Havana Rabbit breed have some very interesting background. First of all, their name Havana resembles the chocolate color from Cuban cigars from the City of Havana and not because they are originate from Cuba. They also known as Mink of the Fancy as they are prized for the mink-like quality of their fur.
Havana Rabbit breed life story start in 1898 from Netherlands when a rich brown bunny was born in the litter of a Dutch doe. The kits has deep coloration that inspired most breeders to develop it into a new breed. Then those kits crossbreeding with Himalayans resulting common litters. The doe from the litters crossed back with the original brown buck.
In 1907, Havana rabbits are exported to the Germany and then reached to Britain in 1908. Some of them even been introduced to the United States in 1916 and then they are accepted into the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA). In 1965, blue colored Havana rabbits are recognized then follow by the black one in 1980. The broken – colored also been recognized by ARBA in 2008.
Havana is a very cute medium sized rabbit breed. The breed has short and round bodies. The ears of the Havana rabbit are short, relatively close together and upright. They have short, straight legs with dark-colored toenails, short ears which are relatively close together, medium-sized eyes and a short head with full cheeks.
Next, this medium sized breed has short and soft flyback fur. They do not need much grooming to be in good condition. Although, you should groom them weekly with a slick brush and keep in mind rabbits have their own molt season. Molting season is when rabbit will need frequent grooming which is twice a week or more.
- Weight: 2 to 4 kg
- Coat length: Short and soft
- Color: Chocolate, Blue, Black, Broken – colored
- Pattern: None
Like a child, they can be sweet and playful at anytime of the day. They can also easily bond with you and your family. While not the most energetic rabbit breed by any means, these medium sized rabbits are perfectly capable of running around your house or yard and also hopping freely.
Don’t forget, this bunny rabbit can makes a great pet for singles, seniors as well as families with children of any age. Also, because it is not energetic rabbit, it makes an attractive pet for any first timer owners looking for a fuzzy companion in their lives.
Potty-training a rabbit can be a serious business. This is because you may find it is significantly more difficult than training another pet such as a cat or dog. While it become more challenging, it is definitely not impossible to litter-train rabbits but they do require much more patience and time than other animals. Put more litter box around your house so that your rabbit know where to do their business.
- Lifespan: 5 to 8 years
- Active: High
- Intelligent: Medium
Havana rabbits are no more than another common domestic rabbit. You should considered taking it to the veterinarian especially this small sized rabbit, vigilance is what makes sure they get to live long and healthy lives. 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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