The Orange Rex Rabbit is gorgeously colored and incredibly pleasing to the touch. Its short coat requires little maintenance, and its docile nature makes the Orange Rex Rabbit a wonderful pet and show animal!
Like most domestic rabbits, the Orange Rex Rabbit is a meat rabbit. Because of its rich and velvety coat, these rabbits have been valued for years by show people and furriers.
Because their plush fur is so short, Orange Rex Rabbits are easier to care for than most longhaired rabbits, but will still require regular grooming to keep their incredible coats from becoming uncomfortably matted.
If cared for correctly, the Orange Rex Rabbit makes an unusual and docile friend or show animal. Orange Rex Rabbits are characterized as their name would imply by their rich orange color.
The fur of Orange Rex Rabbits grows to just over half an inch in length, and the undercoat is the same length as the guard hairs. This makes the coat thick and gives it the unusual plush textures.
The color of Orange Rex Rabbits should be very even, and their whiskers or vibrissae are short and curly. Orange Rex Rabbits carry their ears erect on their broad heads, and have medium thick bones.
Generally, bucks grow to eight pounds and does to nine, although lighter weight Orange Rex Rabbits tend to have a more graceful appearance. A small dewlap, so long as it is in proportion to the rest of the rabbits body, is allowed when showing the Orange Rex.
Orange Rex Rabbits began in 1919, when Rex mutated kits, which had previously been killed as runts, were bred by a French farmer named Desire Caillon for their interesting mutation.
A gentleman named Gillet shared Caillon’s interest and introduced the Rex Rabbit as a new class of show rabbit. Because of the velvety coat, which Rex Rabbits sported, furriers soon developed a passion for Rex Rabbits as well.
Today many colors of Rex Rabbit coats have been perfected and the Orange Rex Rabbit’s color is incredibly beautiful. The Orange Rex is not yet accepted in many registries.
In show, the Orange Rex Rabbit will be disqualified for eyes any other color than specified. They will also be disqualified for white spots or hairs.
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