Dwarf Rabbit Behavior Comment (23)


There are three classes, chosen as basic, of dwarf rabbits:

Colored Dwarf Rabbits: short hair, wide head, large eyes in relation to size, and weight between 0.9 to 1.3 kg. There are different colors and subtypes. Within this group, the group of Polynesian dwarf rabbits is included.

Dwarf Rabbits Angora: mainly they differ from color dwarfs by their length of hair that is longer. They are usually very docile and affectionate. The appearance is greater than the dwarf rabbits of color by the volume that gives them the hair. Inside the Angora rabbits there are countless types and colors.

Dwarf Rabbits Belier: They are the largest, although following the Dutch standard they must be between 1.3 kg and 1.7 kg maximum. They are short-haired although there is a variant called Belier Angora that has actually been achieved from the crossing of the Angora with the Belier. There are also different colors of both belier and belier angora.

The belier dwarf rabbit of Dutch lines is the smallest. It has a more rounded head and shorter ears, it is called Holland Lop.

Is there any disease that dwarf rabbits can transmit to people?

Both dwarf rabbits such as cats, dogs and even man can transmit a disease if they are not in the correct health codifications.

A specific and typical case is the infection by Tricofiton Mentagrofites. It is commonly known as ringworm. It usually occurs when the breeding conditions are not appropriate or carrier animals have been acquired without knowing it. It is very contagious depending on the sensitivity of each person, giving cases of contagion to the whole family. Normally medical treatment solves the problem without major complications.

To avoid these unpleasant incidents it is essential to acquire any animal with all the sanitary guarantees in legalized companies and demand the invoice purchase since the seller already knows what he risks if there is a problem of this type. Never buy from individuals or fans.

What basic needs does a dwarf rabbit have?

The same as any rabbit is the same as dwarf or giant. Good food and good accommodation.

The food must be based on natural products such as alfalfa, cereals, legumes etc.

We must also give them dry fodder, at will, some fruit (apple for example), some grasses if there is a possibility, carrots etc. Avoid lettuce because it can facilitate a bowel imbalance.

There are plenty of preparations on the market for this purpose, some better than others. German and Dutch brands have a reputation for years of experience in feeding the dwarf rabbit.

The accommodation must be sufficient for the animal to move with plenty of comfort and ease. The size of the cage must be consistent with that of the rabbit.

If the animal is to be in an outside area, it must be protected from the weather. The cold does not affect them in excess but the heat is fatal for them. They should not be directly in the sun in summer.

Should we vaccinate dwarf rabbits?

This is a point that Granja Verge disagrees with the majority of opinions that exist on the subject. We do not believe it is necessary to vaccinate dwarf rabbits.

Since the companion animal is normally in homes, far from environments loaded by the density of other animals of its species, where a transmission vector can be fatal, the risk of contracting diseases of the Myxomatosis type is frankly very low.

If we add to this, in homologous type vaccines, the possibility that the virus undergoes a mutation that inhibits or attenuates the effect of the vaccine, as well as the possibility that it was not in perfect condition due to its incorrect manipulation, poor viral attenuation , etc. it leads us to perceive a very low effectiveness and even in some cases we generate some danger.

In the case of Shope (heterologous) fibroid vaccines the effectiveness for cross immunity is very low and if the annual virus was very virulent mutation the vaccine is wet paper.

To protect ourselves from this disease or others that can affect the dwarf rabbit we must prevent, eliminating insects of all kinds that are in the area of ​​the animal and keeping its bed clean and dry. Also the air currents are not suitable for them, like all animals.

Should we bathe dwarf rabbits?

Rabbits in general have a coat that isolates them perfectly from the cold. The heat is regulated by the auditory pavilions. When we wet a rabbit we suddenly protect it from its protection and we risk catching a cold that in these animals is not convenient since it can lead to a pasterelosis (or other catarrhal processes) and generate a serious problem.

If we observe nature a little, we will see that rabbits do not bathe, they only drink water.

What is convenient is to brush the animal since we remove the hairs that are renewed continuously and avoid that when licking to be cleaned they can be ingested causing the dangerous balls of hair in the digestive system.

