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British Giant

British Giant

Breed: British Giant Description:┬áThe coat is judged for its density and thickness (three-quarters to an inch long). The accepted colors are white (true white, not cream, with blue or pink eyes), black (black to blue, with blue or brown eyes), dark steel gray (evenly ticked, with brown eyes), brown gray (evenly ticked, with blue, gray […]

Blanc De Hotot

Blanc De Hotot

Breed: Blanc de Hotot Description: The type of the Hotot is much more thickset than the Bouscat, giving the rabbit a squarish look. It is also a little smaller, measuring between eight and 10 inches in length. The blanc de Hotot also originated in France, but it is much less well known than the Bouscat. […]

Blanc De Bouscat

Blanc De Bouscat

Breed: Blanc de bouscat Description: The blanc de Bouscat, almost unknown in the United States, is also quite rare in England, although it does enjoy a small group of followers. As its name suggests, the Bouscat is of French origin. It was produced by Mssr. Paul Dulon of Gironde in 1910. The Bouscat is very […]

Black fox

Black fox

Breed: Black fox Description: In this breed the silver-tripped guard hairs on the side of the body are considered beautiful, and the entrant is not penalised.

Beveren

Beveren

Breed: Beveren Description: The blue Beveren should be a lavender shade right down to the skin; the white should be pure white with no hint of yellow stain or colored hairs; the black should be deep, jet black with a dark blue undercolor and the brown should be an even shade of nutria brown with […]

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Belgian Hare

Breed: Belgian Hare Description: The Belgian hare at one time was the most popular fancy rabbit. It was responsible for bringing the domestic rabbit to the attention of thousands of people both in the United Kingdom and the United States. Although called a hare, it is in fact a rabbit. It was once believed that […]

Rabbit Management

Rabbit Management

Good management is essential if the rabbitry is to be run in an efficient manner. The main ingredient of good management is regularity-it is threaded through a whole multitude of jobs that must be performed to keep the rabbitry clean and in good order. Good livestock management is not acquired overnight. It comes with practice […]

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The Role of Genetics

Genetics is the study of heredity. According to the dictionary, genetics is “the tendency of like to beget like.” Genetics explains the factors that enable the rabbit to pass on the familiar characteristics of its species. For rabbit breeders, the purpose of studying genetics is to produce better rabbits. This is achieved by selecting the […]

Commercial Rabbit Production

Commercial Rabbit Production

Man has been raising rabbits for meat production for hundreds of years. All rabbit meat is edible. It is rich in protein and very easily digested. The meat obtained from the domestic rabbit is different from that of the wild rabbit. Domestic rabbit meat is more tender and carries more fat than that of the […]

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Organisations

The American Rabbit Breeders Association or the A.R.B.A., as it is commonly called, was created as the governing body of a handful of rabbit breeders in Illinois about 1915. The initial idea behind the A.R.B.A. was to organize a group that would safeguard the interests of the ordinary rabbit breeder who kept and reared rabbits […]

Anatomy and physiology

Anatomy and physiology

Perfect hygiene is nearly impossible. For example, although the use of a separate sweeping brush for each hutch would be ideal and would restrict the spread of disease from one hutch to another, it would be impractical. Not many rabbitries are in a position to be able to use a different brush for each hutch. […]

Ailment and Disease

Ailment and Disease

Rabbit make good pets. they are clean, docile and intelligent. Rabbit can be kept as pets as pets where it is impractical to keep other animals such as dogs and cats. A rabbit can be housed in the simplest of pens, it makes little or no noise and, if properly looked after, it does not […]

Some sensible advice about breeding

The Basics of Breeding

Rabbits are famous for their ability to reproduce in large numbers. In the wild state, the does have been known to produce as many as four or five litters a year. The number of litters born in a year depends upon the rabbit’s environment. The survival of the young is also largely dependent on the […]

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Food & Feeding

There is some truth to the myth that rabbits will eat just about anything and that they can be fed on any old scraps from the kitchen It is true that the domestic rabbit will eat as much green food as is placed before it, but that does not mean that the rabbit will be […]

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The Rabbit’s place in the world

For a long time, rabbits were taxonomically classed within the order Rodentia, a large (about 40070 of the total) body of mammals that are commonly called rodents. The order Rodentia includes not only the common mouse and rat but also gerbils, hamsters, lemmings, porcupines and beavers, to name only a few others. Today zoologists consider […]

