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Palomino - Breed Profile:
Appearance and coat descriptionThe Palomino is a large rabbit with a medium length solid body, well-developed shoulders, and rounded hindquarters. The top line rises upward from the neck, reaches its highest point at the loin hip, and slopes downward to the tail. The ears are upright. The eyes are brown. Palominos come in two coat colours: golden and lynx. The Golden variety should be a bright golden shade with a cream to white undercolour. The Lynx variety has a medium pearl grey outer color blending with an orange beige (intermediate color) and a cream to white undercolor. The coat texture should be coarse and full. Weekly brushing is usually enough.
The weight averages 9 to 10 pounds.
TemperamentVery loveable, gentle, and sweet, Palominos make one of the best rabbit breeds to keep as a pet. Particularly good with children. Smart and toilet-trainable.
Health and hutchGenerally healthy, with no serious breed-specific diseases. The common rabbit health problems include overgrown teeth, flystrike, mites, lice, fleas, diarrhoea and infections.
The hutch should be large enough so that the rabbit can move freely. If the cage has a wire bottom, make sure you provide the rabbit with a plank or sea grass mats to stand on so that its feet are not damaged from being on the wire all the time.
Other interesting factsThe Palomino rabbit was developed in Coulee Dam, Washington, by Mark Young. He used a combination of many rabbit breeds in order to create the Palomino as a commercial meaty rabbit with a wonderful appearance so that it can also be a popular house pet. The Palomino was named after the palomino horse for its golden colour.
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