Do dwarf rabbits bite?

Dwarf rabbits usually only bite their food and some hard object where they mold and properly wear their teeth.

There are cases in which they can present some fierceness or even bite when they are raising and are threatened with their litter or are in a situation of high stress.

It is very important that the rabbit is treated as what it is, a rabbit. Although it is difficult for us, we must educate the rabbit with seriousness and authority that does not mean not wanting it or mistreating it.

If the dwarf rabbit encamps around the house as he wants, he has no schedules and sees that he can do whatever he wants, when we want to put order we will find the unpleasant surprise that roars us, he does not get caught and even gives us bites. The fault is ours for not being serious from day one.

Should we castrate dwarf rabbits?

We see many comments on websites that indicate the need to castrate dwarf rabbits, both males and females systematically.

Granja Vergé is totally against these practices except in cases where they are necessary and performed by veterinarians specialized surgeons with enough experience. There are too many times that trying to solve a problem of character in an animal means another major. Let us also bear in mind that knowing the correct handling and dosage of anesthesia in rabbits is essential.

Male dwarf rabbit or female dwarf rabbit?

Apart from each person's personal taste for one sex or another there are some technical assessments that should be known to make the most appropriate decision on each occasion. Let's look at perhaps the most problematic aspects of each sex.

Males: (probability of 18-24% according to authors)

They are related to your sexual arousal. They depend fundamentally on each individual and the possible excitement for near odors of the opposite sex.

Males can mark areas at certain times with more urine and scrub a small amount of the sebaceous type product secreted by glands in their chin. His character becomes more nervous and uneasy.

Females: (8-17% probability according to authors)

The females initially do not present any problem related to sex. However, starting from the year, they may suffer alterations of a nature related to lack of maternity. From the years also develop cysts or tumors at the level of the reproductive system.

The silent rabbit

In order to survive in nature, the rabbits Wild have to be silent and stealthy, go unnoticed and not attract the attention of predators. When they are sick or injured they take refuge in their burrows and this survival strategy can also be observed in dwarf rabbits. These animals are not true pets, and often their owners do not know what they intend to externalize through their behavior and their sounds.
These are its main vocal expressions:

When the rabbits they enjoy caresses, gently rub their teeth producing a very soft sound. But this sound is so weak that we can only perceive it in an environment that is absolutely silent.

Squeaking teeth hard is an expression of pain. It is usually linked to a state of general apathy, murky eyes and tense posture.


Males emit a deep throaty growl during courtship and after intercourse.

When the rabbits they are furious or feel threatened they emit grunts and snorts accompanied by a kind of whistle. The warning is very clear: "Stay away from me." Anyone who ignores him, be it congener or person, can receive a fulminating attack at any time.

They can also express their restlessness or displeasure through a succession of tones that look like a blanket. Some rabbits do it when they try to catch them to return them to the cage. I had a rabbit that did it perfectly.

Cry of abandonment

I have only heard the screams of fear once. Many years ago, my rabbit at night did not place her two rabbits in the nest. The children were cold and began to shout loudly to try to save their lives. I woke up, gave them warmth with my body and then put them in the nest.

Upright posture

When a rabbit hears or sees something that catches his eye, he stands on his hind limbs to make sure. In this position you can better observe your environment and perceive sounds and smells more clearly.

The jumps, jumps and fast races are part of the behavior escape with which the wild rabbit puts his life safe. From a very young age they start practicing in games which will then allow them to be safe from predators: short races of up to 40 km / h. and the ability to make turns in the air up to 180 degrees! Also they dwarf rabbits they have those “minutes of madness” in which they begin to chase each other wildly and jump spectacularly through the air. It is an expression of joy and vitality. Rabbits need to do it to stay fit and release energy.

When rabbits relax

This is what you can observe when your rabbits are relaxed. Do not disturb them in those moments:
• Sitting on their hind limbs and with their ears upright.
• They quietly nibble on something here and there, with ears extended backwards.
• They lie extended on the belly or on the side, with the head resting against the floor and the hind limbs extended laterally or backwards.
• Rabbits love to wallow in the sand.
• After resting, they stretch and yawn to loosen the muscles and stimulate blood flow.

