Facts about Palomino Rabbits. The Palomino Rabbit is a variety of domestic rabbit breed, which was developed in the State of Washington in the United States during the 1940s and 1950s. The Palomino Rabbit breed was first presented during 1952 at the American Rabbit Breeders’ Association convention with the name "Washingtonian", but due to some suggestions from some rabbit breeders to change the name, it was again renamed as Palomino. The Palomino Rabbit breed was approved as a separate breed by the American Rabbit Breeders’ Association during 1957. Then, the Palomino Rabbit has been exported to Europe. The Palomino Rabbit breed can be easily recognized by its unique fawny orange color. This hardy and strong rabbit is a docile breed and it is popular as both a pet and a show rabbit.
"Scientific name for Palomino 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.
Features of Palomino Rabbit
The Palomino Rabbit is a big size rabbit, such that the female Palomino Rabbits are heavier than the males, with the body weight ranging from 9 lbs to 11 lbs (4 kg to 5kg), whereas the male Palomino Rabbits will have a body weight between 8 lbs and 10 lbs (3.6 kg and 4.5kg). The body is of the Palomino Rabbit breed is medium in length with solid flesh and it has well rounded hindquarters. The ears of the rabbit are big and erect and it has brown colored eyes.
The Palomino Rabbit comes in two colors, such as Golden and Lynx. However the golden color is the most common color, which is an orange-beige color over a white or cream undercoat. The Lynx colored rabbit has a gray or silver surface color, mixing with an orange-beige in-between over the cream or white undercoat. The coat of the Palomino Rabbit breed is rude and full.
Palomino Rabbits are very clean animals and will groom themselves and also each other. Palomino Rabbits are crepuscular-(meaning the are most active at morning and evening) and do most of there feeding in the evening. Palomino Rabbits on average sleep about 8 hours.
The Palomino Rabbit breed is recognized for its toughness, outstanding production traits, and fast growth. It is a breed ideally suited for either exhibition or meat production. The Palomino Rabbits contain a smaller bone structure than other meat variety rabbits, which offers breeders a superior meat ratio. Palomino rabbits that are used for rabbit shows are known for their big ears, and they have smaller shoulders, but they will be in proportion with the remaining parts of their body in time. On the other hand, the meat Palomino rabbits are developed due to their big shoulders.
The Palomino Rabbit breeds display an extremely cute look with a very calm personality to match too. The Palomino Rabbits are cuddly and make for amazing pets as they can be immense with kids. However, it is best to keep the Palomino Rabbits on the ground, rather than holding them continuously. Palomino rabbits have been exercised as Animal Assisted Treatment animals, as well.
Temperament of Palomino Rabbit
Apart from being recognized as one among the meatiest commercial rabbit breeds, the Palomino Rabbit breeds are also considered to be one among the best breed of home pets, as well. They have an extremely passive and friendly temperament, and they mostly fond of in company with people. The Palomino Rabbit breeds are not a pure breed, but they are a blend of several other rabbit breeds and they were developed to find the nest combination perfect for commercial and petting.
Palomino Rabbits are born without fur and its eyes are closed. Half of the rabbits in the world live in North America. Palomino 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.
Palomino 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 Palomino Rabbit can see everything behind and in front of them and have just a small blind-spot in front of their nose.
Pet Palomino 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 Palomino Rabbits can produce about 2 to 4 litters of bunnies per year with 4 to 6 babies.
Palomino Rabbits love to run and can reach speeds of 30 to 40 mph. The average lifespan of a Palomino Rabbit is around 5 to 8 years and in captivity can live up to 10 years. Palomino Rabbits have 28 teeth and an incredible fact, a Palomino Rabbits teeth never stop growing throughout its life.
Palomino Rabbits can jump up to 36 inches (91.4 cm) and sometimes higher.
Palomino 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 Palomino 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 Palomino 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 Palomino Rabbit.