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Palomino Rabbit

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Other name(s): Pal

The basics:
The Palomino Rabbit was developed in Washington state USA as a meat rabbit breed. According to the Palomino Rabbit Co-Breeders Association (PRCBA), "The Palominos were developed at the Lone Pine Rabbitry by Mark and Mabel Youngs of Coulee Dam, in Washington State during the 1940’s and early 1950’s. Mr. Youngs, along with his wife Mabel, presented the new breed for the first time at the 1952 ARBA convention."

"The Palominos have always been known for their amazing hardiness, excellent production qualities along with their rapid growth for fryer size animal. It is a fine breed for either meat production or for showing."

Appearance / health:
Having been specifically bred to be a meat rabbit, the Palomino has a medium-sized body with well-rounded shoulders and hips and firm flesh. The ARBA-accepted color varieties are lynx (grayish topcoat with creamy white undercoat) and gold (yellow-gold topcoat with cream or white undercoat). The fur is thick and coarse.
Like other small mammals, Palomino Rabbits can be susceptible to colds and viral infections. Exposure to draft, sudden changes in temperature and stress can lower the rabbit’s resistance to sickness. Rabbits are also vulnerable to conjunctivitis (a bacterial infection of the eyelids caused by smoke, dust, and fumes) and ear mites. Intestinal ailments like coccidiosis (parasites propagated by unsanitary conditions), bloat, and hairball obstructions are also common in rabbits.

Behavior / temperament:
Palomino Rabbits are calm, friendly, and very gentle, getting along with other domesticated pets like cats, dogs, and guinea pigs. They are best kept in pairs or trios but preferably one per cage to minimize injury from occasional infighting. They are most active at sunset and at daybreak. Because they are timid, easily stressed, and physically fragile, they are not recommended as pets for small children. Because they are relatively large, they should not be lifted and carried around too much.

Palomino Rabbits are best kept indoors to protect them from extreme temperatures, predators, and other outdoor dangers. They should be allowed to roam and exercise, preferably where they can get sunlight and fresh air. Extension hutches, exercise pens or lawn enclosures are recommended for safe outdoor exposure.

If kept in a cage, the enclosure should be at least five times the size of the rabbit with plenty of room to stretch and stand upright. Wire mesh flooring should be avoided because the rabbit’s feet could get caught in them. A hide box or sleeping quarters should be provided for times when the rabbit needs to hide or sleep in private. Baby toys and interesting items should also be available for entertainment.

Rabbits can be taught to use a litter box. To avoid health hazards caused by toxic wood shavings or clumping kitty litter, only organic litter should be used such as paper, citrus, or wood pulp.

Rabbits may also be allowed to roam inside the house as long as the areas where they are free to explore are “rabbit-proofed” for safety.

Like other rabbits, Palomino Rabbits are herbivorous. The main ingredient of their diet is hay, preferably Timothy grass hay, which is rich in the fiber needed to prevent diarrhea, obesity, and hairballs. Leafy vegetables, though also essential to a rabbit’s health, should be given sparingly to prevent digestive disorders. For variety, treats may be given (although occasionally because of potentially high starch or sugar content) such as carrots, peaches, plum, apples, papaya, pears, strawberries, and other fruits. Commercial rabbit pellets also add nutrients to the daily diet. Fresh water should always be available, either from a sipper bottle or in a stable water bowl.

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from shelters/rescues

We've had no luck finding any of these frisky fellas so far, even though we've put up wanted posters and everything! But don't worry, we're working on it!

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