History of the Thrianta
The origin of the Thrianta rabbit is the Netherlands, where it is pronounced Tree-aan-ta. It was developed during the 2nd World War by a Mr H Andreae of Assen in the Netherlands and is named after the ancient name for the province of Drenthe from where it originated.
History reads that Mr Andreae who was a teacher and geneticist of flowers and plants, as a token of respect to the Dutch Royal Family regularly displayed marigold flowers in his window. One day however he was ordered by the German occupiers to remove them since this outward sign to the national colour of orange was not tolerated. Whilst already a rabbit breeder this gave him the reason to say “If I can no longer put orange flowers in my window then I will breed orange rabbits”.
After many attempts using a variety of breeds including Tans, Havanas, and an amber coloured Papillion he was successful in creating the first Thrianta which was first standardised and recognised in the Netherlands in May 1949.
In the former East Germany a breeder created a similar orange-red breed of rabbit called the Sachsengold (Saxon Gold). This breed was similar to the Thrianta and was accepted to the German standards in 1961, with the colour not being as deep.
Following its standardisation in the Netherlands in 1949 the Thrianta did not gain great popularity and the standard was soon discontinued.
Some of the remaining Thrianta were imported in to Germany to improve the Sachsengold. But by the late 1960s the Dutch were importing Sachsengold back into the Netherlands where it was recognised, under that name, by the Netherlands Standards Board in 1971.
In 1976 a specialist club was formed in the Netherlands and the old name of Thrianta restored.
At the two major championship shows held in the Netherlands each year the Thrianta entries are typically 80 to 90 exhibits.
The current standards between the Thrianta and the Sachsengold do vary, most significantly in their weight differences, the maximum weight of the Sachsengold being 0.5 kgs (1lb 2oz) greater than that of the Thrianta.
The Thrianta was first imported into the UK in the early 1980s and standardised around that time. It does not appear to have had great popularity but over the last 10 years there has been a steady increase in breeders taking up the Thrianta. The current BRC standard closely follows the standard set in the Netherlands.