Selecting the breed of rabbit you wish to keep is
the first thing that should be done. From that one
can then decide on what housing would be the most
suitable for that breed and also what needs and wants
it requires. Do you want a single rabbit or are you
considering housing several and even to the point
of then breeding and showing. All these aspects have
to be considered before any decision is taken.
The Rabbit Fancy has four sections within it from
which to chose the breed you prefer.
The Lop section covers ALL Lop breeds,
ranging from the small Mini Lop to the oldest breed
of all, the English Lop. This section covers a wide
range of colours and sizes to attract anyone into
The Fancy section covers a range
of rabbits that diversify in size, shape and colour
more than any of the other sections. The Netherland
Dwarf and the Polish are the smallest in this section,
both coming in various colours and patterns. Most
of the breeds within this section do have a choice
of colour to appeal but also some rabbits within this
section do need more specialist care than others.
The Angora, the Swiss Fox all need extra special care
for their fur, as all have long hair, making grooming
a bigger part of their make up than some other breeds.
The Fur section generally contains
the larger breed of rabbit, so housing becomes an
important issue for this section. The British Giant
can weigh up to 20lb so space and housing is a requisite,
but within this section you will find the qualities
of the fur very appealing.
The Rex section is more uniform
than the other sections in that all , bar The Mini
Rex, are the same shape and size. All carry the exquisite
coat properties that are synonymous with this breed
and come in various colours and patterns . Look at
the different breeds and colours and decide which
you fancy most. If possible visit some studs in the
area that have your breed. You may be able to pick
up several tips by observation. Once that decision
is made you can go home and plan your rabbitry.
Rare Varieties section contains
new breeds and rare breeds.
Fancy: Dutch Tri - Coloured, Giant
Papillon, Rhinelander, Thrianta.
Fur: Beige, Blanc de Bouscat, Blance
de Hotot, Blanc de Termonde, Deillenaar, Golden Clavcot,
Hulstlander, Perflee, Pointed Beveren, Sallander,
Squirrel, Sussex, Swiss Fox, Thuringer, Vienna Coloured,
Vienna White, Wheaten, Wheaten Lynx
A District Advisor can be a big help here. You will
need to decide the size of cages and begin either
to build them or buy them. Remember you will need
a few bigger cages as breeding pens. you will need
to ascertain local availability of shavings, hay,
straw, feed and disposal of waste.
Once that is done, you can start to find the stock
for the breed you have decided upon.
More examples of the various breeds lay within the