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Satin - Breed Profile:
Appearance and coat descriptionThe Satin is large rabbit with a medium length body that tapers slightly from the hindquarters to the shoulders. The top line is a smooth curve that starts at the nape of the neck, rises gradually to a high point over the centre of the hips, and then falls in a smooth curve downward to the tail. The coat is silky, fine, thick, and soft to the touch. The undercoat is very dense. The hair has a unique ability to reflect light in a very special way, which makes it very shiny, satin-like, and adds richness to the colour. When a Satin's fur is brushed in the opposite direction, the hair should instantly return to a flat lay (its original position). Satins most often come in black, blue, white, chocolate, chinchilla, Siamese, and otter colourations. More colours can be recognized depending on the country (the USA or the UK). Grooming several times a week is necessary to keep the coat in good condition.
The weight is 8,5 to 11 pounds.
TemperamentSatin rabbits have very sweet and docile personalities, especially if you train them at an early age. Proper handling and care make them very calm and well-natured pets that all your family will fall in love with. Make sure that you provide the rabbit with a sufficient amount of daily exercise. Some individuals are very jumpy and can get destructive if bored or neglected. Small children should be supervised when they handle the rabbit.
Health and hutchSatins are generally robust and hardy rabbits that do not suffer from any breed specific health problems. The common issues 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 Satin rabbit originated in the United States in the 1930s. It is named for the striking satin sheen of its coat. This unique shine is caused by a gene mutation that causes the guard hairs to be transparent, reflecting the light in an unusual way.
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