Daily Archives: January 18, 2009

Tru-Luv Truffles: Day 6

Little Truffles is growing well. I am a little sympathetic with this singleton like any other. No siblings to cuddle up with.

Let’s stay happy looking at some photos.

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Tru-Luv Rabbitry @ Pet Epicure

Nothing feels better than to hang out with animal people on a Sunday afternoon. It been quite a while since I participated such an outing. I made new friends while trying to promote the rabbitry. I felt right at home although the place was filled with cats. I was happy to have a couple of people interested in the Holland Lop.

I reach the Pet Boutique at approximately 11 am. I was greeted with a very cosy little shop that reminds me of the movie set of Noting Hill. LOL! At one glance you would agree that the shop was very well layout and all products are placed in the most appropriate locations.

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There were 2 Cockatiels at the entrance.

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Is that a Standard Poodle?! And a Chihuahua!?

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Cats! Meow!

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The breed showcase. I was really amazed by the Maine Coon but I forgot to take a picture of them.

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Cats for adoption. Only RM50!

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Here are Alicia’s rabbits in the NIC panel.

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Skor and Luna was placed right in front of the counter. I could tell that they were a little stressed out Skor especially. LOL….img_9961Being the rabbit expert for the day. LOL…

I believe I avoided many questions today because I was hanging out mostly outside the boutique. Somehow I was sneezing non-stop and I just couldn’t identify what I was allergy to. No offence to Pet Epicure, I believe it was the Guinea Pigs. LOL!!!!

All in all, I really enjoyed myself getting to know new friends and learned so much about cats, scorpions, tarantula and snakes! Yeah, that’s what we were doing outside the boutique. Having PET talks!!!

Hope Pet Epicure all the best for their boarding and adoption services. May 2009 be prosperous!

Thank you very much Alicia, Jonathan & everyone at Pet Epicure!

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Normal, True Dwarf & Peanut

I would like to take some time to share my knowledge about some terms that are very common among dwarf rabbit breeders. This applies especially to any dwarf breeds including the Holland Lop.

There is something call the dwarf genes in dwarf rabbits and the genotype “symbol” usually used is dw. The normal gene is denoted as Dw.

A normal or false dwarf will normally have the genotype of DwDw. Meaning to say a pair of normal gene. These rabbits do not have the dwarfing traits like short ears, short limbs and big massive head like a midget. But I must say that some may make very good breeding materials.

Now, a true dwarf is a rabbit with the genotype of Dwdw which means, 1 normal gene and 1 dwarf gene.

Lastly, a peanut is a kit that has dwdw genotype.

So you may ask, how can I not get a peanut. Breeding a DwDw to a Dwdw will ensure no peanut. Just take a look at the combination. Each parent will contribute 1 gene to the offspring so DwDw x Dwdw will only give you DwDw and Dwdw. Meaning, normal kits and true dwarfs.

What is not desirable is to breed DwDw with DwDw. This combination only give you normal kits.

To increase the chances of true dwarfs or show compatible Holland Lops, breeders normally breed a Dwdw to a Dwdw. And this combination will produce peanuts.

How do you know that the kit is a true dwarf? True dwarfs normally have thick stumpy legs, big head, short ears and most importantly, the length of the hind feet is not longer than 2 times the width of the feet itself. So if you’re getting long hind feet, this normally means your kit is turning to be a normal.

And if you are getting peanuts, it means that both the parents are true dwarfs.

I believe that in the market today, most of the “Holland Lop” are not only normal with the DwDw gene, they could also be a possibility of being mixed bred.

There you go, some information about the true dwarfs in our modern world.

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