Last Updated on July 3, 2023 by keno
The mini rex rabbit breed is basically the smaller version of the rex rabbit. Just like their counterpart, Mini rex also has plush and velvety fur making them not only great pets but also popular show rabbits. So if you’re a rabbit enthusiast who wants to find out more about this dwarf-sized rabbit then this article is for you. We’ll look into their history, size and physique, color variation, temperament, lifespan/health, diet, care, and housing among other frequently asked questions.
Mini rex was developed in 1984 in Florida USA after selective breeding of the dwarf rex with a small-sized lynx rex doe. The main aim was to create a dwarf-sized breed version of the rex rabbit, however, with the same distinctive fur quality. In other words, the mini rex is a descendant of the Rex rabbit that was developed in France in 1919.
Size and physique
Mini rex is a dwarf-sized rabbit that weighs between 3.5 to 4 pounds with females often being slightly larger than their male counterparts. This particular breed has a well-rounded back, a well-filled head, and a short neck. The mini rex has erect ears and an overall body length that measures between 10 to 12 inches long.
The mini rex has a dense velvety textured coat which comes in a variety of colors according to the ARBA. They include black, blue, broken, chinchilla, chocolate, castor, Himalayan, lynx, lilac, Silver Marten, Sable, Seal, Otter, Opal, red, blue-eyed white, red-eyed white, and tortoise.
What these miniature breeds lack in size, they make up with their personality. Mini rex rabbits are friendly and curious by nature. These bunnies are also an affectionate, active, and playful breed that thrives on human interaction. In addition, Mini rex rabbits are also an intelligent breed that can easily learn to use the litter box and a few tricks. In short, they’re good pets for first-time rabbit single owners as well as large families with kids. Nonetheless, children should always be supervised when interacting with rabbits.
Mini Rex rabbits have a life expectancy of 7 to 10 years., and with proper care, they can live up to 12 years. When it comes to their overall well-being, mini rex, just like other rabbits are prone to common health issues. They include dental issues such as overgrown teeth or Malocclusion (tooth misalignment) A proper hay diet and chew toys are necessary to keep your rabbit’s teeth trimmed down. Occasional dental checkups are also essential when it comes to sorting out this health problem.
The other health issue that might affect your mini rex rabbit is GI stasis. This is a condition that basically slows down your rabbit’s digestive system or makes it stop functioning entirely. This, in turn, may lead to loss of appetite, lethargy, buildup of gas, and even reduced fecal pellets. Preventative measures include providing your rabbit with a diet that consists mainly of fiber as well as making sure that they‘re hydrated most of the time. On the other hand, if any of the GI stasis symptoms persist, always take your rabbit to the vet as soon as possible.
Lastly, another common health issue that is likely to affect your mini rex rabbit at some point is mite or flea infestation. This can in turn lead to skin infections if not treated early. The best solution for this particular problem is to administer Avermectin medication and disinfect your rabbit’s entire living area.
When it comes to a mini rex rabbit’s diet, just like other breeds, they should feed primarily on hay. Their main diet should then be substituted with fresh vegetables and small amounts of pellets and fruits as treats. Lastly don’t forget to provide this miniature rabbit with 24/7 access to clean drinking water.
In terms of care, Mini rex rabbits generally need moderate maintenance. This entails grooming them at least once a week and more often during shedding season. This essentially helps prevent their coat from forming tangles as well as removing loose hair. Trimming your rabbit’s nails once every seven or eight weeks helps to keep them in check. As a result, it prevents your mini rex from causing injuries or hindering their mobility.
Lastly, in terms of rabbit housing, always ensure that your mini rex has a secure and spacious enclosure that allows them to move around freely. Their hutch or cage should measure at least 4 ft. x 2 ft. x 2 ft. and have a play area that around 8 square feet. In other words, a cage or hutch attached to a playpen is normally one of the best setups for your mini rex especially if they’re housed outdoors.
Additionally, proper rabbit housing should have a cozy sleeping area with hay or soft straw as bedding. It should also contain a litter box as well as a food and water bowl. Most importantly, it should be located in a quite secluded and secure area, away from stressful elements or extreme weather.
Do Mini rex bunnies get along with other pets?
Yes, mini rex rabbits typically get along with other household pets such as dogs and rabbits. However, other pets need to be calm with low prey drive in order for their relationship to be harmonious.
What’s the average cost of Mini rex rabbits?
Mini rex rabbit’s price range usually ranges between $20 and $100 depending on where you adopt or purchase your bunny. Additionally, other factors such as your pet’s health, age health history as well as their color and physical characteristics also play a pivotal role when it comes to pricing. Lastly, when it comes to purchasing healthy mini rex rabbits, we recommend adopting them from reputable breeders or animal shelters.