Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Jersey Wooly Rabbit: The Quiet And Calm Personality With A Wooly Coat!

Jersey Wooly Rabbit: The Quiet And Calm Bunny Breed With A Wooly Coat!


Different breeds for Small animals such as Rabbits are often developed to satisfy the appreciation for unique appearances in the past. Easily mistaken for a Netherland Dwarf Rabbit due to their size and facial features, the Jersey Wooly is a separate breed of Rabbit known for its gentle personality— as soft as their wooly coats, if we may say ☺
Jersey Wooly Rabbit Breed
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Where did this wooly Rabbit come from?



Jersey Wooly Rabbit


Jersey Wooly Rabbits may not necessarily have an extensive history like other Rabbit breeds, simply because it is a relatively new breed developed only in the 1970s. A lady named Bonnie Seely from New Jersey was hoping to develop a Rabbit breed that had a calm and even temperament, on top of being tiny with a wooly exterior. Through careful selections of Rbbits with good temperaments, She decided to cross a Netherland Dwarf and a French Angora.
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The breeding result was a compact Rabbit with the size of a Netherland Dwarf, with a wooly but easy-care coat of the French Angora. In 1984 Bonnie began to display and exhibit these wooly Buns in Rabbit shows and conventions. And in 1988, the ARBA (America Rabbit Breeders’ Association) recognized these Buns under the name Jersey Wooly.

Fun Fact #1      If you haven't already guessed, the name Jersey Wooly was inspired by none other than this Rabbit breed's origins— New Jersey!



Jersey Wooly Rabbit Appearance


Size — The small compact bodies of a Jersey Wooly shouldn’t look too bunched-up nor stretched out. A fully grown adult Rabbit of this breed can weigh up to 1.5 kgs.

Features — A Jersey Wooly Rabbit's bold, squarish head has been lovingly nicknamed Mug-Head. Accompanying those heads are small erect ears of about 6 cm long. The distinguished feature of a Jersey Wooly Rabbit has to be its wooly coat of about 4cm, around the whole body.
Colour — Varieties are split into 5 groups, such as:
Jersey Wooly Rabbit Temperament
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1. Agouti, which consists of Chinchilla, Chestnut, Squirrel and Opal.
2. Self colour consists of Blue, Clack, Chocolate and Lilac.
3. Broken colours include all colours with White.
4.Shaded consists of Tortoise-shell, Sable point, Seal, Siamese, and Smoke Pearl.
5. Tan-pattern colour, which includes Black otter, Blue otter, Silver Marten and Sable Marten.



Jersey Wooly Rabbit Grooming


Though Jersey Wooly Rabbits have easy-care wool coats, the basic necessity of regular brushing is still required. This helps rid loose hair and keep your Wooly's coat free of matting and tangles. Due to the sensitivity of a Jersey Wooly's skin, avoid using a wire brush. Clean out their ears with a Vet-approved cleanser and cotton balls, trim their nails whenever necessary and check that their genital areas are always clean.
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Brushing a Jersey Wooly
Hot Tip      Rabbits do not require water baths, they are extremely stressful and could cause skin irritation. Purchase pet-friendly powder-bath for small animals (not to be confused with sand-baths for Hamsters or Chinchillas). If you have a pet Bunny with bad toilet habits, you may spot clean soiled areas with a damp cloth. Keep your Rabbits dry!

If you do not know how to perform these grooming or maintenance tasks, approach a trusted Veterinarian or Groomer for advice and professional services 



Jersey Wooly Rabbit Personality


While Jersey Wooly Rabbits are developed specifically and known for their sweet, calm, and gentle personality, patience, love and attention go a long way in building a bond of trust. By allowing free-exploration time daily around the house, your pet Rabbits grow accustomed to their surroundings and gradually begins to socialize with other Pets— under your watchful eyes of course!
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We'd always like to stress the fact that small Pets such as Rabbits may seem like an excellent choice for a first Pet, and yet they're subjected to abandonment when owners learn of their shy, wary nature and the responsibilities they come with for a small animal. Prior preparation and commitment results in a loving, lasting bond. With proper love and care, the average lifespan of a Jersey Wooly Rabbit is 8 years or more!



