History of the Lilac Rabbit
In 1917, C.H. Spruty of Holland crossed Blue Beverens with Havanas to create a similar Lilac rabbit, but slightly larger. In 1940, Lilac rabbits were being shown at the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA), and by 1944, the National Lilac Rabbit Club of America was formed.
The best way to prevent health problems in your pet rabbit is to ensure it has a diet that is high in 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 fibre which leads to obesity and overgrown teeth. Fresh vegetables keep your rabbit’s intestines well hydrated, which helps with overall digestion.
There are many vegetables that you can feed your rabbit, including celery, collard greens, green peppers, and radish tops. 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. There are several foods that you should never feed your rabbit, including chocolate, pasta, and yogurt. Seeds, cookies, and crackers, and high-fiber cereals are also off-limits to your rabbit.
Size, Weight, Shape & Ears
Lilac rabbits have a compact body type. They have short body and a short head. Ears that are moderately upright and short, measuring between 3.5-4 inches (8.8-10 cm) long.
|The Senior Bucks||5.5-7.5 pounds (2.5-3.4 kg)|
|The Senior Does||6-8 pounds (2.7-3.6 kg).|
Fur / Coat
Lilac rabbits have short fur that is soft to the touch. They do not require much grooming, compared to wooly breeds such as the English Angora.
The Lilac rabbits are docile, friendly and gentle. They are easy to handle but larger than most pet rabbits.