What breed rabbit? Litterbox Q too?

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  1. cshma11

    cshma11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My little rabbit is about 11 weeks old now. I bought her at Rural King, they said they got her from a local 4-H girl, and they think she is lionhead, or lionhead and mini rex, or lionhead and lop ear. Any ideas? Also, she is doing really great at only peeing in her litterbox (no worries, I'm using all natural fluffy recycled paper litter, not pine shavings. But she still poops randomly as she runs around. Is there anything I can do to help teach her to only poop in the litterbox?

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  2. DutchBunny03

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    Certainly looks like a lionhead, but probably not a purebred.
    Put some of the droppings in the litterbox. She will eventually get the idea. If you find she has a particular spot she prefers to do her business in, move the litterbox there.
     
  3. cshma11

    cshma11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She likes to do her business in her container for hay [​IMG] I clean it out every single day, and put some of the soiled hay and pellets in her litterbox, but no dice. I've given up on that front for now, but aside from that, it's just here and there. I sweep them up and put them in her litterbox. Aside from the hay container, I find less and less outside the litterbox.
     
  4. DutchBunny03

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    Thats good. She may like the feeling of the hay more than the paper. Put some straw or cheap hay in the litterbox, and switch the litterbox to the location of the hay feeder. If that doesn't work, she may just take a while to train. But eventually, she should get it
     
  5. cshma11

    cshma11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got her a hay feeder thing so she can't climb in and pee or poop in it, and she is doing much better! Also, I went by Rural King on Monday and they put me in touch with the 4-H girl who breeds them. Lucy is a full lionhead! Since she was showing them at 4-H shows, they have to be a recognized breed, I guess? So yeah, cool :)
     
  6. cshma11

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  7. DutchBunny03

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    Yay!!!
    Not necessarily. A majority of 4H shows are only showmanship, in which the exhibitor of the rabbit is judged on handling, not the rabbit itself. I've seen some rabbits at 4H shows that it can be hard to tell if it is even a rabbit. Other shows, such as ARBA or state/breed club sanctioned shows, judge on the rabbit's conformity to the breed standard.And even in those, you can get away with showing a non-purebred rabbit, as long as it looks the part. If by recognized breed, you mean a breed that actually exists outside or some breeder's backyard, than yes, lionheads are a recognized breed.
     
  8. cshma11

    cshma11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If her parents are both pedigreed full lionheads then she is a full lionhead also though, yes? She doesn't have a pedigree for Lucy, but both of the parents are pedigreed :)
     
  9. DutchBunny03

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    Then she is purebred, as long as both her parents are. Many breeders keep pedigrees for non-purebred rabbits, because pedigrees are EXTREMELY useful for rabbitry management.
     

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