Mini Satins have extremely soft and lustrous fur. Originally, This little breed is called the Satinette, the 47th breed in American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) came only in one showable color, white. However, the breed became so popular within few years that other colors rapidly followed. Now, there are 16 colors registered in ARBA and each color is as wonderful as previous one.
Satins and Mini Satins, affectionately known as “Team Sheen” are arguably two of the most beautiful breeds. Their unique fur structure gives both breeds an eye-catching sheen reminiscent of fine satin.
The history of mini satin started from standard-size Satin rabbits first appeared as a mutation in a litter of Havanas owned by Walter Huey of Pendelton, Indiana in 1934. Mr. Huey sent some of these unique white rabbits to Harvard University, where geneticists determined that this new mutation was a simple recessive gene for the shine and texture of the coat due to transparency of the cuticle of the hair shaft. There are some breeders protest that this new “satin-breed” is not normal and thus, the rabbits were given the name of ‘Satin Havana’. They initially were recognized by the National Havana Club. In 1939, Satin colors could be found in Brown, Black, Blue, White, and Orange. In 1956, 8 varieties were recognized for the breed.
In 1970, Mrs Ariel Hayes or Troy, Michigan was trying her first attempt at creating a compact satinized breed. Ms. Hayes dubbed her new breed the “Satinette” which sprang from crosses between Polish and Satins. After 12 years of breeding, she finally gave up her quest, and sold her animals as pets or food. This was not the end of the mini rabbit. In the late 1980’s, B. Pettit, a well-known Netherland Dwarf breeder was began satinizing Netherland Dwarfs. In 1990, a fellow Michigan was located that was breeding a Satinette. An agreement was made between this Michigan breeder and Sue and Verle Castle to work together and present the Satinette under the Castles’ name and nine colors were chosen for the first presentation in ARBA . Nevertheless, the ARBA presentations failed in both 1998 and 1999.
J. Leo Collins, of Salem, Ohio, took up the initiative and was granted a Certificate of Development for the Mini Satins. The certificate was presented for the first time at the Wichita, Kansas ARBA Convention. In 2003, two varieties Ruby-Eyed White and Red, were accepted by the committee for a first showing. After 2 years, the White variety was accepted in Indiana and became the ARBA’s 47th new breed in February of 2006. After so long, Mini Satin now have an amazing 16 varieties including the Broken and Otter groups. They even have two newest additions which is Himalayan group and Squirrel.
Mini Satins have a compact body that weighs anywhere from 3-4.5 lb once it is fully grown. Short, well-rounded body with a round, full head. Exceptionally shiny coat in a variety of patterns and colors. Like Standard-sized Satin Rabbit, their coat are appealing to the eyes of man especially at shows.
Their shiny fur does not need much maintenance and usually only need a bi-weekly grooming with slicker brush. During molting season (Spring and Fall), your mini satin will shed more than usual. Thus, frequent brushing is needed. Remember to never give your little bunny friend a bath because it may become stressful and led to some health problem. Instead, spot clean with a damp cloth.
From above statements, there are 16 colors varieties that have been registered by ARBA.
- Weight: 1 to 2 kg
- Coat length: Short-to-medium, shiny
- Color: Black, Blue, Chinchilla, Chocolate, Chocolate Agouti, Copper, Opal, Otter, Red, Silver Marten, Squirrel, White, Tortoise, Broken
- Pattern: Siamese and Himalayan
Mini Satins are usually calm and friendly. However, they can occasionally be temperamental, so be sure to ask the breeder about your particular rabbit before committing to a Mini Satin if you have a hectic house. They are excellent choice for both houses and apartments as they does not need as much space as most breeds. Outdoor enclosure is not recommended because they are easy prey for those big predators outside of your home.
One other thing is that they are not as active as many breeds. Due to their skittish nature, they are not ideal pets for children but with time, they can become accustomed to children. Mini Satin also can be a great pet for seniors who looking for a companion.
- Lifespan: 5 to 8 years
- Active: Low
- Intelligent: Medium
Mini Satin is no more than a common domestic rabbit. There are no known health issues other than general rabbit health concerns. 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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