Mountain Top Farms
Mountain Top Farms
Featuring heritage breed rabbits

The American  Chinchilla - the foundation of our breeding herd


The American Chinchilla is a heritage breed of rabbit.  This is the foundation of our breeding herd.   Known for its sweet personality and great mothering skills, the American Chin was developed in the early 1900's and shown for the first time in France in 1913.  

The American Chin is critically endangered.  In 1928-29 over 17,000 American Chins were registered with the American Rabbit Breeders Association.  Today, these rabbits are threatened with extinction.

We are members of the American Rabbit Breeders Association, the American Chinchilla Rabbit Breeders Club, the Southeast American Chinchilla Rabbit Breeders Club and the Livestock Conservancy. 

In 2003, three American Chins came to live in Northern New York.  Pete, Janice and Flopsy were the reason we fell in love with the breed.  We certainly hope that the personality of the American Chin is sure to keep them from final extinction.  

Of course there were people involved in fostering our love for the breed as well.  Canadians Bruce Helliker and Valerie Leonard, along with Dave Kolassa, got us started in the breed and we are grateful for their early guidance and mentorship.  To pay it forward, we take great pleasure in fostering new breeders and are happy to work with you to put together a breeding trio true to the breed, with an uncompromised pure-bred pedigree.

Our does are bred regularly, moving in and out of our breeding cages, always with a mind to their health and condition.  Resting does for a period of time keeps them in top condition, and they continue to produce for us into their old age. Kits are developed as either show animals, breed stock or as offerings to chefs in fine restaurants.  

We also have a small herd of Champagne d'argent rabbits.  These beautiful bunnies are born black, and fade to a beautiful silver color by about 14 weeks.  We are currently raising these beauties as show stock and brood stock.

Rounding out the breeding line up is the commercial New Zealand (white and black).  These workhorses of the bunny world round out our meat rabbit herd and allow our heritage breeds to take a break while still satisfying the chefs who rely on us.