Facts about Rhinelander Rabbits. The Rhinelander Rabbit is a European rabbit breed that originated from Germany. The Rhinelander Rabbits are celebrated for their unique butterfly markings on their face, usually orange and black, on a white backdrop. At first, the Rhinelander Rabbits were developed in Germany during the first decade of the twentieth century, and then they were exported to other worldwide countries during the 1920s.
Rhinelander Rabbit. "Scientific name for Rhinelander 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.
Even though the Rhinelander Rabbits were first popular in Germany, the curiosity in the breed was decreased by 1930. However, these rabbits have experienced resurgence in fame after the Second World War. Interest as well, waxed, and waned in America, the Rhinelander Rabbit breed experienced a 40-year nonexistence from 1932 to 1972. Re-establishment of this rabbit breed in the United States during the 1970s resulted in the formation of the American Rhinelander Rabbit Club in 1974.
At present, the population of these Rhinelander rabbits throughout the world is less than 2,000 by the Livestock Breeds Conservancy of America. In Great Britain, the Rhinelander Rabbit breed is grouped with other uncommon rabbit breeds in the Rare Rabbit Varieties Club.
Features of Rhinelander Rabbit
The Rhinelander Rabbit is an average-sized rabbit breed, with the body weight, ranging from 6 lbs to 10 lbs (2.7 kg to 4.5 kg). Both male and female junior rabbits will have a minimum body weight of 3.25 lbs (1.47 kg). Senior female Rhinelander Rabbits are heavier than the male ones with the body weight, ranging from 7 lbs to 10 lbs (3.1 kg to 4.5 kg). The senior male rabbits will weigh between 6.5 lbs and 9.5 lbs (2.9 kg and 4.3 kg).
This Rhinelander Rabbit is an arched rabbit breed, which means that light shows between the ground and the body when the rabbit is moving or sitting. The Rhinelander Rabbit breed has a body that assumes the shape of a barrel or a cylinder, with the equal width from its shoulders to its hip. The body of this rabbit is long-limbed and carried with elegance to show off those gorgeous markings.
The Rhinelander Rabbits have smaller legs and a less distinctive arch than other rabbit breeds. They have erect ears, with the length of 4.75 inches (12.12 cm). Their eyes are chestnut brown in color. They have short, thick, and silky hairs that need a weekly grooming.
The Rhinelander Rabbits are recognized for their unique coat pattern. They come in a single color pattern, which is a white base color with yellow and black markings on their back and face. The butterfly markings on the face of the Rhinelander Rabbits cover their upper jaw and nose in a shape that look like a butterfly. Each of these distinctive markings, except for the cheek mark, shows two colors, such as orange and black or fawn and blue. The Rhinelander Rabbit also contains 3 to 10 spots on their flank or hindquarter and they have a flyback coat.
Temperament of Rhinelander Rabbit
Rhinelander Rabbits have a resilient nature, temperament, and endless humorous antics, which make the Rhinelander Rabbits a real appeal to keep. They are extremely smart, and they are capable of learning things very fast. If the Rhinelander Rabbit is handled properly from the very beginning, it will turn out to be a lovely, friendly pet.
Rhinelander 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.
The male Rhinelander Rabbit is called a buck and a female Rhinelander Rabbit is called a doe, also both known as a bunny. A young rabbit is called a kit "kitten" or baby bunny.
Rhinelander Rabbits are herbivores (a herbivore, eats leaves, grass, hay and furns (plant eaters) and also mammal.
Rhinelander 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 Rhinelander Rabbit can see everything behind and in front of them and have just a small blind-spot in front of their nose.
Pet Rhinelander Rabbits should be kept in pairs for Companionship, its important for a Rhinelander Rabbits happiness and it can live longer with a companion. In the wild, rabbits are very social. Female Rhinelander Rabbits can produce about 2 to 4 litters of bunnies per year with 4 to 6 babies.
Rhinelander Rabbits love to run and can reach speeds of 30 to 40 mph. The average lifespan of a rabbit is around 5 to 8 years and in captivity can live up to 10 years. Rhinelander Rabbits have 28 teeth and an incredible fact, a Rhinelander Rabbits teeth never stop growing throughout its life.
Rhinelander Rabbits can jump up to 36 inches (91.4 cm) and sometimes higher.
Rhinelander 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 Rhinelander 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 Rhinelander 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 Rhinelander Rabbit.
Rhinelander Rabbits are very clean animals and will groom themselves and also each other. Rhinelander Rabbits are crepuscular-(meaning the are most active at morning and evening) and do most of there feeding in the evening. Rhinelander Rabbits on average sleep about 8 hours.