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Types of Rabbits – Discover information about the different types of rabbits and their classifications.

Article by Gabriel Billones

Types of Rabbits

Overall, there are 47 different breeds of rabbits, according to the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA). These 47 breeds are classified into 5 groups according to different categories. They are commonly classified according to rabbit body type, rabbit fur type, rabbit sizes, rabbit purpose and domestic vs. wild rabbits.

According to ARBA, rabbits are usually classified according to body type. Under this category are 5 different classifications. These are commercial rabbit breeds, compact rabbit breeds, cylindrical rabbit breeds, full-arch rabbit breeds and semi-arch rabbit breeds.

Commercial rabbits, the most common ones, are actually being used for production and meat purposes. They have an ability to grow fast and also have large meaty loins. They are usually compared to ‘compact rabbit breeds’ even though they are relatively larger in size compared to them. Compact breeds, on the other hand, are typically identified because of their well-balanced statute most especially when sitting.

Cylindrical rabbit breed, which is made up of Himalayan rabbits only, are identified because of their cylindrical body shape that gets highlighted when they are placed on the table top. They are often compared to Californian rabbits because of their similar body characteristics, except the shape.

Full-arch rabbits are called as such because of the shape they form when they are standing. They seem to be always alert and energetic and are ready to run. They have erect ears and spotted fur coat.

Characterized with low shoulders and a high hip, the semi-arch rabbits are considered to be the largest ones in the breeds identified by ARBA, which is why they’re also called as ‘gentle giants’.

We also have the classification based on rabbit furs located in their pelts. The 4 classifications under this category are normal rabbit fur, rex rabbit fur, satin rabbit fur and wool rabbit fur.

The most common classification of rabbit fur, where majority of the breeds fall, is the normal rabbit fur. And there are two sub-types under this category – the fly-back fur and the rollback fur.

A fly-back fur coat shows a coat that will ‘fly-back’ to its original position when rubbed towards the opposite direction of the fur’s natural state. Roll-back fur coat just literally allows the fur to ‘roll back’ after running your hands into it.

A softer and more velvety texture fur coat is what the rare rex rabbit fur is known for. It’s so rare that only two rabbit breeds exhibit this kind of rabbit fur – rex and mini rex. Another soft fur coat is that of satin. It’s fur is generally softer compared to the normal rabbit fur. And just like that of the rex rabbit fur, only two breeds have this kind of coating – the satin and mini satin rabbit breeds.

The last breed classification under ‘rabbit fur category’ is the ‘wool rabbit fur’. It’s called as such because its fur is similar to the sheep’s wool except that it is of a higher density. Wool rabbit fur is also called Angora rabbit fur.

The next interesting classification for rabbit breeds is based upon their sizes and weight when they are already fully-grown. These are small rabbit breeds, medium rabbit breeds, large rabbit breeds and giant rabbit breeds.

All the rabbit breeds that weigh less than 6 pounds (2.7 kg) in their full-grown stage generally fall under the small rabbits. Medium rabbit breeds are those that are between 6 pounds (2.7 kg) through 9 pounds (4.1.kg).

Those over 9 pounds (4.1 kg) to 11 pounds (5 kg) are called large rabbit breeds. Lastly, those that are heavier than 11 pounds (5 kg) are considered giant rabbit breeds.

The next classification we have is based on the purpose behind the raising of the rabbit itself. Fancy rabbits are for showing purposes and generally to be pets in the house. Meat rabbits are those that are raised and sold so that their meat can be sold later on. Research rabbits whose purpose is to supplement research and development also are raised and bred specifically for that purpose alone. Textiles rabbits on the other hand are those who were raised because of their fur.

The last classification that we have is on their living habitat – the domestic and wild rabbits. All of the rabbit breeds that we have classified above are domestic and most pet rabbits are domestic rabbits. They are the ones that are able to survive in a domestic environment such as the house. Wild rabbits however cannot survive if removed from their natural habitat, which is the wild forest.

Rabbits are still some of the most lovable pets to have around in the world. And it’s important that we get to know who they really are so that we can improve our ways of attending to their needs.

Read the following books to get started with your rabbit adventure and or accelerate your success…

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Raising Rabbits 101 by Aaron Webster

Raising Rabbits

Description: A comprehensive guide to breeding and caring for rabbits. Highly acclaimed and now in its third edition.

Hoppy Pet Rabbit Guide

Description: A very useful guide on the subject of raising and caring for pet rabbits. Written by author Aaron Webster and highly recommended. Great companion book to Raising Rabbits 101.

