Facts about Silver Rabbits. The Silver Rabbit is one of the oldest domestic rabbit breeds, dating back to a minimum period of the 1500's. These domesticated Silver Rabbit breeds were recognized in England as early as the 16th century. The true origin of the Silver rabbit breed is not known. Earlier than the colonization of the New World, the Silver Rabbit breed was kept in dens in England. This is where perhaps the Silver Rabbit breed was introduced by an active rabbit breeder, Sir Walter Raleigh from Portugal in North Yorkshire. From North Yorkshire, these rabbits spread to many other warrens all through England, with the maximum stranglehold being in Lincolnshire.
Some other sources of the origin of this breed include that the Silver Rabbit breed was first found in huge numbers in Siam and the sailors of Portugal brought these rabbits to England. Before the arrival of the Silver Rabbits on the shores of America, they were one of the original rabbit breeds to be accepted by the American Rabbit Breeders Association when it was established during 1910. The Silver Rabbit existence in the United States positively pre-dates the 1900 Belgian Hare Boom.
"Scientific name for Silver 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.
The Silver Rabbit is fairly a small rabbit, usually carrying a body weight, ranging from 5 lbs to 6 lbs (2.3 kg to 2.7 kg) when mature. The Silver Rabbit has a distinctive athletic type and active nature. The name of the Silver Rabbit breed is derived from its silver-white hairs and the hair-tips are evenly distributed all through the small snappy coat. The Silver Rabbit has an extremely snappy pace of return when hit from the tail to the head. The Silver Rabbit breed is often confused with the Silver Fox Rabbit breed because both rabbit breeds have the same coat color. However, there are many variations between these two rabbit breeds.
The Silver Rabbits come in three color varieties, such as brown, black, and fawn. The Silver Rabbits have a well-developed, athletic body, but it is about average in length rather than smaller. The Silver Rabbits have an extremely small, thick, snappy fly back coat. The Silver coat of this rabbit breed is made up of white and white-tipped pelts. All silvered rabbit breeds that are found all over the world are descended from the Silver Rabbit breed.
The female Silver Rabbit is capable of producing 3 to 6 kits per litter and they are considered to have fair mothering skills. At present, the Silver Rabbit breed has turned out to be a rare rabbit breed. It has been documented as the threatened rabbit breed by the Livestock Breeds Conservancy of America. This indicates that there are fewer than 100 yearly registrations of these rabbit breeds at present in the United States. It has been estimated that worldwide population of the Silver Rabbits is less than 1,000.
The Silver Rabbit breed is an uncommon rabbit breed in both the United Kingdom and the United States. The Silver Rabbit has its own ancient heritage and there are no other rabbit breeds left that maintain the Renaissance type of body.
years. The male Silver Rabbit is called a buck and a female Silver Rabbit is called a doe, also both known as a bunny. A young rabbit is called a kit "kitten" or baby bunny.
Silver Rabbits have long ears which can be as long as 4 in" (10.2 cm). Silver Rabbits are herbivores (a herbivore, eats leaves, grass, hay and furns (plant eaters) and also mammal.
Silver 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 the Silver Rabbit to see predators from all directions. The Silver Rabbit can see everything behind and in front of them and have just a small blind-spot in front of their nose.
Pet Silver 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.
Silver 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. Silver Rabbits have 28 teeth and an incredible fact, a Silver Rabbit teeth never stop growing throughout its life.
Silver Rabbits can jump up to 36 inches (91.4 cm) and sometimes higher.
Silver Rabbits are very clean animals and will groom themselves and also each other. Silver Rabbits are crepuscular-(meaning the are most active at morning and evening) and do most of there feeding in the evening. Silver Rabbits on average sleep about 8 hours.
Silver Rabbits as pets enjoy wet food, carrots, hay or lettuce, dark leaf lettuce is a good one. (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 Silver 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 Hay and make sure they have fresh water every day.
For bedding, give Silver 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.
Silver Rabbits are born without fur and its eyes are closed. Half of the rabbits in the world live in North America. Silver 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.
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 Silver Rabbit.