New Zealand Rabbit

New Zealand Rabbit

History of the New Zealand Rabbit

The New Zealand Rabbit actually originated in the United States and was bred in 1916 by a Californian breeder seeking to develop a valuable rabbit for the meat and fur trade. The New Zealand Red was the first type created and the other varieties were developed from them. New Zealand White rabbits are also used for laboratory purposes.

Health

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. 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. Without enough water, intestinal contents can become very dry and get stuck.

New Zealand Rabbit

Size, Weight, Shape & Ears

New Zealand rabbits have a commercial body type. All varieties of New Zealands have long perforated ears that stand straight up.

 

Size Weight Ideal
The Senior Bucks 10 pounds (4.5kg)
The Senior Does 11 pounds (4.9 kg)
Intermediate Bucks 10 pounds (4.5kg)
The Intermediate Does 11 pounds (4.9kg)
Junior Buck and Does 4.5 pounds (2kg)

Fur / Coat

They have a beautiful coat. Their fur should be clean and set tightly in the pelt.

New Zealand Rabbit

Personality

The New Zealand rabbit is great as a pet – it is generally good with children and other pets. They are also calm and friendly.

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Calm

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Friendly

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Playful

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