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Color dwarfs

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Color dwarfs are extremely popular pets because of their small size and cute appearance. However, they are by no means suitable for everyone and have some peculiarities that must be taken into account before purchasing and keeping them.

originNetherlands
ColoursWhite, black, blue, havana, tan,
red or spotted (over 50 colors allowed)
length20 - 40 cm
WeightØ 1 - 1.5 kilograms
Life expectancy8-10 years
particularitiesVery soft fur, short, stocky build
classificationDepartment IV: Dwarf Breeds -
Color dwarfs (FbZw)
Color dwarfs are popular pets because of their small size and cute look. (Just click to enlarge)

For whom are color dwarfs suitable as pets?

Color dwarfs need enough space for one Cage as well as at least one secured room or Garden section for the run. Since the breed is rabbits that freeze when frightened, at least one should be quiet corner be chosen for the cage. In addition, they do not get along well in very hectic environments and then tend to flee.
As pets, they are therefore only partially suitable for families with very small or very lively children.
It should also be taken into account that the colored dwarfs are not suitable for individual keeping. The socialization with guinea pigs is possible - but it does not replace a conspecific.

Plants like daffodils are poisonous to rabbits. This is something to keep in mind when letting the rabbit hobble around freely.

who Interest in the color dwarfs should therefore pay attention to the following points and before purchasing ask some questions:

  • Is there a suitable place?
    Secure rooms are required for the cage and the exercise area. Exposed cables, poisonous houseplants and other substances can be fatal to rabbits. Wallpaper and flooring can also suffer from the animals.
  • Can several animals be kept?
    Cages offered in stores are often only sufficient as a place to sleep and a toilet. For the necessary keeping of at least two colored gnomes, larger accommodations are required as well higher costs for veterinarian, litter and feed be scheduled.
  • Is there enough time?
    Color dwarfs also need care and employment. If you want animals that are as trusting as possible, you also have to allow some time to patiently get used to people. For feeding, cleaning the cage and the run as well as supervision during the run at least an hour are available daily.
  • Financial planning
    The color dwarfs are cheap to buy, but feed, litter and veterinary costs should not be underestimated. Castration, vaccinations, if necessary treatments against flea infestation as well as food, cage and changing cage design must be planned.
  • Do you have an allergy?
    Many animals, not just rabbits, are being phased out because of an existing allergy. To avoid this, your own tolerance should be tested in advance. An allergy test by the doctor or contact with different colored gnomes can provide information.

What should be considered when keeping the color dwarf?

Color dwarfs need a lot of exercise.

Traditionally, colored gnomes are kept in a cage like other rabbits. However, you need daily free running outside of the cage, as well as a coordinated facility. The following points should be noted:

  • Size of the cage: The bigger the better: Even if the colored dwarf can hop through the apartment or garden for a long time every day, a cage is only used for security, for sleeping and eating. Free movement is hardly possible even in standard cage sizes.
  • Facility: A sleeping house for at least two rabbits, food, water and a toilet corner are the minimum. In addition, a hay rack, snack materials and various feed offers should be planned. This can be done on a small footprint, for example, with a multi-tier cage.
  • Conspecifics: Rabbits are social animals, not loners. Even if you have daily contact with people, you should at least have one conspecific at your side.
  • Maintenance: Brushing and palpation, checking teeth and clipping claws should be part of normal care for every rabbit. It is optimal if the animals are gradually accustomed to these measures at a young age.
  • Employment: Nibble toys, hurdles and an alternating design of the run provide activity and mentally challenge the rabbits. However, they can also be used to practice tricks.

What are the most important (external) characteristics of the color dwarf?

A color dwarf in the color blue / tan.

Color dwarfs are 20 to 40 centimeters long and about 1 to 1.5 kilograms in weight. They have a rather stocky build and a relatively large head. Due to their large eyes and the proportions of their face, they fulfill the so-called "child pattern" and look particularly cute to people.
In addition, the animals with an average Life expectancy from eight to ten years have a very soft fur. The term for thicker and more rigid hair is very sparse with them.

Both There are almost no limits to the color of fur. White, black, blue, havanna, tan, red or spotted - more than 50 colors are allowed in the breed standard.

What are the characteristics of the color dwarfs?

The color dwarf is generally considered to be balanced, calm and cozy. But the animals can also do a lot stubborn, shy and scared be. As with all other living beings, their character is on the one hand individual and on the other hand dependent on how they are treated.

Are color dwarfs intelligent Animals that can bond very tightly to their owners. However, this requires understanding and coordinated interaction with them.

Despite their small size, they can be very effective in certain situations defensive be. Therefore, they are not suitable for cuddling with small children who may be too rough when handling or scare the animals.

What is known about the history and origins of animals?

The female rabbits ovulate when they mate and are therefore ready to mate at any time.

The color dwarf comes from the Netherlands and emerged from the crossbreeding of ermine rabbits. As early as 1940, they were recognized as a dwarf breed in the Netherlands.

What should one know about breeding animals?

Registered breeding of the animals takes place only with approved males and females. These are checked for health and evaluated at exhibitions.
In order to avoid accidental reproduction, either only same-sex animals should be kept or at least one animal should be neutered in the case of couples. Otherwise, the number of pets could increase very quickly, because the female rabbits ovulate due to mating and are thereby ready to pair at any time.

Are color gnomes prone to disease?

To avoid bloating, rabbits should always have straw and hay to eat.

The color dwarfs should also be used against vaccinated for typical diseases become. In addition, appropriate measures should be taken against further infections and problems that affect color dwarfs more often. These include, among others:

  • Feed changeover: Abrupt changes are often not well tolerated. Slow changes are therefore the better choice.
  • Hygiene: The faeces and urine of the animals can smell comparatively strong and attract flies, among other things. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for fly owls and maggots to be found in soaked or soiled litter. It is therefore optimal for the affected person Change litter daily.
  • Digestion: Rabbits have a so-called Stuffing stomach. They cannot vomit and food can cause them to bloat if nothing is "pushed in". In the form of hay and straw they should therefore at any time have food. Fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, should be removed before they attract insects or spoil.

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