Called “The Fire of the fancy, the vivid hue of the Thrianta Rabbit was developed as homage to the Dutch royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau. Though nearly wiped out during World War II, the breed was revived with the help of the German Sachsengold Rabbit
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 Thrianta Rabbit is a small to medium sized rabbit weighing between 4.5 and 6 pounds. They have a short, barrel-shaped body. The head is also short and broad, with a short neck. The ears are upright and approximately 3 to 4 inches in length.
The coat of the Thrianta Rabbit is dense, smooth, and lustrous. They’re characterized by their intensely red/orange color.
Like other small mammals, the Thrianta 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:
The Thrianta Rabbit is social and out-going. They’re gentle and generally easy to handle, and make great rabbits for beginner owners. The Thrianta is also inquisitive and interactive and will enjoy spending time with its owners.
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.
They are most active at sunset and at daybreak. In general, rabbits are physically fragile and easily stressed, and not recommended as pets for young children.
Thrianta 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.
Thrianta 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.
rufus red coats, pet thrianta, beautiful animals, handsome breed, cold tolerant, exellent mothers
genetic problems, younger children, tempermental rabbit
new breed, bright red fur, tempermant varies, Tree Bunnies, great foster mothers, nice wide heads
"It was two days before Easter and the first Easter following my parents divorce. My Naw Naw (whom I might add was my mother's recent ex-mother-in-law) asked if we could come over and celebrate Easter with her. Dressing us in our new Easter Sunday outfits, my mother sent us over with strict orders to keep our clothes clean.<br><br>Now our Naw Naw loved to spoil us and to say anything goes at Naw Naw's house might be a bit of an understatement. In addition to her normal spoiling nature, Naw Naw was over the top in her attempted to overcompensate for my parents divorce, a fact my brother and I took full advantage of.<br><br>Now, my Naw Naw had a neighbor who raised bunnies, Thrianta Rabbits to be exact and on this particular day, she was selling her recent kits. I think its clear what happened next, but just in case its not, let me tell you, my brother and I requested an Easter Bunny for Easter. My Naw Naw knew saying yes would have consequences but as I already said, she was just not able or willing to tell us no, so we got a cute and cuddly little bunny we named Floppy (hey give us a break my brother and I were 8 and 5 respectively). <br><br>Being 8 and 5, and having never owned or cared for a bunny we were not prepared for the responsibility that came with owning a rabbit, but this was a fact that at the particular moment we were blissfully unaware of!<br><br>We spent the rest of the afternoon in my Naw Naw's garage--as Floppy was not allowed inside Naw Naw's house--holding and cuddling our new pet. About an hour prior to my mother's return to retrieve us, Floppy taught me my 1st lesson about owning a rabbit. It happened as I was cuddling with my new friend, as I was gently caressing his soft floppy ears--hence his name--I began to feel a sudden warmness radiate between Floppy and myself, now I would love to tell you that the warm feeling that was radiating between Floppy and myself was that of love, but atlas it was not love running down the front of my new Easter dress, it was in fact bunny pee! Pulling Floppy away, I was mortified to find a large bright yellow stain on my once crisp white Easter dress!<br><br>"You are in soooooo much trouble!" My brother said between his points and giggles, shoving Floppy into his hands, I ran crying from the garage. When my Naw Naw saw the cause of my tears, she too about burst into tears as she imaged the wrath of my mother upon her! Now for the 2nd lesson Floppy taught me: no matter what you do, use, or try, ain't nobody gonna get bunny pee off a white Easter dress! (sorry, I felt proper English was just inadequate to express my point!)<br><br>My brother still amused holding a boxed up Floppy, I still in tears, and my Naw Naw on the verge of a mental breakdown, sat perched upon the last concrete step of her stoop awaiting the arrival of my mother. Long story short, Momma was not happy and you know what they say? "If Momma ain't happy ain't nobody happy!" <br><br>Begrudgingly, mom let us keep Floppy but made us take him to live at our other grandparents farm. My PaPa made Floppy a great pen where he had plenty of room to roam and it was inside a shed next to the house so he had adequate shelter from the weather and elements. We came out on weekends to see Floppy and clean his pin. We only had Floppy for a little over a month, because one day someone left the shed door unlatched and one of the dogs got in the shed. Apparently, the dog knocked part of Floppy's pin to the ground and as my PaPa said, "Floppy is no more!" I like to think Floppy got away however the evidence pointed in another direction. <br><br>Having Floppy was a good experience, as long as you don't count the loss of a very nice Easter dress! Floppy taught my brother and I responsibility and the value of following mom's rules especially those involving new Easter outfits! <br><br>Floppy was a very kind and cuddly rabbit. He was very friendly and not skittish towards anyone. He was easy to handle and enjoyed being pet and played with. Floppy had a good appetite and was easy to feed. I feel that had it not been for the misfortunate encounter with one of the farm dogs, Floppy would have lived a long life. Rabbits make great pets but do require time and adequate space.."
From jadielyn Feb 26 2014 4:20PM
"Thumper and his brother were always very calm, docile, and friendly. They were also very inquisitive and liked to explore, which led to a lot of searching for them behind radiators, in cupboards, under beds, etc. They were a great size - small but not tiny, and liked to follow myself and my sister around the house.<br><br>Something to remember is that they need space to exercise, and time to interact with you, as they can get depressed otherwise. if you're keeping them in a hutch make sure you let them out to run around in a well-lit room, or outdoors. My family built a small run in the backyard so the rabbits could enjoy being outside.."
From Emer_Kelly Aug 27 2014 4:37PM
"My cousins and I tried and tried to raise this breed for four years and have been mightily unimpressed. They are beautiful animals, no doubt about that, with gorgeous rufus red coats and short, thick ears. However, they are horribly difficult to breed. There are genetic issues with this breed! In our herd we had many does that would breed well, take, carry to term, and die one to two weeks after the due date and never deliver. Thriantas are horrible mothers, we had to foster babies to our Mini Rex constantly. I don't recommend this breed to anyone unless they're ready to tackle the genetic problems headon. ."
From cattlecait Oct 14 2009 4:30PM