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BT's / Fun Fur's Sparta at 7 weeks old

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Treating wool block and GI Stasis

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BT's / Fun Fur's Sparta at 7 weeks old

Great websites about malocclusion 
(teeth not aligning properly)

I was researching wool block and ran across these websites on malocclusion (teeth not aligning properly). 
It's a topic that often pops-up on the groups. 
I found  these websites interesting. 
They contain diagrams of different types of teeth problems, X-rays, and videos on how to trim your pet bunny's teeth (if they need it). 
There is a new procedure of tooth removal (weird/expensive). 
I was surprised to learn that some malocclusions many be caused by infections.
Even though a lot of rabbit websites claim "breeds with large heads are prone to malocclusion", I don't know too many people that breed fuzzy lops or Holland lops that experience it. 
One fellow who belongs to the "rabbit survey" on the yahoo groups did a survey on this topic. He had his doubts that it was breed related and his survey results seemed to agree with him. 

Bunny Central Information Series
Dental Problems in Rabbits

Long Beach Animal Hospital

Zooh Corner Animal Rescue
Dental Problems in Rabbits

By Sari Kanfer, DVM



Correct Coat Colors?

The Chinchilla fuzzy lop kit (shown below) is exactly 2 weeks old in these photos. It's difficult to judge a color of a rabbit by a photo or from viewing them on the web. These Photos where taken at the same time and same place, I just used a different colored  base for the baby to stand on. Notice how blue the kit looks when placed on the white heating pad and how gray it looks when place on the blue towel. It's how my camera handles color. Color will also differ from one monitor to another. This is why most National Breed Clubs won't offer a web based color guide. 
The Netherland Dwarf club went to great pains and expense to produce a correct color guide published in book form.
This is done by calibrating correct, true color with the help of breeders and professional printers. 
You can join the Netherland Dwarf club and as a new member they include this useful guide. You'll also receive their quarterly magazine. This is especially useful for people wanting to become a Registrar or Judge. 
American Netherland Dwarf Rabbit Club attn; http://www.andrc.com/

There is a lot of confusion with breeding the different colored fuzzy lops.

My Shaded Breeding Program:

I had a Fuzzy Lop and a Holland Lop shaded breeding program that consisted of
Sable point, Siamese sables and Smoke pearl. I also kept Self colors Blue and Black that I could safely breed to the shaded;  I can also breed my Blue and Black fuzzy lops to my Chocolate and Lilac.
I left out Tort because Tort is a Genetically more like a self and not a shaded. It looks shaded and it's under shaded in the ARBA color groups. 
However, when you cross a tort with one of the shaded colors mentioned above you'll get a smutty colored shaded rabbit.
If I want to use a tort to improve body type, I'd breed it to a self color. Then use a self colored kit from that litter to breed to the shaded. I only have one litter that was a tort and sable point breeding. It was the first litter I ever bred.

Below you can see that the C gene is very different in torts from the shaded group.
Self Color group

aaB_C_D_E               Black
aaB_C_dd_E              Blue 
aabbC_D_E                Chocolate
aaddC_dd_E               Lilac 

Shaded Color Group
aaB_C_D_ee               Black tort
aaB_c(chl)_ D_ee        Sable point
aaB_c(chl)_D_E_         Siamese Sable
aaB_c(chl)_ddE_          Smoke Pearl
aaB_c(chl)c(chl)ddE_   Seal (not a recognized fuzzy lop color, but I'd use it in my breeding program)

aa_B_ch_D_E_            Black Pointed white     I'm not much of a pointed white breeder (called AOV in other breeds like Jerseys). I had a Chocolate pointed white. I bred Solid Chocolate to it. I know other breeders will breed them to the shaded group of rabbits. Probably because the C genes are relatively closer in nature.

Sleepy Hollow has a more complete Genetic chart on fuzzy lops.

My Agouti Breeding Program:

When I bought Corbin's Flash  I had to change my color breeding program. Flash was Orange and didn't go with my shaded rabbits. Therefore I switched my breeding program. 
I now carry
Orange, Fawn, Lynx, Chestnut, Opal, Chinchilla, and Squirrel (blue chin)
I still keep
Self colors Blue and Black that I can safely breed to Agouti colors. 
I also have used on occasion
Otter, Silver Marten, Frosty and Ermine, ARBA does not recognize these colors in Fuzzy lops and therefore they aren't showable at ARBA shows.
When I breed
 Otter, Silver Marten, Frosty and Ermine to Chin I get really clean chin colored babies, I also get a lot of Frost and Ermine in my litters. They are really pretty and I send them to pet homes or breeders trying to breed Chins.

I've bred;
Orange X Blue Otter      and got     Opal
Orange X Silver Marten and got     Blue Otter, Orange, and Chinchilla
Chinchilla X Chinchilla   and got     Silver marten, Black, Chinchilla and Frosty.
Blue X Chinchilla            and got     Frosty, Ermine, Blue, Silver Marten, Black
Black X Chinchilla          and got     Chinchilla, Black
Orange X Chinchilla       and got     Chestnut
Blue X Blue Otter           and got     Blue, Blue Otter
Chestnut to Chinchilla    and got     Chinchilla

I Still breed my Blue and Black fuzzy lops to my Chocolate and Lilac.

Below are examples of some young fuzzy lops I've raised.

       Silver Marten                          Frosty                                           Ermine


My biggest challenge with Agouti colors is the coat type. Chin, Squirrel, Chestnut and Opal all require ring definition to the hair of their coat. When their coat is past prime and getting ready for a molt, the coat loses that ring definition. 
Coat color is only worth 5 points out of a 100 but I find if the agouti coat is but a little molted the rabbit won't win. If a tort is a bit molted it seems to matter a bit less. I've also noticed a Chin or Chestnut coat tends to have a different texture than tort or shaded. I asked other breeders that have been breeding agouti for 10-20 years and it seems to be the nature of the coat. The coat tends to be more open (less thick) than the shaded coats.  Most judges don't know this and can heavily fault an agouti. 
I've found a broken Agouti pattern to be my best choice for Agouti colored show animals. The white pattern on the coat doesn't need the ring definition, the white coat lasts longer and is thicker. Fun Fur's Silver Bullet is my solid Chinchilla. His flank area molts first and loses it's ring definition. His coat has to be 100% for him to win a class, otherwise he places in the top of the class but doesn't get a leg. So the broken pattern solves much of the coat issues. Corbin's Anna is my Broken Chinchilla Doe. She's in coat almost all year round. When she does molt I've noticed that her chin patches will be shorter and thinner than her white patches.
My Doe Fun Fur's Halo is my first agouti with an unusually thick "shake and show" coat. I'm trying to breed that coat into the rest of my herd.




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