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Skippy

American Chinchilla Rabbit

Overall satisfaction

4.25/5

Acquired: Other

Gender: Male

Appearance

4/5

Friendly

4/5

Easy to handle

4/5

Activity level

4/5

Visibility

3/5

Health

4/5

Meat production

N/A

Fiber quality

N/A

Gentle giant

By

United Kingdom

Posted Feb 28, 2014

I found my chinchilla coated rabbit in a field as a baby--he was obviously not a wild rabbit so we guessed he had been abandoned by someone or set loose or escaped.
He grew into a giant (for a rabbit) with a beautiful, thick chinchilla coat so he was very hardy and easy to keep. He was definitely one of the more social and relaxed out of all the rabbits I've owned, and I could sit with him on the couch with him for a while until he got bored (which he signaled with a nudge or slight nip). As a younger rabbit, until he got too big and lazy, he had a lot of energy and it was hysterically funny letting him run around our animal proofed house; he would run back and forth and do running leaps and twists through the air. Like most rabbits, these rabbits require plenty of running space/exercise room. He also got on well with his own species (we owned another male rabbit, a dwarf rabbit, part of the time we owned this one although we did NOT keep them together) and guinea pigs, hamsters, and our Boston Terrier (was definitely not afraid of anything).

He was easy to keep and feed--since he had a thick coat he did well in a semi outdoor hutch (was in a building but with no heating) with an interior box with plenty of hay that he could burrow inside. Ate regular rabbit pellets along with hay and vegetables such as carrots and lettuce. I also made sure to give him salt licks as well as plenty of wooden blocks and toys to chew on, which are essential for rabbits since their teeth never stop growing.

Overall, he was a great rabbit and I think it's definitely true that the bigger animals are definitely more docile--very true in his case and he made a beautiful, soft, sweet companion.

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