I want to adopt a Belier rabbit. I've had the idea in my head for quite some time and the time has come to bring it home. But, Did you know that Belier rabbits are just one of the many dwarf rabbits?. The truth is that I did not know, and yes, according to the Spanish Association of Dwarf Rabbit Breeders, in Spain there are 10 recognized breeds of dwarf rabbits: dwarf angora, dwarf Belier, miniature Belier, dwarf Dutch, mini cashmere lop, mini lion lop, mini rex, polish and teddy bear.
Any of them are really pretty. But I like Belier because they have droopy ears and very large. And that feature makes them totally lovely.
Let's get to know Belier rabbits a little better.
Gray Belier Rabbit
Characteristics of the Belier rabbit
The Belier rabbit is characterized by its big droopy ears that make it totally adorable, although when he is still a baby and his ears have not grown enough, he has them upright. Due to this characteristic, this rabbit is also called Lop, a term that you have probably heard. Within this race, is the Dwarf Belier and the Miniature Belier. Both are equal except for their size, the dwarf weighs two kilos and the miniature does not exceed one kilogram and six hundred grams.
Its origin is in Holland and the history of the birth of this breed of rabbits is very curious. The first dwarf rabbits appeared in England and were the result of the crossing of a Polish rabbit (it is the white rabbit with red eyes that we all know) with a wild one. Subsequently, this new breed was moved to Holland thus adopting the name of Dutch dwarf. And after several mixtures with other races, it has been giving rise to the emergence of new races, among them, the Belier that today we are knowing.
You can find it from many colors, from white to black through the entire range of cinnamon, brown and gray, even with mixed colors. It has a life expectancy of between eight and ten years, and, as I tell you above, its weight can range between the two kilos of a dwarf Belier rabbit and the kilo and six hundred grams of the miniature Belier rabbit.
Rabbit miniature Belier
The first days of the Belier rabbit at home
When you bring a Belier rabbit home, you must have a number of things prepared in order to help you during your adaptation period. Keep in mind that rabbits, in general, are very restless animals and tend to get stressed. Therefore, before your new pet arrives at home you must have his cage prepared with all the substrate spread across the ground.
Normally, your new Belier rabbit is still a baby when he gets home. And it will surely come in a wooden or cardboard box with a hay cradle, just as he was with his mother and his little brothers in the nest. He doesn't know anything else. So, you have to make your adaptation as easy as possible.
It is logical that you feel like taking it and caressing it. But you must respect their space, at least during the first two days at home. Take it, carefully and with much love, and put it in the cage, it will start to sniff, it's normal, you don't know it yet. Put a generous amount of hay so you can take refuge and hide, it will make you feel safe and gain more confidence in your new home. Even, put it yourself inside the little pile of hay that you just put in the cage.
Fill the trough and water trough with water and food for your Belier rabbit and cover it with the part of the fence. Close all the safety latches and also all the hatches or “windows” that the cage may have, so you will ensure that your little newcomer friend does not escape.
Deposit the cage in a quiet area of your houseOf course, do not allow other pets, such as dogs or cats, to approach. Watch that it is not a very cold or very warm area, and do not allow it to have a dazzling light, on the contrary, check that the light that reaches the cage is rather dim. Leave your bunny there for 48 hours to get used to the cage. You will notice that it makes more movements at night, it is normal, rabbits are usually more nocturnal than diurnal in their customs.
Talk to him, let him identify your voice, let him know you. It's good that you read something to start getting used to you.
Care of the Belier rabbit
The most important thing to keep in mind when caring for a Belier rabbit, is to monitor your health with the help of a veterinary professional. It is essential that you make a visit with the appropriate periodicity so that it is the doctor of your rabbit who makes the necessary checks and controls of his health so that he is healthy and so he can live an even happier life, if possible.
You cannot adopt a rabbit of this breed without knowing the importance of vaccinations in this petWell, actually this is essential for any pet. But in the case of the Belier rabbit, it is, as I say, of vital importance because this animal runs the risk of contracting myxomatosis disease and, to this day, there is no treatment that guarantees its total cure. For this reason, prevention is absolutely essential.
Myxomatosis is a disease that your Belier rabbit can get through the bite of an arthropod insect that feeds on blood, especially fleas. Therefore, you cannot neglect the hygiene and cleanliness of your friend and also of his cage.
It is a deadly disease that causes tumors in the connective tissues causing, consequently, swelling in the skin and mucous membranes of your rabbit.
