Mini Rex Rabbits
Mini Rex rabbits are one of the most popular rabbit breeds in the world. Not only do they share the velvety coat of the standard Rex, they only grow a little over 4 pounds. They keep that small, cute appearance that is most appealing to pet owners.
These rabbits are known for their sweet temperament. They enjoy interacting with people and can become very friendly if accustomed to daily handling as a youngster. And they are often chosen as indoor rabbits because of their personality.
Mini Rex rabbits have a short, closely-coupled body. The back rises gradually from the base of the ears up to the center of the hips, then rounds down to the tail. When posed correctly for showing, they should be shaped a lot like a basketball with a head. They should have short ears that are carried upright.
The plush, velvety coat is the result of a gene that keeps the guard hair the same length as the undercoat. The hairs stand upright, creating a carpet effect. Because of the short hair shafts, all the color packed in a normal hair shaft is concentrated, creating more intense coloration.
There are 17 colors recognized for showing by the American Rabbit Breeders Association for Mini Rex, though more colors may be available on the pet market. New colors are also always under development for showing. The current recognized colors include black, blue, broken (any recognized color and white), castor, chinchilla, chocolate, himalayan, lilac, lynx, opal, otter, sable point, seal and white.
Mini Rex rabbits have been eligible to show in the United States since 1988, when castors were first accepted. Since then, the breed has become one of the most popular at rabbit shows all over the country. They have taken the top honors at the Annual ARBA Convention several times and every year they are number one at ARBA for registrations and best in show wins across the country.
If you want to show a them, be aware that the competition is stiff because of this popularity. To learn more about this breed, it is advisable to join the National Mini Rex Rabbit Club.
They make excellent pets due to their friendly personality. Pets should be spayed or neutered by a veterinarian who has rabbit experience. Rabbits are affected differently by many anesthetics and medications.
You can teach them to use a litter pan very easily, and they are lots of fun to watch as they zoom around the floor. Like other rabbits, when they are not supervised, it is best to keep your pet in a secure cage where they cannot hurt themselves or your home.
They eat the same feed as other rabbits, but the quantity should be carefully measured to keep your pet from getting fat and unhealthy. Mini Rex rabbits are known for their appetite; they will beg for more. They are also known for packing on the extra pounds, so try to keep them on a strict diet.
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