The Sallander rabbit displays a medium sized body that is stocky and well rounded. Its head is robust with matching ears that are wide and long. The eyes are bold and bright, which give this breed a very bold appearance. Although very short, the legs are muscular and extremely strong.
The Sallander rabbit’s coat is considered as one of the softest in all breeds. Another factor that makes the coat unique is its color pattern that shows the mostly light gray color that darkens on the belly and cheeks.
Behavior and Temperament
The Sallander rabbit is known to be very active and playful. It does not respond very well when being handled, which is why it is not an ideal pet for families with small children or senior citizens. In addition, this breed does not stay calm when being petted so avoid doing so. However, owners will surely enjoy its very interactive personality. It thrives on regular human interaction that is why owners should provide enough time each day for bonding and activities.
Although not really into petting and handling, the Sallander rabbit rarely shows aggressiveness towards people. When trained and taught properly, it can be a good companion pet for both adults and children. However, children must always be supervised when playing or handling this breed to avoid injuries and accidents. Alternatively, you can teach your children the proper way to interact and bond with it so they can do so with minimal or even no supervision needed.
Due to the fact that this breed is very active and playful, providing toys made specifically for rabbits is highly recommended especially when it is often left alone in the cage. With proper toys, your pet will maintain its urge for various activities that develop both the mind and body.
Health and Care
Providing a very spacious and large cage for this rabbit is very important to enable it to move around freely and comfortably. Sallander rabbit has loads of energy and loves to move around, which why it requires more than enough space. When this requirement is neglected, your pet will probably develop boredom and inactivity, which can negatively affect its overall health.
Aside from providing a large enclosure, the cage must also be sturdy and well built. Because of its muscular and strong body, a low-quality cage can easily break down and become unsafe for your pet especially when you prefer an outdoor cage. In addition, the cage must have a large basin which can store large amounts of water. As mentioned earlier, this breed is very active, that is why it needs to regularly replenish and hydrate its body with continues activities. Also, make sure to replace the water with a clean and fresh batch to avoid developing health issues.
In terms of diet, this breed requires the same diet for all rabbits – 70% fresh hay and the rest being a mixture of fresh vegetables, fruits, and rabbit pellets. However, minimize serving food items that are high in sugar, which will only increase its already high energy level. Also, avoid serving acidic food items which can lead to health issues.
Although considered a healthy breed, the Sallander rabbit is still susceptible to a number of health issues connected with rabbits such as overgrown teeth. To prevent this issue, strictly follow its required daily diet of 70% hay, which naturally cuts down teeth to a healthy size.
Similar to all rabbits, this breed must also be kept away from dust, fumes and extreme temperature changes. It is not recommended to bathe your pet especially when living in very cold locations. The best way to keep its body clean is to wipe using a soft cloth damped in lukewarm water.
History and Background
In 1970, a rabbit show judge cross-bred an Agouti Chinchilla Rabbit with Dutch Thuringer Rabbit, which resulted to a new breed called Sallander rabbit. This breed gained instant popularity due to its very beautiful and unique coat color, which many describe as a work of art.
In 1975, this breed was recognized by BRC (British Rabbit Council). It made its way to the United Kingdom by early 1990s and gained a small following in the USA.