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Top 50 Facts about Rabbits

 

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Welcome to Crossroads Rabbitry

Here is a list of the top 50 interesting facts about rabbits…

  1. A Rabbits teeth never stop growing, which is why they constantly chew on things to keep them filed down.  Their front teeth can actually grow up to 5 inches per year.
  2. The average heart rate of a rabbit ranges between 130-325 beats per minute.
  3. It is estimated that over 2 million U.S. households own a pet rabbit.
  4. The World’s Largest Rabbit is named “Darius” and weighs approximately 50 pounds. He is currently 4 feet, 3 inches. Although this might sound unbelievable, “Darius” is indeed a real rabbit that currently lives with its owner Annette Edwards from the UK. It has been reported that Darius thinks he is a dog.
  5. The “most valuable” rabbit on Earth, “Darius”, is currently insured for around $1.6 million and has his own personal caretaker aka body guard.
  6. The record for the Longest Ears ever measured is 79 cm (31.125 in) on an English Lop named Nipper’s Geronimo in Wichita, Kansas, USA. The rabbit is owned by Waymon and Margaret Nipper of Bakersfield, California, USA.
  7. Rabbits can jump up to 36 inches or higher.  A Danish rabbit is the current world record holder for both the long jump, at 9.8 feet (3 meters), and the high jump, at 3.4 feet (one meter).
  8. Depending on the breed, some female rabbits can produce about eight to ten litters per year.
  9. The largest litter of rabbits every reported consisted of 24 kits. In 1978 a New Zealand rabbit, belonging to J. Filek of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, gave birth to 24 kits. In May of 1999: A second New Zealand rabbit, belonging to Cypriot Dimitri Andreov Hadjiprodromou also gave birth to 24 kits. On December 30, 1997: A New Zealand White/Californian cross rabbit, belonging to Peter Maur, named “Motherload” gave birth to a litter of 26 kits. Out of the 26 kits, 2 were stillborn and 24 survived. Although this record never made it into the Guinness Book of World Records, it is still a world record nonetheless. Our record at Crossroads Rabbitry is 18 kits on more than one occasion.
  10. Rabbits are natural runners and can reach speeds of up to 30 to 40 mph.
  11. Domesticated rabbits do not open their eyes until they reach about 2 weeks of age.
  12. Baby domestic rabbits are actually born deaf, hairless, blind, and with no teeth.
  13. Baby rabbits have a sharp sense of smell, which is how they find the doe’s nipples; the kits actually smell the milk.
  14. Rabbits have 28 teeth.
  15. The World’s oldest rabbit on record lived to be 16 years old. The average lifespan of a domesticated rabbit is 3 to 5 years in commercial production and 7 to 10 years as pets. The record for the Oldest Pet Rabbit belongs to a rabbit named Sniffles, from Knoxville, Tennessee. The Longest Lived Wild Rabbit named Flopsy was caught on August 6, 1964 and It died 18 years,10 months, and 21 days later, at the home of L.B. Walker of Longford, Tasmania, Australia. 
  16. In the UK the rabbit is the third most popular pet option.
  17. Thousands of rabbit shows take place annually in the Continental United States alone, each year.
  18. In general rabbits are very clean animals that will groom themselves and even each other.
  19. Rabbits inhabit every continent with the exception of Antarctica.
  20. In the United States there are 12 species of rabbits and the eastern cottontail is the most common.
  21. The most popular breed of rabbit for meat production is the New Zealand White.
  22. China raises more rabbits for food than any other country.
  23. The United States primarily raises rabbits for pets and medical research, however meat production is increasing.
  24. Baby rabbits, when feeding off their mother’s milk, can double their weight in 6 days.
  25. A doe does not lie down in the nest to nurse her kits.  She stands over them.  She can then lick and clean them in this position.
  26. A does milk is the richest milk of all domestic animals.  It will contain 13 to 15% of protein, 12% of fat, 2% of sugar, and 3% of minerals.
  27. A doe’s rich milk sustains the kits for 24 hours at a time. The preferred feeding time is usually between midnight and 5:00 a.m.
  28. Mothers typically only feed their kits about 5 to 10 minutes a day.
  29. The activity and noisy squeaking of healthy newborn kits help trigger the does “maternal instincts.”
  30. Rabbits cannot vomit. They need hay in their diet because hay assists the digestive system and helps prevents fur balls.  It can also help prevent diarrhea.
  31. Rabbits, unlike humans, only sweat through the bottom pads of their feet.  They get rid of excess body heat through their ears.
  32. A rabbits litter size is usually directly proportional to the amount of milk a doe is able to produce.  It also depends on the number of eggs she produces.
  33. A kit is generally strong enough to walk at 2-3 weeks of age.
  34. Rabbits tend to be farsighted, which explains why they may be frightened by an airplane flying overhead, even if their human companion can barely see it.  (It could be a hawk! Run!)
  35. A rabbits eyes are placed high and to the sides of the skull, allowing the rabbit to see nearly 360 degrees, as well as far above their head.
  36. A male rabbit is a buck.
  37. A female rabbit is a doe.
  38. A baby rabbit is called a kit.
  39. A group of rabbits is called a herd.
  40. A group of rabbits live in a warren.
  41. Rabbits are not true rodents, they are lagomorphs.  They have two pairs of upper incisor teeth, whereas rats and mice only have one.
  42. Rabbits can see up to 8 times better in dim light than daylight.
  43. Rabbits have a 3rd eyelid.
  44. Rabbits do not hibernate.
  45. Rabbit wool is lighter and warmer than any other animal wool.
  46. A rabbits ears are mobile and independent, like radar scanners.
  47. The blood vessels in a rabbits outer ear help to regulate body heat.
  48. Rabbits will usually urinate and defecate at the same location in a cage.
  49. The male rabbit is actually able to withdraw its testes when frightened or fighting with other males.
  50. On average a four pound rabbit will drink as much water as a 20 pound dog.  

PLEASE NOTE:  In order for us to provide healthy and disease free New Zealand White rabbits, we maintain a CLOSED RABBITRY.  Potential buyers will, however, be able to view enough of the building’s interior to observe the rabbits and the conditions they live under.  We’re sorry, but no outside rabbits, dogs or cats may be brought onto the property.   Thank you for understanding.

THANK YOU for visiting the Crossroads Rabbitry web site; home of Quality New Zealand White Rabbits.


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