The silver rabbit is a small sized breed that is well known for its active and playful nature. Its average weight is 2.7 kilograms while displaying white tipped hairs on its coat, thus the name “sliver” was given. Due to this unique coating pattern, it is highly sought after by thousands of rabbit enthusiasts. It is commonly bred with coat colors including black, brown or fawn. Matching these colors is a round body which gives it a majestic appearance.
Having loads of energy, this breed requires a lot of time interacting and playing with people. In addition, it is regarded as one of the most athletic rabbit breeds. Due to these facts, it makes a great companion rabbit for both adults and children.
Behavior and Temperament
One activity that this breed enjoys is outdoor time especially in the backyard or secured garden. Aside from providing it with toys that can be played inside its cage, it is also recommended to give toys that are playable outdoors to further make its outside activities enjoyable.
Similar with dogs, you can also buy your pet a special harness made specifically for rabbit and use while walking it around the house or neighborhood. Doing this will help meet its activity requirements while preventing the risks of developing various mental and health issues due to inactivity or boredom.
Although very active and playful, silver rabbit usually displays a calm and relaxed temperament. When properly taken cared of, it will stay this way even during adulthood. However, you must still be careful in interacting with your pet especially given its small size. One of the most common reasons in having injuries is improper way of picking it up. Always pick up and handle it very carefully and cautiously to prevent dropping or squeezing its fragile bones. When it feels unsecured by the handling, it can exhibit signs of struggle and can eventually cause harm on itself.
Health and Care
Just like with other rabbit breeds, the silver rabbit must be fed with a steady diet of fresh hay and high quality rabbit pellets. Always make sure to buy fresh food items provided by reputable brands. In addition to these food items, green leafy vegetables and fruits must also be provided at a constant basis. Carrots, cabbages and legumes are some of the most nutritious choices.
Fresh and clean water must also be constantly available either inside the cage or when playing outdoors. Because of its high activity, silver rabbit must constantly drink to replenish the water lost due to various activities. A very important thing that should always be practiced is removing leftover foods immediately after eating. When left for several hours, these foods can become stale and form various bacteria and germs which can cause numerous health issues when eaten. Furthermore, make sure to refill water container with a fresh batch after a few hours.
Rabbits are susceptible to a number of diseases including respiratory issues. When exposed to extreme heat or cold environment, silver rabbit can develop fever or common cold. Moreover, dusty areas must also be avoided to prevent allergies. Aside from these medical conditions, your pet can also be affected by overgrown teeth, which is a common rabbit health issue that occurs when its teeth grow beyond normal size. Overgrown teeth can easily disrupt normal chewing which then can lead to loss of appetite and lack of nutrition. Also, these teeth can penetrate the face area and cause extreme pain that sometimes lead to death.
Fortunately, overgrown teeth can easily be prevented by regularly feeding high quality hay, which naturally grinds the teeth into normal size.
Other health issues that you must monitor include insect infestation such as mite and tick inhabiting the ears and feet area. It is also a must to get mandatory vaccines and shots to strengthen its immune system from various diseases.
History and Background of Silver Rabbit
Silver rabbit is considered to be one of the oldest fur breeds. Its origins can be traced back to Portugal and Siam, where it was bred in large numbers due to the increasing demand for fur. The brown colorway resulted from an error in pairing silver color with Belgian.