A Blue-Eyed White (BEW) is a solid white rabbit with beautiful blue eyes. It is not related to the Red-Eyed White (REW). It is its own color. The gene that is the cause of the BEW is called the Vienna gene.
Common Terms and Abbreviations related to BEWs:
BEW - Blue-Eyed White. A solid white rabbit with blue eyes. Blue Eyed White rabbits are created from the presence of two recessive Vienna genes (v v).
"BML's Olaf" - BEW
"BML's Ollie" - Fawn VM
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 spots or patches, white toenails, blue or marbled eyes, etc.
VC - Vienna Carrier. This means the rabbit carries the recessive Vienna gene (Vv), but doesn't show it.
**BEW's & VC's are showable and VM's are not. BEWs have not been worked with to improve type as much as other colors of Hollands like the tort, and therefore don't fair as well on the show table. There are many breeders working to improve the type of this beautiful color of rabbit, and we will work to do the same.
"BML's Beau Jr." - Chestnut Agouti VC
The Genetics of a Blue-Eyed White:
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:
Colored Rabbit (VV) x BEW (vv) = All (Vv) - all will carry the gene, but no BEWs.
Colored Rabbit (VV) x VM or VC (Vv) = 50% of the kits will carry the gene and 50% will not. 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.
BEW (vv) x VM or VC (Vv) = 50% BEW, 50% carriers - marked or not. BEW (vv) x BEW (vv) = 100% BEW!
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