Illinois Mini Rex Club Mission:
The Illinois Mini Rex Club strives to form a community of rabbit breeders to encourage others to become good stewards of the breed through teamwork and mentor-ship. Our focus and goals include supporting our youth and improving our relationships among not only Mini Rex breeders, but all rabbit breeders together. We can accomplish these goals by educating others, hosting Mini Rex specialty shows, building bridges, and leading our youth in the right direction for many successful years ahead.
About the Mini Rex
The Mini Rex is a small, compact, fancy breed with the maximum show weight being 4 1/2 lbs for a Senior Doe and 4 1/4 lbs for a Senior Buck.
Their distinct, velvety fur has helped make them the popular breed in America today.
Mini Rex are currently showable in the following varieties: Black, Blue, Blue Eyed White, Broken Group, Castor, Chinchilla, Chocolate, Himalayan, Lilac, Lynx, Opal, Otter, Red, Sable, Sable Point, Seal, Silver Marten, Smoke Pearl, Tortoise, White.
More Colors are always being developed and presented at the big show of the year "The American Rabbit Breeders Assc (ARBA)" National Show
The Current Illinois Mini Rex Rabbit Club was formed in 1998, with a core group of breeders. The original Charter was issued to the club in 1998. By the spring of 1999, many of that core group were no longer showing or raising Mini Rex and new interim officers were elected. Though the club struggled at first as most new organizations do, membership grew steadily to where it is today.
With the help of a few dedicated parents, the first IMRRC Youth Specialty Show was held at the Illinois All Youth Show in 1999. An Open/Youth Specialty Show was also held at the State Convention that September.
It's been our goal to continue to hold a Specialty show every year at the State Convention. Our club served as host of the National Mini Rex Specialty Show in April of 2002. This event brought many of the nations top breeders and their animals to Springfield, Ill for 2 days of top-notch competition. Any event of this magnitude means lots of hard work for a small group, it was however a rewarding and memorable experience. We look forward to bringing that show here again someday.
We realize that our youth are the breeders and leaders of the future. With that in mind we support and encourage them in any way possible. We hope to offer them opportunities to work along side our adults to reach our goals. We would love for you to join us and be part of this wonderful breed.
Mini Rex History
Mona Berryhill of Texas developed the breed by crossing a Dwarf Rex (Zoro) to a Small Standard Rex (Cotton). She sponsored the breed through the required 3 showings.
The Mini Rex was recognized at it's third showing at the 1988 ARBA Convention in Madison, Wisconsin. At the 1994 ARBA Convention only 5 years later a Mini Rex took BIS honors, followed again in 1995. At the 1999 ARBA Convention after only 11 years later Mini Rex topped all other breeds in entries. Today the Mini Rex continues to have the largest entries at most Local, State & National shows.
About the Mini Rex
The Mini Rex is a small, compact, fancy breed with the maximum show weight of 4 1/2 pounds for a Senior Doe & 4 1/4 pounds for a Senior Buck.
Their distinct, velvety fur has helped to make them the most popular breed in America today. Mini Rex are currently showable in the following varieties: Black, Blue, Blue Eyed White, Broken Group, Castor, Chinchilla, Chocolate, Himalayan, Lilac, Lynx, Opal, Otter, Red, Sable, Sable Point, Seal, Silver Marten, Smoke Pearl, Tortoise, White.
American Rabbit Breeders Association
National Mini Rex Rabbit Club
Come join us today and start enjoying the pleasure of Mini Rex Rabbits!