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Britannia Petite - Breed Profile:
Appearance and coat descriptionThe Britannia Petite is a very small, delicate-looking rabbit that resembles a miniature hare. The body is quite long and slender, with the spine displaying a full arch and the stomach tucked in. The short erect ears stand close together. The proper covering of the ears should reveal no pink skin tone. The head is wedge-shaped. The long front legs make the rabbit stand up tall. The short coat is fine, dense, silky, and close-lying. Weekly grooming with a slicker brush should be enough. In shedding periods, twice a week grooming is recommended. The American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) accepts five colours of the Britannia Petite: the ruby-eyed white (accepted in 1977), black otter (1992), the chestnut agouti, black (both accepted in 1995), and the sable marten (1997). However, the Britannia Petite can be found in a variety of other colours such as blue-eyed white, chinchilla, and red agouti.
The maximum weight is 2,5 pounds, so the breed is one of the smallest pet rabbits.
TemperamentThe Britannia Petite tends to be somewhat more high-strung than many other rabbit breeds. They are lively but can be quite temperamental, hyper and nipping. However, any rabbit's personality is 95% breeder and handler, and 5% genes, which means that if the animal is handled correctly from the very beginning, it will become a lovely, amiable pet. Therefore, this breed is not generally recommended for novice rabbit owners as it requires a lot of patience and experienced handling. When they are sitting calmly in your lap, the smallest trigger can set them into a flying tornado, literally leaping out of your arms in a terrible startle. One must be aware of this when choosing this breed. They do not like being in the cage and truly enjoy climbing across you and leaping up and over your shoulders. If fact, they may even nibble you when you try to take them down, so the Britannia Petite is not recommended for families with small children. Exceptionally curious and energetic, they require toys and human interaction to prevent boredom and unhappiness. If curiosity killed the cat, it would definitely kill these little guys, too.
Health and hutchQuite healthy and robust. Nonetheless, these rabbits require especially careful handling because of the delicate body type. The average lifespan is 5 to 8 years, although some individuals can live up to 10 years and even more. This breed doesn't require much room space.
Other interesting factsThe Britannia Petite is believed to have been developed from small wild rabbits, which may partly explain its bad reputation of being quite moody and excitable. This breed is also known as the UK Polish rabbit.
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