Cinnamons are a true American Heritage breed, created in Montana in 1962. A 6-Class rabbit, this larger breed grows to be between 9 and 11 pounds when full-grown (about the size of an average cat). Coupled with their unique coloring and exceptional temperament, these animals are very attractive for a number of uses in the rabbit industry - meat, fur, show, and pets.
The Cinnamon coloring is a gorgeous dusty tan with a bright orange undercolor, with dark shaded tips to the guard hair. The shading gradually increases down the sides and extremities of the rabbit until the belly of the rabbit is a lovely stormy gray with pearl undercolor.
Out of all the breeds I have raised or handled (a good 30 or so of the ARBA recognized 47), Cinnamons take the cake for personality. Generally an extremely inquisitive rabbit, bucks do tend to make better pets than does. Babies and adults alike will greet you at the cage door, ready to hang their heads out begging for a treat or a pat. Nestbox babies will come up and lick your hand or face (whatever is in front of the cage door). If you want to just hold them, they are calm and docile, making for a great lap rabbit; or if you want them to run around the house or yard, they will get very active as well. They make for the best leash-trained rabbits I've found, as they actually move about rather than shrink in fear when you release them on the leash.
And boy, do they chew and nibble. If you like your shirt and want to hold your Cinnamon, take it off. Otherwise you'll end up with tiny curious-nibble holes. They are so curious that they will get into ANYTHING and everything. I can't tell how many times we've had to chase them round the house, covered in dust from where they were under the credenza getting into our storage boxes. Or how many times they've started playing with one of our cats, playing tag. Now that's a sight to see - an 11-pound rabbit running after our 7-pound cat. Or vice versa!
So what are you waiting for? "Add a little spice to your life" today!
I take great care in naming all of my animals. I feel names hold great power, and you can't just flippantly give an animal a random name. My family will all tell when asked how I'll go about saying "No, that name just doesn't feel right!" whenever I have a new litter born.
All of our Cinnamons are named after Peanuts characters, discounting a few. Our first litter produced only 3 bucks, two of which became Linus and Charlie, simply because I liked the names and they really seemed to fit the animals. They both just happened to be Peanuts characters, and so the pattern stuck. Although now we've had to move on to some of the very minor characters for names, especially the girls! So you may not immediately recognize all of them.
Scott's Linus, Senior Buck -- Grand Champion, 5 legs
This gorgeous guy was my main herd buck, and the one baby I kept back from my very first litter of Cinnamons years ago. Linus passed away several years ago, but left behind a huge legacy in the form of the many hundreds of offspring he begot and the generations of Cinnamons around the country he has impacted with his genetics. He is behind virtually every animal out of my barn.
Jackie's Charlotte, Senior Doe -- Grand Champion, 4 legs
BOS 2010 ARBA Convention
This doe is by far one of the best animals I've ever put my hands on. She felt just like a Californian, except with colored fur (quoting a judge, and I concur). Absolutely HUGE doe, who reached at 9.5 pounds at just 7 months old! This gal was part of a trade breeding/pick of the litter deal, and man, did I get the better end of the deal! Thank you so much to Jacqueline and Linda Gumz for this stunning animal! Charlotte died peacefully having never left my barn.
Jackie's Mary Jo, Senior Doe -- Grand Champion, 3 legs
Full sister to Charlotte, believe it or not this doe was even bigger than her sister - 9 pounds 10 ounces at 7 months old! Not quite as nice as her sister, she still was an excellent example of the breed and a commercial rabbit. She gives some of the best comprehensive litters I have ever had - tremendous shoulders on every one, and every animal of excellent show quality. Not anything close to brood. I wish every one of my litters would come out such; even if she only does ever raise 5 at a time for me I'd take quality over quantity every day. After making a large impact on my herd here at home, Mary Jo moved to northern OH to help out a new set of people starting up in the Cinnamon breed. Last I knew, she had produced quite well for them.
Scott's Belle -- Grand Champion, 4 legs
Best 6 Class, Lake Co. 4H 2013
Honorable Mention Best 6 Class, Lake Co. 4-H 2012
A product of the BOB/BOS 2010 Conv'n cross, Belle certainly lives up to her namesake of Beauty and the Beast. She has a tendency to sometimes give me small litters, but she makes up for it in fostering any number of other babies I like, and her babies are absolute beasts in size. (Pun intended :P) Having survived near-death due to heat stroke as a young sr, Belle was a retired barn favorite and just passed recently over the winter of 2016.
Scott's Russel -- Grand Champion, 7 legs
1st of 19 Jr Bucks, 2011 ARBA Convention
Best 6 Class, Huntington IN, February 2012
BOG Runner-Up, 2012 NCIRBA Fall Show A
1st of 4 Sr Bucks, 2012 ARBA Convention
Mary Jo and Castiel's son, one of those excellent show babies I mentioned above. This guy has finally gotten - and kept! - his adult coat, and I truly think he's my shot at that elusive first Best In Show. Boy he had a overbearing personality on him, but he gave me some excellent animals that gave me the foundation of my Goldstar production.
