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Mini Rex

By | Last Updated : 16th December 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

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

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

Care Level

Low

High

Clean it's bedding, litter box, water bottles, and food bowls regularly and replace them if there are any wear and tear. Use

Cage Size

Apartment dwellers may keep an indoor cage with dimensions 30 X 30 inches at least. Use a larger hutch if the rabbits are kept in pairs or groups.

Diet

Hay grass, high-fiber pellets (no more than 1/4 cups per day), occasional rabbit treats (keep it less than 20% of your rabbit's diet).

GROOMING

Occasional

Regular

A normal grooming regime should be followed. Trimming their whiskers is usually 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 them as required.

ACTIVITY

Low

High

Make sure that your Mini Rex gets about 3-4 hours of daily exercise. Let it play with chew toys and explore new objects indoors or in the garden.

COST

Low

High

The overall cost of keeping a mini rex as a pet is average.

SHEDDING

Low

High

An average shedder which can be easily maintained by occasional brushing.

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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