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Silver Marten - Breed Profile:
Appearance and coat descriptionThe Silver Marten is a medium size rabbit with a beautiful soft fur. The coat of an adult has a polished look with beautifully appointed markings. The colour varieties include black, blue, chocolate, or sable. All the varieties have silver-tipped guard hair and silver-white markings at the eyes, mouth, chin and under parts. The Black Silver Marten, which is the most common colour seen at shows, has a wonderful contrast between its polished black coat and the silver white markings of its ears and underbelly. Regular grooming is necessary to keep the coat in good condition.
The body of the Silver Marten is well-developed in the shoulders and hindquarters. It should be firm without being bulky, and it should also be well rounded from the shoulders and up over the hips, having an almost half-moon appearance when properly posed. The neck is short, and the head should be in good proportion to the overall size of the rabbit. The ears are upright. Overall, Silver Martens have a rather muscular look, which makes them seem larger than what they actually are. The weight is 6,5 to 8,5 pounds.
TemperamentSilver Martens are well-mannered, social rabbits that make excellent pets. They tend to be more timid than some larger rabbits, yet they are still playful, enjoy romping around, and like toys they can toss around the cage. Terribly curious. They wonderfully adapt to a home environment and can make an enjoyable addition to your family. Young children should be supervised when they handle the rabbit. Intelligent like most rabbits, Silver Martens can be toilet- and harness-trained. They are a delightful companion for older children and adults. If you're looking for the first pet bunny for a young child, consider a calmer breed.
Health and hutchSilver Martens 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 Silver Marten was developed in the United States as an offshoot from the Chinchilla rabbit in the 1920s. The Chinchilla breeders were reporting "strange little black rabbits" in their litters. These little black rabbits were the start of a trial breeding program that developed into the Silver Martens that we have today.
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