…my name is Rosa, as you can probably tell I’m the proud owner of the two most adorable bunnies in the whole world. If you’re wondering which breed they are they’re a quarter Lion Mane and a third Mini Lop! Throughout the course of my blog I’ll be teaching you everything from training your rabbit to cleaning them out. The aim of my blog is to improve the care of your rabbit to make sure every bunnies life is the best they could ever get!
Today we are going to look in particular at a very recognisable breed of rabbit: The Dutch rabbit. We’ll look at the pro’s and con’s of owning one, their appearance and the right kind of home environment for them
Pros and con’s of owning a Dutch rabbit:
-They are very tolerant around young children and are not very aggressive
-They love attention and playing with humans but don’t mind being left alone
-They are fairly small and therefore easier to maintain.
-They can bite if provoked (remember thins is the same with most rabbits).
-They have a smaller head and longer jaw which can cause certain issues with alignment.
-They suffer from a number of different dental problems due to their head shape.
Dutch rabbits are recognisable by their white and black patched fur and fragile looking shape. They are quite small but big enough not to be considered a dwarf rabbit and have very small heads. They have very long, sharp ears and usually weigh around 2-2.5 kg.
What home environment is right for them:
-They don’t mind A bit of noise but constant loud noise is damaging for any rabbit due to their sensitive ears.
-They are very good with children and love to be played with gently.
-They don’t like being left alone for toil long so are better for people that are around at home a lot
-Like all rabbits they will need to be brought inside in excessively cold weather so this is Something to consider before getting one. Make sure that you have enough room for a temporary rabbit home.
That’s all for today’s post but I will be doing more posts on specific breeds in the future. If there is a particular rabbit that you are interested in or are thinking of getting, tell me in the comments and I will sure to look at it next time. For now, bye!
Rabbits are, just like every animal, unable to talk and communicate with us so understanding what they want or what they are trying to say can be difficult. Here are some facts and tips to help you understand your rabbit better in: How to understand your rabbit.
-Rabbits are actually highly social animals and enjoy being in large groups.
-They can communicate with each other using body language just like humans can communicate using facial expressions.
-If you leave a bunny on it’s own then it can cause serious issues such as depression and anxiety.
-Despite what you may think, rabbits and guinea pigs do not go well together so if you do have a rabbit and a guinea pig then please do keep them separate!
Understanding their body language:
– If a rabbit has both pf its ears up and is sat bolt upright then it can mean that they are anxious and listing out for something. This might be because they heard a loud noise or are in a dangerous situation.
-If they are stood up on their hind legs then they are looking out for something. This could be anything from the source of a noise to their owner. It could also be a sign of curiosity for example if they hear the rustling of their favourite treats.
-If they stamp their foot it means they are trying to warn other rabbits of danger. Of course a domestic rabbit would not necessarily be around other rabbits all the time but it is an instinct that they have developed. It is also a sign of enjoyment. For more information, head to my post called ‘Why does my rabbit do that: Why does my rabbit stamp it’s foot.
-If they are sitting in a ball like shape with all of their legs tucked in, this could mean that they are sleeping. They may still have their eyes open but did you know they can sleep with their eyes open. My rabbit, Rainbow, has also recently taken to snoring VERY loudly so don’t be alarmed if you hear a high pitched squeak while your bunny is asleep!
-If your bunny is laying on their tummies with their legs outstreched and head on the floor, then they are happily snoozing (perhaps after having a rather large portion of those treats they heard being rustled earlier)! They don’t want to be disurbed and it is best to leave them to it.
-If they have one ear up and one ear down (the classic rabbit position) then they can be mildly unhappy or anxious. This can be because they have just been put in for the night or something like that. A quick head scratch will solve that issue!
I hope you have enjoyed this post and have learnt how to understand your rabbit better! Comment if I have missed any bunny poses and tell me if you have any questions that I haven’t yet answered. Bye for now!!!
Rabbits are an ideal first time pet, they are easy to look after and don’t need too much attention however some rabbit breeds are more shy and aren’t such a good choice for children. So this list should push you in the right direction if you and your family are looking for a friendly rabbit. Please note most of the rabbits listed are also on my recent post ‘Rabbit breeds-everything you need to know’ so look on there if you want any additional information.
The dutch rabbit:
This is possibly one of the most recognisable rabbits ever! They are quite calm and easily tamed. They like attention and being fussed over. Of course you can’t take all of this for granted, they still need to be treated well and-when in the hands of responsible kids- they are super loving and gentle!
These adorable rabbits have colourful stripes and spots on their fur. They are willing to be cuddled and stoked if you are calm and gentle. They are very intelligent and will soon pick up things like how to do tricks, use a litter tray ect.
