Ermine (Ermine - Polonais)
Italian standard of the cunicule breeds: LIGHT BREEDS CATEGORY.
Weight: ideal 1.2 kg allowed up to 1.5 kg.
Created in England around 1880 with the Polish name, it was the first dwarf breed to be selected, starting from Dutch breed subjects born with a white coat. The selection was then perfected in Germany, where the breed was called Ermine.
The body is gathered, short and rounded, equally wide in front and behind. Characteristic is the posture, with the fore limbs straight and the arched back, similar to that of the Hare breed.
The ears are short and straight, fine and hairy, with an ideal length of 5.5 cm. The head is rounded and the eyes large, called frog.
In Italy white with blue eyes and white with ruby (albino) eyes are allowed.
The corresponding breed in the United States is Britannia Petite (admitted colors white with ruby eyes and otter black).
The very small size and the harmonious and graceful whole make it an appreciated pet. According to some, due to the very lively character, it is not suitable for children.
Atypical subjects; head too narrow and elongated; very thin ears; almost hairless, fleshy, sexually not fully developed subject, in relation to the category of presentation on display.
Male Rabbit of Ermine breed (photo National Association of Italian Rabbit Breeders ANCI)
Female Rabbit of Ermine breed (photo National Association of Italian Rabbit Breeders ANCI)
Ermine blue eye (photo AgriUmbria 2018)
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All aspects related to his presence in the home are treated clearly and sympathetically, from hospitalization to feeding, from coexistence with other animals to daily care, from reproduction to his health.