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A REW pops up when the circumstances are right and both parents are carriers.
The gene can hide for many generations.
You do tend to get more REW showing up in Sable points, Siamese sable, Smoke pearl, and Pointed white then other colors.
This is due to an old belief that breeding a REW to a shaded rabbit (tort not
included) would increase your chances of getting Siamese sable or Smoke pearl.
I don't know if breeding REW to shaded to get Siamese sable or Smoke pearl, helps or
I do know that if I breed a
Point white (they have ruby eyes) or a REW to any of my dilute chocolate or
lilac rabbits I get some very weird eye colors. Chocolate and lilac colored rabbits are
suppose to have a ruby glow to the eyes.
I bred my solid chocolate fuzzy lop to a chocolate pointed white fuzzy lop and
got solid chocolate and chocolate chinchilla Kits with lavender/pink/chocolate eyes. The
PW Doe had silver marten and agouti colors 4 generations back in the pedigree and I guess
she still carried it because I was shocked to get chin from that
breeding. Not being able to avoid the weird eye color after
breeding her to two different chocolate bucks, I sent her to a pet home.
A year later I bred Cowboy (REW) to a solid chocolate doe ( I had requests for
colorful pet holland lop bunnies) so I gave it a try, I wouldn't normally
do this color paring and the result were kits with the same lavender/pink/chocolate
eyes as I got with the Pointed white doe.
The Chocolate photo is blurry but
you get a sense of how weird the eye color is. The photo on the right of
the chocolate chin, the eyes really looked like that. That's the color I
get when I cross dilute with ruby eyes.
Above is another chocolate chin with the same weird eyes.
Most breeders don't mind REW in the pedigree. But if I were to use REW
as a herd buck I would find I'd get more REW offspring than I would care
for. I'd also have a hard time figuring out what color the REW offspring
were hiding. It can get confusing very quickly. Especially if I breed
two REW parents. I would have to get the kit genetically tested or do a
bunch of test breeding to figure out what the kit's actual coat color
blanketed under the REW white coat.
REW's are not as popular as BEW. Many people don't like the Ruby glow.
They seem to associate it with too many horror movies. I get requests
for white rabbits without Ruby eyes. Which would be BEW and I don't breed BEW. I do get Ermine from my Chinchillas that are almost all white with
brown or grey eyes.
Below is an ermine
kit with brown eyes.