Silver Marten Rabbit
History of the Silver Marten Rabbit
Less than 100 years old, the Silver Marten was recognized as a breed in the 1920s. Silver Martens are an American breed, a result of crossings between the Tan and Chinchilla breeds of rabbit. n 1927, a working standard for the black and chocolate varieties were established by the American Rabbit Breeders’ Association (ARBA). The blue-colored Silver Marten Rabbit was accepted in 1933 and the sable was accepted in 1993.
While this breed of rabbit is not susceptible to digestive issues such as Wool Block, care has to be taken in order for it to live a long, healthy life. 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. Without enough water, intestinal contents can become very dry and get stuck. 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. The Silver Marten breed can live indoor or outdoor. Outdoor enclourses need to be protected from other predators. Both indoor and outdoor rabbit enclosures need to have a solid bottom in order to place bedding. Which sholud be completely replaced at the end of week and spot-cleaned every day.
Size, Weight, Shape & Ears
The Silver Marten is a medium size rabbit with 6-9 pounds (2.7-4kg) weight. The body of the Silver Marten is well-developed in the shoulders and hindquarters. The ears are upright.
Fur / Coat
The Silver Marten’s glossy flyback coat is soft, featuring a shiny dark coat on top and a silver on the bottom. They don’t require much maintenance to keep it in looking good. During the molting season,they need weekly grooming with a brush.
Kits (young rabbits) should be exposed to animals, experiences and new people early.
Silver Marten can be slightly more timid as adults if it is not socialized properly or for long enough. If they are socialized properly Silver Martens are well-mannered, social rabbits that make excellent pets.
They are good pets for seniors, singles, couples and even families with children.
Rabbits need to be treated with care and lots of love to ensure they live a long, healthy, happy life.
Be sure to provide your rabbit with a few bunny-safe toys. Rabbits have different personalities and can be picky with toys.