Gold Cup & Black

National English Rabbit Club

~ The 24 Carat Club ~

National English Rabbit Club


Mr Phil Shaw

(01325) 260409

english1 bis boys with rabbit and cup Roger Prior Gold Cup Winner 2008 Gold Cup Winner, best black, bis - stevie dixon

Welcome ...

The English Rabbit's History

to the official website of the National English Rabbit Club.


Please browse these pages to find out more about our club, our hobby,  this magnificent rabbit and those who strive to breed them to top competition standards.

National English Club Show Photos

English in the News

Forthcoming Area Show(s)


Midland ASS  October 17th


Midland YSS June 12th

ASS  October 16th


National 100th YSS

June 25/26th

Bucks: Roy Wearmouth

Does: Steve Germany


ASS  November 26/27th


National English Rabbit Club 

November 27th/28th Adult Stock

***Following the cancellation of Kelso, the Gold Shield will be awarded here***





Site maintained by Malcolm Nicholson

~ The Golden Years ~

The blue English is beautifully captured in this old Wippell print by the famous Fur & Feather artist

Copyright © 2009-17


This medium sized British breed was first developed in the middle of the nineteenth century by selecting spotted rabbits of non pedigree stock that bore a resemblance to the Great Lorrainese (now known as the Giant Papillon).  Right from the outset the breeders' objective was to create an attractive and striking rabbit which was rare for those times when the main objective was usually to produce a good commercial rabbit with excellent meat or pelt qualities.


The English was extremely popular in Britain between 1850 and 1860, but then almost disappeared.  It made a reappearance twenty years later when it gained a dedicated following of breeders who ensured the breed's continued survival in the fancy.


The first examples were mostly blacks, but blue, chocolate, grey and tortoiseshell were soon bred and accepted for exhibition in Britain.  English are now recognised in many more colours in Continental Europe, than in Britain, where they are known as Papillons.  In the United States this breed is usually called the English Spot or sometimes the English Butterfly and again is accepted in many more colours.