Rabbit Breed Basics Slideshow

Rex rabbit


The thick, luxurious, “velveteen” coat of the Rex rabbit is created by short guard hairs that do not appear above the level of the undercoat. Rex rabbits weigh a maximum of 4.8 kg (10.5 lb). Mini Rex rabbits weigh up to 2 kg (4.5 lb).

Rex rabbits tend to have rough and brittle or deformed claws, particularly on the forefeet. Rex rabbits also frequently develop pododermatitis because their feet are not as thickly furred. Proper preventive care and husbandry will minimize the risk of problems. Many Rex rabbits also have curled eyelashes and rabbits homozygous for the coat mutation known as French Rex have deformed eyelashes resulting in trichiasis or “ingrown eyelashes”. Constant irritation of the cornea by the deformed hairs can cause secondary keratitis or corneal inflammation (Donnelly 2011, Letard 1929).



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