Belgian Hare comes from the oldest of time. The breed can trace it back to 18th century. What is great about these hopping bunnies are they are not true hare but rather a fancy rabbit breed that have been selectively bred to resemble the wild hare. If you look the picture below, they do not look like a common rabbit at all which is fat, plushy and can make you want to cuddle them like a pillow.
Belgian Hare dated back in 18th century. Their ancestors were created through crossbreeding of early domestic and wild rabbits. The creation is solely to make a production of meat. In 1874, the breed are imported to England where they named as ‘Belgian Hare’. British breeders (Winter ‘William’ Lumb and Benjamin Greaves) then made the breed more spirited and lithe that exists today.
In 1877, the first Belgian Hare began rise in fame in America and the National Belgian Hare Club is formed in 1897. At the same time, the National Pet Stock Association or ARBA as we called it today, listed Belgian Hare under ‘All-Breed’ club. Soon enough, ARBA recognized the breed as domestic rabbit in 1972 after Belgian Hare breeders applied for a specialty club charter. .
The Belgian Hare do not look like a domestic rabbit at all, more to a wild hare that can be found in the woods. The reason why is that the breed has a big, long, thin yet muscular body with an arched back. Their head and straight tail added a few inches to the body length. The fore feet are usually long and fine-bone and perfectly straight as Wikipedia stated.
The Belgian Hare has short and glossy fur that do not require frequent grooming to keep it in perfect look. You can still rub them down to get rid of any hair and they can remain clean as a whistle. Although rabbits are known for their cleanliness, they still need help for grooming. This is to avoid them from ingesting their own hair and causing intestinal blockage which rabbit do not vomit hairball like cat. Avoid giving them bath time because it can give your bunny friend great stress (sometimes can lead to cardiac problem).
- Weight: 3 to 5 kg
- Coat length: Short and glossy
- Color: Red/ Orange, Black, Tan (Tan Hare)
- Pattern: None
Belgian Hare is known to be one of the most intelligent rabbit in the world. Their great mind also combine with energetic spirit that can keep you entertain all day everyday 24/7. Not just that, they are also have an alert temperament which they can be easily startled by sudden noise or movement. They can also be sweet and gentle creature that love to be pet.
The Belgian Hare can be picked up but be sure to not spooked them so that they do not fall onto the floor causing spinal damage. They can be trained to be used to the noise (announcing your arrival, play loud music or play loud fan) particularly when trained from an early age. Belgian Hare should not be handled by children mainly due to their large size and speed that may cause injury.
Out of all rabbit breed, Belgian Hare has been considered as the easiest to train for tricks and command. They do not need a lot of time and patient to be litter train.
- Lifespan: 7 to 11 years
- Active: High
- Intelligent: High
Belgian Hare are no more than a common domestic rabbit. You should considered taking it to the veterinarian. There are no cases of this breed had genetic diseases been reported but they still can suffer from other rabbit symptoms. Rabbit breeders have done more then they could to make this breed healthier and less genetic disease. Some of the illnesses seen in this breed is:
- Dental disease: Overgrown teeth, can change alignment of the mouth
- Parasite: Ear mites and worm
- Intestinal blockage: Ingest hair
- Spinal damage: Damaged from the force been applied by its hind legs or dropped
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