Animals / Rodents

The Mini Rex

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Rex-Zwerge, Rex nain

Классификация

Order: lagomorpha

Family: leporidae

Genus: oryctolagus

Species:  orictolagus cuniculus 

Ареал

The Mini Rex Rabbit is a breed that originated in France in the end of the 19th century. At first they were named “castor Rex”. Its ancestors were wild gray rabbits. The mini Rex were exhibited for the first time in 1924, and in 1925 this breed was officially registered.  

Внешний вид

The mini Rex rabbit has a sturdy cylinder-shaped body, rounded ears and big head. The front legs and the tail are short. The whiskers are much shorter that in other breeds. The fur is short and dense. The color range is wide: there are white, black, brown, red, blue etc. rabbits. Adult rabbits should weigh around 1.2 – 1.4 kg. 

Характер

Mini Rex rabbits are usually calm and peaceful. 

Содержание и уход

The mini Rex needs more or less the same husbandry as all other rabbit breeds. The cage should be spacious, made of zinc-coated mesh, with removable tray.  The bedding should be changed as required, at least once every third day. Rabbits are messy eaters, throwing the food all over the cage, so it is best to use a closed-type food bowl.  Water bowls become messy very quickly, so you should use a pet water bottle. 

Кормление

Your rabbit will need two types of food: dry and juicy. Various vegetables and greens are juicy food. Dry food mainly consists of grain, legumes and mill waste. You can put together mixes for your rabbit yourself or else you can use commercial dry mixes or grass blocks. Don’t forget that you should introduce new food gradually.  

Особенности

Mini rex rabbits are normally very calm but you should remember some basic rules. All rabbits are skittish, so you should handle them very carefully. Never shout at your pet. Rabbits have a very good sense of smell, so if your hands smell of something unpleasant, your pet can bite you.  

Болезни

The most vulnerable spot of a mini Rex is its feet. They often suffer from pododermatitis. Therefore the bottom of the cage has to be solid, with a thick layer of bedding over it. Regular disinfection is a must.  

Rabbits often suffer from rhinitis. It is treated by dropping 5% solution of nitrofural in the animal’s nose 4-5 times a day. If the rhinitis occurred in the result of infection, it cannot be treated. So don’t forget to vaccinate your rabbit according to the schedule. 

Разведение
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