Though the Havana may not be the most blatantly “showy” of rabbit breeds, those in the know appreciate them for their precision to the breed standard. With their smooth, gleaming coat and perfect build, the Havana frequently takes Best of Show.
Rabbits have unique and dynamic personalities and can form close, loving bonds with their owners. Many can be trained to use a litterbox, will come when you call their name, and may even enjoy learning a couple of tricks. Coupled with the fact that they’re quiet, require relatively little space, and are very low odor, it’s not hard to see why rabbits have become the third most popular pet in the United States and Great Britain.
There are a few important things to consider before choosing a rabbit as a pet. Rabbits will require your time and attention. They’re very social, curious, and playful animals and will live a sad life if kept confined to a cage with little interaction. They will need space and opportunity to exercise and explore, and you’ll need to make sure the space has been rabbit-proofed against nibbling and gnawing. A rabbit is a long-term commitment with many living more than 10 years – sadly, with their popularity on the rise, the number of rabbits abandoned to shelters and rescues has also risen. They’ll require occasional veterinary care, and in some countries it’s required that they be vaccinated.
Rabbits are a poor choice as a pet for young children. They may be soft and cute, but rabbits are easily stressed and frightened around loud noises and activity. Many rabbits do not enjoy being held or cuddled and may bite or kick to get away, and rabbits can easily be seriously injured in such a struggle.
Appearance / health:
The Havana Rabbit is a small breed weighing between 4 ½ and 6 ½ pounds. The body of the Havana is short but steeply arched from shoulders to rump, so that the Havana has almost a half-spherical shape. They’re a well-balanced rabbit with a well-proportioned head and short, upright ears. The Havana’s coat is short but thick, glossy, and soft. Though not quite satinized, the coat does have a remarkable luster. They’re currently recognized in black, blue, chocolate, and broken.
Like other small mammals, the Havana Rabbit 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:
A well-bred and well-raised Havana will generally have a calm and friendly temperament. However, there are some examples of the breed which are described as having an “attitude”. If you desire a Havana for show or as a pet, its best to be introduced to the parent rabbits, and to ensure your Havana has been hand-raised.
Rabbits are social animals, and are happiest when kept in pairs or trios. Rabbits may bond very closely to one another, forming a near-inseparable “bonded pair”. Non-bonded rabbits should have their own cage and should be carefully supervised until they get to know one another. A rabbit kept singly will need lots of time and attention from their human caretaker, though human companionship can never fully substitute for the interaction they have with each other. Ideally a single rabbit will be allowed plenty of free access to its owner, whether that’s cuddling on the couch or following them around the kitchen.
Rabbits are generally playful and curious and you may find that a free-roaming bunny will greet your guests at the door. They tend to get along well with other household pets, though some cats and dogs have a high prey instinct and may act aggressively towards the rabbit. Some rabbits are quite intelligent and enjoy learning tricks, and many rabbits can be trained to use a litter box. Rabbits also love to chew and dig, and it’s especially important for their dental health that they have something appropriate to gnaw on. It’s also important that anything they shouldn’t gnaw on be kept from their reach!
Rabbits may spray to mark their territory, though this behavior can be significantly reduced or eliminated by spaying or neutering. Spaying or neutering can also result in a calmer temperament and fewer behavioral issues.
Havana 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 it can cause pain and injury to a rabbit’s feet. A hide-away box or sleeping quarters should be provided as a quiet place for a rabbit to retreat to feel safe and for sleep. Baby toys and interesting items should also be available for entertainment. Another option is housing your rabbit in a play-pen or puppy-pen.
Many rabbits can be trained to use a litter box. The best litters are non-toxic (rabbits may try to nibble on their litter) and dust free. Recycled paper litters or pellets, citrus-based litters, compressed wood pellets, aspen shavings, newspaper (ensure the ink is non-toxic), and hay are all appropriate. Avoid clumping litters as they can clump inside the digestive tract if eaten, and never use wood shavings from pine or cedar.
