Jersey Wooly

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Jersey Wooly
JerseyWooly123.jpg
Other names Jersey Woolys
Nicknames Woolies
Country of origin USA
Traits
Weight Male: M Ideal Weight 3lbs
  Female: F Ideal Weight 3lbs
Fur type wool non-satin

The Jersey Wooly is a breed of Domestic rabbit weighing about 3 pounds with a bold head and easy-care wool fur on their body. They are noted for their docile nature, and gentle disposition.[1]

Origins[edit]

Bonnie Seeley of High Bridge, New Jersey introduced the Jersey Wooly at the 1984 American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) Convention in Orlando, Florida. It was recognized by the ARBA in 1988. Today, the Jersey Wooly is one of the most widely-exhibited rabbits at local and national shows in the United States. They are also renowned as highly docile pets.[1]

The Jersey Wooly was developed by crossing the Netherland Dwarf and the French Angora. The result of this cross was a petite rabbit with a wool coat.Early Jersey Woolies still maintained the oblong body shape of the French Angora, made smaller by the influence of the dwarfing gene.[1]

Appearance and personality[edit]

A full grown Jersey Wooly weighs 1 - 1.5 kg (2.5 - 3.5 pounds) with 3 lbs being considered ideal.[2] They have compact body type. The ears are small and erect, standing about 212 inches long. 3 inch ears are the maximum length allowed for exhibition stock per the ARBA's Standard of Perfection. The head is bold and squarish which led the breed to being affectionately referred to as the "Mug Head". These rabbits are very affectionate and playful. Most Jersey Woolys have very friendly personalities. As pets they range from laid-back lap bunnies to outgoing explorers.

Lifespan[edit]

The average life span of a Jersey Wooly can depend on many factors, including genetics and care. It is not uncommon for a Jersey Wooly to live 7-10+ years when properly cared for. There is a common myth that those who have had litters die sooner, but this has not been scientifically proven. Many rabbit breeders have healthy Jersey Woolys who have had multiple litters live just as long as pet Jersey Woolys who have never had babies. It is also believed that neutering and spaying these rabbits will add years to their life span. Without neutering or spaying, rabbits can develop cancer and tumors that are life-threatening. A competent, experienced exotics veterinarian is the best way to minimize surgical complications. [3]

Care[edit]

A Jersey Wooly's coat should be brushed regularly. Shearing the fur is not recommended, as the long guard hairs are part of what makes the coat so maintenance free. Jersey Woolys are easily litter box trained with time and patience. Rabbits can live indoors or outdoors, in a sturdy hutch or cage with suitable space. The spaces between wires should be small enough that your Jersey Wooly can't get its head stuck. A cage designed for small animals will have a removable bottom pan, to make cleaning easier. Pans should be cleaned once a week for outdoors rabbits, and as often as needed for indoors. Jersey Wooly rabbits enjoy being cuddled and played with by their owner when held properly, romping in a safe environment outside their habitat, and playing with rabbit-safe toys.

Handling and petting your rabbit helps you to know their body. If any unusual nodes or masses show themselves, you may be able to get a jump on treatment. Albon can be used to combat these infections.[4] Amoxicillin should never be used as it is fatal to rabbits. Don't be afraid to ask for treatment.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c National Jersey Wooly Rabbit Club http://www.njwrc.net/
  2. ^ Jersey Wooly Rabbit Information and History, Retrieved November 8, 2013
  3. ^ http://www.rabbit.org/care/index.html
  4. ^ Albon Treatment for Coccidia, Retrieved November 8, 2013