Decorative rabbits: reviews
Today, in many families, along with cats, dogs, birds and fish, live charming creatures - decorative rabbits. Reviews about these cute animals - enthusiastic. These kids are very calm and affectionate. They do not need complex care, but they give a lot of positive emotions to their owners.
Choose a rabbit
Often experienced breeders are surprised: people come to buy an animal and at the same time they do not know anything about it. What should be a two-month-old baby? How will it become when it grows up? What kind of care does he need? What problems can a new family member have? Before you buy an animal, try to learn more about it, only in this case you will be able to understand whether you are able to provide him with proper care and comfortable conditions for living in your home.
Decorative rabbit - dimensions
To acquire such a charming baby is best for professional breeders who will give you the pedigree of the animal, all the documents. You can look at adult animals. If you do not have such a possibility, contact a pet store.
The main difference between ornamental rabbits is their miniature size. Usually, an adult does not weigh more than two and a half kilograms. There are even more miniature animals - decorative dwarf rabbits. Their weight does not exceed 1.5 kg. For comparison: rabbit meat breeds grow to 8 kg. Decorative baby at the age of two months (when it can be taken away from the mother) weighs 300 grams, and dwarf - twice less.
A rabbit of a decorative breed can be distinguished by the length of the ears - it is no more than 3 cm (in an adult animal their length increases to 5 cm). Rabbits of meat breeds differ much longer ears.
We acquire a cage
It is necessary to know that rabbits grow very quickly. The cell immediately needs to buy a spacious one, as for an adult animal. Your pet should lie quietly in it, stretching to its full length, to stand on its hind legs and not touch the head of the ceiling of the cage. In addition, it must have a house for the baby - he sometimes wants to relax from all and be alone. There must be a cage and a place for a tray, a drinking bowl and a feeder. It is desirable to select a pallet plastic, but not a lattice. The feet of the animal are not adapted to the grid.
Cool "weather" is much more than heat, like decorative rabbits. The owners' feedback about this is unambiguous: for these animals the temperature is preferably not higher than +18 degrees. At the same humidity should be 50%. Heat transfer in these animals occurs through veins, which are on the ears of animals. Therefore, if you notice that your pet is suffering from the heat, wipe his ears moistened with water in a napkin. For the same purpose, you can put a plastic bottle in the cage with cold water (and even with ice slices).
Content in the apartment
Regardless of whether you live in a private house or in an apartment, the rabbit is best placed in a cage. The animal is very timid, because of fear it can huddle in some corner and it will be very difficult to find.
Keep it on his hands must be very strong. This is a very mobile and "vertic" creature - a decorative rabbit. Breeds, photos we presented to you in our article. Owners of these animals should be aware that their pets have a very fragile spine. Leap from the height of human growth can be fatal for him.
Try to isolate your pet from communicating with a cat or dog. They can chase a kid, but for him such a marathon is not always useful. Do not start a rabbit, if the house has small children (under 6 years old). Children are curious, they can accidentally injure an animal, grabbing it for vulnerable places - skin, ears. The nervous situation does not benefit anyone, and the rabbit, among other things. Animal can get sick and wither.
Diseases of decorative rabbits
Unfortunately, these cute animals are also prone to diseases, like all living things. The most common diseases include:
Mixomatosis is an acute viral disease, very dangerous for rabbits. It is necessary to plant a rabbit at an early age. The disease is transmitted through insect bites and fleas from a sick animal to a healthy one, it can flow in two forms.
Ointment is the most dangerous. After the incubation period (5-7 days), when no symptoms appear, the animal shows signs of purulent conjunctivitis. Large tumors appear on the head and in the genital area. Rabbit refuses to eat, breathing fast, ears lowered. In 90% of cases the animal dies on the 10th day. Prevention of the disease - only vaccination.
Nodular form is less common. The diseased animal has elastic seals under the skin and on the skin.
VGTBC is another formidable viral disease. It is transmitted from a sick animal both with direct contact and with a bite of insects. The disease is fatal. There is no treatment yet. Usually, in appearance, a healthy rabbit makes several convulsive movements with paws and dies. Only your vaccination will protect your baby.
