Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Angora Rabbits

The disposition of Angoras is docile and curious. They make good pets as long as you have the time to attend to their special needs.

They will need regular grooming to keep their fur in good condition and hay as a regular part of their diet to help prevent hair balls in their digestive tract.

The Angora Rabbit has the finest, softest of coats. Their fur, which is quite long, is referred to as "wool". This breed of rabbit has been recognized since 1765.

English Angora: This breed is probably the most distinctive since it has long heavy fur that covers it's body so that it is hard to tell the rabbit features like it's ears and face. (It is often mistaken for a small dog). Its body is rounded and so it literally looks like a ball of fluff. The fur on the face is fairly short and if you look closely you will see a doll baby face with large round eyes. There are fluffy tassels of wool lining the ears and the wool is silky and fine which makes it very soft.
Most English angoras are very calm having being bred for good disposition in order to properly groom them. The English may grow to about 8.5 lbs. but is better to show at about 6 lbs.

French Angora: The first picture above shows two French Angoras. They have no wool on their head, face, ears, or front feet. The rest of the body has a slightly coarse wool which is easy to spin. The French Angora's wool is the easiest to care for. It can weigh up to 10.5 lbs, with 9.9 lbs being ideal.

Satin Angora: The Satin Angora's wool looks like shimmering fibers. It does not have wool on the head, face, ears, or front feet. In this respect it is similar to the French Angora. The wool feels lighter and less dense than the other breeds because it is much finer.

Giant Angora: This also is a very distinctive rabbit, mainly because of it's size! For showing they must be completely white. They have the densest wool of all the breeds, with a double undercoat which also gives them the most wool. They should weigh over 9 lbs.

Care and feeding: There are several requirements that Angoras have that most rabbits don't need. They will need regular brushing to keep mats from forming in their fur. A good slicker brush (often used on dogs), can be used for this. Angoras have a special tendency to develop wool block, which is an intestinal problem. The addition of clean hay to their diet regularly will help prevent this problem. Color differences: The Angora Rabbits come in white, black, blue and fawn colors.

Fluffy Angora Rabbit

"Angora rabbit" is a species I knew of, but had never really seen. Forget real life, I had not even seen a picture of an Angora Rabbit. All I knew is that an Angora rabbit is generally bred for its wool.
The moment I saw his face, I fell in love. Well, I can't lie, I can't lie! I must say- the moment I saw him, but not his face, I fell in love. My imagination ran wild and I imagined sitting on the angora rabbit. Please don't call the animal activists on me. I did nothing wrong, it was so tempting. Look at how fluffy he is.. Mr. Fluffy-puff! If you did not see his face and bum, I assure you, you too would think of this angora rabbit as a fluffy bean-bag. In fact these cute fur balls are sometimes called "Wooly Wabbits"

Friday, July 2, 2010

Fox Proof Rabbit Run: Protection For Pet Rabbits Out in the Open

If you are a pet rabbit owner, then surely you must realize the value of exercise to these cute and quiet critters. Inside cages and hutches, there is little room to move around in, much less exercise. Over time, your pet rabbits can lose muscle strength, as well as become more susceptible to sickness. You could let them loose in your house once in a while, but they do not always get along well with other animals in the home, if you have them. The best solution is to get a fox proof rabbit run.

Rabbit runs are large covered pens designed to be used outdoors. They have walls and roofs, but no floors, so that the ground itself becomes a natural floor upon which the rabbits can have their fun. They provide good security in keeping the rabbits in, but what about keeping predators out? Rabbits, especially domesticated ones, are not exactly good at escaping or fighting off predators. This is where a fox proof rabbit run comes to the fore.

Foxes are the rabbits’ natural predators. They are agile and quite wily. As a pet owner you want to protect your pet rabbits from these dangerous hunters. A fox proof rabbit run is built to withstand the persistence and relative strength of foxes, so you rabbits stay safe and unharmed. These units are heavier and use a stronger type of mesh for the walls, so that the foxes can neither chew open holes or lift the sides and take advantage of the open bottom.

In a rabbit run, you can have more than one rabbit, which is good if you keep several rabbits. Rabbits are also quite social, and they do like being around others of their species. What you do need to watch out for is putting males and females in the same run. The reputation of rabbits as quick reproducers is well-founded, and you might have an unexpected litter if you aren’t careful. Just keep the males and females apart, and you should not have to worry about that.

Rabbit runs are quite large, and given their special design, really are meant for use outdoors. They are not meant to serve as long-term shelter though, and they provide little protection against the elements. These runs are designed to be used during play time for your pets, and are made to be disassembled for compact storage. For long-term housing for rabbits, hutches and cages are your choices.

Cages are generally the smallest and simplest in construction. All of the sides are open though, so your rabbit may feel cold if it is kept in a cage outdoors. Cages are better suited for indoor use. Most cages only accommodate one rabbit.

Hutches feature more solid panels, having only one or two sides open for ventilation, and can be used outdoors. Many hutches also feature enclosed areas where the rabbit can retreat and hide away from light and heat. For large rabbits or multiple individuals, large rabbit hutches can be an economical choice.