- Tommy - Solid Blue Tort Sr Buck: 4/5
- Mowgli - Broken Black Jr Buck: 1/3 & BOSV
Velveteen Lops - Show B:
- Tommy - Solid Blue Tort Sr Buck: 2/4
- Mowgli - Broken Black Jr Buck: 1/1 & BOV
Velveteen Lops - Show A:
Velveteen Lops - Show B:
When you look at this picture, what do you notice first? Do you notice the Tricolor baby first? Or do you notice the nice, thick muzzle on the chestnut to the right of the tri? Whichever you view first, will tell a lot about your breeding perspectives.
If you notice the Tricolor, my guess is that you breed for color.
If you notice the muzzle, my guess is you are big on breeding for type.
You see, for Velveteens, color is only worth 4 points in our current standard. Yes, some coloring is STUNNING, however, how good will that coloring look on a rabbit with poor type? If you’re a pet breeder, then more power to you, but if you are bettering the breed, please don’t impulse buy a rabbit to breed for color. Breed for good shoulders, heads, HQ, and so on. Yes, color is worth small points but perfect the bigger points first before worrying about colors. Think about it this way: how beautiful will your barn be if it’s foundation is crumbled? Paint can’t fix foundation.
It breaks my heart when I see “breeders” advertising their rabbits for large amounts of money when the rabbit has horrible type. “Cool markings, blue eyes, etc - $150.” For people looking to breed that haven’t done much research, unfortunately that type of ad is very eye-catching because they truly believe they are buying something unique to breed. (Keep in mind, proper rabbit breeding never brings in profit, welcome to bunny-debt! 😉)
In every breed, there are hundreds of breed-specific people that are experienced and willing to help someone new. Find your breed, research it, find a mentor, figure out a breeding plan, THEN begin to purchase your stock. But above all, PLEASE, build your barn before you paint it.
Thank you to judge, Ruth Ann Bell!
Happy 4th of July!
Please remember to stay safe and be sure to take extra precautions that your furry friends stay safe too!
We all know the 4th of July comes hand in hand with fireworks. Unfortunately, despite how beautiful fireworks can be, they can be terrifying for your rabbits. Rabbits are extremely sensitive, and can easily be startled. Some helpful tips on how to help your bunnies during this holiday are as follows:
Sometimes a radio playing some light music can help distract the bun from the bangs and booms of the fireworks. We don't recommend blaring the radio, but some light music should help with a nice distraction.
Bring your rabbit indoors if housed outdoors. Even as a temporary placement, bringing your bunny indoors can help reduce the amount of noise echoed by any neighboring fireworks.
3. Protect The Room
If your buns are already housed indoors, be sure to close any windows/curtains, and turn on the tv/air conditioner to help lessen the sound.
Cover your rabbits hutch or cage with a blanket or tarp, the extra layer will provide extra sound protection, but be sure to allow enough ventilation for the bun to breathe.
*Please DO NOT utilize this tip if the weather is extremely hot/humid.*
5. Hideaway Holes
Provide extra hideaway holes full of hay for the bun to burrow in to escape the noise.
6. Check & Comfort
Be sure to check on your rabbits throughout the day/night. If it appears that the above tips are not helping and your rabbit still seems scared, stay and provide comfort for your pet. Your love and comfort are the best firework protection a pet can get.
As a closed Rabbitry, this is a very interesting article that I came across and it is perfectly worded and explains everything!
Reasons Why Rabbit Breeders say NO to Buyer Inspections
Internet sites and books often suggest pet buyers ask to inspect the breeder’s breeding facilities. It is also popular among animal rights extremist groups to say a breeder must allow buyers to see where the rabbits are kept and if they are not allowed it must mean the breeder has “something to hide”.
The fact is there are good, valid reasons why breeders refuse to allow people into their rabbitries. The following article explains the reasons why a breeder will maintain a “closed” rabbitry. None of these have anything to do with providing inadequate care. Ironically in many cases, irresponsible breeders allow buyers to see where the animals are kept. There seems to be a disconnect in their minds, they really think conditions are fine when they aren’t. So the reverse seems true of what animal extremists recommend, those who should be hiding their conditions are more than willing to show them off.
Valid Reasons A Breeder Says NO to Buyer Inspections:
I have noticed in different facebook groups that kids are gathering multiple breeds wanting to breed rabbits. I do fully support youths wanting to breed, but gathering multiple breeds to create mixed breeds isn't the way to go.