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Rhinelander Rabbit

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Willem Hoekstra

Other name(s): Rheinische Schecke

The basics:
The Rhinelander Rabbit is a mid-sized, tri-colored breed which was developed in Germany in 1902. The Rhinelander was created by crossing Harlequin (Japanese) rabbits with Checkered Giants. In 1905, the Rhinelander was given a standard in Germany under the name of “Rheinische Schecke.”

According to the Rhinelander Rabbit Club of America (RRCA), "Rheinische Schecke rabbits were brought to the United States from Germany in 1923, and were accepted by the National Breeders and Fanciers Association of America in 1924. By the time the 1930 Book of Standards was published, the breed was being known as the Rhinelander, but the breed would vanish from American soil by 1932."

"In February of 1975, Robert “Bob” Herschbach of Watsonville, California, was in Germany attending a national show. There, he saw the beautiful Rhinelanders and purchased four of the prize-winning animals to bring back to his rabbitry in California. Bob Whitman coined the slogan “The Calico of the Fancy” and called interested breeders together to form the Rhinelander Rabbit Club of America in 1974. The breed was, once again, given recognition by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) and was accepted into the Book of Standards in 1975, after a 44-year absence."

Appearance / health:
According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC), "The fur of the Rhinelanders must be white with black and orange markings with short, dense hair. The body must not be too slender and weight is 7 to 9 pounds. Eyes are chestnut brown, and V-shaped ears no longer than 4 3/4 inches with no white are required. Rhinelanders are only accepted in the black and orange markings in the U.S., although they can be found in Germany and Sweden in the blue and fawn combination."

Like other small mammals, Rhinelander 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:
Rhinelander Rabbits are calm, friendly, and social, 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.

Rhinelander 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, Rhinelander 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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