Angente

Angente

Breed: Angente Brun Description: This breed is exactly the same as the blue except the color is brown. It is not a well-known color and is rarely seen now. It was brought into England around the 1920’s from France. Its unpopularity made it very rare indeed. In 1941 it was recreated by H.D. Dowie. Dowie […]

Angora

Angora

Breed: Angora Description: It is fitting that the Angora be listed among the first breeds because it begins with the first letter of the alphabet but also because it is one of the oldest breeds of rabbit and the forerunner of the fancy rabbit. The Angora is believed to have originated in Turkey hundreds of […]

Checkered Giant Rabbit Breed

American Checkered Giant

Breed: American Checkered Giant Description: Two colours are recognized, black and blue. All coloured markings-butterfly or nose markings, eye circles, cheek spots, ears, spine markings, tail and side markings-are to be clear and distinct. Although it is called the American giant, this breed originated in Germany. Its origins are a mystery. Some authorities maintain that […]

American

American

Breed: American Description: The American is one of the many breeds of rabbits recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. It comes in either blue or white coat. Their eyes should be pink in the white variety and blue in the blue variety. This is a medium size rabbit; ideal weight for a buck is […]

Alaskan

Alaskan

Breed: Alaska Description: This breed originated from Germany from Himalayan and argente rabbits. It is a medium-size breed; A registration weight of six and a half to eight and half pounds is required.There is no visible neck in this cobby or dumpy breed. The fur is intensely black and shiny on the surface, even the […]

Did you know? Some handy hints & tips

Did you know? Some handy hints & tips

A male rabbit is called a ‘buck’, a female is a ‘doe’ and babies are called ‘kittens’. In the wild, rabbits are social animals and live in groups. However, domestic rabbits do like their own space so great care must be taken if you decide that “two’s company”. Litter-mates are possibly the best option although […]

Some sensible advice about breeding

Some sensible advice about breeding

Think very carefully before you breed from your rabbit. The gestation (pregnancy) period for a rabbit is 32 days and a litter can be any size between 2 and 9 so make sure you have good homes for all the possible babies. You will usually need a larger hutch and more food for the rabbit; […]

Vital Vaccinations

Vital Vaccinations

All rabbits should have annual vaccinations against myxomatosis and VHD. The first injection can be given at 10 weeks, the second 3 – 4 weeks later. Ask your vet not to do both injections together as this can cause side effects. Both diseases are highly contagious and do not need ‘rabbit-to-rabbit’ contact to spread; they […]

Feeding your rabbit

Feeding your rabbit

Whether you feed once or twice a day, it is important to refill your rabbit’s pot at the same time every day.  Rabbits are creatures of habit and they know when it is breakfast or dinner time! Most pet shops sell a number of complete foods, but remember that hay and water should also be […]

The bedding your rabbit will need

The bedding your rabbit will need

Your rabbit’s hutch will be its home so make sure it is really comfortable. for bedding, wood shaving are ideal as they are clean and absorbent. Sometimes straw and hay on the top of the shaving help with insulation. If shavings are difficult to obtain, shredded paper is an option if used not on its […]

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Some good advice on housing your rabbit

Most reputable pet shops sell good quality hutches ideal for the pet rabbit in the garden. As rabbits can have a long life span, make sure you buy one which is sturdy, secure (from animals trying to get in as well as the rabbit trying to escape) and waterproof.There are many different styles of hutch, the […]

How to handle your rabbit

How to handle your rabbit

When taking a rabbit out of a hutch it should always feel safe. Approach it from the front placing one hand under its stomach and the other supporting its hind quarters – to stop it reversing – and take most of the weight. Gently lift it and bring it forward into your body so it cannot […]

What to look for in a rabbit

What to look for in a rabbit

Where possible ask to see the mother of the baby as this will give you a guide to the size your baby will grow to when mature. Also, if she is healthy and happy, the babies will have had a good start and stand a better chance of survival. Check that the baby rabbit’s eyes […]

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Which breed?

There are over 50 breeds of rabbit and over 500 varieties. They vary greatly in size, colour and coat and can weigh anything from 2 pounds to 16 lb-plus like the Vlaamse reus on the right. You need to think about who the rabbit is for and what they will expect from it. For example, […]

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Buying a Rabbit

Before buying a rabbit there are many points to consider. Like all animals, a Rabbit will make demands upon your time. It will need daily food and fresh water, regular grooming and company. And of course, its hutch and pen will need regular cleaning in all weathers. Rabbits can live to between 8 and 10 […]