The Tan rabbit displays a medium-full arched body that runs from the nape of its neck all the way to the shoulders and legs. It possesses a well-built body with matching large pointed ears. Its coat is glossy and requires low maintenance. Similar for all rabbit coats, bathing is not recommended as doing so can lead to several rabbit health issues. Instead, clean the body and fur by using antibacterial wet wipes or soft cloth damped in water. Swipe the body and fur gently while making sure that dust and dirt are removed.
When fully grown, this breed can weigh up to six pounds while enjoying 8 to 10 years of lifespan. Furthermore, all Tan rabbits show a red-orange pattern. It comes in various colors including blue, lilac, chocolate or black. Tan spots and markings are seen on its belly, chest, around the eyes, inside the ears, thus having the name Tan rabbit.
Behavior and Temperament
Tan rabbits are extremely friendly and enjoy interacting with humans, making it a favorite pet among children and adults. However, due to its very energetic behavior, it may be a bit too much for small children and senior citizens to handle. Still, it is one of the most popular domesticated rabbit breeds.
As stated, this breed has loads of energy, thus play time and activities are required. You must let it out from its cage a couple of hours per day to explore its surroundings. In addition, you must provide various rabbit toys to keep its mind and body physically and emotionally engaged. If you have money to spare, buy commercially made toys specifically for rabbits to further develop its brain. Otherwise, use simple toys made from cardboards or plastic. The most important factor when giving toys is that they are safe and clean. Avoid toys that are too small and can be swallowed.
In terms of training, this breed can achieve proper behavior with constant training. Investing time and effort for successful training is important. Never loose temper as this would only have negative effects on your pet’s emotion. For litterbox training, a suggested trick is to place several litter boxes around the house or beside its cage. When your pet successfully uses the box, make sure to reward it with prizes such as toys or foods and a simple pat on the back. These actions will tell your pet that what he did was right and will likely make it a habit.
Health and Care
Proper diet is a must for all rabbit breeds. Tan rabbit’s diet must consist of 70% hay, while the rest is made up of a steady mix of pellets, vegetables, and fruits. However, you must first research on the varieties of fruits and vegetables that can pose harm to your pet. In addition, avoid food items that are high in sugar and acids because these substances do more harm than good in terms of health.
Furthermore, a constant supply of fresh water is needed especially for this very active breed. After running or exploring its surroundings, this breed needs to replenish all the water lost during these activities. Make sure to place a container full of clean water in an accessible location. Also, make it a habit to replace and refill the water basin with a fresh batch after every few hours to prevent contamination and infection.
This breed is not susceptible to any specify diseases or illnesses. However, you should always be on the lookout for the possibility of developing common rabbit heath issues such as overgrown teeth and parasite infestation. Overgrown teeth are due to improper diet. It occurs when the front teeth grow excessively, which can pierce through the face and cause severe pain and discomfort. To prevent this issue, make sure to provide enough supply of hay, which naturally cuts down the teeth to normal healthy size.
History and Background of Tan Rabbit
In 1880, domesticated rabbits started to breed with wild rabbits, which resulted to the initial origins of Tan rabbits. One decade after, this breed started to make a name in America. In 2003, a Tan rabbit won a prestigious prize in an ARBA convention, and since then, this breed has enjoyed a study incline in popularity.