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. Rabbits allowed to roam at all times should still have a hutch to which they can return for sleeping and a feeling of safety.
Havana Rabbits are herbivorous and their diet will mainly consist of hay, pellets, and vegetables. Hay is very important for both digestive health and dental health. Grass hays such as timothy, orchard, and oat hay can be fed in unlimited quantities, but alfalfa is high in calories and should only be provided occasionally. Fresh pellets should also be made available daily – choose a pellet high in fiber and avoid mixes that include other foods like corn, seeds, or dried fruit.
Fresh foods are also an important part of your rabbit’s diet. Dark, leafy greens like kale, romaine lettuce, spring greens, and some spinach should make up approximately 75% of the fresh food given to your rabbit daily, with vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, bell pepper, and summer squash making up the other 25%. Fruits and starchy vegetables should be limited in the diet, but make great treats! Make sure that all fresh foods are washed thoroughly, and uneaten fresh foods should be removed at the end of the day.
Fresh water should always be available, either from a sipper bottle or in a stable water bowl.
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Rabbits make the best pets
I got Lou (Formally know and Lu-Lu before I realised she was actually a he) just before Christmas in 2012. I have had rabbits before who were also very friendly, they would even sleep on the end of my bed.
All my rabbits and pets present and past are kept indoors because I think it's cruel to keep an animal caged.
Lou is very social and friendly. If you call his name he'll come running over to you and give you lots of kisses. He will sit still for hours if you're willing to pat him that long, he loves the attention!
He is litter trained (which is actually very easy to teach) although has a habit of leaving his droppings around his litter box as well as inside of it, not quite sure how to teach him not to but I don't mind cleaning it up.
Rabbits are cheap to look after as well as they are herbivores and they can just eat all of your fruit and veges (They help you to stay healthy!)
Lou gets along well with not only humans but all of my other pets.
Nothing brings a greater smile to my face than seeing Lou hopping around the house and leaping into the air because he's happy.
Rabbits in my opinion are one of the best animals you could have as a pet. They have both great dog and cat like qualities and are so affectionate that once you own a rabbit it's hard to live your life without one..
From jnryan7 Jun 19 2014 9:18PM
Keeping the living enclosures of your rabbit clean and hygienic helps prevent worms. Most diseases that affect them develop in crowded, filthy enclosures and under stressful conditions. The most important hygienic measures are: - Cleaning and disinfecting the cages frequently. - Avoiding moisture and accumulation of urine and feces. - Avoiding contact of the rabbit with excrement. It's normal for rabbits to eat some of their own droppings, for which they can reinfect themselves after an initial deworming. So a regular deworming schedule may be necessary. - Keeping the bed dry and clean. - Cleaning feeders and water bottles daily or every other day. - Keeping the food in a cool and dry place to avoid contamination. To sum up: procure optimal environmental conditions around your rabbit. Additionally, rabbits fed a healthy diet are less vulnerable to disease. As your pet loves grass, vegetables, and fruits, wash the latter thoroughly before feeding..
From L Perez 515 days ago
As a Christmas gift, my Mother allowed my sister and I to each pick out a bunny. We both picked Havana boys (so we were told by the breeder), so that we could cage them together.
The rabbits were a bit aggressive and didn't like to be handled but we believed with time and persistence we could break them in to be good pets. We attempted to litter train them as well, which was difficult and unsuccessful for the most part but we continued to try. The rabbits were so soft we loved to pet them and feed them out of our hands.
After about a half year, my sister told me there was blood in the cage. I being the older sister opened the cage door and began to inspect the rabbits. My sister's rabbit was giving birth! We put the rabbits back in the cage and let them be while we waited for our mom to get home from work.
When my mom got home, we ran into the bedroom to check the cage. My mom moved the female and found that the two adult rabbits had ate the babies, everything but the head and spine. What we saw was so mortifying that we decided to bring the rabbits back to the breeder..
From Kailyn Joy Dekker May 26 2014 4:33AM