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The Polish, though naturally small, is not a “dwarf” rabbit and does not carry the dwarfing gene. They have a maximum weight allowance of 3 ½ lbs and an ideal weight of 2 ½ lbs. These rabbits are popular for show and exhibition, though their sweet disposition makes them great pets as well. They love to run around in wide areas and kiss their owners through the cage. Polish rabbits truly have the biggest personalities and make great companions for adults and children alike.
Polish rabbits should be compact, with short heads and filled out cheeks. Their ears should touch all the way to the tips and be no longer than 3 inches. The eyes should be round and bright, the focal points of the head. The body should be round when viewed from the side but lean and slender at the same time. The head should be medium sized and balance with the rest of the body. Colored Polish rabbits have been recognized by rabbit clubs since the 1950s, and the approved showing colors today are ruby-eyed white, blue-eyed white, black, chocolate, blue, and broken.
TRAITS AND TEMPERAMENT
Polish rabbits are not only sweet, they are extremely intelligent and clever. They can learn to follow voice commands and do tricks, and coincidentally are the most popular breed used by magicians! They are not afraid of being petted by strangers and are extremely sweet and loving to anyone they meet. Polish are gentle and forgiving both in nature and in coordination, and can be handled easily by young children and those with coordination difficulties.
HISTORY AND ORIGIN
Contrary to what their name implies, the Polish rabbit as we know it today is thought to have originated in Belgium, exhibited in England since 1844. They are believed to have been bred from the Himalayan and Dutch breeds. The original Polish were larger than today’s miniature bunnies, bred for meat in Europe.
HOUSING AND CARE
Polish rabbits are perfect for those with limited space due to their small size. A 24”x18” cage should be large enough. They are versatile and can live inside and outside in almost any climate, doing equally well in heat and cold. Along with their regular food pellets, they should be provided timothy hay or hay cubes, which help their digestive tracts. These rabbits are considered low-maintenance in terms of ease of care. They groom themselves and their slick, medium-length coats do not require much grooming, but they enjoy being brushed nevertheless.