The ram rabbit is a very easy domestic animal to keep. There are different official breeds, the largest being the french ram with a weight of up to 6.5 kg and the smallest, the dwarf ram, which weighs no more than 1.9 kg in adulthood. Recognizable by their large floppy ears and extremely soft fur, ram rabbits are sought after as pets because they are very affectionate and quiet. Let’s take stock of the conditions favorable to the breeding of these hairballs nicknamed cuddly bunnies.
Can you educate a lop rabbit?
It is quite possible to achieve that your lop rabbit is perfectly domesticated, just like a cat or a dog. For this, it is important to respect the following points.
- Speak to him calmly, in a serene voice, to put him in confidence.
- Repeating his name very frequently to him because he is able to recognize it when it contains only one or two syllables at most.
- Reach out to him without touching him at first: he will approach it on his own in a few days then will be caressed.
- Modulate its intonations because the ram rabbit differentiates them very well, this is the reason why we can teach him cleanliness. He indeed understands a “No” pronounced firmly when he defecates anywhere. As is the case for his first name, the important thing is to use short words (yes, bravo, come, bin, litter,…).
It’s exactly the same when you want to teach it not to nibble on chair legs!
To succeed in establishing this beautiful relationship between his ram rabbit and him, the master must always sit at the same level as your animal. This is essential so that the latter is completely reassured. The ram rabbit being very affectionate by nature, he can then be hugged and willingly accept being cuddled, which he greatly appreciates.
Understand your mode of communication
The ram rabbit, as we have pointed out, is an animal endowed with remarkable intelligence. Once well tamed by his master, he seeks his company in all circumstances and even tries to communicate. By being an observer, his master can decipher the messages that the rabbit is trying to send to him.
To communicate, the rabbit uses different parts of its body like its long ears, hind legs, etc. So :
- He stretches his ears backwards: he is not happy,
- He moves his ears back and forth then back to front: he listens attentively,
- He hits the ground with a strong kick of the hind paw: he informs his entourage of an imminent danger,
- He lies down then flattens himself: he waits for caresses,
- He rolls on the ground: he is serene,
- He stands on his hind legs: he observes his environment and is interested in what his master is doing,
- He curls up and growls: he’s in a very bad mood.
By paying close attention to your lop rabbit, we can only appreciate this relationship of complicity which gradually settles. However, you must always take into account and respect the character of your little companion. Some ram rabbits may need more time than others to gain confidence and be domesticated. We therefore remain patient and in no case adopt abruptness with regard to our small animal.
And in any case, we give him enoughspace but also of freedom, inside and outside because the rabbit also loves galloping in the garden! Better, however, that it be closed.