Chinchilla rabbits are a group of 3 rabbit breeds that have been bred for a coat resembles a chinchilla. There are Standard Chinchilla, American Chinchilla and Giant Chinchilla recognized by American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA). Despite their name, they are not related to and cannot interbreed with chinchilla.
Chinchilla rabbits originated in France in 1919. They are crossbreed between wild rabbits with Beverens and Himalayans. Its unique coat color made it rise in fame especially in United States. A mutation diluted the yellow pigment in the hairs to almost white which change the color Agouti of the wild rabbit into chinchilla.
In the 1920s the Standard breed took the US by storm. Breeders recognized immediately that the breed would be of great value for its fur. Almost overnight the standard breed were the next big thing following the Belgian Hares. Soon enough, they have been more developed to be larger and longer, which led to the development of other two breeds. All three types of Chinchilla are recognized by ARBA in 1930.
Standard Chinchillas can weigh between from 5 to 7 lbs. Once they fully grown, they develop a plump, commercial body type. This breed has erect ears which is 5 inches or less in length.
They have soft, rollback fur. Their fur are short-to-medium haired which do not require much grooming in order to keep it in good condition. You should never give them a bath but spot clean them with a damp cloth. This action can give major stress to your bunny friend and sometimes can cause cardiac problem. Grooming should be done bi-weekly and weekly when their molts are in full swing.
- Weight: 2 to 3 kg
- Coat length: Short to medium
- Color: Chinchilla, Under color is dark slate blue at the base and the top edge a darker blue with a portion of light grey in between.
- Pattern: None
Standard Chinchilla are known to be sweet cuddly bunny who have no problem being picked up by its owners or strangers. Being smaller than the American or Giant breeds means that it is suitable for singles, seniors, families with older children, and also first-time owners. They are more suitable for children, as it is smaller and easier to hold and pet. Its size also makes it a wonderful pet for those living in houses or apartments. As stated by ARBA, the breed enjoys a more modest, but steady exposure; remaining popular with top breeders and showman alike.
They enjoys having toys that they can play with and chew up. Your rabbit may also enjoy gnawing on a piece of rabbit-safe wood, a ball or even an empty roll of toilet paper it can roll around and chew up. Like any other rabbits, Chinchilla also can be tough to train in a short amount of time. With a plenty of repetition, time and also treats, they can make a progress smoothly.
Place a couple of litter boxes around your house to train your bunny friend to do potty train.
- Lifespan: 5 to 8 years
- Active: Medium
- Intelligent: Medium
Standard Chinchilla is 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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