Teddy rabbits (also known as teddy dwarf rabbits) are particularly cute for many people due to their long, soft and plush fur all over the body and are therefore extremely popular.
However, they have some special features that you should be aware of.
Now you can find out what they are.
- Size: about 20 to 40 centimeters
- Weight: up to a maximum of 2.0 kilograms
- Age: 6 to 10 years
- Character: calm, trusting and playful
- Suitability: suitable for quiet children
- Care: complex due to the length of the coat
- Colors: all color strokes available
- Keeping: keep in small groups
What is the character of Teddy rabbits?
Teddy rabbits are calm, balanced and at the same time playful animals. They quickly become trusting and tame. Since they are not particularly skittish, they are also suitable for households with children.
Because of the quick habituation to humans, rabbits of this breed are also suitable for beginners.
However, you should not underestimate the complex fur care. Because this often takes some time and is a special feature of the rabbit breed.
Nevertheless, the animals are usually well tolerated, loyal and cuddly. They like to play and cuddle with each other and therefore need both conspecifics and the appropriate claim from you.
The quiet basic attitude does not mean only advantages, however: It makes rabbits harder to motivate, which can result in less exercise and thus a lack of muscle.
In addition, overweight is encouraged. It is also more difficult to tell if your pet is quiet, suffering from an injury or illness.
Also, stress does not manifest itself in the rabbits of this breed by jumpy behavior and only rarely in aggression.
Therefore, the rabbits suffer silently and you will need to pay close attention to their body language to still be able to identify problems early and correctly.
This can take quite a bit of effort.
It is made even more difficult by the long fur, which hides facial expressions and gestures.
Therefore, study the communication of rabbits extensively in order to understand everything as well as possible.
With time you can learn what your animals want to tell you or whether they really understand each other as well as it seems at first.
The attitude of the Teddy Rabbits
Teddy rabbits should always be kept in groups of at least two or better in small groups. Since they are very social animals, they need contact with conspecifics.
Only with these they can communicate properly and you can not replace another rabbit with however good care and employment.
Nevertheless, you must make sure that each animal has enough space, freedom of movement and retreat. Otherwise, even the calm representatives of the teddy rabbits can become aggressive, defend their own resources and create or maintain injuries.
Due to the small size, 1.5 to 2.0 square meters per animal in the rabbit home is sufficient.
However, it is still important that you allow them to run free every day. After all, even a quiet teddy dwarf would like to be able to play, run and throw hooks.
This is important for their general well-being, health and exercise.
If you don’t have that much floor space available and want to keep three animals, for example, you can choose to build a rabbit home yourself or purchase one that has several levels.
This will allow you to provide a thick layer of bedding on the lower level. The rabbits can then burrow in it and the risk of wet or damp litter is reduced.
In addition, you can also distribute food and games on different floors. This will allow the animals to move around more often and more. In addition, everyone can retreat to other areas, which in turn can prevent conflicts.
The colors of the Teddy rabbit
In the colors of the Teddy Rabbits all typical tones are represented. So the spectrum ranges from light to dark. In addition, you can find plain and patterned animals.
So you have a big choice.
The care of Teddy rabbits
When it comes to the care, the long fur is the most important thing. You have to brush and check it regularly.
It is very soft, but therefore also very receptive to moisture and dirt. Litter can get caught in it, droppings often stick to it and it can also smear food.
Possible consequences of this are:
Inflammation under the coat and eyes
Infestation with maggots
The dense, plush coat also poses other potential risks.
poorer reading of body language
ingestion of too much fur hair
Animals often cannot keep everything clean themselves due to the long fur, even with great effort. Therefore, pay special attention to the face, paws and buttocks.
To prevent your pets from picking up too much fur hair, you can help them by brushing regularly and frequently.
This way, the loose hairs end up in the brush or comb and not in the stomach and intestines, where they can create an intestinal blockage.
In addition, you can offer rough surfaces, such as bark, for your animals to rub against to remove even loose fur hairs without the licking.
Nevertheless, you should brush and that in the change of coat best daily. You should not underestimate this care effort. Accustom the animals to it early, so that they are not stressed by it and keep still.
In addition, check the eyes and mouth as well as the skin daily. Injuries or inflammations are not noticed so quickly in the animals. However, fur hairs in the eyes or mouth can cause problems.
It is also best to find out how to bathe a rabbit. Because here there are special features that you must take into account.
Due to the long and dense fur, especially the teddy dwarfs stay wet or damp for a long time, which you must avoid at all costs. Because this can lead to hypothermia within a short time.
Note also that the hair can hang in the eyes or get my food in the mouth. Therefore, it is important to check and, if necessary, trim the hair.
Therefore, it is best to find a helper for the shortening, so that your animal does not twitch or swerve and try to escape.
If this is not possible, you can also consult a veterinarian or a dog groomer. This is unusual, but they know how to restrain animals so as not to injure them.
Because of the fur, you must also keep the cage or rabbit home very clean, so that neither the bedding becomes damp nor the animals sit in their own droppings. It can also be a good idea to trim the fur on the butt.
Our tip: Put a thin layer of straw on top of more absorbent bedding. In this way, contamination is better prevented.
How to keep the teddy rabbit busy?
Since they are quite quiet animals, you may need to motivate them a bit. This works, among other things, by luring them with food over obstacles or to teach them little tricks with it.
Also, offer them an area where they can work undisturbed for their food. Possible for this are for example:
- Feeding tree
- Food balls
- Intelligence toys
- Nibble treats
- twigs and branches
- small hurdles
This will keep the rabbits busy even when you are not actively spending time with them.
Frequently asked questions
How much does a teddy rabbit cost?
You have to calculate with 30 to 50 dollars for the acquisition.
In addition, the rabbit home or a larger cage and the necessary equipment. This includes:
- Sleeping houses
- Feeding bowls
- Drinking bottles
- Toys and activities
- Claw scissors
Also, keep in mind that the running costs for your animals are not just made up of food and bedding. You should also factor in veterinary costs.
How big is the litter of a Teddy rabbit?
The litter size can range from one to twelve animals.
Therefore, keep in mind that the Teddy rabbits should be neutered early to avoid unwanted offspring as well as aggression among each other and diseases.
Are Teddy rabbits intelligent?
There is no blanket answer to this question.
They are intelligent enough to learn tricks and behave very socially.
In addition, they can distinguish people from each other and orient themselves well. However, this also depends on how much time you spend with the animals, encourage and challenge them, and keep them busy.
The more you teach them, the better their brains are trained.
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