Originally described as “strange little black rabbits” in the 1920s when they popped up in Chinchilla litters, the Silver Marten was the result of breeders introducing black and tan rabbits into Chinchillas to improve the type. The ‘Silver Marten’ is both the name of a breed and a color. The Silver Marten breed came first, and then was used to introduce the color as a variety in a number of other breeds such as the Netherland Dwarf, Mini Rex, and Mini Satin. The American Rabbit Breeders Association established a working standard for Black and Chocolate Silver Marten in 1927, and the Blue and Sable in 1933. – Maximum weight 9.5 lbs.