Rex rabbits are a medium-size rabbit originally bred and raised for meat and their velvet fur. But with a hardy, intelligent, and gentle nature, Rex rabbits also make ideal pets and show animals! They come in standard and mini versions and have 15 recognized color varieties. With proper care, your rabbit will enjoy a good lifespan of 5-6 years!
Standard Rex rabbits have a body weight of around seven to eleven pounds. Mini Rex rabbits have a body weight around four to six pounds. Rex rabbits have round bodies with broad heads, and erect and short ears, and curly eyebrows and whiskers. Females may also have a skin flap under their chin, and this is called dewlap.
They have very dense fur, with the hair growing at right angle to the body surface (the hair grows straight, instead of lying flat). Even the guard hair is short, and have the same length of the undercoat. Rex rabbit fur can have a length that ranges between 1.3 to 2 centimeters. They are also found in different fur colors. In the U.S., the recognized standard Rex rabbit colors are Californian, black, opal, otters (in 4 different colors), ruby-eyed white, red, chinchilla, blue, broken, castor, chocolate, lilac, lynx, sable, and seal.
Personality and Temperament
Rex rabbits have a friendly, inquisitive nature. They do very well with their humans and other pets. Activity level is rated as low to moderate. They tend to rest during the daytime, and get active in the evening and early morning hours. They are playful, and are also easy to handle. They like holding, cuddling and patting too. It is said that, they are the most intelligent among the different rabbit breeds. They can also be potty trained with much ease. They are so gentle in nature, that Rex rabbits are considered as ideal pets for families with kids.
Rex Rabbit Care
Rex rabbits can be kept indoors or outdoors. If you opt for outdoor housing, make sure that they are not subjected to extreme heat or cold. Avoid placing the hutch in locations with direct sunlight. Outdoor hutches are mostly made of timber or metal with mesh enclosures. If the floor is made of wire mesh, cover it with soft straw, to prevent their feet from developing cracks. Mare sure the hutch is properly ventilated and once a week, clean the hutch thoroughly.
A diet of timothy hay and commercial rabbit food is sufficient for these rabbits. You may also feed adult Rex rabbits alfalfa hay occasionally. Even fresh green leafy vegetables can be included in their diet; but, make sure to introduce new foods gradually. You may also feed them with small amounts of vegetables, like corn, cauliflower and carrots; once in a week. However, avoid cabbage and lettuce. In case of commercial rabbit pellets, ¼ cup a day is said to be sufficient for a rabbit, for every two kilograms of its body weight. Soft watery foods have to be provided to the kits that are below the age of five months. Hay has to be provided daily, along with a regular supply of fresh water. Please send us an email if you are interested in purchasing Rex Rabbits.