Facts about American Sable Rabbits. The American Sable Rabbit is a variety of rabbit that originates from Germany. The American Sable Rabbit breed is an effect of the cross of the Chinchilla rabbit breeds. Consequently, the American Sable Rabbits are an exact copy of Chinchilla rabbits in their body conformation, but the coat of the American Sable Rabbits is colored in a different way.
"Scientific name for American Sable 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 American Sable Rabbit breed can trace its origins to tinted throwbacks from pedigree Chinchilla rabbits belonging to the Otto Brock of San Gabriel in California, during 1924. It was developed separately from the Sable Rabbit breed celebrated in England during the early 1900’s. They are not in looming danger of extinction because a community of rabbit breeders who call these rabbits Sablers. The American Sable is one among those little-recognized rabbit breeds that is really extremely good-looking and useful. The American Sable Rabbit breed got its name due to its beautiful sable color.
The male American Sable Rabbit is called a buck and a female American Sable Rabbit is called a doe, also both known as a bunny. A young rabbit is called a kit "kitten" or baby bunny.
American Sable Rabbits have long ears which can be as long as 4 in" (10.2 cm), sometimes longer. American Sable Rabbits are herbivores (a herbivore, eats leaves, grass, hay and furns (plant eaters) and also mammal.
History of American Sable Rabbit
Initially, the American Sable Rabbit appeared in litters of American or Standard Chinchilla rabbit breeds during the 1920’s. Rabbit breeders started raising the American Sable Rabbits and they were acknowledged into the standard during 1931. The darkest era in the history of the American Sable Rabbit breed was during the early eighties, when it would have most likely been dropped from the standard of the American Rabbit Breeders Association. The color of the American Sable Rabbit is currently found in several rabbit breeds.
Features of American Sable Rabbit
The American Sable Rabbit has an average-sized, commercial type of body with some weight difference between the male and female rabbits. The female rabbit is slightly heavier than the male rabbit, with the body weight, ranging from 8 lbs to 10 lbs (3.6 kg to 4.5 kg), whereas the male rabbit weighs between 7 lbs and 9 lbs (3.1 kg and 4 kg).
The body of the American Sable Rabbit is average in length, with the crown line of the back forms an even and nonstop curve from the bottom of their neck to their tail. The head of the American Sable Rabbit breed is well formed with eyes that are bold and bright, with brown in color and demonstrate a ruby red shine in reflected light. The American Sable Rabbits have a white color toenail.
The coat of the American Sable Rabbit is exemplified by rich sepia brown color on their ears, back, face, legs, and upper side of the tail. The saddle and the base coat color will fade from the sepia tan to a light shade of tan. They have soft fur with a fine, malleable, thick undercoat. The American Sable Rabbits may need longer than the average time to drop their fur when compared to several other rabbit breeds, which is due to the thickness of their coat.
Some pig breeders used to cross the American Sable Rabbits with Californian rabbit breeds to perk up type and put in some hereditary diversity. However, it is very difficult to produce a perfectly colored American Sable Rabbit. Any blemish in shading can be caused by molt or sunburn easily.
Behavior of American Sable Rabbit
The American Sable Rabbit takes pleasure in the friendship of other rabbits. Generally, the American Sable Rabbit breed is passive, spending most part of the day sleeping. Normally, they take pleasure in the companionship of their possessor, but on their individual terms. When the American Sable Rabbits are distressed, they will make a grunting sound or hit its back foot on the floor in an effort to alarm whatever it is that is troubling them.
American Sable 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.
American Sable 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. The American Sable Rabbit can see everything behind and in front of them and have just a small blind-spot in front of their nose.
Pet American Sable Rabbits should be kept in pairs for Companionship, its important for a American Sable Rabbits happiness and it can live longer with a companion. In the wild, rabbits are very social. Female American Sable Rabbits can produce about 2 to 4 litters of bunnies per year with 4 to 6 babies.
American Sable Rabbits love to run and can reach speeds of 30 to 40 mph. The average lifespan of a American Sable Rabbit is around 5 to 8 years and in captivity can live up to 10 years. American Sable Rabbits have 28 teeth and an incredible fact, a American Sable Rabbits teeth never stop growing throughout its life.
American Sable Rabbits can jump up to 36 inches (91.4 cm) and sometimes higher.
American Sable Rabbits are very clean animals and will groom themselves and also each other. American Sable Rabbits are crepuscular-(meaning the are most active at morning and evening) and do most of there feeding in the evening. American Sable Rabbits on average sleep about 8 hours.
Diet of American Sable Rabbit
American Sable Rabbits as pets enjoy wet food, 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 American Sable 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 American Sable 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 American Sable Rabbit.