Satin rabbits were initially made by mistake. Walter Huey of Indiana was attempting to develop a color of his Havanas when he inbred his animals accidentally creating rabbits with a satin-textured fur. When tested, it was discovered that the rabbits carried a recessive gene. Originally shown as Havanas, there was an initial uproar when they were put into their own individual breed category.

Satin rabbits have a generally pleasant and calm personality. Adult weight ranges from 8-11 lbs. It is accepted in many colors such as golden red, orange, grey, black, and white. The colored varieties may or may not have a lighter circle of fur around the eyes. Litters are comparable to the Palomino, and average around 8 per litter for those that are bred for meat. These rabbits are bred for their fur and for meat, as well as for pets.