I'm new to the rabbit breeding business and have purchased one senior buck, one senior doe and two junior does (all pedigreed Californians). The rabbits come from a (I thought) reputable breeder, who is also a rabbit judge and shows his rabbits at lots of shows. I successfully bred the senior doe to the senior buck and had a litter of 4 (of which one died at 11 days of age), all good looking rabbits with the distinct markings of the Californians. Now here comes my question. I bred the senior doe and the junior doe to the senior buck and this time the senior doe has a litter of 4 (only, again) and the junior doe has a litter of 7 (one died at 10 days of age). The problem ist that the junior doe's entire litter has grey hair (all over in various shades) and the senior doe's litter has one gray bunny. How can this be? I'm raising the rabbits for my families own meat supply and don't really care what color they are, as long as they become fryers fast enough to make it worth my while. But I sure would like to know if I've been taken and purchased some crossbreds that just happen to look like Californians (I paid $ 20.00 for each). Anybody have any idea why I have grey Californians?