Facts about Belgian Hare Rabbits. The Belgian Hare Rabbit is a domestic, fancy rabbit breed which was developed through choosy breeding and it closely bears the resemblance of the wild hare.
"Scientific name for Belgian Hare 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 Belgian Hare Rabbit breed possesses a short coat and if it is properly maintained, it needs little grooming, except to take away any dead hair. While in molt, the coat of the rabbit benefits from a fine combing through to eliminate the old hair. This will help bring the fresh hair through faster and reduce the aged fluffy undercoat matting up while the animal is on its way out.
Features of Belgian Hare Rabbit
The Belgian Hare is a medium to a large size rabbit breed that has a body weight, ranging from 6 lbs to 9 lbs (2.7 kg to 4 kg). The Belgian Hare breed is most celebrated for its characteristically close similarity to a hare, with elongated, slim body with well-built flank, and noticeably well-rounded hind quarters and arched back with the loins. It has a long head and the tail of the Belgian Hare Rabbit breed is straight and carried in a row with its backbone. Usually, the front feet of a Belgian hare are elongated and fine-boned and entirely straight, whereas their back feet are long and they are flat and fine. The Belgian Hare Rabbit breeds are supposed to be the only breed of domestic rabbit breed characterizing a deep red, wealthy chestnut color of the Belgian hare, along with black ticking of a blotchy or wavy look.
Due to the variation of the Belgian Hare breed from other domestic rabbit breeds, they may need different housing and dietary supplies to other rabbits, and thus, they may require more concentration and care. Due to the size and energetic temperament of the Belgian Hare Rabbit breed, it requires a large cage or hutch to allow them to move liberally. An outdoor Belgian Hare breed prefers to live in an ideal home, which is a wooden hutch prepared from a heavy wood with a water-resistant roof, positioned above the ground.
An outdoor Belgian Hare breed prefers to live in a wooden hutch or a cage. As they are the free moving rabbits, they require a 24 x 60 in cage with the height of 24 inches. The Belgian Hare Rabbits will need a brood or breeding cage with the minimum dimension of 36 by 72 inches. Additionally, the flooring of the cage needs to be harder, rather than a wire, to support the feet of the Belgian Hare Rabbit breed. They prefer to live in a cage with proper ventilation, and a wire or plastic base with a wire cover, set to the base. They need to add shredded paper, straw, or anything analogous to the base of their cage.
Belgian Hare 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 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.
Behavior of Belgian Hare Rabbit
The Belgian Hare is one of the most clever and active rabbits. They can be taught to learn their name. Due to their energetic nature and alert nature, the Belgian Hare Rabbits can be extremely startled by an abrupt sound or movement easily. The optional practice by the owners of the Belgian Hare Rabbit breed is to have a radio playing close to them constantly so they can get familiar with the noise. Due to the active character of the Belgian Hare Rabbits, they have been commonly called the racehorse of a poor man. The Belgian Hare is recognized to be receptive to handling when trained from premature age. However, the Belgian Hare Rabbit breeds are not ideal pets for kids mainly because of their big size and speed, which may result in wounds
Belgian Hare 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.
Belgian Hare Rabbits have long ears which can be as long as 4 in" (10.2 cm). Belgian Hare Rabbits are herbivores (a herbivore, eats leaves, grass, hay and furns (plant eaters) and also mammal.
The male Belgian Hare Rabbit is called a buck and a female Belgian Hare Rabbit is called a doe, also both known as a bunny. A young rabbit is called a kit "kitten" or baby bunny.
Belgian Hare 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 Belgian Hare Rabbit can see everything behind and in front of them and have just a small blind-spot in front of their nose.
Pet Belgian Hare Rabbits should be kept in pairs for Companionship, its important for a Belgian Hare Rabbits happiness and it can live longer with a companion. In the wild, rabbits are very social. Female Belgian Hare Rabbits can produce about 2 to 4 litters of bunnies per year with 4 to 6 babies.
Belgian Hare Rabbits love to run and can reach speeds of 30 to 40 mph. The average lifespan of a Belgian Hare Rabbit is around 5 to 8 years and in captivity can live up to 10 years. Belgian Hare Rabbits have 28 teeth and an incredible fact, a Belgian Hare Rabbits teeth never stop growing throughout its life.
Belgian Hare Rabbits can jump up to 36 inches (91.4 cm) and sometimes higher.
Belgian Hare Rabbits are very clean animals and will groom themselves and also each other. Belgian Hare Rabbits are crepuscular-(meaning the are most active at morning and evening) and do most of there feeding in the evening. Belgian Hare Rabbits on average sleep about 8 hours.
For bedding, give Belgian Hare 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 Belgian Hare Rabbit.