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Different Breeds Of Rabbit Part 2


Following on from , here is the next article covering 5 more breeds of rabbit. There are many different breeds of rabbit and if you have not had rabbits before then it may be tough to decide on which breed to get. Each breed has something different to offer and different requirements. In general larger rabbit breeds tend to be easier to handle and more laid back than smaller rabbits. However, the downside is that larger rabbits don’t live as long. If you are finding it difficult to choose a breed then here are a few more types of rabbit that you might like.


Polish

Even though they are named ‘Polish’ rabbits they are thought to have originated in Britain in the mid 19th century. The British version of the Polish rabbit which is the original version is has a compact, delicate look and they have a small resemblance to a hare. They have pointed ears which often makes them look very focused and alert. They are one of the smallest of rabbit breeds with a graceful upright stance. They only a weigh around 1.2 kilograms. They were originally bred for meat and considered a delicacy. Polish rabbits come in a huge variety of different colours including white, blue, black and brown. They have a fairly short coat with smooth hair. It’s important to note that Polish rabbits don’t really liked to be petted and cuddled and enjoy being very active and energetic, therefore they are not the best choice for children.


Himalayan

The Himalayan rabbit is very noticeable because of it’s white colouring with dark points. They are a small to medium breed, weighing in at around 2 kilograms. Their coat is quite easy to maintain as it is short. They are extremely popular as pets because they have a reputation for being kind natured, friendly rabbits that are good with children. They are very laid back, gentle and docile but can sometimes be fairly lively. They are normally white with coloured markings, the most popular being black but you can also get chocolate, blue or lilac markings. The origins of this breed are unclear, no one really knows exactly where they originated from.


New Zealand

This breed of rabbit was created in New Zealand in 1916. They were bred for the meat and fur trades but now make excellent family pets. They are a large breed of rabbit and can weigh between 4 and 5 kilograms. This makes them a little too heavy for kids to lift. They are normally completely white with pink eyes making them an albino rabbit. Their coat is quite dense so regular grooming is necessary. New Zealand rabbits make great pets because they are so docile and calm.


Chinchilla Rabbit

The adorable Chinchilla rabbit has been bred to resemble a Chinchilla with its extremely soft fur. This breed came from France where it was originally bred in the early 1900’s and came to Britain in 1915. They are salt and pepper in colour and are very nice natured rabbits. They are a medium sized rabbit weighing in at 2 and a half to 3 kilograms. The Chinchilla rabbit is now used as a pet as people love it’s super soft fur and calm nature. It’s also used as a show rabbit due to it’s impressive appearance.


Angora Rabbit

The Angora rabbit has become extremely popular recently because of it’s big fluffy coat. It’s fur is very thick and they have a long woolly coat. They can literally look like a big ball of fluff. They were bred in Turkey and also used as pets for French royalty. They are the only breed of rabbit that’s fur can be spun into wool.

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