Facts about Polish Rabbits. The Polish Rabbit is a domestic rabbit breed that originated from England during the late eighteenth century. The Polish Rabbit were introduced to the United States during the early period of the rabbit fancy, and the Polish Rabbit became the first small rabbit breed acknowledged by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. In spite of the name, the Polish Rabbit breed is considered to have developed from the ordinary White Hutch Rabbit breed, but the correct origin of the Polish Rabbit breed is not known. The Polish Rabbit rabbits were first displayed in a rabbit show held in England during 1884. Most of the English rabbit breeders wanted a leaner and more erect body type of rabbit with an active temperament. The British adaptation of the Polish Rabbit is the same as the Britannia Petite Rabbit breed of America.
Polish Rabbit. "Scientific name for Polish 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 Polish Rabbit
The Polish Rabbit is a small size rabbit breed that is chiefly used as a pet and as a fancy show breed. The Polish Rabbit small body has short ears, which touch each other up to the tips. The Polish Rabbits have a small head with bold eyes and full cheeks. Due to the small body size, the Polish Rabbits are often mystified with the Netherland Dwarf, even though this Polish Rabbit breed is a little bigger and their head is not rounded. There are several other differences between the Polish Rabbit breed and other rabbit breeds. The Polish Rabbit chiefly varies from other rabbit breeds in terms of coat structure, body colors, and type. A typical 6-month old Polish Rabbit will weigh between 2.5 lbs and 3.5 lbs (1.1 kg and 1.6 kg).
Pet Polish Rabbits should be kept in pairs for Companionship, its important for a Polish Rabbits happiness and it can live longer with a companion. In the wild, rabbits are very social. Female Polish Rabbits can produce about 2 to 4 litters of bunnies per year with 4 to 6 babies.
Polish Rabbits love to run and can reach speeds of 30 to 40 mph. The average lifespan of a Polish Rabbit is around 5 to 8 years and in captivity can live up to 10 years. Polish Rabbits have 28 teeth and an incredible fact, a Polish Rabbits teeth never stop growing throughout its life.
Currently, the Polish Rabbit is recognized in six colors, such as chocolate, black, broken, and white. Most Polish rabbit breeds are white in color with either blue eyes or red eyes until the 1950s. The red-eyed white rabbit is a correct albino, whereas the blue-eyed white rabbit bears the Vienna white gene and it is not a correct albino. Polish Rabbit breeds with different colors have been acknowledged by rabbit clubs since the 1950s. The American Rabbit Breeders' Association accepted the chocolate and black Polish Rabbits in 1957 as separate rabbit breeds. The blue variety Polish Rabbit was approved in 1982 and the broken variety was permitted during 1998.
The male Polish Rabbit is called a buck and a female Polish Rabbit is called a doe, also both known as a bunny. A young rabbit is called a kit "kitten" or baby bunny.
Polish Rabbits have long ears which can be as long as 4 in" (10.2 cm). Polish Rabbits are herbivores (a herbivore, eats leaves, grass, hay and furns (plant eaters) and also mammal.
Polish Rabbit breeds need little grooming like other small rabbit breeds. They can be quickly and easily brushed by means of a soft brush or wet hands to keep them appearing best. However, these rabbits may require more grooming at the time of a molt. Usually, the claws of these rabbits will need clipping once a month.
Temperament of Polish Rabbit
Like with other small rabbit breeds that are extensively raised, Polish Rabbit breeds from different lines can diverge fairly a bit in terms of temperament. The small body size of the Polish Rabbits make them trouble-free to handle and easy keepers, too. They are ideal animals to keep as pets and they occupy less space because of their small body
Polish 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.
Polish Rabbits have an outstanding sense of vision, smell and hearing. Having eyes on the side of their head and being so big, gives the Polish Rabbit nearly 360 degrees vision, allowing them to see predators from all directions. The Polish Rabbit can see everything behind and in front of them and have just a small blind-spot in front of their nose.
Polish Rabbits can jump up to 36 inches (91.4 cm) and sometimes higher.
Polish Rabbits are very clean animals and will groom themselves and also each other. Polish Rabbits are crepuscular-(meaning the are most active at morning and evening) and do most of there feeding in the evening. Polish Rabbits on average sleep about 8 hours.
Polish 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 Polish 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.
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 Polish Rabbit.
For bedding, give Polish 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.