History of the Harlequin Rabbit
The original name for the Harlequin rabbit was the Japanese rabbit. The Harlequin is a colorful breed of rabbit originating from France in the 1880s. There are two kinds of Harlequin rabbits: the Magpie and the Japanese. The Harlequin Rabbit breed is often called the clown of rabbits due to their unique colors and markings.
A Harlequin rabbit’s diet is like any other pet rabbit in that it should consist mostly of hay – 70 percent. The rest of their diet should be a healthy mix of pellets, vegetables and fruits.
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. This can lead to gut stasis, which could be life-threatening if not treated immediately. There are several foods that you should never feed your rabbit, including chocolate, pasta, and yogurt.
Size, Weight, Shape & Ears
The Harlequin is a medium size rabbit with a rounded body and upright ears.
|The Senior Bucks||6.5-9 pounds (2.9-4kg)|
|The Senior Does||7-9.5 pounds (3.1-4.3 kg)|
|Intermediate Bucks||10 pounds (4.5kg)|
|The Intermediate Does||11 pounds (4.9kg)|
|Junior Buck and Does||9 pounds (4.0kg)|
|A Junior Buck and Doe||4 ½ pounds (1.8kg)|
Fur / Coat
The coat of the Harlequin rabbit should be dense and soft. Brush them with a wire-bristled brush once a week or as necessary.
Harlequin rabbits are generally quite calm,docile and playful. They love to be the center of everyone’s attention. They are great pets for small children. Be sure to provide your rabbit with a few bunny-safe toys. Rabbits have different personalities and can be picky with their toys.