Rabbit Housing And Feed


Hygiene — Keep your Rabbits home clean. Fresh food, water and a regular change of bedding and litter is required. Change out their litter trays daily, and replace soiled bedding— leaving them to sit in their own waste could lead up to serious infections.

Litter — Any wired-flooring cage must have a solid flat area for the Bunnies to rest their feet. This prevents sore hocks. If you have a solid flooring cage or living space, ensure that your Rabbits are litter-trained. This can be achieved by introducing a litter pan filled with litter (i.e. wood based pellets) and feeding hay— to entice them.
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Bedding & Toys — Avoid Pine and Cedar wood bedding, these bedding options are known to cause respiratory problems for small Pets and animals. Also provide them with toys for entertainment and ample space for daily exploring. Wooden chew toys are handy in preventing painful overgrown teeth!

Feed — Hay has multiple uses for your Bunnies. Apart from being a choice of bedding for some owners, good-quality Hay is also a staple food source in your Rabbit's diet. Invest in quality hay to provide your Buns with sufficient fiber, alongside the daily dosage of food pellets and greens.

Note to only introduce greens to rabbits above 8 weeks of age. Fruits can also be given in tiny proportions as an occasional snack or treat.

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Disclaimer


This article was written with informational purposes, as you know, we’d love to share our collective research and experiences as fellow Pet owners and lovers. It is not meant to alternate in any way as advice or diagnosis of Professionals.

ThePetsDialogue claims no credit for images posted on this article unless otherwise displayed/stated. All rights go to respective owners as mentioned. If you do not wish for your image(s) to appear here do drop us an e-mail and it will be removed promptly. If you do wish to use any of our original published information, you are welcome to contact us!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Silkie Guinea Pig: Facts, Care and Personality On This Sleek Guinea Pig Breed!

Silkie Guinea Pig: Facts, Care and Personality On This Sleek Guinea Pig Breed!


In the world of furry, domestic small animals, Guinea Pigs sit in between Rabbits, Chinchillas and Hamsters. Over the years since Guinea Pigs were first discovered, exotic-looking breeds were bred and developed to cater to the rise in popularity around the world. The Silkie Guinea Pig is one such exquisite long-hair breed.
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Fun Fact #1      The Silkie Guinea Pig is also referred to as the Sheltie Guinea Pig! Thhe term Sheltie is more commonly used in Europe.



Silkie Guinea Pig


The ancestral roots of all Guinea Pigs can be traced back to the Tschudi Guinea Pig from South America as early as 5000 BC— First descendant breed being American Shothairs. Before different  breeds of Guinea Pigs were developed, Guinea Pigs were known to be a food source for tribes in the Andean Region of South America. Other early civilisations had purposes for Guinea Pigs which included religious ceremonies, and even gift exchange. Folk Doctors of tribes were also known to utilize Guinea Pigs to tell ailments and study medicine when Western medicine was lacking. 
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The origin of Silkie Guinea Pig has two sources, some have reported that the discovery began in the United Kingdom during the 1970s, in the midst of experimenting for exotic Guinea Pigs (rumoured to be around the same time as the Skinny Guinea Pig). While others state that the first sighting and breeding developments were done so in Southern California, where the first Silkies were from a batch of Peruvian Cavy babies without rosettes. Regardless of either source, the Silkie Guinea Pig was indeed a result of crossbreeding between an all-Black Guinea Pig and a Peruvian.



Silkie Guinea Pig Appearance


Size — All breeds of Guinea Pigs are relatively within the same size. An adult Cavy has an average length of 20 to 30cm, weighing 900g to 1 kg for males, and 700 to 900g for females.

Features — The most renowned feature of a Silkie is its long, smooth and silky coat. Its no wonder how the breed name came about! Amongst long-hair Guinea Pig breeds, Silkies have the sleekest 'dos with a natural combed-back flow. 

