I keep two Rex rabbits for breeding, one standard black otter female and one mini fawn/lynx buck. They are lovely with kids, hens and guinea pigs. The males can be quite dominant and need a firm confident hand to keep them in check. Would recommend them over any other breed. It must be said that I would also advocate immunisation as the diseases rabbits can get are nasty and normally fatal.
Appearance: Beautifu! My Rex changes colour with the seasons, he is a golden orange colour in summer, chocolate brown in autumn and black in winter; and always with a white tummy! Big brown eyes, and the biggest feet and ears your have ever seen!
Friendliness: The most placid, laid back and friendly rabbit I've owned. He has NEVER bitten or nipped or scratched and all my other rabbits have at one point done so, despite being friendly and well looked after. Mine runs up to you when you walk up to his hutch/ run and if you ignore him he keeps running up and down untill you go over. He doesn't like being picked up, but he will sit for ages and be stroked as long as his feet are firmly on the ground/floor of his home. As he has got older he has got a bit grumpy. He now chooses when he wants a stroke and if he will run up to you. But we can forgive him for being a bit of a grump due to his golden old age! A dandelion leaf usually changes his mind!
Hardiness; In the past six years we have owned our Rex he has never once needed a vet or any medicine or treatment due to never being ill. However, this is until the last six months, he is now 10 years old and naturally he is deteriating in strength and has been to the vet 3 times for very minor things, but this would be the same for any old rabbit, or human! So, a very hardy rabbit. I would say though, due to there fur they do feel the cold more; but extra hay and insulation such as cardboard and a plastic sheeting around there home would sort them out.
Garden friendliness: Not great, Our rex likes to dig, nibbles my mums flowers and shrubbery and poo's and wee's like a trooper!! As a positive he is a good lawn mower and keeps the grass short and is a delight to watch. He also only poos in one corner of his run as well so its easy to scrap up. (he doesnt poo at all in his hutch, he crosses his legs untill he is let out! So he rarely needs cleaning out)
Summery: Our Rex is the friendliest, best looking rabbit we have ever owened. He has been the least trouble, cheapest and most friendly! If I was to buy another rabbit after he has passed away if would undoubtably be a Rex.
Of course our rabbit will not be the same as every other Rex rabbit. But ours has never been 'nervous' or 'jumpy' and we actually rescued him from a not very nice begining. With time and love i think any Rex would calm down. If you adapt to what they feel safe with, eg. ours doesnt like to be picked up, so we dont, (his run attaches to his house so we just open his door) you will have a happy rabbit and in turn a friendly rabbit. :)
Happy rabbit hunting!
I have always had rabbits when growing up, lops, lionheads, dutch, you name it i've had it. Yet my favouite so far is the rex. Their coat is beautiful and with the right treatment can be wonderful additions to the family. I have found that darker coats like the orange and castor can be jumpy and need constant handling to settle them, yet the blues and dalmation or 'broken' coats have the best temperments, and enjoy snuggling with their owners. If you are interested in purchasing one buy from reputable breeders as then they will not only be in the best health but well loved to.
My rex rabbit-Thumper, sadly recently passed away at the age of 5. I think that was quite a young age for a rabbit to die. She was very nervous and stress when we first got her but she settled down after about a week. She never had a calm temperament, and loved to run around our large garden, but she was very affectionate when she wanted to be! She is badly missed.
My favourite breed and colour is the orange rex. My buck is approx 6 years old now and although his coat has faded somewhat with age everyone who sees or touches him is amazed by the velvet coat. He was very nervous when I got him when a year old and even with daily handling and plently of free exercise in the garden he was still jumpy until a year ago when I paired him up with another rescued bunny; a small lop doe who is very confident and a bit cheeky. Since then he appears so happy and is a lot calmer. The breed is very hare-like with long ears and an athletic body. The orange coat is set off by a pale almost white underbelly.
My rex feels the cold and used to have a "snugglesafe" pet hot pad in the winter in his hutch but last winter I brought him indoors as he seemed very cold and a bit miserable. He's back outside enjoying the summer. They are truly beautiful rabbits.