Meet Our Rabbits
In our hutches, we have 3 different breeds of rabbits;
Our first breed are our Continental Giant Rabbits, which is one of the largest and oldest breeds of rabbit, with records suggesting they may have been around as far back as the mid-16th century in Europe. They have been known to weight more than 35lbs and their ear length is about 25% of the body length. Their average lifespan is anywhere from 4 to 5 years. These as you can imagine were originally bred for their meat and fur but over time they have become more popular as pets due to their friendly and docile nature.
Our second breed is our Netherland Dwarf, first produce in the Netherlands in the early 20th century. It was a cross between a small polish breed and a smaller wild rabbit, after several generations the resulting animal was what we now call the Netherlands dwarf which are available in a wide range of colours and patterns. The breed was first imported into the United Kingdom in 1948.
Due to their size they aren’t recommended as pets for children as they don’t like to be handled or picked up to cuddle with and they have very fragile bones so been handled roughly can lead to serious injury so large rabbits are recommended for young children as they tend to be a lot hardier.
Our third breed is the lop ear, this breed was developed in England in the 19th century through selective breeding and is believed to be the first lop breed developed by humans. The English lop is characterized by its distinctively long lop ears, bald head and large body size and will live for about 5 years.
The does weigh between 10 – 15lbs and bucks are slightly smaller and weigh 9 – 12 lbs.
They are a relatively inactive breed which make them good pets for children.
The ideal age for them breeding is around 10 months old and are very prolific producing litters between 5 -12 kits with a gestation period of between 28 – 35 days.
When they grow up the ears grow rapidly in the first 16 weeks of life and then the body grows to catch up, so when they are young they look out proportion
Diet; Rabbits have a sensitive digestive system and can be fussy eaters, they require good quality pellets, vegetables and an unlimited supply of hay. Foods high in sugar like fruit or root vegetables should only be given in small quantities.