The Mini Rex Rabbit carries a round-shaped back with matching broad shoulders. Both its hindquarters and midsection are well developed. The neck is short and the ears are thick. The fur is soft but sort, which measures less than an inch.
Its coat demands less maintenance compared to other rabbit breeds with long fur. In fact, owners are advised not to brush frequently to prevent damaging the coat. Grooming must never exceed once a week. If cleaning is necessary, the best way is to use a soft cloth damped in water and do spot wiping.
The Mini Rex is considered one of many breeds that come in numerous colors. The most common colors include opal, lilac, blue, Himalayan, castor, sable, tricolor and broken. Some even have ear markings and body spots.
Temperament and Behavior
The Rex Rabbit is highly sought for its fun, friendly and well-mannered personality, which make it an ideal pet for first-time owners and families with small children. It is also a recommended companion pet for singles, couples, and retirees. However, small children handling this breed must always be supervised to avoid accidents. Mini Rex has a tendency to be very playful and active, which increases the possibility of unwanted accidents and injuries especially when handled by small children.
Due to its playful and active nature, this breed requires daily activities and bonding moments with its owners. It also demands a few hours a day outside its cage to explore the surroundings and stretch its legs. To keep it more engaged, toys made for rabbits are highly recommended. These are available at local pet shops. If money is an issue, cheap and common household items such as toilet paper rolls and cardboard boxes are effective alternatives. Old baby toys are also good choices. The most important thing to consider when picking toys is that they should be clean and safe. Avoid providing toys and things that can penetrate your pet’s mouth.
Rabbits are harder to train compared to other domesticated animals such as dogs and cats. However, this task is not impossible especially when proper training methods are applied. One of the most important lessons that every rabbit should learn is potty training. When teaching your Mini Rex to properly use its litter box, always exert extra patience and effort. Never shout or show anger during the process because doing so will probably result to your pet’s unwillingness to participate. Furthermore, give rewards and prizes whenever it correctly follows a command. A simple pat on the back or rabbit treats are more than enough to keep your pet engaged and willing to learn.
Health and Care
Although susceptible to some diseases and sicknesses that are usually linked with rabbits, the Mini Rex is considered an overall healthy breed. To maintain proper health, a daily diet of fresh hay, fruits, and vegetables must be provided. Fresh hay composes 70 percent of its daily diet, while the rest is divided with a steady supply of green leafy vegetables and fruits.
Make sure to provide the proper amount of hay to prevent and treat overgrown teeth, which is one of the most common health issues with all rabbit breeds. Rabbit teeth never stop growing, and can eventually pierce the mouth and face. Clearly, this is a very painful and uncomfortable condition that can easily lead to death. Fortunately, hay naturally grinds the teeth and maintain proper healthy size, which is why it makes up the majority of your pet’s diet.
Common symptoms of overgrown teeth include loss of appetite, unwillingness to interact and play, lack of energy and drooling. When any of these symptoms are observed, immediately bring your pet to a vet for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Neutering or spaying your pet is possible but not required. This breed usually undergoes this procedure when they reach 3 to 6 months old.
History and Background
The Mini Rex Rabbit was first developed in Texas by a woman named Monna R. Berryhill. She crossbred black Dwarf Rex buck with an undersized Lynx Red doe. The mating resulted in 7 offspring, which started the first batch of this breed. In 1986, she introduced this new breed to the world and was eventually recognized by the ARBA.