The Palomino Rabbit is a medium-sized rabbit weighing at an average of 8-10 lbs. and has a lifespan of 5-8 years. It has a commercial type of body shape and is comparable to a Dutch and American Rabbit breed. It is best for first-time owners, for families, and for couples as it is a sweet and friendly rabbit. It has large, upright ears and is also blessed with brown eyes and a firm flesh with well-rounded hip.
It only has two colors: a golden one mixed with orange or beige cream color and a white undercoat, and the lynx type which is more popular for having a silver or gray surface that blends with a beige or orange coat and a fly back fur. In addition, it has a dense and coarse coat that protects them from cold temperatures and even in snows, sunrays, rain and etc., which make it suitable for both outdoor and indoor activities.
Behavior and Temperament
The Palomino rabbit is friendly, maternal, docile, and sweet, all of which makes it a good fit for first-timer owners. Aside from displaying and optimistic aura, this breed is known to greet people with a golden smile and a heartwarming handshake which surely gives instant relaxing vibes.
Even though this breed gives off a lively personality, they are sometimes still given lack of attention. Palominos are easily bored without a companion or regular activities and interaction with humans that is why they are very susceptible to self-inflicted harm. Due to this fact, it is very important to spend quality time while making sure that their active nature is regularly stimulated.
Unlike other breeds, Palominos like to go outside for exploration and need plenty of time to play outside to bloom and have a lasting bond with the human family.
Health and Care
The Palomino’s diet consists of 70% high-quality hays and the rest with green-leafy healthy foods, fruits and vegetables. Though not necessary, you should still research about the list of qualified and suitable foods to include in its diet. If improper food items are given, especially ones that contain high levels of sugars, your furry friend might be at risk to several diseases and health issues.
To maintain proper health, it is best to keep its bedding sanitary and should be cleaned as often as you can. Its coat is a big help for being coarse because it is not at-risk to digestive issues. However, that doesn’t mean that they are not susceptible to other illnesses and problems. Ear mites, overgrown teeth and flystrike are just a few of the many health issues it can develop.
To avoid ear mites, you should regularly check every 2-3 weeks. Also check if it has ticks and fleas on the underside of its feet and between the legs. Further, this rabbit might develop overgrown teeth if its diet doesn’t consist mainly of hay. Overgrown teeth will be painful because the teeth can grow into its jaw. To avoid this issue, seek help from a vet and switch to a diet that is mostly of hay.
Palomino rabbits may become choosy and picky when it comes to toys. None the less, you should still provide safe and appropriate toys to keep them busy especially when left alone in their cage.
This breed is also known for their excellent production, hardiness, and for rapid growth. It may also be considered for exhibitions and meat productions. Female rabbits are referred to as does, while the males are bucks.
History and Background of Palomino Rabbit
The Palomino Rabbit was originally bred by Mark Youngs in Washington, USA, who always wanted to create a new rabbit breed. In the late 1940’s and early 50’s, he successfully created a new fawn breed which he called tawnies. This breed was presented in 1953 at the ARBA convention and afterwards, was called Palomino. It was originally dubbed as “Washingtonian” due to the fact that it was first bred in Washington and its name was derived from the Palomino horse because they share the same shade. There was some difficulties and struggles to make the breed known, but despite that, the Palomino breed was finally recognized in 1957.