Dwarf rabbits are cute and beautiful animals. These charming creatures with small expressive eyes, funny ears and unusual habits are loved by both adults and children. In addition to a funny appearance, which cannot but cause sympathy, these babies have gentle disposition, they quickly become attached to their master. Babies adore when they are picked up, stroked and caressed.
In addition, dwarf rabbits undemanding care, do not need frequent walks, do not make noise at night. These kids seem to be specially created to live in comfortable home conditions. But before you start a dwarf rabbit, you need to learn in detail everything about the existing breeds, their features, about the aspects of keeping and caring for such a pet.
Breeds of dwarf rabbits
These pets are not brought for the sake of wool or meat, but solely for the care and attention of the person, for a good mood and joy. You should know that a dwarf breed and just decorative is not the same thing. The main difference is that decorative rabbits can be of different sizes, and dwarf ones are miniature animals, who remain so all their lives. In the world there are a large number of breeds of dwarf rabbits, differing from each other not only in appearance, but also in character, habits. It is worth considering the most popular and common ones.
Rex rabbit, or royal dwarf rabbit
"Rex" appeared as a result of selection in France in 1919. Unusual animals were then called “castor rex”, which means “king of beavers”. Their brown fur with a reddish tint, it really looks very similar to beaver fur, and in quality and beauty of the fur skin, rabbits resemble chinchillas. Due to the fact that the hairs and undercoat of approximately the same length in rabbits of this breed, the fur cover is similar to plush or velvet and can rightfully be considered royal.
The body weight of the pet is approximately 1.5 kg, which is slightly more than the average weight of dwarf rabbits. A light body with a proud posture, a slightly pointed head with erect ears about 6 cm long give the animal a very elegant look. An important feature of royal rabbits is an underdeveloped, somewhat curved mustache. Animals have large dark eyes. The color of their wool is very diverse, there are even spotted individuals. The animals of this breed are real phlegmatic, as they have calm nature, very affectionate and friendly.
Dwarf rabbit "The lop-eared Ram"
Animals of this breed are the most popular due to their appearance, making them look like cute soft toys. The rams are good-natured and completely non-aggressive, they love attention very much, they give pleasure to stroke themselves. It is believed that these pets have a certain intelligence and are able to respond to their name. They become very attached to their master, everywhere following him with a kind of “tail”.
Adult lop-eared sheep weigh from one and a half to three kilograms, have a stocky body with a wide chest, a short neck and strong legs. The head is rather large, the muzzle with rounded cheeks is well developed, the eyes are large with a characteristic bulge between them. The ears, rounded at the tips, are covered with wool, their average length is about 25 cm. It is surprising that the rabbits of this breed have erect ears, which gradually begin to sag about two weeks after birth. Due to the special shape of the ears, the hearing of these pets is slightly worse than that of other representatives of dwarf breeds.
Dwarf rabbit "Germelin"
The animals of this breed appeared in Western Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century as a result of crossing albino rabbits and small Dutch. The color of the fur cover of the hermeline can be called truly snow-white. In former times, animals were raised only for their beautiful skins, which were compared with ermine fur, so the breed of such rabbits received another name – “ermine". Just because of the dense fur, these short-haired rabbits do not tolerate heat.
Hermeline look very cute and make an impression living soft toys. The average weight of an adult animal is 1.5 kg. Compared to the body, their head is rather large, the ears are short, no more than 6 cm long, the nose is small and looks like a button, the eyes can be blue or red.
Angora dwarf rabbit
These are rabbits with the most unusual, we can say exotic appearance of all dwarf breeds. The animals have a very long and dense coat, which is not only a trunk, but also ears, a muzzle. The length of the hairs reaches 20 cm. Angora rabbits are so fluffy that they resemble dandelions or large snowflakes. In order to avoid the formation of tangles, their coat should always be kept clean, combed at least twice a week, and every other day during molting. A variety of Angora breed are rabbits with shorter hair, the length of which is not more than 6 cm. It is certainly much easier to care for it.
Adult Angora dwarfs are lightweight at a maximum of 1.5 kg. Females weighing less than 900 grams are not allowed for breeding. Pets of this breed have complex nature and conflicting temperament, which must be taken into account when buying.
Colored dwarf rabbit
This breed of decorative dwarfs appeared in the Netherlands in the early twentieth century as a result of crossing white red-eyed mini-rabbits with wild ones. By the middle of the century, these shorthair dwarf rabbits had acquired various colors fur coat, of which there are currently more than fifty. The most common among them:
- Russian, Japanese, Thuringian;
- chocolate and siamese;
- gray, blue and silver;
- squirrel and chinchilla;
- Suite, Ren, Havana.
Colored rabbits are the smallest of all dwarfs. An adult weighs only about a kilogram or a little more. The animal has a strong body with a large head, erect ears with a length of not more than 5.5 cm, a short neck and paws. Colored rabbits are different unpredictable nature, which is fully manifested during puberty of the animal. At the age of about one and a half years, pets become more friendly and generally behave calmly. They adore when they brush between the ears, massage their cheeks.