Swedish Hare has a compact body with narrow shoulders. Its legs and hindquarters are straight. The head and neck are straight as well, with a back that is gracefully arched. The chest should be muscular and well built, which gives it a powerful but elegant appearance.
Swedish Hare’s fur must not be longer than an inch and immediately returns to its original position after stroking in the opposite direction. All colors, patterns, and markings that result from breeding Swedish Hares are accepted.
Temperament and Behavior
Swedish Hare is known to be very friendly, docile and well mannered, which make it an ideal pet for singles, couples, and families with small children. Due to the fact that this breed rarely shows aggression even when handled constantly, it is also suitable for small children. However, adult supervision must always be present when children are playing and interacting with this breed to prevent unwanted injuries. In addition, this breed is not highly recommended for senior citizens because of the fact that it can be very active and playful.
Swedish Hare is considered as one of the most athletic breeds, which is why it is very important to give it a few hours each day for various activities. It should be let out of its cage to play preferably in the morning when it is most active. Furthermore, you must keep it in a cage that is large enough to enable it to move freely and comfortably. When these requirements are not met, there is a high chance for this breed to develop boredom and inactivity, which can then lead to various health issues.
Health and Care
Like all rabbits, Swedish Hare needs a proper diet to maintain overall good health. It must be constantly fed with fresh hay, a mix of vegetables and fruits, and high-quality rabbit pellets. The majority of its diet must be composed of hay, which naturally grinds rabbit teeth to proper healthy size. When this need is ignored, your pet will likely develop overgrown teeth, which is one of the most common rabbit diseases that results in the front teeth piercing the facial skin. Clearly, this health condition will inflict extreme pain and discomfort, and may eventually lead to death.
Water is another important part of your pet’s daily diet. Fresh and clean water must ways be available especially for this very active and athletic breed. It is recommended to provide a deep water basin that must be readily available in its cage whenever your pet becomes thirsty. This basin must be refilled with a new batch of fresh water after a few hours to prevent bacterial information that can lead to various diseases.
If you prefer an outdoor cage, make sure to place the enclosure in a safe area where predators such as big cats and coyotes will not reach. In addition to buying a cage that is sturdy and built strongly, you must never place it in an area where there is direct sunlight. Extreme weather conditions can be very harmful to your pet.
On the other hand, if you plan to keep your pet indoors, you must regularly clean the cage to avoid bacterial infestation inside your house. Immediately remove all waste products, as well as leftover foods to maintain proper health. Furthermore, pick an indoor area that has proper air ventilation.
Lastly, rabbits are very social animals, which means that they require regular bonding moments with their owners. Always pick an indoor spot that is often visited by the members of your household such as kitchen and dining room. Doing this will make your pet feel that it is always a part of family activities. Never place the cage in isolated areas such as laundry room or attic.
History and Background
Swedish Hare was first bred in the early 2000s by rabbit lovers named Mirjam Gille and Linda Ahlsen. In 2004, the first litter of this breed was born after several years of trying to come up with an athletic and energetic rabbit.
As the popularity of rabbit sports grew in the early 2000s, many rabbit enthusiasts crossbred various rabbits including Belgian hare, Gotland Rabbit, Polish Rabbit, Dwarf Lop, Holland Lop, and English rabbit. The result of their hard work resulted to this breed that is now known as Swedish Hare.