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Interesting Facts about Rabbits – Discover some of the most interesting facts about the rabbit species in this article.

Article by Gabriel Billones

Rabbit Facts

Rabbits are some of the most lovable animals in the plane and we just love to cuddle with them. Their fur, smile and gentle moves make us all swoon to their cuteness.

Let’s go through some of the unique characteristics that this highly favored animal have.

Rabbits have very long ears that can be as tall as 10 cm or 4 inches. These plant-eating animals can live as long as 10 year. But their average life span is 5-8 years. T
And the largest litter of bunnies ever reported consisted of 24 kits. In the wild, some female rabbits can produce about eight litters of bunnies per year.

Rabbits are born with closed eyes and without fur. In their development stage, they slowly grow fur. This development sometimes get overboard in a good way as rabbit’s teeth continue to grow throughout its life. They have 28 teeth in general.

Rabbits have an excellent sense of smell, hearing and vision. They have nearly 360° panoramic vision, allowing them to detect predators from all directions. They can see everything behind them and only have a small blind spot in front of their nose. The average heart rate of a rabbit ranges between 130-325 beats per minute.

Just like any other animals, rabbits have gender specifications. A male rabbit is called a buck while its female counterpart is called a doe. When they breed and make a baby, the young rabbit will be called a kit or kitten.

Rabbits have stringent needs when it comes to their diet. For them, the most important is fiber because they need this for their digestive health. This fiber is in the form of grass and wheat. They cannot thrive with a diet that is only filled with vegetables. It often leads them malnourished. But it will still be good to give them some greens for consumption.

Rabbits have special qualities and abilities too. Their extremely strong hind limbs allow them to leap great distances. They can jump up to one meter high and three meters long. But majority of rabbits can jump as high as 36 inches.

When a rabbit is happy, he will run, jump into the air, twist his body and flick his feet. This is what rabbit breeders call ‘binky’.

Although typically very quiet, rabbits do communicate vocally, with varying types of vocalizations in communicating different messages. An example of which is low humming when running around an individual that signifies their signal of affection.

To give better vantage point to look for predators, rabbits stand upright on their hid legs. They thumb these legs whenever they feel or see that there is a perceived threat coming.

When rabbits are in distress and they’re feeling emotionally depressed, they often show aggressiveness towards people and other pets.

Rabbits are natural runners and can reach speeds of up to 30 to 40 mph, which is their advantage when they feel the need to scape from predators that are slower than them.


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Raising Pet Rabbits – A comprehensive article on the subject of raising and caring for pet rabbits. Pet rabbit tips, tricks, techniques and more…

Article by Gabriel Billones

Pet Rabbits

Rabbits are some of the most adorable pets all over the world. They are cute, cuddly, fluffy and soft. We just love watching them move, chase after one another and stay just as they are. All of these reasons make us fall in love with rabbits and want to pet them.

In America, rabbits are often ranked in the top five of the most favored animals for pets. This is why if you are planning to raise rabbits and sell them for pets, you surely have a market to sell your rabbits to. More than that, raising rabbits is just so rewarding and it keeps you busy, thus making it a very interesting hobby. It’s like combining business with fun. The good thing about rabbits is they are very interactive and social. You can develop an intimate relationship with your rabbits, let alone give them names.

Identifying the Best Rabbits for Pets

It’s important to know what hits the market well in terms of choosing their rabbit pets because domestic rabbits come in different sizes, shapes and color combinations. And we can pretty well agree that customers really prefer some breeds to others. To start with, it’s ideal to have rabbits that weigh less than 5 pounds when they are already full-grown. The idea behind this is that when these dwarf bunnies grow old and are ready to be sold, customers can just carry them in their hand, which adds up to their overall appeal.

Here’s the catch. When you sell baby bunnies that tend to grow to more than a 10-pound New Zealand rabbit when they are fully grown, you’re not really leaving a good impression to the buyers. Of course, they would want their bunnies to remain as they are in sizes because of other reasons such as caging, feeding necessities and other adjustments that will have to be done if the rabbit grows in size.

Now, let’s go to color, which is one of the most important factors for consideration in the selection of pets. Most customers prefer the so-called ‘broken colored’ rabbits, which are spotted in nature. Next to spotted rabbits, any color that are bright and attractive at the same time, attract the customers.

