The Himalayan rabbit is a small sized rabbit breed with a cylindrical shaped body, which makes it unique and special among all rabbit breeds. Its coating is almost all white with a dash of colored markings. The fur is short and needs low maintenance. During most seasons, it requires once a week grooming or brushing. But during shedding season, the fur may need to be brushed at least twice a week.
Another unique feature of this breed is its ability to make their feet grounded even if the body is stretched out. When viewed from an aerial position, the sides of the body are straightly aligned with the shoulder and legs.
Behavior and Temperament
Due to its small frame, this breed can be handled easily even by small hands. Furthermore, it enjoys interacting with people from all walks of life, which further makes it a suitable companion pet for children. Himalayan rabbit is highly demanded as a family pet due to its relax and laid back personality. In fact, there is no known record or incident of biting or scratching with humans. Moreover, this breed is not considered to be really active, which also makes it suitable for adult or senior owners.
One important requirement that this breed needs is a large and spacious cage or enclosure. Although not really super active, it still needs to stretch its legs regularly. In addition, you must allow it to spend some time out of its cage for much-needed activities under the sun. If you are keeping it indoor, you must let it out for a few hours daily to catch some sunshine. To add more fun during outdoor play, provide toys that are specifically made for rabbits. Aside from making the activities more engaging, your pet will be able to develop physical and mental skills when using these toys.
With regards to training, this breed requires a considerable amount of time, patience, and effort. Although not impossible to train, rabbits are known to be harder to train compared to other commonly domesticated animals such as dogs and cats. An effective trick to do when potty training is to use several litter boxes and spread them around its living area. When it successfully uses the box, make sure to give positive reinforcements like a simple pat on its back or reward with prizes and treats.
Health and Care
Similar to most breeds, this rabbit is considered healthy with no specific health issues. However, practicing proper hygiene and grooming at all times is a must to prevent developing various diseases that are associated with rabbits. Furthermore, a proper diet must always be given. Its daily food consumption must compose of 70% hay, with the rest made up of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Avoid food items that are high in sugar and acid content, which can lead to various medical issues. To further strengthen its immune system, it is recommended to give supplemental vitamins and minerals specifically made for rabbits. Most pet stores sell various brands of these supplements so all you have to do is pick the most effective one.
Aside from these food items, water is also an essential part of its daily diet. Himalayan rabbit enjoys interacting and playing with humans, which will eventually make them tired and thirsty. Fresh and clean water must always be available inside and outside its cage. Provide a sturdy and deep water container that can store more than enough water supply in one day. Remember to remove and refill the container with a new batch of water to prevent health issues such as diarrhea and bacterial infection.
To prevent flies and other pesky parasites from taking over your pet’s body, you must always clean its enclosure and surroundings. Aside from using disinfectant sprays and anti-insect protection, you must also make it a habit to remove any leftover foods from its cage or food container.
History and Background of Himalayan Rabbit
Some rabbit historians believe that this breed actually originated from the Himalayan mountain area. However, this can’t be fully certified due to the fact that there is no official record about its origin. But one thing that can’t be denied is that this rabbit is one of the oldest breeds ever recorded. It is also one of the earliest breeds recognized by ARBA way back in the early 1990s.