Soft as a plush toy animal, the Marten Seal Rex Rabbit is a docile and calm pet with a sweet disposition. It does not require much grooming because its lovely soft coat is so short, but you should pay close attention to be sure the thick coat does not become matted.
Like most domestic rabbits, it is a meat rabbit, though highly valued for its exquisitely textured and glowingly colored fur. The Marten Seal Rex Rabbit’s fur is so soft because the hairs of the undercoat grow just as long as the guard hairs of the top coat!
Called after the golden-brown pine marten, these rabbits are true to their namesakes and seal pointed. They are curvaceous, lovely rabbits and carry their ears straight up in the air from their broad heads.
The Rex fur is soft, short, and dense, averaging about three quarters of an inch in length, and whiskers may be curly or wavy! The color should be rich and even. Male Marten Seal Rex Rabbits weigh about eight pounds and does should weigh nine pounds.
These rabbits are allowed small dewlaps as long as they are proportionate to the rest of the Marten Seal Rex Rabbit’s body. Their bones are medium strong and these rabbits tend to look clumsy if overweight.
Nevertheless, a healthy Marten Seal Rex Rabbit is incredibly lovely and unusual looking! The Rex Rabbit was developed in France by Desire Caillon, a farmer, in 1919. He was drawn to the kits in a litter of gray rabbits, which had a mutation giving them shorter hair than the others.
After much selective breeding, another gentleman named Gillet introduced the Rex as a new class of rabbit that today comes in myriad different colors! The extraordinarily beautiful Marten coloring of Rex Rabbits comes in two types: Sable and Seal!
Marten Seal Rex Rabbits will be marked faults in show if they have white hairs or spots. Eyes any color other than specified will disqualify your Marten Seal Rex Rabbit from show.
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