Polish rabbit is a dwarf breed that displays a short head with matching round eyes. It has full cheeks and erected ears that touch together at the end. It possesses a compact but solid body that weighs no more than 3 and a half pounds.
Compared to other breeds, Polish rabbit has a short and full coat that is easier to maintain. To keep the beauty of its fur, once or twice a week brushing is required. On the other hand, shedding season requires more frequent grooming to prevent molting issues.
The six colors that are recognized by ARBA are the Ruby-Eyed White (REW), Blue, Black, Blue-Eyed White, Chocolate, and broken patterns.
Behavior and Temperament
Due to its small size, this breed can be a good companion pet for families with small children, who will have an easier task of carrying around a lighter rabbit compared to heavier ones. Still, extra care must always be given to prevent unwanted injuries. It has a happy and fun personality also that make it suitable for even very young children. Polish rabbit enjoys regular interaction with its owners so bonding time for a few hours per day is highly recommended. Doing so will ensure that your pet will live a happy and healthy life. Furthermore, Polish rabbit also enjoys playing with various types of toys such as plastic balls or simple boxes. For toys that are made specially to develop rabbit’s mental and physical skills, you can buy from the local pet shop.
Being small also has some drawbacks. Due to their small and fragile body, even the slightest accident such as improper handling or accidental dropping can inflict serious injuries. To prevent these problems, it is highly advised to always supervise small children when handling or playing with this animal.
Aside from demanding regular play time with humans, Polish rabbit also loves to feel affection in the form of back petting or just simply standing on its owner’s lap.
In terms of intellectual skills, this breed is known to be easier to train compared to other larger breeds. In fact, it is one of the most commonly used breeds by magicians when performing magic tricks. And because of its small frame, it can easily fit into most magic paraphernalia like a magician’s hat.
Health and Care
Most rabbit breeds require huge cage or enclosure to keep them comfortable and satisfied. But for Polish rabbits, a small cage will do. However, you must still make sure that the enclosure is spacious enough to allow your pet to move around freely and comfortably. Furthermore, the cage must have perfectly sized spaces in between the bars to prevent your pet from escaping, which is a common occurrence with this breed due to its dwarf size.
When choosing the perfect location to place the cage, it is recommended to put the cage in an area inside the house to prevent attacks by predators. Again, due to its small size, it is an easy target for many predators especially those which are larger in size. Suggested indoor places to place the cage include living room or kitchen. It is extremely important for your pet to feel that it is always part of family activities or gatherings, thus its cage must be placed in an area that is frequented by family members. When placed in isolated areas such as laundry room or attic, your pet will feel abandoned and neglected, which will eventually lead to set inflicted harm and health issues.
With regards to daily food, your pet must be fed the same diet of 70% hay and 30% fresh fruits and vegetables. Hay must be the major component of its diet to maintain proper health and prevent risks of a common rabbit health issue called overgrown teeth.
History and Background of Polish Rabbit
In contrast with its name, polish rabbits actually originated from England. In the early 1880’s, several white rabbits with small bodies made their way to England. With no clear reason, the local residents started calling them Polish rabbits. In 1912, this breed made its way to the USA and was eventually recognized by ARBA.