Dig and scratch

Rabbits dig and scratch with their front legs:
• Sexually mature males and females in heat or pregnant women tend to dig uneasily on the cage substrate.
• If they do not have a drawer with sand in which they can dig freely, they are able to do it on the carpets.
• Dominant rabbits like to dig in places that have previously been marked with their rivals. If your rabbit does it when you have it in your lap, it can also mean: "Keep scratching me."

Greeting and goodbye

Tapping gently on the snout is a welcome sign and indicates that you feel like being ignored. If your dwarf rabbit gently hits you with the snout, it means: "Hi, here I am, pet me a little."
• Hitting hard with the snout to separate means "Leave me alone!"
• Rabbits nibbling and pinching are not true attacks (unlike strong bites). If your dwarf rabbit pinches you, don't shout "Oops!" Place the animal carefully on the ground and leave it alone.
• Shaking the ears is also a sign of concern: "I don't like this."

Social body hygiene

Rabbits that get along are cleaned and lick each other's fur. We call it social body hygiene because it is a practice that reinforces friendly relationships within the group. If your dwarf rabbit licks his hand or arm when he is stroking it, this means: "I also appreciate you, and for this I clean you."

The rabbit is compressed by flattening against the ground, with the ears back and eyes wide open in fear: this is how the wild rabbit tries to go unnoticed when it is too late to flee to the burrow. If your dwarf rabbit shows this behavior, something has scared him. Do not get nervous or run towards him, as that would only trigger a frantic escape.

Curious with caution

Trunk and head extended forward, back of the body raised and with the hind legs to run, tail folded. This is how the rabbit approaches cautiously when he wants to investigate something he does not know: a strange terrain, an unknown congener, a new object. Curious, but nothing confident, and always willing to flee in case of danger.

Self-confident or shy

A self-confident rabbit approaches with the tail raised. This is how dominant rabbits approach their peers. Rabbits in inferior conditions shrink, almost dwarf. If they are afraid, they lower their ears. If they show their respect to a superior fellow - but without fear - they keep them up.

If they wish to show submission, they approach the head to the other but always staying in a lower position and with the head also lower than that of the dominant.

Latest Comments on this article (23)

By cataristim on 06/22/2015 at 00: 13h

Hello! I rescued a bunny that I think is almost four months old, he is very judicious and already knows how to do it in his little box. Still he learned to get on my bed, and now every time he climbs he urinates in the same place. What should I do? If this behavior is sterilized disappears?
Thank you!

By cocker on 08/30/2012 at 1:25 p.m.

By mrenaja on 08/30/2012 at 12: 24h

By mrenaja on 08/30/2012 at 12: 17h

I have an 11 month old bunny and now and adopted one of two. the question is that I can't put them together because the big one chases him and bites him. can someone tell me pork is and how to accustom them to live together.

So what differences can we find?

The basic difference between a Toy rabbit and a SuperToy, is the weight, follow>

  • It has the most flat morrito that the rest of dwarf rabbits.

  • Their ears are considerably shorter than the rest of rabbits.

  • His little body is rounded.

We must bear in mind that a bunny, how much smaller, more nervous and delicate, so surely a SuperToy will ask us for more patience than a Toy, although the reward when he comes to receive us will be greater.

Within the two races, we can find a wide range of colors: black and gold or silver, brown, blue, gray, white with blue eyes ...

We hope that these explanations clarify these little doubts, and make it easier for you at the moment of the decision, and if you want to have a picture of them, here is a video where you can see the differences in the foreground!


Hello! Thank you very much for your blog. It makes it very easy to have so much indormation when choosing a pet. I have read that supertoy are very delicate. What would be the optimal temperature to have them at home? I am afraid that with the arrival of winter, sudden changes with heating may be affected. I am considering having one, but I want to be sure that it will be in perfect condition. Especially being such a delicate species! Thanks in advance! Greetings

Hi Sabi,
If you are going to have it inside the house, I don't think you have any problems. Just ensure that the cage does not touch the ground directly, and do not put it very close to a heat source (for example a radiator). The bunny will acclimatize to the general temperature.
If the temperature drops a lot at night, you can provide warm shelter.

