Facts about Rex Rabbits. The Rex Rabbit is a domestic rabbit breed that originated in France during the early nineteenth century. Their matchless, thick, lush, velvet-like coat was made through a mutation, seen in wild rabbits in France during the late nineteenth century. The Rex transformation is recessive and makes the hair to project outwards from their body, rather than lying flat. The guard hairs of the Rex Rabbit are short in length that equals to the length of their undercoat. After choosy breeding of the Mini Rex, some breeders started referring the Rex Rabbit as the normal Rex Rabbit.
Rex Rabbit. "Scientific name for Rex 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 Rex Rabbit
The Rex Rabbit is an average to big sized rabbit such that the female rabbits are a little heavier than the male ones. The female rabbits have a body weight more than 10.5 lbs (4.8 kg), whereas the male rabbits have a body weight between 7.5 lbs and 10.5 pounds (3.4 kg and 4.7 kg).
The Rex Rabbit has a round, commercial type of body, with an ideal weight. The length of the fur of these rabbits ranges from 0.5 inches to 0.8 inches (1.3 cm to 2.2 cm) and their hairs are thick and velvety in texture. The major reason for the thickness and luxuriousness of their short guard hairs is that they stand almost at right angles to their skin. The Rex transformation also makes their fur curl in some areas, but this curling is infrequently visible with the exemption of areas, like behind the ears, where the fur is longer. Furthermore, the mutation makes the whiskers cut down and curl or hide, though this is not exposed in all Rex Rabbits.
The head of the Rex Rabbit is slightly broader than other rabbit breeds. It has proportionate and erect ears in addition to toe nails that match the rabbit’s fur color on their smaller feet proportionally. Like with larger rabbit breeds, the female rabbit has a dewlap, a great flap of skin beneath the chin.
The Rex Rabbit can be accommodated outdoors throughout the year during the warmer months and cooler months if they are supplied with appropriate accommodations. In addition, the Rex Rabbit breeds are inclined to be a strong breed with certain health problems.
The male Rex Rabbit is called a buck and a female Rex Rabbit is called a doe, also both known as a bunny. A young rabbit is called a kit "kitten" or baby bunny.
Rex Rabbits have long ears which can be as long as 4 in" (10.2 cm). Rabbits are herbivores (a herbivore, eats leaves, grass, hay and furns (plant eaters) and also mammal.
Temperament of Rex Rabbit
The Rex Rabbit breeds are claimed to be one of the most cleverest rabbits. The female rabbit is often used as a cultivate mother for young rabbits that need to be detached from litters that are too hefty for the usual mother to provide sufficient milk to all. This rabbit breed has a low to a reasonable activity level and can leap as high as 3 feet (90 cm). Similar to most rabbits, the Rex Rabbit is more active during the early morning and evening hours and it prefers to relax during the daytime. Due to the intelligent, playful, and relaxed temperament, this rabbit breed is habitually referred to as being "cat-like". These rabbits can effortlessly be litter trained, and they can also be trained to carry out a range of tricks, like coming when they are called and standing on command. This rabbit breed is recognized as one of the more gentler rabbit breeds and it is an excellent pet option for families with kids.
Rex Rabbits are born without fur and its eyes are 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.
Rex 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 Rex Rabbit can see everything behind and in front of them and have just a small blind-spot in front of their nose.
Rex Rabbits love to run and can reach speeds of 30 to 40 mph. The average lifespan of a Rex Rabbit is around 5 to 8 years and in captivity can live up to 10 years. Rex Rabbits have 28 teeth and an incredible fact, a Rex Rabbits teeth never stop growing throughout its life.
Rex Rabbits can jump up to 36 inches (91.4 cm) and sometimes higher.
Pet Rex 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 Rex Rabbits can produce about 2 to 4 litters of bunnies per year with 4 to 6 babies.
Rex Rabbits are very clean animals and will groom themselves and also each other. Rex Rabbits are crepuscular-(meaning the are most active at morning and evening) and do most of there feeding in the evening. Rex Rabbits on average sleep about 8 hours.
Diet of Rex Rabbit
Rex 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 Rex 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 Rex 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 Rex Rabbit.