Facts about American Chinchilla Rabbits. The American Chinchilla Rabbit is one of the three rabbit breeds of the Chinchilla group that have been developed chiefly for their meat and coat.
"Scientific name for American Chinchilla Rabbit is Oryctolagus cuniculus". "Fear of Rabbits Leporiphobia". All rabbit breeds are "lagomorphs" various plant-eating mammal of the order Lagomorpha ; a hare, rabbit, or pika.
The origin of the American Chinchilla Rabbit breed is from France and it resembles that of the other chinchilla rabbit breeds. Though the American Chinchilla Rabbit breeds belong to the Chinchilla group, they are not associated with and cannot interbreed among chinchilla rabbits because they belong to the rodent varieties. The American Chinchilla Rabbit breeds are lagomorphs and a transformation diluted the yellow color in their hairs to more or less white color, changing in this manner the fur color of the wild rabbit into chinchilla. The American Chinchilla Rabbit is also commonly called as the Heavyweight Chinchilla Rabbit.
Features of American Chinchilla Rabbit
The "American Chinchilla Rabbit" has a larger body than the Standard Chinchilla rabbit. The American Chinchilla Rabbit has a commercial type of body, and there is a weight difference between a male and a female American Chinchilla Rabbit such that the female breeds are heavier than the males. A male American Chinchilla Rabbit has a body weight between 9 lbs and 12 lbs (4 kg and 5.5 kg), whereas the female ones have a body weight, ranging from 10 lbs to 12 lbs (3.5 kg to 5.5 kg).
The male American Chinchilla Rabbit is called a buck and a female American Chinchilla Rabbit is called a doe, also both known as a bunny. A young rabbit is called a kit "kitten" or baby bunny.
The American Chinchilla Rabbit breed has the similar roll back coat of the Standard Chinchilla rabbits. These solid rabbits encompass a slight curve to their average length bodies, starting at the nape of their necks and ending at their rump. The American Chinchilla Rabbit ears are straight and vertical and the pelt quality is first and vital while breeding for the "Standard of Perfection". The American Chinchilla Rabbit breed does not need regular grooming.
Usually, the American Chinchilla Rabbit breed matures after they attain the body weight of 6 lbs (2.7 kg), so they are considered a six-class rabbit breed in the show. The American Chinchilla Rabbit breeds have been developed from the big Standard Chinchilla Rabbit breeds with the intention of producing meatier rabbits. The female American Chinchilla Rabbit is an excellent breeder, which is capable of producing an average litter of 6 hits to 9 kits per litter. The American Chinchilla Rabbit have an excellent mothering instinct, and fryers use to attain the market weight rapidly.
Low-grade and halfway American Chinchilla Rabbit breeds may be revealed in age categorizations beyond their own if they are obese. Both male and female rabbits less than 9 lbs (2.7 kg) and less than six months of age are considered low-grade rabbits. Male and female rabbits between the age of 6 months and 8 months are considered halfway rabbits. Currently, the American Chinchilla Rabbit breed is considered a critically endangered rabbit, so it is recorded in the livestock conservancy list.
Though the American Chinchilla Rabbit breeds were originated in France, they were introduced during 1919 in the United States. The American Chinchilla Rabbit breed is developed for their meat and fur. They can be shown or exhibited and they also can be kept as solid, strong pets. During 1924, the American Chinchilla Rabbit breeds were incorporated into the breed standard book and soon thereafter, the American Chinchilla Rabbit breed was renamed as the American Chinchilla Rabbit.
Rabbits have an outstanding sense of vision, smell and hearing. Having eyes on the side of their head and being so big, gives them nearly 360 degrees vision, allowing them to see predators from all directions. They can see everything behind and in front of them and have just a small blind-spot in front of their nose.
Pet rabbits should be kept in pairs for Companionship, its important for a rabbits happiness and it can live longer with a companion. In the wild, rabbits are very social. Female rabbits can produce about 2 to 4 litters of bunnies per year with 4 to 6 babies.
Rabbits love to run and can reach speeds of 30 to 40 mph. The average lifespan of a rabbit is around 5 to 8 years and in captivity can live up to 10 years. Rabbits have 28 teeth and an incredible fact, a rabbit’s teeth never stop growing throughout its life.
Rabbits can jump up to 36 inches (91.4 cm) and sometimes higher.
Rabbits are very clean animals and will groom themselves and also each other. Rabbits are crepuscular-(meaning the are most active at morning and evening) and do most of there feeding in the evening. Rabbits on average sleep about 8 hours.
Rabbits have long ears which can be as long as 4 in" (10.2 cm). Rabbits are herbivores (a herbivore, eats leaves, grass, hay and furns (plant eaters) and also mammal.
Rabbits are born without fur and its eyes are closed and their eyes will open after 7 to 14 days of their birth.. Half of the rabbits in the world live in North America. Rabbits are comfortable living in groups. European rabbits like to live in burrows underground. Warren is known as a group of burrows. Cottontail Rabbits are the only rabbit that does not live under ground.
Rabbits as pets enjoy wet food, pellets, carrots, hay or lettuce, dark leaf lettuce is good. (Iceberg lettuce contains too much water and too little fiber to be suitable.) Limit giving them fruit with sugar in it. Alfalfa provides the high caloric content necessary for baby bunnies development. Once rabbits reach seven months of age, gradually switch them over to timothy hay, oat hay, or orchard grass. Avoid giving them yard clippings, since grass is often sprayed with fertilizer, insecticides, pesticides, and other chemicals rabbits should not be eating. Their diet should consist of 70% of timothy hay and make sure they have fresh water every day.
For bedding, give Rabbits wood pellets or aspen. You can use pelleted horse bedding. Do not give them pine or cedar. Clean the cage with either white vinegar or a cage safe cleaner; don’t use bathroom cleaner or other things that are toxic for the pet cage.
De-worming is a major concern and should be done in the spring and fall. A pea sized amount of de-worming paste in the rabbit's mouth is sufficient for the rabbit.