Greetings and good luck with the future family member.

I would like to know if they have a store in Venezuela ...

Good Morning,
We are sorry to inform you that at the moment it is not possible to find our products or animals in your country, although we are working to reach South America as soon as possible.

there are cunipic stores in puebla

Where is Puebla?

Hello, I am from Peru and I would like to buy a super toy, do you have international shipping?

Good Morning,
We are sorry, but at the moment it is not possible to ship to your country.

I want to have a rabbit toy super toy! It has to be as small as possible because our mother doesn't let us have a big animal at home. It would be to give it to my sister. How do i do it? Thank you!!

Good morning Laura,
We are sorry, but we are not allowed to sell to individuals. You must go to an animal shop and inform yourself through them.

Hello, I would like to know how super toy rabbits are sized. I've searched the internet a lot and I've seen many videos but they confuse me more and more and I don't know what to think anymore. Please if you can tell me how big they are, I would really appreciate it. I want to buy one but until I know how it is safe, no. Thank you.

Hello Anabel,
If you refer to the measurement in centimeters, it is very difficult to specify ... I can tell you that our toys weigh in adulthood about 1300 gr.

Hello, I am from Ecuador and I want to buy a super toy, I would like to know if they make international deliveries or there are cunipic stores here, and if there is not, can you buy super toy in another store besides cunipic?
I want to know this because my parents will buy me a pet and want a small but not a hamster.
-Greetings from Ecuador

Good Morning,
Thank you very much for contacting us.
At the moment we are sorry to inform you that it is not possible to find our animals in your country, although we are working so that our pets and their food arrive as soon as possible.
Greetings and good luck with your new pet.

Hi, I'm Sandra, I'm from Sabadell-Barcelona.
I am interested in buying a super toy since rabbit toy I have one at home 🙂, my question was if you sold them already neutered ... The problem is that my rabbit is male, if I wanted to buy a super toy as I should?
Thank you!!

Hello Sandra,
You should go to a pet store. In Cunipic we do not sell directly to individuals. If you want you can go castrated, as you choose. Greetings and thanks.

Hello, good afternoon, I am from Asturias and I just read that they do not sell to individuals and that they are from Lleida, they say they sell to specialty animal stores, my question is, is there a store in my area to go to see or buy them, or whatever, I am new and I am afraid to go to the typical store and have some problem or sell me something that is not good for the rabbit, oh, and I love how you explain things, thank you very much 🙂

Hi Daniel, Thank you very much first of all. If you want us to indicate nearby stores write us an e-mail to [email protected] and inform us in which locality you live. My colleagues will respond quickly. Regards.

I live in Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona) and I would like to give my mother a super Toy rabbit.

Can you tell me the store closest to my home?

Hello, I am not very clear about the super toy and toy, dwarf and mini rabbits… because you say in the blog that the super toy being smaller are more nervous than the toy ones, but then in the video you say that you select the most calm and small to have the rabbits (because otherwise I remember correctly in another video it is also said that you select from the dwarf rabbits the quietest to make the mini ones). So ... if I want to have a small and quiet rabbit (which clearly also influences the education we give to the rabbit since he is little, like touching him a lot since he is small to get used to), what rabbit do you recommend, dwarf or mini, toy or super toy.
Thank you!

Hello Aurora, in general, the smaller the rabbit, the more nervous and delicate it is. However, like people, animals also have their own character, so it is not a general rule. Usually, dwarves and minis are quieter than toy or supertoy. The teddy are even calmer, but the calmest of all are the belier, although these are not precisely tiny since they can weigh about 2 or 2.25 kilos. If you want to be more likely to succeed, opt for a belier or a teddy. Although, as I have told you, the character of each one is what he is and cannot be predicted how they will be.