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Silver Rabbit

Nicole Cosgrove

May 17, 2021

If you’re on the hunt for a perky-eared pal, the Silver Rabbit may be the perfect pet for you. One of the oldest breeds of domestic rabbits dating back to the 1500s, the Silver Rabbit is known for her gorgeous plush coat. Extremely friendly, affectionate, and docile, this bunny makes a great addition to almost any home.

Thinking about bringing a Silver Rabbit home to your family? Here’s everything you need to know about this adorable pet.

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Quick Facts about Silver Rabbits

Species Name: Oryctolagus Cuniculus
Family: Leporids
Care Level: Low
Temperature: Moderate
Temperament: Moderate
Color Form: Silver, Brown, Fawn
Lifespan: 7 – 10 years
Size: Medium, 4-7 pounds
Diet: Vegetables, Hay, Rabbit pellets
Minimum Living Area: 12 square feet
Habitat: Include exercise space and hiding area
Compatibility: Good with most pets

Silver Rabbit Breed Overview

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Cute and cuddly, the Silver Rabbit is a domestic rabbit breed originating from Portugal. Today, the breed is only available in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Silver Rabbit was officially accepted by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) in 1910, making it one of the first breeds to be recognized by the organization.

For rabbit enthusiasts, the Silver Rabbit does not disappoint. With a dense and stocky body and a velvety coat, this affectionate breed is truly a show stopper. But she’s not just looks. The Silver Rabbit is a laid-back and loving pet that does well in almost any setting.

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How Much Do Silver Rabbits Cost?

Due to the breed’s rarity, the Silver Rabbit is typically sold for $50, including pedigree, around eight weeks of age. If you’re seeking a less common color, the price tag will increase.

Keep in mind that you will also need to purchase a hutch for your new furry friend, bedding, food, and vet care. While a comfortable rabbit hutch has a one-time cost of $100, the bedding and food will run you around $40 every month. Plan on spending between $35 and $65 for routine vet visits. It’s also smart to set aside funds for grooming, potential hutch repairs, and boarding.

Typical Behavior & Temperament

The Silver Rabbit makes a wonderful family pet because of her relaxed demeanor and eagerness to socialize. A gentle-natured pet, the Silver Rabbit loves to cuddle up on your lap for some affection. This makes her a great pet for young children and seniors alike!

Despite her love of downtime, the Silver Rabbit also needs her daily dose of play and exercise. She should be allowed out of her cage for a couple of hours every day to hop around, explore, and stretch her legs. If you want to take your bunny outside for some sun and Vitamin D, small- to medium-sized dog harnesses can comfortably fit her. If you have a fenced-in yard without any holes or cracks, you can also allow your rabbit to spend some supervised playtime in your yard.

Appearance & Varieties

The Silver Rabbit is an extremely stunning breed. With a compact body and short coat that resembles the pelt of a Silver Fox, this breed can weigh between four to seven pounds. This rabbit is available in a wide array of colors, including blue, brown, fawn, black, chocolate, and lilac. The Silver Rabbit has a fly-back coat, which means that when her fur is stroked in the opposite direction, it’ll immediately snap back to its original position.

As a kit, the Silver Rabbit has either a solid blue or black coat, with her trademark silver hues showing up at around six weeks of age. While this breed doesn’t have any distinct markings, the white guard hairs give her that silvery luster that you are sure to love.

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How to Take Care of a Silver Rabbit

Habitat, Conditions & Setup

It’s important to invest in a home that is large enough to comfortably accommodate your Silver Rabbit. A good hutch should measure at least 12-square-feet and be made of wire with a plastic or metal bottom. This gives your pet enough room to play, stretch, walk around, and even hop. A double rabbit hutch is recommended for a multi-rabbit household.

If you’re planning on housing your rabbit outdoors, a large, wooden enclosure should do the trick. The wood will keep your rabbit safe because it’s sturdy enough to withstand any efforts from dogs, cats, or other outside predators

Bedding

The bottom of the hutch should be covered with a deep layer of bedding to keep your Silver Rabbit comfortable and warm. Always buy non-toxic bedding as rabbits may like to snack on it. Aspen hay, shredded paper, specialist litter, and straw are all good options.

You need to spot-clean your rabbit’s home every day and completely replace her bedding weekly.

Accessories

In order to help make your bunny feel right at home in her hutch, you’ll need to outfit her enclosure with the proper accessories. These include water bowls, a litter box, food bowls, a hay feeder, and a cardboard box where she can take a nap. Treat your Silver Rabbit to a few chew toys to keep her teeth healthy and her mind engaged.

Do Silver Rabbits Get Along with Other Pets?

A Silver Rabbit is a sociable critter and loves being around other household pets. However, if you own cats or dogs, you should introduce them to your new rabbit slowly and carefully. Keep your dog on a leash and allow your Silver Rabbit to approach the canine on her own terms. Never leave your bunny alone and unsupervised with dogs, cats, or any pet larger than she is that could consider her prey.

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What to Feed Your Silver Rabbit

You should be feeding your Silver Rabbit a mix of high-quality hay, fresh fruits and veggies, and pellets. The hay should make up 70 percent of her diet and should be replaced daily. A good rule of thumb is to feed your rabbit a portion of hay that is at least as big as she is.

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Keeping Your Silver Rabbit Healthy

In the wild, Silver Rabbits run at least three miles every day. This is why daily exercise is imperative for your bunny. Allow her at least three hours of freedom every day to run, explore, and engage with the family.

Routine wellness checkups are crucial to keeping your bunny healthy for her entire lifetime. This breed is prone to some health conditions including ear mites, misaligned teeth, and fly-strike.

Clip your Silver Rabbit’s nails weekly to ensure they’re neat and trim.

Breeding

Silver Rabbits are busy little bees when it comes to mating. To breed your rabbits, simply leave an intact male and unsprayed female alone together for half an hour. This will give them time to mate two or three times. Having your rabbits mate numerous times will increase breeding success and the size of the litter.

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Are Silver Rabbits Suitable For You?

If you’re a rabbit lover who is seeking a fabulous and furry new friend, the Silver Rabbit may be perfect for you. This bun is super social, lovable, and carefree. She makes a great pet for families with young kids, single individuals, couples, and seniors.

Ensure that you can provide your Silver Rabbit with at least three hours of exercise time every day. If you own cats or dogs, never leave your rabbit alone with them unsupervised.

Silver Rabbits make fantastic pets and will offer you tons of love and affection for years to come.


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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.