Standard Chinchilla Rabbit
History of the Standard Chinchilla Rabbit
The Standard Chinchilla Rabbit originated in France in the early 1900s, and were named for the similarity of their fur to the South American rodent, the Chinchilla. The Chinchilla rabbit breed was developed using Himalayans, Beverens and wild-coloured agouti rabbits. Chinchilla rabbits quickly became a very successful commercial breed. There are three Chinchilla breeds recognized in the United States, but the Standard was the first. With their wonderful personalities and good looks it is no surprise that they have been popular as pets since the end of the first World War.
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. If your rabbit’s diet does not consist mainly of hay, it may develop overgrown teeth. Constantly growing teeth can grow into its jaws and faces and be painful. Fresh vegetables keep your rabbit’s intestines well hydrated, which helps with overall digestion. Always make sure to research what kind of fruit/leafy green/vegetable you’re planning on feeding them, as some are not recommended for rabbits. There are several foods that you should never feed your rabbit, including chocolate, pasta, and yogurt.
Size, Weight, Shape & Ears
Chinchilla rabbits have a medium build, with a compact body, short neck and fairly broad head with short, erect ears.
|Adults||5-7 pounds (2.2-3.1kg)|
|Under 5 months||5 pounds (2.2kg)|
|Under 4 months||4 pounds (2kg)|
Because of the unique fur type, the Standard Chinchilla is one of the most beautiful rabbits recognized by the ARBA. Fur is to be very dense, of fine texture, and with a gentle rollback.
Chinchilla rabbits are generally quite docile, good natured and very gentle. They are intelligent, curious and playful rabbits and enjoy company and attention. Standard Chinchillas make excellent pets for seniors, singles, couples and growing families alike. Its size also makes it a wonderful pet for those living in houses or apartments. This breed also enjoys having toys that they can play with and chew up. The most popular toys rabbits seem to enjoy include cardboard boxes, plastic baby key rings…