Facts about Beveren Rabbits. The Beveren Rabbit is one of the largest and the oldest rabbit breeds. They were chiefly developed for their fur. First, the Beveren Rabbit breed was developed in Beveren, which is a small town, close to Antwerp in Belgium.
"Scientific name for Beveren 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.
It is a rare rabbit breed and it is well tempered, smart, and clean. The Beveren Rabbit are crammed with energy, and they feel affection for exploring the outdoors.
Features of Beveren Rabbit
The Beveren Rabbit is a big size rabbit and its body weight is classified into four grades; pre-junior, junior, intermediate, and senior. Each grade of male and female rabbits will have a different body weight.
Both male and female pre-junior Beveren Rabbits are under the age of three months and will have a maximum body weight of 6.6 lbs (2.5 kg)
The male Junior Beveren Rabbits are between the ages of three to six months and will have a maximum body weight of 8 lbs (3.6 kg), whereas the females ranging in age from three to six months will have a maximum body weight of 9 lbs (4 kg).
The male intermediate Beveren Rabbit is between the age of six to eight months and will have a maximum body weight of 9.5 lbs (4.3.kg), whereas the females under the age of six to eight months will have a maximum body weight of 10.5 lbs (4.7 kg).
The male senior Beveren Rabbit will be more than eight months of age and they will have a maximum body weight, ranging from 8 lbs to 11 lbs (3.6 to 5 kg), whereas the females more than eight months of age will have a maximum body weight between 9 lbs and 12 lbs (4 kg and 5.5 kg).
The Beveren Rabbit breed is a big size breed that has a pronounced body similar to the shape of a mandolin. The Beveren Rabbits have strong and firm shoulders, with a well-coiled rib cage, tapering somewhat from wider, smooth hips. The body of the Beveren Rabbit breed will present an explicit arch when observed from the side. Their top line is a smooth curve, beginning at the back of their shoulder, rising to a high tip above the middle of their back, and bend over the hips to complete the curve.
The head of the Beveren Rabbit breed is full from top to bottom, with a well-packed face and jaws. Their V-shaped ears are well furred, with the length of more than 5 inches (12.5 cm) in senior and intermediate rabbits. The Beveren Rabbit front legs and feet are straight, sturdy, and of average boned, whereas their back legs and feet that are also straight, but commanding and well furred.
The Beveren Rabbit breed comes in different coat colors, such as white, blue, black, lilac and brown. However, the Pointed Beveren Rabbit breed is a rare variety that comes in very similar colors, but it has white color tipped hairs. The blue variety of the Beveren Rabbit is the original breed.
The male Beveren Rabbit is called a buck and a female Beveren Rabbit is called a doe, also both known as a bunny. A young rabbit is called a kit "kitten" or baby bunny.
Beveren Rabbits are herbivores (a herbivore, eats leaves, grass, hay and furns (plant eaters) and also mammal.
The coat of the Beveren Rabbit breed is thick and shiny with a mild rollback fur, irrespective of coat colors. The average length of the fur ranges from 1 3/8 inches to 1 1/2 inches (3.1 cm to 3.8 cm). The female rabbit is capable of producing huge litters, and the juvenile rabbits will grow quite fast. The Beveren Rabbits are usually docile and the female rabbits have excellent motherly skills.
Beveren 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.
Beveren Rabbits love to run and can reach speeds of 30 to 40 mph. The average lifespan of a Beveren Rabbit is around 5 to 8 years and in captivity can live up to 10 years. Beveren Rabbits have 28 teeth and an incredible fact, a Beveren Rabbits teeth never stop growing throughout its life.
Beveren Rabbits can jump up to 36 inches (91.4 cm) and sometimes higher.
Beveren Rabbits are very clean animals and will groom themselves and also each other. Beveren Rabbits are crepuscular-(meaning the are most active at morning and evening) and do most of there feeding in the evening. Beveren Rabbits on average sleep about 8 hours.
Beveren 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 Beveren 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 Beveren 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 Beveren Rabbit.
Beveren 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 Beveren Rabbit can see everything behind and in front of them and have just a small blind-spot in front of their nose.
Pet Beveren Rabbits should be kept in pairs for Companionship, its important for a Beveren Rabbits happiness and it can live longer with a companion. In the wild, rabbits are very social. Female Beveren Rabbits can produce about 2 to 4 litters of bunnies per year with 4 to 6 babies.