Facts about Britannia Petite Rabbits. The "Britannia Petite Rabbit" is a domestic rabbit breed that is said to be a native breed of England. In spite of the name, this England originated rabbit is considered to be developed from the normal white color hutch rabbit, but the correct origins of the breed are not known. The Britannia Petite Rabbits were first displayed in a rabbit show in England during 1884. The original rabbits imported to the United States were petite, ruby-eyed, and white color rabbits that did not bear the dwarfing gene. Actually the original name of the Britannia Petite rabbit is known as the Polish rabbit.
"Scientific name for Britannia Petite Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus". "Fear of Rabbits Leporiphobia". All rabbit breeds are "lagomorphs" various plant-eating mammal of the order Lagomorpha ; a hare, rabbit, or pika.
Features of Britannia Petite Rabbit
The Britannia Petite Rabbit is a small size rabbit that has a maximum body weight, ranging from 2.5 lbs to 3.5 lbs (1.1 kg to 1.5 kg). Nowadays, the Britannia Petite Rabbit breed is used as a fancy show breed and for pets. Their small body consists of short ears, which touch each other all the way to their tips. The Britannia Petite Rabbit breed has a small head with bold eyes and full cheeks. Due to the small body size of the Britannia Petite Rabbits, they are frequently confused with the Netherland Dwarf Rabbit, even though the Britannia Petite Rabbit is slightly bigger and its head is not rounded. The Britannia Petite Rabbit breeds vary greatly in body type, the structure and colors of their coats when compared to other rabbit breeds. Usually, the ideal weight of the Britannia Petite rabbit that attains the age of six months or more will be 2.5 lbs (1.1 kg)
The body of the Britannia Petite Rabbit is white in color with either blue eyes or red eyes. The white color ruby-eyed rabbit is a true Albino, whereas the blue-eyed white color rabbit holds the Vienna white gene and is not an exact Albino. Colored Britannia Petite Rabbit breeds have been accepted by rabbit clubs since the 1950s. Later, the American Rabbit Breeders' Association accepted the chocolate and black color Britannia Petite rabbit breeds in 1957. The blue variety rabbit breed was accepted in 1982 and the broken variety rabbit breed was acknowledged in 1998.
Diet of Britannia Petite Rabbit
Usually, the Britannia Petite rabbit feeds on ¼ cup to 1/2 cup pelleted food in the captive, according to their level of activity. They also feed on limitless fresh hay or grass to keep their gastrointestinal, dental, weight control, and urinary tract healthy. They are occasionally fed with carrot and fruit sparing in the captive, usually not bigger than the size of the thumb. However, these rabbits prefer to feed on dandelion leaves, spinach, and parsley. 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.
The male Britannia Petite Rabbit is called a buck and a female Britannia Petite Rabbit is called a doe, also both known as a bunny. A young rabbit is called a kit "kitten" or baby bunny.
Britannia Petite Rabbits have long ears which can be as long as 4 in" (10.2 cm). Britannia Petite Rabbits are herbivores (a herbivore, eats leaves, grass, hay and furns (plant eaters) and also mammal.
Behavior of Britannia Petite Rabbit
The Britannia Petite rabbit is usually friendly and calm, particularly the male rabbits. Female rabbits can be defensive if they are not spayed. As the Britannia Petite Rabbits have a small body, they require less space in the barn and cage facilities and occupy less space in homes than some of the bigger breeds. The bottom of the cage should not be slippery so it can protect them from wounds and splay leg.
Britannia Petite 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 Britannia Petite Rabbit can see everything behind and in front of them and have just a small blind-spot in front of their nose.
Pet Britannia Petite Rabbits should be kept in pairs for Companionship, its important for a Britannia Petite Rabbits happiness and it can live longer with a companion. In the wild, rabbits are very social. Female Britannia Petite Rabbits can produce about 2 to 4 litters of bunnies per year with 4 to 6 babies.
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.
Britannia Petite Rabbits love to run and can reach speeds of 30 to 40 mph. The average lifespan of a Britannia Petite 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 Britannia Petite Rabbits teeth never stop growing throughout its life.
Britannia Petite Rabbits can jump up to 36 inches (91.4 cm) and sometimes higher.
Britannia Petite Rabbits are very clean animals and will groom themselves and also each other. Britannia Petite Rabbits are crepuscular-(meaning the are most active at morning and evening) and do most of there feeding in the evening. Britannia Petite Rabbits on average sleep about 8 hours.
For bedding, give Britannia Petite 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 Britannia Petite Rabbit.