Saturday, September 27, 2014

5 Unique Rabbit Breeds for International Rabbit Day

September 27th is International Rabbit Day. A day to recognize both wild and domesticated rabbits that are kept as pets. Rabbits really do make great companions. Just like dogs and cats, they can easily be trained to do tricks and learn to use the restroom in an appropriate place like a litter box.

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And just like dogs and cats, there are many different breeds of rabbit with varying colors, sizes, fur textures and personalities. To celebrate International Rabbit Day, here is a list of 5 unique rabbit breeds you may have never heard of before. Get ready to squeal with delight, because they are all super cute!

Lionhead 

Lionead rabbits get their name because they appear to have a mane similar to that of a lion's. They are a small breed of rabbit, weighing in at about 2-4 pounds on average. This breed is relatively new in the United states and originated from Belgium. 

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Angora

There are actually a few different Angora rabbit breeds including the Satin Angora, Giant Angora, French Angora, and English Angora. Each breed has it's own specific size, but Angora rabbits do tend to be a pretty large breed weighing in at anywhere from 7-12 pounds or even more, possibly. They are known for their wild and crazy fur, which is super soft. 

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Netherland Dwarf

This compact breed of rabbit may be small, but they make up for their lack of size with personality. Weighing in at only 2 pounds, the Netherland Dwarf breed is known to sometimes have an "attitude" and they are absolutely adorable!

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Californian

This giant breed of rabbit normally weighs about 10 pounds. First bred in Southern California in the 1920s, the Californian is named rightfully so. They are mostly white with black coloration on the ears, tail, nose, and feet and have pink eyes. 

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Rex

Rex rabbits are a popular breed with some of the softest fur you'll probably ever touch and feels similar to velvet. This breed originated from France and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. They are a medium sized rabbit and usually weigh between 7-10 pounds. 

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Remember that rabbits may be adorable and cuddly, but they are not "easy" pets to care for. They require proper nutrition, housing, exercise, mental stimulation, and lots of cleaning up after. Also, there are plenty of rabbits in need of homes that can be adopted from a local rescue or animal shelter. For more information about properly caring for pet rabbits, we recommend visiting House Rabbit Society. Happy International Rabbit Day! 

Do you have a pet rabbit? Tell us about them in the comments! 

20 comments:

  1. Happy International Rabbit Day (never knew before). These all are so adorable.

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  2. They are all just as cute as can be!!!

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  3. We had rabbits when I was a child, I seem to remember at least one of them being a Dutch rabbit....it that is actually a breed. Most of them were on the small side, though not quite as small as that Netherland Dwarf....what a cutie!

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    1. Yep - it is! They are pretty small sized I think. My brother had one, who passed away maybe a month ago now.

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  4. they all are as cute as Speedy lol but it's true, there are a lot of things including cleaning the cage every day what are not easy to handle for a kid. fortunately my mom was the cage cleaner as Mike the Rex lived with me as I was a little girl :o)

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    1. I wonder if there are lots of those Rex rabbits in France? And I don't know... that Speedy is one cute bunny!

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  5. Are you kidding me! My mom did not tell me about this big day and I am so wabbit obsessed! Oh man! Mom thinks wabbits are all adorable, I can only see them as something to chase down and catch. Thanks for letting me know about this! I better share this post since I don't have my own!

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    1. What has the world come to Emma? ;) Shiner tries to catch wabbits, but she's not very sneaky so it never works out.

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  6. I have always loved rabbits! My aunt had a fun collection of rescues when I was a kid and as a teenager I was a volunteer rabbit cage cleaner at the local shelter.

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    1. That sounds awesome Bethany. My daughter always says that she would like to have a rabbit. I always ask her to help me clean my rats' cage, and she never wants to. So, I don't think we are ready for any rabbits here right now!

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  7. They are just so cute. M said if she would have used her head and known more about rabbits, she would have had a rabbit and a cat at the same time, because we know they will get along. Her cousin had 1 bunny and 3 cats and never a problem.

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    1. Yea, I've seen lots of cat and rabbit friends!

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    2. Aaaand it looks like all of my replies were posted in my daughter's account... =/

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  8. Happy Rabbit Day. They're all gorgeous. Pawkisses :)

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  9. They are so pretty! Happy wabbit day!

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  10. My son has the cutest gray dwarf rabbit. My sister-in-law loves rabbits like I love dogs. She always has a few, usually castoffs from another person's Easter. They can make great pets!

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    1. For sure! My brother had one, a Dutch rabbit, who passed away very recently. I used to be the rabbit caretaker at the vet hospital, especially when I was pregnant. I was always carrying one around it seemed. My co-workers joked that I was probably going to give birth to one lol...

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  11. Wow!!! Those Rabbits are beautiful!!! Happy National Rabbit Day!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  12. A lionhead rabbit huh? I don't think I've ever seen one or heard of one before. He's really cute....

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