Silver - Breed Profile:
Appearance and coat descriptionThe Silver rabbit is a medium size rabbit with a compact body of moderate length. The build is firm, with a tendency to cobbiness and a slightly arched back. The ears are upright, neat and well-set on the head. The eyes are bold and bright. The coat is short, tight, and full, with a remarkable sparkling sheen. It comes in four colour varieties: grey (black), fawn, and brown. In all the varieties, the white (silver) guard hair stand out evenly across the entire body of the rabbit,including the head, feet, ears and chest. Browns have an evenness of mixing, i.e. black, silver and chestnut. Weekly grooming should be enough to keep the unusual coat in good condition.
The weight is 5 to 7 pounds.
TemperamentSilvers are active but non-aggressive rabbits. They are extremely easygoing, calm, tolerant and docile.
Health and hutchSilvers 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.
Silvers can easily be kept in all wire cages. It's recommended to 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 factsThere are only 200 Silver rabbits registered in the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA). This breed is one of the rarest in the US. This is also the most ancient breed of domestic rabbits. Its true origin is unknown, but it is likely that a rabbit with silver hair appeared as a black sport (mutant) of the European wild rabbit hundreds of years ago.
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