The Rex Rabbit is a large sized breed that displays a commercial type body that can way up to 10 pounds when fully grown. It is also broader than most breeds but possesses smaller feet compared to other smaller breeds. It has medium sized ears that are vertically positioned. Its coat is considered as one of the most unique due to its velvety texture. In addition, its fur is pointed outwards, which is also different compared to most breeds with furs pointing inwards.
Although its coating is highly priced, this breed demands very low maintenance in terms of grooming. In fact, owners are suggested to groom as rarely as possible to prevent damaging its sensitive coating. To clean dirt in its body, it is recommended to use soft cloth damped in lukewarm water and carefully wipe away. Furthermore, bathing must be avoided to minimize developing health conditions that can lead to death.
This breed is also popular due to its various colors, which include seal, castor, chinchilla, white, amber and broken.
Temperament and Behavior
Like most breeds, the Rex Rabbit has a very relaxed and laid back personality. It does not mind being around people and enjoys regular petting and holding. However, children holding this rabbit should always be supervised by an adult to avoid accidents. Due to its large and heavy body, it can easily be dropped by small children.
Aside from interacting and playing with people, this breed requires a few hours each day outside its cage to explore its surroundings. To make its outdoor activities more fun, toys made especially for rabbits are recommended. If these toys are unavailable, simple alternatives like a plastic ball or cardboard boxes will do, as long as they are clean and not too small to be swallowed. Furthermore, providing things that it can safely nibble is another way to keep it active and occupied. Similar to most breeds, Rex Rabbit enjoys chewing on things. Just make sure to train it only to chew things that it is allowed to do so.
Because of its well-mannered and docile personality, this breed is perfect for family owners with small children. It is even suited for adult people who prefer pets that require low maintenance. However, daily bonding time must always be provided to keep it happy and healthy.
Health and care
One of the most important factors of rabbit’s health is daily diet. Like with all breeds, the Rex Rabbit requires nutrition from a daily supply of hay, fruits, pellets, and vegetable. 70% of its daily diet must consist of fresh hay such as Orchard hay. The rest of its diet must be made up of fresh fruits and vegetable, and servings of nutritious rabbit pellets.
To minimize the risk of developing health issues, there are food items that must be avoided such as Alfalfa hay, which contains high levels of sugar. Fruits and vegetables that are loaded with sugar and acids must also be avoided or given sparingly. Furthermore, make sure to choose commercially made rabbit pellets that contain natural ingredients. Avoid buying brands that are known to contain harmful chemicals and preservatives.
Due to its large size, this breed needs a larger cage that can comfortably accommodate it. The cage or enclosure must also be strongly built and sturdy enough to support your pet’s weight especially when you plan to take it with you along vacations. To increase comfort level, put soft beddings and mattings. However, make sure to wash and replace the beddings after a few weeks to prevent bacterial and parasitic infestation.
With regards to spaying or neutering your pet, it is possible but not required. The effect of this procedure is to make rabbits less aggressive, which is not really a necessity with this breed which is already well mannered and docile most of the time.
Another issue that commonly affects rabbits is overgrown teeth. To minimize the risk, always follow the right diet of giving hay as a major part of its nutrition. Hay naturally chips down your pet’s teeth to normal and healthy size.
History and Background of Rex Rabbit
Rex Rabbit was first developed in a French village called Louché-Pringé in 1919. Soon, it was bred as domesticated animals and was first shown in an international show in 1924. That same year, it was introduced in the USA and was eventually accepted by ARBA.