment to have them place well and even earn a Leg.
Common Terms and Abbreviations related to BEWs:
BEW - Blue-Eyed White. A solid white rabbit with blue eyes. Eyes should be a bright, brilliant blue. Blue Eyed White rabbits are created from the presence of two recessive Vienna genes (v v).
VM - Vienna Marked. This means that a rabbit carries the recessive Vienna gene (Vv) and shows it in some way. For example, a solid colored rabbit with white marks, sometimes resembles a Dutch pattern, but can just have a white foot or a small snipe on the nose or forehead. Eyes can be normal color for the coat color or solid blue or even marbled/Mooned.
VC - Vienna Carrier. This means the rabbit carries the recessive Vienna gene (Vv), but doesn't show it, so this rabbit appears normal in all aspects.
**BEW's & VC's are showable, however, VM's are not.
The Vienna gene must be present in BOTH parents in order to get Blue-Eyed White offspring. Here are a few crosses that could be made and the results that you should get:
(VV) x BEW (vv) = All (Vv) - all will carry the gene, but no BEWs. This is an excellent way to gain type in your BEW herd. I spend sometimes a year at a time just breeding for type using one BEW to non-carriers to produce nicely typed carriers.
Colored Rabbit (VV) x VM or VC (Vv) = 50% of the kits will carry the gene and 50% will not. This can be difficult. you will not always know who is a carrier. I always mark all of the rabbit's out of crosses like these as carriers just in case.
VM or VC (Vv) x VM or VC (Vv) = 25% BEW, 50% carriers, & 25% non-carriers. In this case there is a chance that you will not know which are carriers or non-carriers. So again, it should be known that they could be carriers if sold.
BEW (vv) x VM or VC (Vv) = 50% BEW, 50% carriers - marked or not.
BEW (vv) x BEW (vv) = 100% BEW! This cross should, in my opinion not be done often. The type is not there to breed nicely typed BEW. However, it can increase your BEW numbers if your short.