The start of rabbit breeding is actually centuries ago, but it wasn’t until the Monastic scripts in medieval times that it was actually mentioned. Things were a bit different back then, since monks bred rabbits for food and their pelts. The rabbits were kept in walled gardens, rabbit pits, barns, and allowed to breed naturally on the l ands where they were hunted or trapped. Later, they were developed to produce fibre in France.
The first indoor rabbit hutches were created around 1799 and they were housed in wooden sheds. The number of rabbits held in these structures was an astonishing 500-1,000. These rabbits were bred for food and for clothing purposes. Of course, as time went on, things changed. With the introduction of the concept of breeding rabbits for show came about, seeing rabbits as just a source of food and clothing altered. Like fine thoroughbred horses and urebred dogs and cats, the rabbit had just as much potential to show off the integrity of an animal’s health and the owner’s care and intelligence.