The Mini Satin Rabbit bears a small compact body with a full rounded head. When fully grown, it generally weights about 3 to 4.5 pounds. When viewed from any direction, it displays a well-rounded shape.
Due to the fact that it has one of the most beautiful coats in the entire rabbit species, it is usually used in shows. Its fur is shiny and extremely attractive, but does not really need heavy maintenance. Brushing with cleaning and grooming tools specifically made for rabbit fur once or twice a week is enough to maintain the beauty of its coating. Similar to other breeds, Mini Satin Rabbit commonly sheds at the maximum during spring or fall. During this period, it is recommended to do brushing sessions more often to prevent excessive shedding. Once this is realized, minimum amount of shedding will eventually be noticed.
For the Mini Satin breed, ARBA accepts several colors including silver marten blue, black, chocolate, copper, tortoise chinchilla, opal, chocolate agouti, red siamese and white.
Behavior and Temperament
Mini Satin rabbit is regarded as a calm and well behaved breed. It loves to interact with people and other animals. However, it may display signs of fear or unwillingness to interact with humans especially during the first few days of ownership. This is a natural behavior due to the fact that it is still transitioning to its new environment.
Aside from being an easy to deal with rabbit, mini satin is also a good companion pet that is also suitable for children. Owing to its small body and very attractive physical appearance, many families especially with small children prefer to adopt or buy this breed.
Health and Care
Another advantage of owning this breed is the fact that mini satin is not susceptible to any specific disease or illness. This is appealing especially for first time owners as the possibility or risk of developing health issues is minimized. However, proper care and maintenance are still required to maximize its life expectancy.
Although there are a few health issues connected to mini satin rabbit, most common health problems may still be experienced including mite infestation and overgrown teeth. Just like with all breeds, mini satin must be regularly checked to prevent mite and other insect from living in various areas of its body. Some of the most common parts where insect infestation occurs include ears, back area of its ears, head and spaces between its toes.
To treat mite and insect infestation, it is recommended to use mild soap and shampoos made specifically for rabbit coat. To be on the safe side, it is best to have it checked by a veterinarian to prevent further complications such as skin dryness. In addition, regular bathing is not recommended. The best alternative is to wipe dirty parts of its body using a clean cloth damped in lukewarm water.
Another health issue that is commonly experienced by this breed is overgrown teeth. If ignored and not prevented, overgrown teeth will highly likely protrude through your pet’s face, causing extreme pain. As a result, symptoms such as loss of appetite and inactivity will soon show. Clearly, all of these factors will eventually lead to death.
The most effective way to prevent and treat this issue is by giving a diet that is composed of 70% hay. This is explained by the fact that chewing hay naturally files down your pet’s teeth to proper healthy size.
In terms of grooming, low coat maintenance is required with this breed. Brushing its coat a few times per month is all that is needed to prevent excessive shedding. During molting period, increase the brushing sessions. With regards to its claws, once a month clipping is enough to maintain proper length.
History and background of Mini Satin Rabbit
The Satin rabbit breed was first started in Indiana and the standard sized breeds were recognized in 1956. From then on, this breed gained tremendous popularity. Many rabbit enthusiasts started to create a small size of this breed in 1970. Taking more than thirty years of experimenting with this new breed, the Mini Satin rabbit was finally recognized by American Rabbit Breeders Association in 2005.