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Mini Rex

By | Last Updated : 10th August 2019

The Mini Rex, known for its smooth, fluffy coat and easy-going temperament, is a smaller variety of the Rex rabbit that was first discovered in France in the 1900s. As the Rex became hugely popular in Europe, a Texas-based breeder Monna Berryhill crossed it with Netherland Dwarfs to create a miniature version of the standard Rex and named it ‘Mini Rex’.

Mini Rex

The new breed, characterized by a well-balanced body, well-developed shoulders, and rounded back, was first acknowledged by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) in 1988.

Basic Information

  • Kept as:

    Domestic pet, show rabbit

  • Suited For:

    First-time owners, seniors, families with children

  • Origin:

    USA

  • Personality:

    Calm, sociable, curious, playful, occasionally aggressive (typically around 8-9 months of age)

  • Hypoallegenic:

    Yes

  • Lifespan:

    5-8 years

  • Association/Clubs:

    National Mini Rex Club

  • Breed Standard:

    British Mini Rex Club

How big do they get

Size

Small, half the size of standard Rex

Weight

Buck: 3-4.25 lbs, Doe: 3-4.5 lbs

Height

About 1.5 ft (45 cm)

Width

Approx 1.5 ft (45 cm)

What do they look like

Color

Sable Mini Rex

Red Mini Rex Rabbit

Magpie Mini Rex

Lynx Mini Rex

Lilac Mini Rex

Himalayan Mini Rex

Chinchilla Mini Rex

Castor Mini Rex

Blue Mini Rex

Blue Eyed White Mini Rex

Black Tort Mini Rex

Silver Marten Mini Rex

Fur Type

Rex type coat, about 0.5-0.87 inch long, dense, springy, straight, smooth

Ear Type

About 3.5 inches long, thick, erect, carried closely together

Care Level

Grooming
Activity
Cost
Shedding

Care Information

Cage Size and Housing

Apartment dwellers may keep an indoor cage with dimensions 30 X 30 inches at least. However if you can manage a little more space, it is better to provide a slightly larger wire cage with a plastic bottom as it makes it easy to place bedding including shredded paper, cardboard, hay, or wood pellets and prevent any discomfort or injury on the rabbit’s feet. Use a large hutch if the rabbits are kept in pairs or groups.

An outdoor enclosure like a rabbit shed or hutch can be set up in a fenced yard to protect from predator birds, coyotes, and raccoons.

Clean its bedding, litter box, water bottles, and food bowls regularly and replace them if there is any wear and tear. Use Rabbit-safe cleaners for cleaning the cage and its accessories once a month.

Grooming

Brush its coat using a slicker brush to remove any dead or loose hairs, but make sure not to brush excessively. Clean with a soft, damp cloth when the coat gets dirty, though washing or bathing them is usually not required as they clean themselves quite often.

Trimming their whiskers is also never recommended, but since mini rexes have long curly whiskers, they may sometime get into the rabbit’s eyes and mouth. In such a case, you may trim those down about an inch, but no more.

What to Do to Keep Them Active

Make sure that your Mini Rex gets about 3-4 hours of daily exercise. Aside from allowing your bunny to run freely in an enclosed yard, let it play with chew toys and explore new objects indoors or in the garden.

What to Feed Them

  • Lots of grass hay as it keeps its teeth and digestive system healthy.
  • High-fiber pellets (no more than 1/4 cups per day)
  • Occasional rabbit treats (should never make up for over 20% of your rabbit’s diet)

You may also give them handfuls of fresh fruits and vegetables occasionally.

Avoid giving alfalfa hay to healthy, adult rabbits as it is rich in calcium and high in calories. Also, if giving fruits like apples, make sure there are no seeds as they contain small amounts of cyanide.

Did You Know

  • Considered as one of the most popular rabbit breeds in the United States, the National Mini Rex Club has named it “The People’s Choice in a Fancy Breed”.
  • These rabbits are also farmed for meat and fur in the US.

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