Lilac rabbit carries a small and rounded body with matching short ears that are slightly in an upright position. It generally weighs 6 to 8 lbs. Its coat is short but very soft to touch. Maintaining this beautiful coat is very easy and requires once or twice brushing sessions on a weekly basis. During molting season, which typically happens two times per year, you need to increase brushing sessions to maintain a healthy coat.
Lilac Rabbit comes in one color that is approved by ARBA – lavender. A unique feature of its color is the ability to look purplish and grayish depending on the position of the light.
Temperament and Behavior
Lilac rabbit is regarded for its very sweet and laid back personality. Similar to other breeds, it thrives on interaction and playing with humans. It loves gentle pats on the back and enjoys sitting on its owner’s lap. Due to its demands for human interaction, it requires daily play time. It must be let out of its cage a few hours each day to enjoy and explore its surroundings, which is a common habit among this breed. In addition, it must have regular activities to stretch its bones and maintain proper health.
Because of its very friendly and accommodating behavior, this rabbit breed is safe for children. It is also suitable for adults, although its playful nature might be a bit too much to handle for senior citizens. However, extra caution and care must always be exercised when handling this animal. It is small and fragile, which make it susceptible to accidental injuries.
Lilac rabbit loves to chew and nibble. In fact, it will chew almost any object it can place in its mouth. The downside of this is the possibility of accidentally ingesting items and objects that can disrupt its digestive system. To prevent having this issue, it is recommended to train your pet on what it can and can’t chew or nibble. Also, avoid placing tiny house object near its cage and surroundings to prevent accidents. Fortunately, this breed is capable of being trained. Using proper training methods and a lot of patience, you will have a behaved and trained pet in no time.
To further make its play time more enjoyable and productive, provide toys that are specifically made for rabbits. If money is an issue, you can create simple toys by using cardboard boxes and plastics. You can also give old stuffed toys, just make sure to clean it before giving. On the other hand, if budget is not an issue, you can buy rabbit toys at local pet shops. These toys are specifically designed to keep your pet busy while also developing both its physical and mental skills.
Health and Care
Like most breeds, Lilac rabbit is considered healthy and not susceptible to any particular disease. However, proper care must always be practiced to prevent the risks of various health issues. For example, its diet must be primarily composed of healthy hay to avoid developing diarrhea. Giving unhealthy food items can cause digestive problems, which can lead to LBM and loose stools that can attract various parasites and flies. These unwanted insects and parasites can easily develop various forms of infection and bacterial formation.
In terms of proper grooming and hygiene, this breed is low maintenance. Once or twice a week brushing is all it takes to maintain healthy coating. But during shedding season, more brushing sessions is needed to prevent health issues such as hairballs.
Aside from fresh hay, its diet must have some fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, fresh water must always be available especially after tiring activities. Although not mandatory, rabbit supplements such as vitamins can also be given to strengthening immunity against diseases further.
History and Background of Lilac Rabbit
A man named H. Onslow, who was from Cambridge, England, was the first person to exhibit the Lilac rabbit breed. In 1926, this breed was first imported to USA and Canada, which started a steady increase in demand and popularity. After several years, the first batch of this breed was first shown in an ARBA exhibit in 1940. After four years, the National Lilac Rabbit Club of America was formed.