Mini Satin Rabbits are miniature versions of Satins via the breeding of full-sized Satins with Netherland Dwarfs and (possibly) Polish. They are currently considered as a rare breed and are the latest breed to be recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA). These beautiful creatures have the brilliance and sheen of the satin fur in a much more compact, and arguably cuter, package.Pets online
As the brainchild of Ariel Hayes, the Mini Satin Rabbit project started in Michigan late in the 1970s. However, her quest to establish the breed was aborted in 1982 and her animals were sold as food or pets.
During the mid-1980s up to 1999, a number of breeders contributed to efforts for the creation of tiny Satins. There was a shift in the shape of the rabbit from “Satinette,” which is basically a satinized Netherland Dwarf to an animal that is more compact and full-bodied and would now be referred to as a Mini Satin. In 1998 and 1999, the ARBA presentations were unsuccessful.
A Certificate of Development was obtained by J. Leo Collins. To enhance the general quality of the rabbits, Collins narrowed his focus to just two varieties — red and albino white. This strategy was successful.
Breed Varieties and Colors
In 2006, Mini Satin Rabbits in just one variety, REW, were acknowledged as the 47th breed. There are now quite a few accepted color varieties of Mini Satin Rabbits acknowledged by the ARBA. These include:
• Chocolate agouti
• Silver Marten
• Broken (this is any color combined with white)
Weight and Size
The weight of the Mini Satin Rabbit is roughly between 3¼ and 4¾ pounds. This breed of rabbit has a body type that is small and compact. In essence, these rabbits have a moderately elongated body with a slightly stocky build. Their ears have a maximum measurement of 3½ inches long; beyond this length, the animal will be subject to disqualification. Additionally, their ears are supposed to be upright, thick, short and covered fully with fur. Ideally, the shoulders of the rabbits should have a good width and so should their hindquarters and midsection. The depth of the body of Mini Satins should also complement the width of their bodies. In addition, the head of this rabbit breed should be full, well-rounded and fixed onto a short neck.
The average lifespan of healthy Mini Satins is approximately 5 to 8 years. However, they can live up to 12 years in captivity.
Litter size for a Mini Satin
The average litter size for Mini Satins is between 2 and 4 bunnies.
Caring for pet Mini Satin Rabbits
Similar to other short-furred rabbits, mini satin rabbits do not require a lot of grooming. To keep the animals looking beautiful, simply give them a quick once over with a damp cloth or soft brush; this will get rid of the dead hairs. More frequent grooming will be necessary during a molt. Every month or so, their claws will require clipping. Just like other rabbits, the mini satin does not require bathing; you can just spot clean the areas that need it.