Fun Fact #2      Its tough not to confuse the Silkie with a Peruvian. One easy way is to look out for the hair on top of their heads— the one with a rosette and more hair on top is most likely a Peruvian. Silkies always have their hairdos sleek
Silkie guinea pig vs Peruvian
Left: Peruvian, Right: Silkie
Peruvians also have even length of hair throughout their bodies, while Silkies have hair that increases in length from their heads to their rears. When viewed from above, Silkies may sometimes look like a "teardrop".

Colour — A variety of colours and patterns are available for Guinea Pigs these days, colourations can range from Black, Beige, Cream, Lilac, Blue, Red, White, and Chocolate, with patterns such as Brindle, Ticked, Agouti, Harlequin, Magpie, Roan and Tortoise-shell.



Grooming A Silkie Guinea Pig


The exquisite, movie star-esque hairdo of a Silkie comes with regular maintenance. Brushing and combing at least once or twice a week, to rid dirt, tangles and matting. Keep their coats shiny and smooth by giving them a bath at least once every month. However, due to the sensitivity of a Cavy's skin, full baths are strongly not recommended— using a soft cloth dampened with water, wipe down your Silkie's coat in a gentle manner. Trim their nails every month or whenever necessary.
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Fun Fact #3      Such a pretty Guinea Pig is best flaunted at shows, therefore the upkeep of its luscious long coat calls for a little more effort in care, more suited for an experienced Cavy owner.

Non-show Silkies — Keep their coats short for easier maintenance, making sure it does not go beyond their legs at least.

If you are unsure how to perform any of these tasks, consult a trusted and experienced Guinea Pig or small animal Groomer for professional handling.



Silkie Guinea Pig Personality


Known as one of the gentlest amongst all Guinea Pig breeds, a Silkie may take a little longer to accustom to its surroundings and you— small animals are naturally shy and wary at the beginning, requiring a lot of patience and love to build trust between owner and pet Cavy.
Exploration of their surroundings, home-grooming and frequent handling can improve this relationship, gradually leading up to feeding them out of your own hand. With proper care and attention, the average lifespan of a Silkie Guinea Pig is 12 to 14 years. 



Guinea Pig Care: Housing And Feed


Housing — Every Guinea Pig’s home should be filled with a good bedding of hay, toys and ample room for exercise and active movements— Wooden toys satisfies a Cavy's chewing needs and prevents overgrown teeth. Pine and Cedar wood bedding should be avoided as they may cause respiratory problems. Straw is also not advisable due to its level of absorbency. Keep your Silkie Guinea Pig's long hair healthy and dirt-free by checking on the cleanliness of their home.
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Feeding — Good quality Hay is an absolute staple in any Guinea Pig's diet. Introduce a plate of good-quality hay with food pellets mixed in. Guinea Pigs require a ton of Fiber and Vitamin C, hence the inclusion of fresh vegetables and occasional fruits treats are a healthy option. Recommendations for good quality Hay types are Timothy Hay, to encourage healthy teeth and a good digestive system.

Hot Tip      To avoid consumption of soiled hay, clean their living space regularly and provide fresh food and water!


You might also be interested in these: 

Useful Tips On How To Life Hack For Guinea Pigs

What Can My Guinea Pig Eat?: Guinea Pig Safe Greens and Fruits





Your Stories Can Be Heard Too


Do YOU have a story to share? Your voices are important to us and the Pets community! Our readers are encouraged to share their Pet-related reviews of a place and its services, experiences, even lifestyle tips and tricks to better our Pets lives, on our platform, one paw at a time. Be a part of an educational and informative Pets community because at ThePetsDialogue, your voices could make a huge difference on a global scale.

Write to us at hello@thepetsdialogue.com today!

Our website is a work in progress, however, if you did find our articles interesting please do feel free to share! For more Pet care tips and other Pet-related articles, head to www.thepetsdialogue.com 



Disclaimer


This article was written with informational purposes, as you know, we’d love to share our collective research and experiences as fellow Pet owners and lovers. It is not meant to alternate in any way as advice or diagnosis of Professionals.

ThePetsDialogue claims no credit for images posted on this article unless otherwise displayed/stated. All rights go to respective owners as mentioned. If you do not wish for your image(s) to appear here do drop us an e-mail and it will be removed promptly. If you do wish to use any of our original published information, you are welcome to contact us!