Photo by rabbit_mage
Tan - Breed Profile:
Appearance and coat descriptionThe Tan is a small rabbit with a neat, compact, well-built body. The head and the ears are in good proportion to the rabbit's overall appearance. The current accepted colours of the Tan are Black, Blue, Chocolate or Lilac. One of these colours covers the upper body, and a rich tan colour covers the entire underside from the chin to the under parts of the tail, including tan triangle, collar, nostrils, eye circles, pea spots, and ear lacing. The coat can be brought to a fine sheen by brushing with your hands and/or a piece of silk or satin cloth or mitt. Like all rabbits, the Tan should be brushed with a slicker brush or comb in moult.
Adult Tans weigh 4 to 6 pounds.
TemperamentTans are known to be very active animals, so they are not the best choice for beginners even though they are really sweet and highly intelligent. Make sure you have provided your rabbit with many rabbit-safe toys to occupy its inquisitive mind. Frequent exercise is also important. While Tans are friendly and are not known for being aggressive, due to their active nature they are usually not considered a "cuddly" rabbit. This breed is not generally recommended as a pet for small kids. Some individuals, however, can be quite calm and mellow. Remember that 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.
Health and hutchTan rabbits are naturally healthy and robust. Their diet is basically the same as for other breeds - pellets, mix, fresh fruit and veg, as treats. Do not overfeed. In moult, give your rabbit plenty of roughage (meadow hay or lucerne).
As long as the rabbit receives regular exercise, a hutch sized 24 x 24 inches should be fine. A larger hutch is always preferable so the rabbit has more space to move around. The hutch should be well-ventilated (preferably all-wire).
Other interesting factsThe Tan rabbit has been around for quite a few decades, shown most prevalent in Old English artwork of the 1800's. This breed was known as an aristocrat rabbit, since the rich were quite fond of its unique colour markings.
People are waiting to help.