Rabbit sheep – a decorative rock that is extremely relevant among fans of unusual breeds of rabbits. Rams they were called due to the folded ears and the hump on the nose, which give them some resemblance to these animals.
The rabbits breed sheep easy maintenance and breeding and are popular.
Features and origin
It is the largest of the decorative breeds of rabbits.
They come in different colors:
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Breed rabbits sheep are very popular in Western Europe, mostly in France and Germany. These animals are valued for their simplicity, good adaptability to different habitat conditions and interesting appearance.
The breed comes from wild rabbits of Western Europe and the Mediterranean. The main breed was obtained in the XIX century in England. Initially, the main feature of this breed’s floppy ears were a mutation, but in the future, the selectors have decided to keep this feature, which had displayed a separate breed. And thanks to the unusual to the ears of these rabbits and have become popular.
The main characteristics of the breed:
- A wide sternum.
- The massive head.
- Average weight is about four pounds, but rabbits can reach up to 10 kilos.
- Body length of 60-70 cm.
- Ears length can be up to 70 cm and 10-17 cm in width.
- Muscle mass in rabbit sheep is increasing very quickly.
- Females in one breeding bring 4-7 rabbits is a bit compared to other breeds of rabbits.
The nature of the breed of sheep is calm and peaceful. Due to the particular structure of the ear and closed ear rabbits hard of hearing, making frightened less often than other breeds. The training they give in pretty easily, even remember and respond to his nickname. Love contact with the owner and be petted.
The types of rocks
There are several types of rabbit breeds sheep:
French sheep – sheep French rabbit is the kind bred in England in the mid-nineteenth century, it happened from the crossing of the German giant with fold. The result is a large individuals who weigh 4-8 pounds, and the ears are a length of 60-70 cm. French sheep is characterized by a very intense body weight gain. The French breed of sheep is widely spread in countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium. It is in these regions established the breed standard of the French sheep.
The characteristics of French rabbit sheep:
- They have a fairly large head and wide forehead.
- Very pronounced cheeks.
- Massive body requires a large space.
- Color French sheep may be different, but always matches the color of his parents.
Corduroy sheep – appeared in Canada and Australia in the early twenty-first century. He was removed from rabbits-Rex and miniature sheep. Standard of this kind yet, as it is in the process of its improvement. This species weighs about 2-3 pounds.
English sheep – one of the first types that appeared in England a few centuries ago. His ears grow to 70 centimeters. Hind legs slightly longer than the front, the color is diverse. This species is strongly tied to the owner and require special care and attention. He needs a lot of space, so that the beast did not come on his own ears. They weigh in the area of 4.5–5 kilograms.
Dutch sheep – the smallest of the breed. They weigh around 1.3–1.8 kg. This breed was developed in the Netherlands and became popular in the West as Pets, who live at home. This is a very quiet and friendly bunnies.
Meissen sheep came from the breeding of French and English sheep in Meissen in Germany in the late nineteenth century. They weigh about 3-5 pounds. This species is very rare and is protected by the state of Germany.
Tiny sheep – the most getting used to people and manual of species, he appeared in the Netherlands in the mid-twentieth century. It weighs about 1.5–1.9 pounds and is 28 inches in length. The ears of the dwarf species reach 24-27 inches in length.
Nappy is derived from the Dutch species. It differs from other types of fluffiness and variety of color – there are more than twenty variants. This kind of brought recently to America, where he is very popular. These animals weigh 1,6–1,8 kg. Muzzle from nappy kind of short, the body is spherical. It is very smart and affectionate animals, requiring special attention from the host. And they require special grooming, due to its length.
The conditions of detention
When the content of this type in the cells you need to consider the features of their ears. In order to not step on their own ears they require a large space. If animals are reared for sale, the juveniles should be kept separate from adults, and to separate males and females. If rabbits bred for meat, then score them since three months of age.
Feeding should be suitable for the age and is to be given at the same time, three times a day. You need to give the Pets green food: mugwort, nettle, plantain and other herbs. And the diet should be cereals. Always in the troughs should have fresh water. In winter, rabbits eat hay.
The cage should be of latticed shell with a plastic tray to a depth of 15 centimeters. Due to this depth the animal will be able to dig the holes. In the cage should be placed a house-shelter. As bedding use sawdust. Cells must be placed in the shade, not exposing near sources of heat.
To the rabbits was infected with infections, they need to regularly vaccinate and try to avoid contact with other animals.
In Russia, this breed is not yet very widespread, it is rarely bred for commercial purposes. Given that rabbits sheep are less prolific than other breeds, they are better suited for keeping as Pets. On the other hand, given the weight which can achieve these rabbits, breeding them for meat can be quite profitable.
As a decorative pet rabbit fits perfectly. He is very attached to his owner and he will need time and attention on his part. But the impact of such a beast may not be less than that of the usual Pets like cats and dogs.