Since its introduction in 1984 the Jersey Wooly, has become a popular rabbit to have as a pet and a show animal as well.
In 1984, a woman named Bonnie Seeley introduced the first Jersey Wooly at a show hosted by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA). Since then, it has become quite popular as both a pet and as a show rabbit. After some initial struggle to get this rabbit recognized by the ARBA, it is now an extremely popular breed, one with over 700 people breeding and showing them all over the United States. It is a small rabbit, one that is exceptionally easy to care for, and also one with a calm, docile temperament that will make it a pleasure to have in your home. They generally require four ounces of pellet food a day, although a supplement to help keep its fur clean might be a good idea as well. The great thing about the Jersey Wooly is that it's such a calm little rabbit - it is perfect for children interested in rabbits, and possible beginners in the show circuit - it is an easy rabbit to maintain so it is a great breed to start out with. The only difficulty you may have is that their coats require regular grooming. Though their coats are relatively easy to care for. It is important to keep them brushed enough to prevent tangling and matting. Young rabbits will usually need to be groomed more often than older rabbits. As they get older, their coat will fill out more and be far easier to maintain. Mature adults generally only require grooming once a month.
The Jersey Wooly is a small rabbit and should never exceed more than three pounds. They remain diminutive in size for their whole lives. They have compact little bodies with a thick wool coat that will grow out to be more than two inches thick. They have short little ears. They are accepted in a wide range of colors and patterns including tan, agouti, self, shaded, and white with black or blue nose and have wooly, short fur. Though other colors are available, these are the only ones recognized by the ARBA.
The Jersey Wooly, interestingly enough, was brought to a rabbit show as a joke. It took years for the American Rabbit Breeders Association to recognize this rabbit as a breed, and it has since surged in popularity, having over 700 members breeding it now worldwide. It was finally recognized in 1988.