The Rhinelander Rabbit displays a fully arched body that weighs between 7 to 10 pounds. It also has long limbs and ears that come in “V” shape. The coat is short and soft and demands low maintenance. Owners are advised to brush once a week to maintain shape and texture. During molting season, once or twice a week brushing is recommended in order to keep up with the shedding.
The Rhinelander Rabbit is predominantly white, with 2 different colored markings that make it unique from all rabbit breeds. Similar to the English spot, this breed possesses colored eyes, eye circles, and a nose that resemble a butterfly.
Behavior and Temperament
The Rhinelander Rabbit is known for its passive and friendly behavior, which make it an ideal pet for singles, couples and senior citizens. It is also very active and playful, which make it a good companion pet for children. However, it is still best to supervise small children when playing with this rabbit to avoid injuries and accidents.
In order to keep your pet happy and healthy, it must be let out of its cage a few hours per day to play and explore its surroundings. Doing this will enable it to build social skills, as well as have proper exercise to maintain health. Aside from interacting with humans, this furry animal also loves to play with various toys which are available in local pet shops. Toys made specifically for rabbits develop both mental and physical skills, while also making play time more fun and engaging. An alternative for these sometimes pricey toys is simple and cheap home items such as cardboard boxes and plastic balls.
In terms of training, rabbits are considered to be harder to train compared to other domesticated animals such as cats and dogs. Although not impossible, teaching your pet the basics of potty training will require loads of patience and time. Many rabbit enthusiasts use the simple yet effective technique of placing several litter boxes around the areas frequented by the pet. Eventually, your pet will understand and successfully follow your commands.
Health and Care
Similar to all rabbits, this breed must have a steady diet of 70% hay and the rest a mixture of rabbit pellets, fruits, vegetable and leafy greens. Always be extra careful when feeding your pet with foods from the refrigerator as some of them may contain ingredients that are harmful to your rabbit’s health. Avoid serving food items that have high levels of sugar and acids. In addition, make sure to feed only fresh and clean vegetables and fruits.
Rhinelander Rabbit is considered as a healthy breed, with only a few health risks that are common among rabbits such as overgrown teeth. Fortunately, this health condition can be easily prevented by simply following its diet requirement of fresh hay. Hay naturally cuts down rabbit’s teeth to proper size while also supplying the majority of your pet’s nutritional needs.
Although the Rhinelander Rabbit is adaptable to both outdoor and indoor living, it seems to be more comfortable and healthier when kept indoors. Extreme cold and hot temperatures greatly impact its overall health, which is why it needs indoor protection. In addition, keeping it indoors minimizes the possibility of attacks from various predators.
If you prefer an outdoor cage, make sure to buy an enclosure that is strong and sturdy enough to protect your pet from other animals. Furthermore, place the cage in an elevated area that predators will not be able to reach. Also, make sure that the spaces between the cage bars are not too big to prevent escape, but also not too narrow to give your pet a clear view of its surroundings. Lastly, when picking a cage, make sure it is also spacious and will allow your pet to move around freely and comfortably.
History and Background
The Rhinelander Rabbit was first developed in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany by a rabbit enthusiast named Josef Heinz. He crossbred a Japanese buck, which is known as the Harlequin Rabbit in North America, with a gray-checkered doe. These rabbits made their way to the USA in 1923 and were eventually accepted by ARBA in 1925.