But I don't want to end this article with a bad taste in my mouth. Surely you are very responsible and as you will love your rabbit Belier will not suffer any unpleasant consequences like the one I tell you above. Further, doing a good prevention is easier for the health of your little ears to thrive.
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The Belier rabbit must go to the vet
The Belier rabbit needs certain ones veterinary checks to whom you should go regularly to check that your health is still 100%.
If the Belier rabbit lives outside or is in the company of other animals, it will be necessary to deworm it, both internally and externally. In addition, rabbits should be vaccinated every 6 months, in autumn and spring to avoid contracting myxomatosis, which is transmitted by fleas and mosquitoes and can cause death.
Also, once a year, it is recommended that you get vaccinated against viral hemorrhagic disease, but especially if you live with other rabbits. A first visit to the veterinarian will guide you about all the treatments and medical care your rabbit should receive.
Belier rabbit feeding
The Belier rabbit is very sensitive in terms of its digestion and therefore we will pay special attention when feeding it. Until 4 months of age it is only recommended to provide quality hay and from his adult stage he can begin to introduce the feed with fruits and vegetables.
From its sexual maturity, the rabbit never stops eating hay although we must begin to provide controlled quantities of special feed as well as daily rations of fruit and vegetables that we will gradually introduce. Under no circumstances will you give feed for farm rabbits.
What fruits and vegetables can I give the Belier rabbit?
Fruits should always be given without seeds and you can choose to give apple, pear, peach, banana, melon, grape, orange. Give small pieces at the beginning.
As for vegetables you can choose between tomato, escarole, cabbage, cucumber, spinach, carrot, beans, broccoli or alfalfa. Try which ones you like best, every rabbit is a world!
Also for prevent hairballs from forming in the stomach you must give it malt and brush her hair quite frequently.
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Do not be fooled by its size, it is a dwarf rabbit that needs a large house
As pretty as delicate. As nice as it is endearing. If having a rabbit as a pet is already adorable in itself, having at home with a belier rabbit or dwarf rabbit It's the closest thing to having a stuffed animal.
You will recognize him for his small size and for having droopy ears. He is the perfect partner if you don't have too much time to be at home. He has a calm and somewhat scary character but despite being a toy rabbit You need your space, adequate food and regular visits to the veterinarian. He belier rabbit It is very delicate.
Dwarf rabbit, big house
Do not get carried away by its size. Although it is a dwarf rabbit You need a large cage where you can move freely and not feel distressed. It is a very restless rabbit that needs to exercise and run so that the muscles are not stunted.
If you spend many hours away from home, let your bunny out of the cage when you are with him, without losing sight of him so he can run everything he needs.
Inside that wide cage, you will need a little house where you can take refuge. We have said that these dwarf rabbits They are very scary. Inside you can place a towel so you can lie down and be more comfortable.
You should also have a tray to make your needs but you should not use cat litter since the belier rabbit is very delicate and can cause some infection.
He belier rabbit, as the rest of the rabbits need to gnaw, you must control the growth of their teeth, but you cannot give it any wood since it could splinter and damage the rabbit. Fruit tree woods such as apple or orange tree are ideal. Avoid cedar wood that is toxic to the belier rabbit.
How to feed the belier rabbit
We must pay special attention to the feeding of the belier rabbit. His stomach is like porcelain and we must be very careful with what we feed him. Water, clean and fresh, should never be missing.
Until 4 months he will eat only hay, from this time we can introduce in his diet the presence of fruits and vegetables that will have to be given progressively.
Beware of the seeds in fruits! Give apples or pears but remove the seeds. The melon and orange are sure to like it. Cucumber, spinach, tomato or cabbage are the vegetables that you can give to your dwarf rabbit.
Like cats, you can malt occasionally to avoid the formation of hairballs.
The health of the belier rabbit
This bunny is like a cute kitten, they spend half the day washing. We must pay special attention to the time of molting, hence the importance of giving it malt. To also avoid hairballs it is advisable to brush them every week but better avoid bathing them because we will be removing a layer of natural protection from your skin.
Visits to the veterinarian should be regular. The most important vaccine that the belier rabbit should receive is against myxomatosis and should be given every 6 months.
We must also deworm it both outside, when it comes to fleas or mites and inside in the case of intestinal parasites, for example.
Now you know everything you need on how to care for a belier rabbitCan you still resist that look, those drooping ears and that soft touch? If you have a belier rabbit, tell us about your experience.
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