Weighing at an average of 8 to 11 pounds, Cinnamon rabbit is one of the most highly sought pets in America. With males weighing a little less than females, this breed boasts a striking rusty cinnamon coating with perfectly matched grey pattern across its back.
Due to its soft, fine and dense coating, Cinnamon rabbits require more grooming than other breeds with shorter coating. Expect more brushing sessions with this breed because of its dense coating that sheds more often than other rabbits. It is recommended to brush its coating at least twice a week during heavy shedding periods. For non- shedding seasons, once a week grooming will do.
Health and Care
Similar to the nutrition needs of most rabbits, the perfect diet for a cinnamon rabbit must be a mixture of 70% hay and 30% rabbit pellets, vegetables and fruits. But take note that not all fruits and vegetables are recommended for rabbit consumption. For example, some varieties of lettuce like Iceberg lettuce are packed with excessive water with just a small amount of fiber, which is not an ideal meal for any rabbit breed. Furthermore, avoid fruits that are high in sugar content that may possibly cause health problems in the long run.
To ensure that you only feed healthy and clean grass, never give your tiny friend grass from yards which probably contain harmful chemicals and fertilizers. In case your rabbit accidentally consumes food that you suspect may be contaminated with chemicals, instantly have it checked by a competent veterinarian.
Aside from proper diet, your rabbit’s health also depends on how you take care of it. One factor that must be carefully considered is its living environment. To start off, your fury friend must have a large and comfortable enclosure. Due to its active nature and large size, Cinnamon rabbit needs larger spaces for it to freely move around. If you choose to raise it in an indoor enclosure, make sure that your chosen space is free from dangerous things it can chew or eat like live wires and tiny home objects that can cause suffocation when ingested.
If you plan for an outdoor enclosure, the biggest issue is how to keep your pet safe from predators like raccoons, coyote, birds and snake, to name a few. Although it is considered to be larger than most rabbit breeds, it is still easy pickings for larger animals. A solution to this problem is raising the cage off the ground. Another option is strengthening your defense by building a cage made of sturdy wood or metal. But remember that the cage must have proper air ventilation.
Behavior and Temperament
Rabbits are notorious for their unlimited energy and playful persona, which are also true for the Cinnamon breed. It doesn’t matter whether you put it in an indoor or outdoor enclosure; expect your pet to curiously run around its environment while searching for things to play with. Speaking of to play with, you can also expect this breed to be extremely friendly and playful to humans specially children. For most animal lovers, this trait makes rabbit a favorite house pet.
Proper play time and handling are also vital to avoid injuries. Cinnamon rabbits love to be patted gently at their back. They also enjoy being gently touched between their ears. Just make sure that when doing these activities, your hands are clean to avoid diseases and infestation.
Rabbits seem to have unlimited source of energy and their natural instinct is to move and play. If you plan to leave your pet in its enclosure for a long time, make sure to put safe rabbit toys. A cheap option is a simple plastic ball that is suited for its size. If you want to develop your pet’s intelligence, toys that will stimulate its personality are also available.
History and Background of Cinnamon Rabbit
Cinnamon rabbit breed was accidentally created by two kids named Fred and Bill houseman, who crossbred several breeds including Chinchilla Doe, New Zealand buck, Checkered Giant Doe and California Doe. After mix matching these breeds, they eventually produced a rustic cinnamon colored breed which is now what we know as Cinnamon rabbit. After several unsuccessful efforts, this breed was eventually recognized by ABRA in 1972 at a Tacoma rabbit convention.