The term rex rabbit (without capitalization) refers informally to one of at least nine breeds of domestic rabbit (or a specimen thereof or similar thereto). One such breed is the Rex, which is recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association but not by the British Rabbit Council (BRC). Other modern-day rex rabbit breeds are listed below. Care must be taken to distinguish the rex rabbit breeds from the three types of rex rabbit fur for which they are known.
The Rex rabbit breed that is (along with nine other rex rabbit breeds) recognized by ARBA is a medium-sized rabbit with a commercial, round body and an ideal weight range of 7.5–10.5 pounds (3.4–4.8 kg). The Rex has a slightly broader head than other breeds of rabbit, proportionate upright ears, and proportionally smaller feet. As with most larger breeds, the female (or doe) has a dewlap, a large flap of skin under the chin.
The Rex rabbit was developed around 1919 in the French village of Louché-Pringé, by breeders who were impressed by the wild rabbit’s beautiful, luscious fur. They were developed into a domestic breed and shown in an international rabbit show in Paris in 1924, where there was great interest among breeders because of the recessive rex breed.
Rex rabbit is a medium sized breed with a commercial, solid-looking round body. Compared to other rabbit breeds, the Rex rabbit has a slightly broader head, proportionally smaller feet, and proportionate upright ears. Rex rabbits have short and soft hair (about 1.25 cm long). Their coat is dense, smooth and level with a firm, plush texture. They have strong legs and curly whiskers. Their average body weight is about 3.4-4.8 kg, although the does can weight as much as 4.8 kg.
There are many different color varieties available of the Rex rabbit breed. Such as Black, Blue, Broken, Amber, Chocolate, Chinchilla, Californian, Castor, Lilac, Opal, Lynx, Red, Sable, Otter (Black, Blue, Chocolate and Lilac), Seal and White are common to most countries.
Housing and feeding are among the most important aspects of Rex rabbit care. As far as housing is concerned, Rex rabbits can be kept indoors or outdoors. If you opt for outdoor housing; then, make sure that the rabbits 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, so as to prevent their bald feet from developing cracks.
You must make sure to provide an insect screen, so that mosquitoes and rabbit fleas do not enter the hutch. These insects may cause a disease called myxomatosis in rabbits. The hutch must be located in such an area, which is not prone to attack from other animals. An ideal rabbit hutch must have a minimum 120 x 60 x 50 cm space per rabbit. Even the wire mesh must have a thickness of 25 x 25 mm, so that the rabbits cannot chew and cut the mesh. The hutch must be properly ventilated with thermostat fans. Once a week, the hutch must be cleaned thoroughly.
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