County Line Rabbitry

Breeding and raising quality rabbits


The Palominos were developed at the Lone Pine Rabbitry by Mark Youngs of Coulee Dam, in Washington State during the 1940’s and early 1950’s. Youngs began raising rabbits in 1910 and he always had this vision and desire to create a new breed of rabbit. For many years Mr. Youngs purchased meat rabbits from the youngsters of the area. Mr. Youngs selected what appeared to be sports from some of these live fryers and would mate them together. Occasionally he would obtain in some of the litters buckskin or light yellow-brown youngsters. Youngs would also refer to this color as “tawnies”. These off colored yellow-brown rabbits were all saved and interbred. He would also introduce blood from other sources into his project that he termed “color-blen breeding”. Future generations would produce a fawn or golden colored rabbit. In the early days of developing Mr. Youngs along with his co-breeders were faced with rabbits that were plagued with dark ticking, smut, heavy dark ear lacing, white toenails, large white eye circles, uneven color, white spots, the wooly gene, along with albinos. Those early pioneers trudged along in their goals that Mr. Youngs had envisioned for his new creation.  Mr. Youngs, along with his wife Mabel, presented the new breed for the first time at the 1952 ARBA convention and show at Portland, Oregon, and dubbed the breed “Washingtonian”, however he did not like that name so he placed a coffee can next the cages holding the exhibition rabbits, which would serve as a suggestion box for naming the new breed. People offered such names as; Honey-Dew, Honey-Fawn, Golden Palomino and of course we all know the winning suggestion was Palomino. The Washingtonians were presented at the 1953 Amarillo, Texas ARBA Convention when the name was officially changed to Palomino.  They were presented at the 1954 York, Pennsylvania convention, the 1955 Columbus Ohio Convention, the 1956 St Paul, Minnesota Convention. The Standards committee still had not approved the new breed because they felt they need further improvement. Then in Little Rock, Arkansas Convention in 1957 we would see the Palomino recognized as a new breed in America, with one variety, the Lynx. The most popular color of the breed is the Golden, which received final approval in 1958 at the Springfield, Illinois Convention. The first Palomino ever registerd was in the fall of 1957 by Francis E. Baughman of Findlay, Ohio.
Name:  Bonnie
Date of Birth:  Fall 2010
Color: Golden
Show Wins: As a Senior:
                         1st at Northumberland County Fair, Sunbury, PA  8/27/2011 also took BOB        
Name: Clyde
Color: Golden
Date of Birth: Summer 2010
Color: Golden
Show Wins: As a Senior:
                         1st at Northumberland County Fair, Sunbury, PA  8/27/2011 also took BOS