Dwarf rabbit

dwarf-rabbit1images1dwarf1Dwarf rabbits are a variety of domestic European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Dwarf rabbits are much smaller than normal rabbits, but are capable of interbreeding with them, so are not recognized as a separate species.

A dwarf rabbit

Purebred dwarf rabbits weigh 0.7-1.4kg. Their heads and eyes are disproportionately large with respect to their body, and their ears are small and carried high on the head. The exception to this is the dwarf lop — a cross between the French lop and the dwarf — which is both heavier (3.0-4.0 lb) than a standard dwarf and has long, dangling ears. Many different colorations make up breeds in dwarf rabbits, such as Himalayan, Red, Siamese, Chinchilla, Blue, and White-tipped Black.

A small black dwarf rabbit on a windowsill.

Dwarf rabbits were originally bred as Hunting companions in The Netherlands. Dwarf rabbits generally have the same behavioral traits as other domestic rabbits, though the smaller dwarf rabbits can be more skittish and quick to exhibit aggressive behavior, as their small size can cause them to feel more threatened than a standard size rabbit. They also tend to be more energetic and “high-strung”. They can be housetrained and can be socialized with dogs, cats and hamsters. However, they are extremely fragile animals and easily stressed, and do not make good pets for young children. Also, its a good idea if they’re babies to feed them with just born nursing bottles for pets.

Most of the rabbits sold as dwarves in pet stores are not true dwarfs, but crosses between a dwarf and a standard rabbit. These “mongrels” are hardier, but grow to a larger size and lack the characteristic small head and low carriage of the true dwarf.

Like other domestic rabbits, dwarf rabbits consume grasses, grains, and other succulent greens. Their digestive system is somewhat less hardy than European rabbits, and many leafy vegetables such as lettuce and cabbage can give them health problems.

Breeding two rabbits both with the dwarf gene may result in peanuts. Peanuts are very small and deformed baby rabbits that will be born with a very large head, almost no ears and their back legs often cross. Peanuts usually live for a few days but sometimes will last a couple of weeks.

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    amanda said,

    I just recently received my dawrf rabbit about 2 month ago and I was wondering about some things that she does . when we let her out to play she will run and jump up and kick her feet together is this a good thing?

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      tentangkelinci said,

      dear amanda,
      this is the normal thing that rabbit do, especially when it happen in outside, it means that bunny is in health condition
      however you must take care it from other animal like cat or dog which is probably danger for your pets
      thanks

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