Facts about Mini Satin Rabbits. The Mini Satin Rabbit breed was recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association in 2005. The first Mini Satin Rabbits were introduced in show in 2007. The first recognized color for the Mini Satin Rabbit in America was white. Several other colors like lilac and blue are not yet recognized with the breed standard but are under development as of this writing. However, the British recongnize fourteen patterns and colors.
Regardless of color, all Satin and Mini Satin rabbits have a translucent hair shell, giving them their sheen or “satin” fur. In essence, the fur has air bubbles that reflect the light around it, creating the unique look shared by the Satin and Mini Satin breeds. The fur is both thick and silky.
Physical Characteristics of Mini Satin Rabbit
These dwarf rabbits have a body shape more like the Satins than the similarly sized Mini Rex. They are dwarfs, weighing three to four pounds (1.8 to 2.2 kg). The Mini Satin Rabbit have compact bodies, a top-line that peaks over the hips, a body as deep as the width and a back that curves down to the tail. The body shape is standard regardless of the weight of the animals
The Mini Satin Rabbit ears are not allowed to be more than three and a half inches (9.6 cm) long per the breed standard. The Mini Satin Rabbit ears are erect and covered in the same, distinctive fur.
Behavior of Mini Satin Rabbit
The Mini Satin Rabbits are relatively calm and friendly, but this depends on the line. Not all of them are friendly and placid nor suitable for children. Research the individual animal’s temperament before buying one.
These rabbits like all rabbits are social creatures and do best when kept in pairs of the same gender. Both males and females can become territorial. This issue is reduced if they are spayed.
Care and Up keep of Mini Satin Rabbit
The Mini Satin Rabbits don’t need much grooming and only need spot cleaning. You can brush them once in a while or even wipe down with a damp cloth to remove dead hairs. Brushing must be more frequent when the Mini Satin Rabbit is molting. Clip their nails once a month.
Use wood pellets or rabbit safe bedding to absorb their urine and feces. Don’t use cedar, though. Some people try to use litter boxes with a few urine soaked pellets to litter box train the Mini Satin Rabbits so they use only that specific box for their waste, but this takes weeks if it works at all. Regardless of the litter box training or lack thereof, 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.
Dwarf rabbits are especially sensitive to temperature extremes; don’t expose them to temperatures over 90F or below freezing. However, temperature transitions over 15 F can also kill the Mini Satin Rabbit.
Give the Mini Satin Rabbits standard rabbit pellets daily and wet feed several times a week. They are happiest with timothy hay, their diet should consist of 70% of Hay and make sure they have fresh water every day. 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. Don’t give them grass clippings unless you know the grass was never treated with chemicals.
Trivia about Mini Satin Rabbit
The Mini Satin rabbit is a cross of the Satin rabbit with a Netherland Dwarf.
The main organization responsible for the breed standard is the American Satin Rabbit Breeder’s Association. They welcomed the “mini” breed as simply another breed to include under their wing. Satin rabbits are much larger at nine to eleven pounds (4 to 4.9 kg).
"Scientific name for Mini Satin 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.
The male Mini Satin Rabbit is called a buck and a female rabbit is called a doe, also both known as a bunny. A young rabbit is called a kit "kitten" or baby bunny.
Mini Satin Rabbits are herbivores (a herbivore, eats leaves, grass, hay and furns (plant eaters) and also mammal.
Mini Satin 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 Mini Satin Rabbit can see everything behind and in front of them and have just a small blind-spot in front of their nose.
Pet Mini Satin 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.
The average lifespan of a Mini Satin Rabbit is around 5 to 8 years and in captivity can live up to 12 years. Mini Satin Rabbits have 28 teeth and an incredible fact, a rabbit’s teeth never stop growing throughout its life.
Mini Satin Rabbits are very clean animals and will groom themselves and also each other. Mini Satin Rabbits are crepuscular-(meaning the are most active at morning and evening) and do most of there feeding in the evening. Mini Satin Rabbits on average sleep about 8 hours.
Mini Satin Rabbits are born with without fur and its eyes closed. 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.