The rabbits that you raise for pets should ideally have coats of normal length. Despite the fact that some rabbit breeds have long hairs or wool such as the Jersey Wooly or Lionhead, which are being preferred by some buyers who find it attractive, these coating can become matted quickly most especially without proper care coming from the owners.

Some of excellent choices to raise are Dutch and Holland Lop because they are small, short-furred and also have good temperaments. And even though mixed rabbits may sell just as well as purebred rabbits, most of rabbit owners prefer purebreds that they bring to shows at a later point in time.

Rabbit Equipment Necessities

For the equipment, you will need at least 10 cages. Both of the original male and female rabbit must have their own cage. The cages should be suitable and designed to cater to the needs of the baby rabbits.

At about 6 weeks of age, male rabbits should already be separated from their mother. Female babies, on the other hand, are separated at 8 weeks of age. Babies will be a lot healthier when they have their own cages since they won’t have to compete with their littermates. Back-up cages should also be built just in case your baby bunnies are not sold instantly.

Other than the housing, which of course is the most important equipment, all the other tools can then follow. These are the feeders, water bottles, crocks, resting mats and waste removal system. You can also have a nesting box for the doe, which others deem as essential. For their food, you can feed them with good quality rabbit pellets, with a constant supply of hay and water.

I purchase my cages via http://PremiumRabbits.com/ , the leading online rabbit supply store offering top quality rabbit equipment at affordable prices.

Rabbit Equipment for Sale

Training the Pet Rabbits

Rabbits are innately social. But there still is a need to train them to be well-socialized before they will go their new homes. Then again, this is contingent to their being territorial that drives them to own and get used to where they grew. If you have placed your cages inside your home, you are enabling them to get accustomed to people, let alone to other pets that you have such as dogs and cats. Though a safe barn and rabbit hutch outside the house could also be a good option, you need to have a close watch to the baby bunnies because they need to be handled every single day from the moment they go out of their nest boxes.

In order to train them, you can start by handling them in different positions. For example, you may turn them upside down for a routine until they get comfortable to it. But turning them upside down regularly is really done, not just for the routine, but also for health purposes. And when you check their toenails, you will also have to turn them upside down.

Make sure that they are used to noises, as well as children. Children are the most fond of rabbits. For rabbit sellers and owners who do this trick, sometimes they bring radio to the barn to make the rabbits accustomed to the noise. Getting them used to a litterbox would also be a great option, although not necessary.

The Pet Rabbit Market

Even though bunny breeding is inexpensive, getting buyers for your rabbits can be difficult at times. And it’s really dependent on season and area. For example, the highest peak for selling rabbits is achieved during Christmas and Easter season. In these instances, your role as a rabbit seller is very crucial because you have to filter your selling to people who can become responsible pet owners, and not just those who casually wanted to buy rabbits as seasonal decorations.

Now, there’s one important key to remember in selling rabbits, which is exposure. This is important because people only buy rabbits if they know you’re selling rabbits, or if you have a reputation out from it. This is why it’s important to have exposure in different media channels. Probably, your first option could be the local newspaper. But this is expensive medium. The best exposure you can have is in a popular listings website where you can advertise the rabbit breeds that you are selling. These websites become the selling point to where rabbit enthusiasts, buyers and sellers meet.

I am a member of a really cool system titled “Sell Rabbits On Demand” which enables me to easily post rabbit for sale classifieds on RabbitBreeders.us and various other high traffic rabbit websites. Using this program I have been able to pretty easily sell lots of pet rabbits. You can learn more about joining this program via: http://SellRabbitsOnDemand.com/ . Its really cheap, compared to the value that you get. I recommend that every rabbit raiser join.

A good bet on pricing is $30 to $50, though some rabbit owners tend to sell them at $100 to $200. It’s all about striking a balance between your supply of rabbits and the current demand. For some people, $30 is still a bit high. But we tell you that it’s more than just the money. You can get potential returns for your investment, as well as emotional rewards for the relationship you have established with your bunnies.

So what are you waiting for? Take the opportunity now to learn how to raise pet rabbits.

Recommended Readings:

Read the following books to get started with your rabbit adventure and or accelerate your success…

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Raising Rabbits 101 by Aaron Webster

Raising Rabbits

Description: A comprehensive guide to breeding and caring for rabbits. Highly acclaimed and now in its third edition.

Hoppy Pet Rabbit Guide

Description: A very useful guide on the subject of raising and caring for pet rabbits. Written by author Aaron Webster and highly recommended. Great companion book to Raising Rabbits 101.

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