These rabbits tend to come in a white colour with brown/black markings around their ears and nose. They usually have red eyes but occasionally have black eyes. They are very gentle and love to be curious. They don’t mid being cuddled and fussed over (if anything they quite like it!). They love to play with toys and want a lot of attention! Make sure they get enough exercise as they are very active and love the outdoors.
These cute little guys have very soft, velvety fur and can come in a range colours such as white, grey, orange/sand and sometimes have some coloured spots. and are great to cuddle. They are quite small so are a more reasonable size for a younger child. However they have a shorter temper and need to be treated with respect and gentleness. They have a lifespan of around 10 years.
These rabbits really do suit their name as they are fairy small weighing about 2.5-3kg with short stout ears and grey fur-a bit like chinchilla. They are reasonably skittish and prefer to live in a quieter environment. If they have a nice calm environment, they can grow to be very curios and love human company. They have a lifespan of 9-10 years.
I know you love your rabbit and your rabbit loves you back but what if you could have an even happier bunny. In this posy I will include tips on “how to have a happy bunny”
What you can do:
-Don’t bunk off: I know that felling when you look at that dirty cage and think ‘maybe some other time’. Well I’m sorry but your rabbit can’t be left to sit in it’s own…urm…business.
-Remember the important stuff: sometimes you might have other things on your mind or other things to do but your bunny takes priority so don’t forget to feed them, give them fresh water and clean out their cage.
-They are naturally wild animals: rabbits Don’t usually live in the comfort of your home so they won’t always be keen to have cuddles. This doesn’t mean they don’t love you, It just means that sometimes you just need to give them some space
-Hygiene: just like you your rabbit needs to stay clean and healthy so by feeding them correctly and frequently grooming them it can not only improve their personal hygiene but also their mental well-being.
What they can do:
-Let them explore: rabbits are natural explorers so letting them do this will keep their brains active and working.
– Give them opportunities to forage: you can do this by hiding treats or food in hay for them to hide in. You can find out more about that in one of my previous posts ‘DIY toys for your rabbit’
Thats all for today but please do tell me if you have any facts or tips that you think fellow readers or I could use in the comments.
You may have noticed that-especially in the autumn and spring months you rabbit looses fur. Some of you might think that this is because of stress or anxiety but I’m here to tell you that is not true! Today we will be focussing on “why does my rabbit loose fur”.
Why is it loosing fur?
– They loose their fur so that they can grow their winter/summer coat.
-This is a way to either obtain a thicker darker coat to disguise themselves in the dark of winter of a light thin coat to keep them cool and hiden in the heat of the sun
-Despite the fact that usually they malt (shed their fur) for a new coat there are other reasons they malt. For example when you pick a rabbit up suddenly they might start to shed a little. In the wild they would do this to get thinner and slip through a predators grasp so realy it’s quite usefull.
How can you help?
Malting can be quite itchy and irritating for your rabbit so to help them out you could try the following:
– Give it a brush: any brush will do just so long as you can brush out the loose fur
– Clean their cage out more often than usual: this means they won’t have to sit in their own fur which can be itchy
– Leave them alone: just like when humans feel irritated rabbits need some chill time to rewind and get some rest
– Treat them: It’s nice to give your rabbit a treat from time to time but remember not too many!
With a new rabbit or even an old one I know how infuriating it can be to watch the do their business all over their cage or even your floor! So it’s important to litter train your rabbit but how? Well that’s just what I’m going to teach you in “How to litter train your rabbit”.
1) Show them what’s right:If you see your rabbit trying to go to the loo in the wrong place then pick them up and put them in the litter tray
2) Reward them: every time you put your rabbit in the litter tray and they decide they want to go in there then give them a treat or a peice of their favorate fruit/vegetable
3) Repeat: when they realise that they get a treat if they go in the right place then they will remember where is right and where is wrong. You don’t have to reward them once they know what to do but for a few days after they learn so that they get the message.
4) Sit back and watch as you never have to clean up rabbit wee again!
1) Holland lop:
Fairly small and wont weigh more that 4 pounds. males are usually friendlier than females.They come in a variety of patterns and colors usually famous for their flat face. They have a lifespan of 7-12 years.
2) Dutch rabbit
This rabbit is popular for its black and white coat. This breed hates to be left alone for too long and need to socialise. They are very relaxed and are very child friendly. They can weigh from 3-5 pounds and have a lifespan of 5-8 years.
3) Harlequin rabbit
This breed has beautiful markings of light and dark brown. They enjoy exploring so make sure they have plenty of room to run around. They weigh from 6-9 pounds and have a lifespan of 5-8 years.
4) Lionhead rabbit
lionheads are popular for their long coat around their necks. Due to the amount of fur they will need extra combing to prevent clumping. They are ridiculously cute though!!!
