The American Glavcot Rabbit Soci​ety

Rarer Than Gold: The Glavcot Journey

" Becoming the Ambassador of the Fancy "

By: Tyler Tedford

  Throughout history the Glavcot breed has been both tumultuous and obscure. Full of lore and mystery, this amazing breed has somehow gone from booming across the world, to extinction and back again.

   Originally one variety, the Silver, was developed in the early 20th century by O. Millsum, and named by a Mr. Wesley T. Page. These silver rabbits would gain much popularity throughout the teens and twenties mostly as a fur animal. No one seems to know why the name Glavcot was chosen, adding a cryptic and almost mythical uniqueness to an already rare and remarkable breed.

The Late Meg Brown

   Though never gaining recognition by the British Rabbit Council(BRC)*, the Silver Glavcot was a Dilute Steel showing no belly color rather than the traditional white belly color of an agouti. The Silver variety was imported to the United States in 1925 by Marcellus A. Meek of southern California where it gained a huge popularity with fur farms as evidenced by the author's vast collection of advertisements for them from the time period.

   In addition to the popularity of the Silver variety, Glavcot fanciers would eventually add a Golden Variety to be accepted by the BRC in 1934. The breed continued for some time, until eventually falling out of favor and declining so much in popularity that both varieties became extinct in the UK and USA by 1960.

   Then extinct, the endeavor of recreating them was taken on by a Mr. Joe Irons. To recreate the breed, Irons used three breeds: the brown Beveren, the Havana, and the modern day Siberian. He would go on to present the breed to the BRC at the Bradford Championship Show in Doncaster, England in January of 1976.

Original AGRS Logo Circa 2018

Silver Glavcot Wippell Print

   The Golden Glavcot, as it would be called, was not popular with many fanciers but did catch the eye of a lady important to the Glavcot breed; Meg Brown of Scotland. Irons taught Meg how to carry on with the breed. It is said that Meg later crossed in European Wild Rabbits to add the agouti pattern. She carried the breed until 2002 when she was forced to give up her animals due to her poor health.

   Henceforth, the breed has been thriving through a very small band of dedicated fanciers, most notably Steve Tolton. Steve has worked tirelessly to keep the breed alive by breeding and promoting the Golden Glavcot across the world.

   Through Steve, the breed once again graced American shores in 2019. Through the collaboration of Steve Tolten, Samantha Sessamen, and Tyler Tedford, and with the help of Jeff Hardin, four Golden Glavcots were imported to the United States on January 23rd, 2019. These two pairs would become the foundation of the Glavcot breed's revival in the USA.

   The importation was supported by the American Glavcot Rabbit Society(AGRS), which was founded by Tyler and Samantha to promote the breed prior to and after their arrival. The AGRS today accepts the breed in nine varieties. These varieties are as follows; Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, White, Chocolate Chestnut, Chestnut, Opal and Lynx.

   Currently the new Glavcot is thriving in the barns of over a dozen devoted fanciers here in the USA. This breed has had a tumultuous history, but today is rising from obscurity through the heart and perseverance of the fanciers dedicated to its survival.