Diabetes mellitus is a disease of the pancreas, in which the development of insulin is broken or not at all. The examination is conducted by a veterinarian in the clinic, and he also prescribes treatment. Owners should pay attention to such symptoms as increased thirst, copious urination, weight loss with normal appetite, blurred vision.
Diseases of decorative rabbits should be prevented. The main role in this is the timely vaccination. If you notice that the rabbit behaves unnaturally, but you do not know the reason - immediately bring it to the clinic. In 80% of cases of timely treatment for veneration recover decorative rabbits. Feedback from owners is proof of this. Fans of these animals talk about the fact that new drugs are constantly appearing, which help to fight even the most terrible diseases.
Decorative rabbits - breeds
To date, there are more than 60 breeds of ornamental rabbits. In this article we will tell you about some of them.
One of the oldest and most popular breeds of ornamental rabbits. Their weight ranges from 2.2 to 3.3 kg.
These animals have a dense body of cylindrical shape. Color - "Dutch butterfly". This means that the ears, cheeks and lower part of the trunk are the same color, and all the rest of the fur is of another color. They can be black, blue, brown, etc.
Decorative rabbit lop-eared (Dutch) - this is another breed. It is a representative of a variety of rabbit-sheep. Ears in children do not immediately become hanging - up to 1-2 months they are the most common. Weight up to 1500 grams.
Today the rabbit is very popular as a pet. Breeds, photos of these funny animals can often be seen on the pages of printed publications. Most often, interest in them is caused by an unusual appearance.
Appearing in the middle of the last century, this breed conquered Europe. The Netherlands is the place where these decorative rabbits appeared. Reviews of these extraordinary creatures are enthusiastic, the hosts tell about their "courage". Unlike their little brothers, they are not frightened, and therefore especially attractive. And the reason for their courage is that the hanging ears of the baby cover the ear canals, and rabbits do not hear very well.
"Lambs" have a slightly extended head that looks very much like a lamb. A nose with a small bump. Ears hanging down. Color is very diverse. They are larger than other dwarf species. Their weight does not exceed 3 kg.
These are rather expensive rabbits decorative - the price of a two-month rabbit is 1800-2000 rubles.
It is a very beautiful decorative home bunny. Care for him is somewhat more difficult, since he has a luxurious fur coat. The length of the hair reaches seven centimeters. And this cover only on the body. On her head she is very short. As you know, you need to comb such a pet every day. Weight from 900 gr. up to 1.5 kilograms.
Another very beautiful decorative home bunny, care for which is complicated by the presence of magnificent wool, which must be combed every day. The trunk of these animals is short, large head, small ears with downy tassels at the ends. Color white, black, gray, blue. Weight from 2.4 to 3.5 kg. Downy hair grows up to 22 cm.
This breed belongs to short-haired rabbits. Their fur resembles plush or velvet. These rabbits look very elegant, and it's hard to believe that they can weigh up to 4 kg.
The body of the animal is somewhat elongated and has a cylindrical shape. Eyes large, ears planted closely. Hind legs much longer than front. The representatives of this breed do not have a mustache. On this basis they can easily be distinguished even at birth.
Cost of decorative rabbits
If you are determined to purchase these cute animals, then you need to know that the rabbits are decorative, the price of which ranges from 600 to 4000 rubles, are estimated by several parameters:
- the presence of a pedigree;
- place of acquisition.
The cheapest animals are available on the market. But here you are in danger of buying an animal of unknown breed, too small or, conversely, large. Often unscrupulous sellers issue week-old rabbits for two months. In addition, the baby, so early detached from his mother, may be unwell.
Today, many people plant ornamental rabbits. It would seem that this is absolutely "useless" animal. Rabbits do not guard the house like dogs, do not catch mice like cats, do not sing songs in the mornings like birds. What is their appeal?
Judging by the responses of the owners, decorative rabbits are an amazing joy in the house. After all, it's only at first they are shy. Having lived for a while in the family, they willingly go to their hands. Many owners note the favorable impact of these babies on the child. Children become more responsible, caring.