5) Jersey woolly
This long haired rabbit weights only 3 pounds. They have a lifespan of 7-10 years. They are a cross of the french angora and the tiny netherland dwarf, so you end up with this tiny little fur ball!!!
6) British giant
These giants can weigh up to 14 pounds and are the same size as a small dog! They come in multiple colours like white, grey and black. They have a lifespan of 4-6 years.
7) French lop
These adorable rabbits are a cross of the flemish giant and an english lop so they are quite big and weigh 9 pounds! They have a lifespan of 5 years and come in a beautiful of sandy colour usually.
8) Havana rabbit
These adorable rabbits come in a range of colours such as black, brown and white. They have a lifespan of 7-10 years and an average weight of 4-6 pounds.
9) Polish rabbit
This breed is quite strange looking with tiny ears and huge eyes, they only weigh 2-3 pounds. They have fur colours that range from black and white to shades of brown. They can be quite timid and not very social.
10) American chinchilla
This is a very strange breed of rabbit, they have extremely short ears and look -you guessed it- a bit like a chinchilla with light grey fur! They have a lifespan of 6-8 years ad weigh about 9-12 pounds (which is quite heavy or a rabbit)!
When it comes to a pet health really matters and I mean really matters. So I threw together some tips to a great, bouncy happy bunny in “how to keep your bunny healthy”.
-Your bunny needs space! think about it, in the wild rabbits would have a whole massive field to run around in so it follows that they need a big space to run around in at home. I simply have an outdoor run that I put outside so that they can nibble the grass but if you have a house rabbit then go to my post “how to keep your bunny indoors” to find out more.
-Make sure that their teeth don’t grow too long. To do this you can give them hay or twigs to chew. It would also help if you gave them hard foods like fresh apple and carrot.
-They need the right king of diet. This means that you need to give them their pellets or grain in the morning then fresh fruit and veg during the day and then only as small amount (or nothing) in the evening. This will maintain their body weight, teeth and give them more energy.
-Interact with them! Although rabbits do need their alone time, it’s also good for them to interact with you. So by just going to your rabbits cage and stroking it and maybe hand feeding it, it could make your relationship with your rabbit a whole lot stronger
-Groom them! Rabbits usually either clean themselves or each other but sometimes things can get out of hand. Around this time of year rabbits start malting so I would recommend that you use a brush (ideally for rabbits) to bush out the fur that they need to lose.
-Clean their cage out regularly. Rabbits are a fan of ripping up paper and forgetting where they are supposed to go to the toilet so cleaning them out every once or twice a week will clean everything up a bit.
So its winter (or at least it feels like it) and you brought your rabbit indoors (good idea) but now you have to figure out how to keep them out of trouble. This week I am going to be sharing my tip, tricks and personal experiences with you. So, here is “how to keep my bunny indoors”.
-First up your gonna need a cage to put them in. I would recommend one that is slightly smaller than their outdoor cage unless you keep them indoors in which case thats fine. Next I recommend that you put the cage in a low traffic area of your house so that your rabbits can relax in their own company.
-You also need an area for them to run around in as they do not want to be stuck in a cage all day. If it not warm enough to let them run around outside then you could even let them run around in a certain room of the house. which leads me on to my next tip…
-…If you are going to let them run around in your house then you’r going to need to take some precautions (especially around wires). I use an old blanket to cover the wires as rabbits hate all things sightly furry- as they think they are another rabbit.
-And if you don’t want a grumpy rabbit then your going to need entertainment. I would recommend (for when they are running around) some twigs for them to chew as this can prevent them from chewing furniture.
-rabbits communicate using body movements: for example they clench up their muscles when they are worried.
-A baby rabbit is called a ‘kitten’ or ‘kit’ for short
-A female rabbit is called a ‘Doe’ and a male a ‘Buck’: they sound more like names for deer’s than for a rabbit but it’s a fact!
-A rabbits ears can grow up to 10cm long: long ears can only be found in certain breeds so if your not a complete fan of the long ear look then your in luck (but remember there is a lot more to a rabbit than it’s looks).
-In the wild rabbits have a life span of about 1-2 years but when kept as pets they can live for around 10-12 years: just goes show what you can achieve when you look after an animal well!
-Some rabbits can grow to be the size of a human baby/toddler: rabbits come in all different shapes and sizes but this is just off the scale!
-A rabbits teeth never stop growing: this is why they must chew hard things like wood so their teeth don’t get too long. If they do then take your rabbit to the vet straight away
-They make themselves slimmer when in danger: they do this by malting (shedding fur) to make themselves harder to catch so if you try to pick your rabbit up don’t wear your best t-shirt!
-The most similar domestic animal to a rabbit is a horse: this is because of their diet, teeth and eyes but clearly not their size!
-Rabbits will eat their own droppings if food is scarce: so don’t be disgusted when your rabbit is nibbling at something that you don’t think is right!