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Topic: Other rabbit breeds
Message: Posted by: magicgraham (Feb 25, 2014 09:55PM)
Hi All

Everyone I speak to says always get a Netherland Dwarf rabbit but they are scarce here in Arizona are there any other breed recomendations

Thanks
Message: Posted by: Regan (Feb 26, 2014 09:49AM)
I have only have experience with Netherland Dwarfs & Lionheads, but many magicians use the Hotot. I think they are somewhat larger than a Netherland. They are very pretty and have the black outline around their eyes. I almost bought one once but it had a very wild nature so I passed. I have since been told that they are not all prone to be wild like that. I may try to get one someday.

If you like the lop-eared bunnies there is the Holland Lop. There is a dwarf breed of those.

I believe there is also one called the Mini-Rex that you might also consider. They look more like a traditional rabbit, with upright ears that are longer than the Netherland's ears. They have thick, velvet-like fur.

I only had one Lionhead so I don't want to say too much about them. Mine was a doe, and wildish. She was very, very beautiful, but too jittery and jumpy. I have heard that they are not all like that. I have not had good luck with does, and I wanted a Lionhead buck but had to settle for the doe to get one in the color I wanted.

I will give a big recommendation to the Netherland Dwarfs! I love them, and have had really good luck with them. They are not easy to find in my area either. In fact, after going through about 4 breeders I finally found a good one. The problem is he is about 150 miles from me. I have to travel through 2 other states besides the one I live in and back again just to get to him. Sometimes you can find a breeder that travels to shows closer to you. I used to set up meetings like that with my breeder but now his show locations have changed so it doesn't work any more.

Take what I say about the Hotot, Holland Lop, & Minirex...and maybe the Lionhead with a grain of salt. I have not researched these other breeds in quite a few years and I am going off my memory alone.....which sometimes is poor at best! :)
Message: Posted by: Robin4Kids (Feb 26, 2014 09:56AM)
[url]http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=111384&forum=13&7[/url]
Here's an old thread that has a few suggestions that I assume are still valid. I have Dwarf Netherlands also, so I can't speak from experience about any other breeds.
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Feb 26, 2014 04:13PM)
I also have a Netherland dwarf, picked up from a breeder in NY who was traveling to VT where I met her. You may have to travel to find one, but it may be worth it. I've had my rabbit for about 6 years and has been a great pet as well as a real performer!

Mark
Message: Posted by: btedeski (Mar 5, 2014 01:34PM)
I personaly have had good luck with Min-Rex, the trick with all bunnys is that they need to be handled offen.
Find a breeder that handles the kits daily so that they use to being handled and tame.

I also have had good luck with the Flemish Giant,

I use a white with pink eyes Flemish Giant and matching Mini Rex and use a cut down blammo box.
Message: Posted by: Regan (Mar 14, 2014 08:04AM)
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On Mar 5, 2014, btedeski wrote:
...the trick with all bunnys is that they need to be handled offen.
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That is great advice and I totally agree. Another thing to remember is, bunnies like to chew! It is essential for their teeth. They also like to scratch and dig. I have found that they are more prone to chewing and scratching things in the magic boxes when they are young. Watch them closely as you are training them. I have had some things damaged and even ruined by young rabbits. Mine stop pretty much this behavior when they get a little older. I always try to bring a new bunny along slowly and let them just be an emergency backup to to main bunny for a year or longer if I can. So I start looking for an understudy bunny long before my main bunny is ready for retirement.
Message: Posted by: MRSharpe (Mar 14, 2014 08:27AM)
I heard of a magician out west from years ago who trapped a wild jackrabbit and tried to use it in his act. The story goes that he got it loaded into a prop, but when he did the production it got away from him and destroyed a lot of his show. That's probably not a good idea.
Message: Posted by: Regan (Mar 14, 2014 02:59PM)
That is kind of funny, but I'll bet it wasn't to that poor magician! I would liked to have seen the audience's reactions.
Message: Posted by: TrickyRicky (Apr 18, 2014 05:48PM)
Over the years I've owned Netherland, Dutch,Polish and the present one name (Lady Gaga) she is a Hotot. As Regan pointed out in another post that each rabbit has a different personality and can be trained to do all sorts of things to entertain your audiance.
Before you buy a bunny, go up to the cage or barn and buy the one that runs up to you, it tell you that the bunny is friendly and not shy at all. Do not put the bunny in the show till you get it used to noise, especially children screaminmg. Every morning put the bunny in the hat and set the hat in front of the TV and turn on the children programs, leave the bunny there for a couple hours.
What entertains the audiance more than the production is what the bunny does while sitting on the table.
Tricky Ricky
Message: Posted by: Regan (Apr 19, 2014 07:17AM)
[quote]On Apr 18, 2014, TrickyRicky wrote:
Over the years I've owned Netherland, Dutch,Polish and the present one name (Lady Gaga) she is a Hotot. As Regan pointed out in another post that each rabbit has a different personality and can be trained to do all sorts of things to entertain your audiance.
Before you buy a bunny, go up to the cage or barn and buy the one that runs up to you, it tell you that the bunny is friendly and not shy at all. Do not put the bunny in the show till you get it used to noise, especially children screaminmg. Every morning put the bunny in the hat and set the hat in front of the TV and turn on the children programs, leave the bunny there for a couple hours.
What entertains the audiance more than the production is what the bunny does while sitting on the table.
Tricky Ricky [/quote]

Ricky, that is a great idea with the tv! I do the same thing with a new, acoustic guitar. I play music ans set the guitar close by the speaker to 'break in' the guitar quicker. The vibrations loosen up the top and the guitar sounds better as it becomes less stiff. Who knew you could train bunnies and guitars the same way???!!! :)
Message: Posted by: wizardpa (Apr 20, 2014 09:51AM)
I have 3 does, a Holland Lop, a Netherland Dwarf, and a Lionhead. All 3 were gotten from breeders as soon as I could take them from their mothers. I held all three as much as possible after getting them. I needed to get both my Netherland and my Lionhead spayed, because they both got jumpy and wanting to bite. Within about 2-3 weeks they were back to being good girls. My Holland has always been sweet.
If your wife becomes moody, you might want to consider getting her spayed. Heck, it worked for my rabbits.
Oh, don't forget, you are suppose to have a USDA license to have a rabbit in your magic show.
Message: Posted by: magicgraham (May 10, 2014 07:51PM)
We ended up getting a male netherland dwarf we have had him a couple months now he is 3 months old and he has such fun personality thanks for all the advice