Polish Rabbit

by Alex Waterman
Science Center Volunteer

We have one Polish rabbit in the Science Center named Chocolate Chip. He has a shiny, chocolate brown coat and chocolate brown eyes. Chocolate Chip likes his cage, has fun hiding under other cages, and is friends with Tort, our yellow-footed tortoise.

Scientific Name: Oryctolagus cuniculus

Habitat
The Polish rabbit is a small breed of domestic rabbit. It does not live in the wild.

Diet: Polish rabbits should be fed about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of pelleted feed every day, depending on the activity level of the rabbit. They also need plenty of hay.

Life Cycle: The average life span of a breeding Polish rabbit is 5 to 6 years.

Other Interesting Facts
  • Polish rabbits are gentle, loving, and intelligent. These characteristics make the Polish rabbit ideal for magicians to use in their acts.
  • The exact origins of the breed are unknown. Despite its name, the Polish rabbit is thought to have originated in Belgium or in England from the common white hutch rabbit.
  • Until the 1950s, most American Polish rabbits were white with either red or blue eyes. The ruby-eyed white is a true albino. The blue-eyed white has the Vienna white gene and is not a true albino.
  • In 1957, the American Rabbit Breeders' Association approved the black and chocolate Polish. In 1982, the blue variety (dark grey) was approved, and in 1998 the broken variety (white plus black, blue, or brown) was allowed. Some breeders are working to get the lilac (light grey) recognized as an official color for the Polish rabbit.
  • Ideal adult weight: 2.5 - 3.5 pounds.
  • Due to their small size, the Polish rabbit is often confused with the Netherland dwarf. The Polish rabbit is a little larger and the head is not rounded. Additional differences include coat structure, body type, and colors.
polish rabbit
Chocolate Chip

 

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