Fold rabbits - amazing animals
Fold rabbits are very beautiful animals with drooping ears. Now there is a wide variety of such breeds, all of them have the same characteristic features. Which ones? Well, firstly, these are dangling ears with an inward auricle. Secondly, it is a head that is similar to a mutton.
They breed such rabbits not very often, since they are not particularly prolific. One rabbit on average brings five to six rabbits. But, despite the low fertility, the lop-eared mummies are caring, they are well nourished, guard their young.
Let's briefly describe the popular rabbit species with drooping ears.
Let's start with this breed. It appeared in 1850. The result was a breed as a result of crossing the fold rabbit and giant. By nature it is a very peaceful animal, but such rabbits are not recommended for families with children because of their large size. The French ram needs long walks. It is also advisable to keep such a rabbit in a spacious aviary, so that he could where to walk.
This type of rabbit has the longest and widest ears, and yet an elegant body. The hind legs of this rodent are larger than the forelegs. Color in rabbits can be black, white and light gray. Their ears reach 60 cm in length and 16 cm in width. Due to their inept content these lop-eared rabbits may become fearful. It is desirable to keep such animals in large enclosures, otherwise they can simply step on their ears because of the tightness.
This kind of rabbit appeared as a result of crossing French and English rams. For the first time the breed appeared in 1906. The size of these lop-eared rabbits is medium, their body is elongated, the neck is strong. The ears of these animals are overgrown with hair. The colors can be different: yellow, light and dark brown. By nature, these lop-eared rabbits are calm, meek. They are great for home keeping.
Unfortunately, this species is on the verge of extinction, therefore in his homeland (in Meissen) he is under guard.
Dwarf Fold Rabbit Rabbit
This kind was obtained by crossing dwarf and French folded rabbits. For the first time representatives of the breed appeared in Holland. The breed did not turn out right away, there were difficulties, but nevertheless it was possible to achieve the desired results.
The weight of this animal is about two kilograms, the wool is tender, the colors are different. By nature, the animals are calm, friendly. Good to learn.
The contents of the lop-eared rabbits
I would like to note that before you have a rabbit, you need to remove the wires. Since these animals are not indifferent to such things. Also, you need cells larger than 0.7 x 0.5 m. It is advisable to buy a house, because these rodents are used to live in burrows.
The cage is placed in places that are lightly impassable, lighted, protected from drafts and directly exposed to sunlight.
You can put a toilet in the cage, since the lop-eared dwarf rabbit usually cope with the need in the same place.
For food, you will need bowls, it is desirable to choose heavy ceramic, in order to avoid a mess in the cage. For water it is necessary to buy a special drinking bowl.
It must be said that it is absolutely necessary to let your rabbit run around the house for two hours a day.
Feeding lop-eared rabbits
Of course, for rabbits nutrition is of great importance. It is advisable not to give rodents raw vegetables, fruits and greens until half a year. After 6 months, you can supplement the diet with the above products, but in small quantities. The basis of the diet is, of course, cereal mixtures and hay. All this can be purchased at a pet store. Still need to buy a special mineral stone, as well as chalk so that the animal could grind the teeth.
Fold rabbit: price
This animal can be purchased at a zoo market, at a pet store, and at a club. Of course, for an animal with a pedigree you will need to give a lot more than a rabbit bought in the market. The minimum cost of this rodent is 500 rubles. For a thoroughbred rabbit with a pedigree you will need to pay from 2000 to 10,000 rubles.
A small conclusion
Now you know what the lop-eared rabbits are like, what they are. We briefly talked about their types, a little touched on the topic of nutrition and content.