Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Jun 26, 2015
My rabbit Fiver was a tort Mini-Rex, tort being a brown, coffee-like color most of the time (though the fur did change color, becoming almost red at times and yellow at others.) I acquired him for a 4-H project, and loved caring for him. I didn't know at the time how much space rabbits really needed, and looking back I'm grateful that he had a knack for escaping his cage and frolicking in the garden. He lived a surprising amount of time, eventually getting to ten years, but had a number of ailments near the end of his life.
I don't know how typical my experience was, but he was rarely ever cooperative when being handled, which was tough during competitions. He did win "Best Opposite Sex Of Variety", though (meaning the best male mini-rex in a year when a female won best overall.) This dislike of being handled made it tricky, even after his competition days were over, to spend much time with him, and he'd often retreat into corners and grunt to indicate that he didn't want to be petted or held.
I'd recommend a mini-rex to anyone looking to learn how to handle rabbits, but know that they won't ever shy away from clawing or biting. It's generally not even malicious; clawing helps them get better "footing" if they feel like they're falling when being held, and "biting" is how they explore the world, so definitely wear long sleeve shirts when handling.