Scott's Woodstock -- 2 legs
2nd of 10 Int. Bucks, 2012 ARBA Convention
This strapping young fellow is one of my favorites. He is supremely lazy though, as evidenced by his ever-flopping ears when in his cage. On the showtable he pops them up, but the minute you stick him back in a cage, he goes back to imitating an English Lop. Woodstock looks very much like his father, Russell.
The Main Herd:
Scott's Joe Cool -- Grand Champion, 6 legs
1st of 10 Int. Bucks, 2012 ARBA Convention
This one keeps flipping with his brother, Woodstock, as to who is the better. I'm hoping to finish Granding them both out, get a litter or two out of them, and then move one on. Update: Joe Cool's babies are FABULOUS. Absolutely stunning. I think he'll be sticking around for a while.
Scott's Lydia -- Grand Champion, 5 legs
This is one of those does that either the judges love her, or hate her. She consistently will either win last place or Best of Breed - hence the number of legs, and why she has stayed here. I personally think she peaks too early and therefore slopes over the hindquarters, and I've attempted to sell her multiple times as a result. Then she goes off and wins BOB again and another leg, and I feel silly for wanting to sell her. She is the mother of several Goldstar animals together with Joe Cool.
Scott's F Mara -- Grand Champion, 8 legs
Yep, you're seeing that right. No, I didn't name a rabbit after me. Rather, I needed to swap a rabbit in when I discovered a DQ on a pre-entered rabbit the morning of a show, and didn't want to loose my entries....so I snagged the 8wo doe I'd brought along to propectively sell, since that was the only extra doe I had. She needed a tattoo, and with my new line of FNames, I quickly figured why not slap an "FMARA" in the ear, since I'd be selling her anyway. Turns out this rabbit is one of the best I've produced. (O...O) Since 5 months old, Mara has easily won most every class she's been shown in, and usually BOB or BOS to boot. I am exceptionally proud of the fact that she was chosen as one of the rabbit models for our GMCE club logo, so her image will last well into the future.
The Bigshot Bunnies (Sold):
Scott's Roy -- 1 leg
Sibling to Violet, this is a very nice, typey buck. I normally wouldn't keep him because I am always so buck heavy, but he was just too nice to let go. He's been a bit short of getting some legs because of lack of numbers, but as soon as Joe and Woodstock finish out with their GChamionships, Roy is next up to focus on. SOLD TO JESSICA GWISDALA, who loves him and has kicked butt with him on the show table, earning his first leg at her first show with Cinnamons!
Scott's Eudora -- 3 legs
Finally, an MJC doe! Russell and his siblings were all so wonderful but I let the one doe in the litter go, and have been kicking myself every day since. After several mishaps, along came Eudora! An old-fashioned name for such a contemporary flashy little doe, but we'll see big things come out of her, I'm sure. I can't wait to begin showing her in February! SOLD TO KRISTIN WOODS
Scott's Violet -- Grand Champion, 5 legs
Honorable Mention Ionia MI August 2012 Show B
Best of Breed Show B KY Cup 2012
As soon as she hits her 9 lb weight limit, this girl will be registered, Granded, and retired to breeding. Gorgeous doe, near perfect medium shading when she's in coat. Her babies are as beautiful as I'd hoped. SOLD TO ELIZABETH WHELAM
2/3 of the way to a gold-star pedigree! Every one of the 4 bucks in this litter has the potential to be Best 6 Class and Best in Show winners. I could tell even at 8 weeks. It was a tough decision of which one to keep, but I kept going back to Snoopy, and he ended up staying! His personality is so sweet, he's a wonderful lap rabbit. I can't wait to get this guy out to show with the big boys. SOLD TO JODIE BOEN
Scott's C. Mimi
More of a breeding than a show animal, boy does this doe have an attitude. Hopefully having litters will settle her down. Places fairly well on the table, won 2nd of 6 Sr does at the March 2013 GPRBA show where we had 4 major barns, a big show for Cinnamons.
Daughter of Charlotte and Shermy - a buck from Emily Schmitt of PA. Brood only due to nest box damage blindness. Certainly makes for an odd-looking rabbit when you walk into the barn and she's the first thing you see. Best depth of her whole litter. Even being blind, Sunny has still done a pretty good job of making her way into the box to both nest and kindle - I'm proud of her for that. Waiting to see how her babies turn out. SOLD TO SUE GOOTE
Scott's World War I Flying Ace, "Ace" - Grand Champion, 5 legs
Son of a great doe Snider's Heather and Cas. This cross has done great for me in the past, and didn't disappoint this time. Very promisingly typey buck, I'm sure he'll do well for me on the table. 2013 ARBA Convention show prospect.
I cannot wait to get this girl on the show tables. She will rock the boat! When I go out to the barn I can't help but take her out of her cage and run my hands over her, and it brings a smile to my face. One of Joe Cool's babies, I am DEFINITELY getting another rebreeding of this cross. 2013 ARBA Convention show prospect. SOLD TO KRISTIN WOODS