The Satin rabbit is one of the medium-sized rabbit breeds that has commercial sized body and weighs around 8 ½ to 11 lbs. Its shoulders are deep as well as its back and loin. The hindquarters of this breed are rounded and full. With regards to its facial features, the Satin rabbit has full ears that stand erect and its eyes are bright and attractive.
As its name suggests, Satin rabbit has a satin-silky coat, rollback, and short fur. The satin also describes its unique satin smooth texture that creates a sheen looking appearance. Compared to other breeds, the hair follicle of the Satin rabbit are a bit smaller in diameter. Each strand of hair contains tiny air bubbles where the light strikes which explain the satin sheen effect.
Satin rabbits are available in different colors and these are black, white base coat with combination colors ( broken patches), blue, chinchilla color, Californian, copper, red, otter, chocolate, Siamese, and white. Unlike some rabbit breeds, Satin rabbits don’t have any unique color markings that set them apart from others.
Behavior and Temperament
For those who yearn for pet rabbits, this breed is suitable even to those families with children because the Satin rabbit has calm and gentle personality. They are very friendly and submissive to their human companion. Satin rabbits are also best for single people, those who live in apartment complex, and also for senior citizens. First time rabbit owners will enjoy this breed as long as proper rabbit care is provided including ideal rabbit activities and healthy rabbit diets.
Some rabbit owners of this breed find them easy to train because of their submissive nature. They can be taught how to litter train on boxes and can perform basic rabbit tricks. This can be done as long as the owner makes time for it. Average time these rabbits could learn is within few weeks.
Health and Care
Since Satin rabbits are short-haired breeds, maintaining its coat and fur in good condition is relatively easy. Just a few strokes of slicker brush once a week could help a lot in keeping their fur in tip top condition. During molting season or when they are shedding, just simply damp your hands and run them through its coat to control excessive shedding, then brush them gently.
Activities that are ideal for this rabbit breed include out of the cage for few hours to socialize with human companion as well as to explore and provide for their curious nature. This is not just beneficial for their health but also for their well-being. You, as their human companion can also benefit from the trust that you and your pet build through bonding activities.
Aside from playing with your pet rabbit, it is also important that you bring them outside of the house for some fresh air and sunshine which is essential for their health. You can also do the playtime during their time outdoors. If you have a backyard or a garden, the best it will be for them as long as safety precautions are followed such as preventing them from being attacked by predators or to eat wild plants that could be poisonous for your pet.
Health and care for rabbits include a diet that is rich in fiber. 70 t 80 percent of what rabbits eat must be grass hay and this kind of diet should also apply to Satin rabbits. They will also enjoy it if you provide them with other safe rabbit foods like green leafy veggies, carrots, fresh fruits, and formulated rabbit pellet treats.
History and Background of Satin Rabbit
Satin rabbits originated from the well-known rabbit breeder named Mr. Walter Huey. They came mainly from the Havana rabbit breeds as Mr. Huey tries to improve on his Havana rabbits. They were first developed as Satin Havanas which was placed in rabbit shows to compare to other Havana rabbits. The breed isn’t official yet, but the American Federation of Havana Breeders has come to recognize the Satin Havana as a Havana rabbit breed. From then on, the breed has been tweaked until it became officially known as Satin rabbit. In 1956, the Satin rabbit breed was recognized by ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders Association).