History of the Rex Rabbit
The Rex rabbit is a breed of rabbit developed in France in 1919 and is named for the rex gene responsible for its unique type of fur. Rex fur is the result of a genetic mutation causing the hairs to be all the same length, giving a plush texture like velvet. The Rex became very popular in many countries as both a commercial and a fancy breed. The official breed name used by ARBA and BRC is the Rex rabbit.
The Rex Rabbit can be fed a combination of commercial rabbit pellets and timothy hay. Rabbit pellets should be high in fiber, low in fat and carbohydrates and moderate in protein.
Hay is the most important part of your rabbit’s diet. 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 Rex Rabbits have rounded body with strong legs, a broad head and upright ears.
|in the UK||6-8 pounds (3-3.5kg)|
|in the USA||8-10 pounds (3.5-4.5kg)|
Fur / Coat
The coat is dense, smooth and level with a firm, plush texture. Rex rabbits have curly whiskers.
The fur of the Rex should be between 1/2 and 7/8 an inch in length (1.3-2.2 cm).
Rex rabbits are calm and generally very good-natured. They are intelligent and affectionate, very maternal, and enjoy company. They can be quite playful and are usually good with children and other pets.