English Spot Rabbit
History of the English Spot Rabbit
The English Spot Rabbit originated in Britain in the mid 19th century and became a very popular breed and much sought after as a household pet. The English Spot was developed through selective breeding of non-pedigree stock bearing a resemblance to the Great Lorraine’s. In 1910, the English Spot Rabbit was imported to North America and 12 years later in 1924, the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) accepted it as a recognized breed.
The English Spot Rabbit is not particularly susceptible to any hereditary diseases, however there are some things you need to watch for. Overgrown teeth are one of the most popular problems rabbits face and it can be prevented with a well-balanced diet consisting mostly of hay.
Hay is the most important part of your rabbit’s diet. Pellets should only make up a small amount of your rabbit’s diet. They are high calorie and low fiber which leads to obesity and overgrown teeth. Fresh vegetables keep your rabbit’s intestines well hydrated, which helps with overall digestion. Rabbits have a sweet tooth and would probably love to eat a lot of fruit. However, because of the high sugar content, fruits should be fed only as treats.
Without enough water, intestinal contents can become very dry and get stuck. There are several foods that you should never feed your rabbit, including chocolate, pasta, and yogurt.
Size, Weight, Shape & Ears
The English Spot is a medium sized breed with an average weight of around 2.5-3.5kg (6-8lbs). They are arched body type. The head is fairly broad and the ears sturdy and upright.
Fur / Coat
The coat of the English Spot is short. Throughout the year, they may shed, but because the coat fibers are so short, you won’t notice it too much. Groom your rabbit with a slicker brush outdoors once every week or biweekly.
The English Spot is friendly. They are lively and energetic and need plenty of exercise with space to run and jump. Their sweet nature means they are usually very good with children. Rabbits should be given a few toys to nibble on whether they are inside or outside so they don’t destroy any of your personal property.