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                                                                                 So who are we ?
We are hobbyist show rabbit breeder who shows all over the country at rabbit shows. We show and bred under the parnership between Dee and Richard  as "Rabbit Mad". The advantages of getting a rabbit from a private hobbyist show rabbit breeder like ourselves is that our breeding has been carefully planned and thought through with regard to producing robust, healthy rabbits of good temperament and hopefully we can sex my offspring correctly. We have only pure bred rabbits and  have aimed to produce rabbits that are of good size and a good example of the breed in accordance with the breed show standard, with the intention of keeping some of the young rabbits for ourselves for showing and or new breeding stock.
Dee has been a member of the British Rabbit Council for over 28 years and a member of the Rabbit Welfare Association for over 9 years. We keep and breed six types of rabbit, (please see the details below). We have four house rabbits, Spot, Socks, Rimmer and Rubin.

However there will always be surplus rabbits that do not come up to show standard that we don't keep.
These are offered to people wanting  rabbits.
All of my rabbits are kept and cared for to the highest standard. we breed purely for myself and show purposes, and our rabbits are not breed for profit making. We pride myself on looking after our Rabbits, breeding them for our own personal pleasure, and only letting our surplus bunnies that are 10 weeks plus go to suitable homes. We can and do refuse a home, if we believe that the person or family are not suitable. Any funds they generate are used for the up-keep and welfare of our rabbits. Anyone breeding and keeping rabbits correctly will make a loss on the sale of these rabbits.
In July 2008 Dee  launched an internet shop to help fund our ever growing bunny family.
If you are homing a bunny from us, please also support us by buying your cage or your accessories at Dee's shop.
If you decide to go elsewhere or you already have a cage please check with us beforehand that it is suitable for the rabbit that you are wishing to home. We will ask you to email us a photo of it. If you have the wrong size cage we will not let you have one of  our bunnies.
  We regularly handle our  young rabbits, this makes them confident about being handled, all our rabbits leave us hand tame. We will take the time to make sure you understand what is involved with keeping and caring for rabbits. We will show you how to approach and handle your chosen one. We will also give you a  care leaflet, a weeks worth of the food that rabbit has been eating, plus on-going advice for the care and well -being of your rabbit. If you would like to reserve a rabbit or rabbits, we will require a £20 non-refundable deposits to secure the one of your choice, your deposit will only be returned due to unforeseen circumstances on our  behalf & not because you have changed your mind.
Please take the time to read our full terms on homing a bunny from us.

If you are not sure then please don't book.   Our free time is very limited.

Member of the
BRC

BRITISH RABBIT COUNCIL
Member of the
RWAF

Rabbit welfare association & fund
 

The rabbits cost us in excess of £250 a week to keep, they are housed in sheds that are air conditioned in the summer months and heated in the winter. Every shed is fully netted against flying insects and have lighting for 16 hours a day.
Within the sheds every bunny has it’s own spacious hutch with a litter tray, sleeping box for the girls and a shelf for the boys plus lots of toys normally stolen from the internet shop. The bunnies will claim that they are just testing them!!!!!!
  We have several neutered bonded pairs who will share a home. These are normally retired show or breeding bunnies that we can’t part with.
Every bunny receives daily attention, some crave a lot, were others are happy with a head rub at breakfast time. Every bunny is fed daily a mixture of Millen rabbit food advance, with either Timothy hay, Italian Rye Grass or best English meadow hay.
With un-limited access to fresh water supplied in bottles.
The bunnies are cleaned out weekly, with a top layer being added mid week, to keep the cages fresh and clean. We use either the No frills straw litter with my wonderful lemon straw for the long haired bunnies or a lavender shavings with lemon straw for the short haired ones.
A normal clean out, we will use: 20kg of lemon straw, 60kg of no frills, 1 x 20kg bales of lavender shavings. Our weekly feeding we get through 100kg of Feed, 20kg of  Timothy hay, 20kg of Itailian Rye grass plus a bale of  Sussex hay. Plus any new bottles, toys etc. And any vet treatment.
All in all a very expensive past time
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Breeds of Rabbits that we show and breed are as follows:

im000511orange_doe.jpgLionheads: We only breed and keep four colours: Agouti, Orange, Red Eyed White andAgouti Lionhead Doe Cinnamon and these are some of the best examples of the breed in the country; they are line breed to the highest standard for type, coat and mane. The rabbits have a good show life, usually in excess of 5 years. However it is the does that are shown as adults and we do not breed from these, instead choosing to use brood does for my new youngsters. The bucks do not have huge manes after 6 months, so they are only shown as youngsters after which they either stay with me as stud bucks or go to other breeders or new  homes. Being the better tempered of the sexes and most of them being litter trained with the bonus of them being  very well handled  bunnies. They  make excellent house bunnies.

 

A Black Otter Netherland  Dwaf buck-Dec Stacey Siamese Smoke netherland Dwarf plus litter or 2 babiesNetherland Dwarfs: back in the late 1990s this breed dominated Dee's life. We then chose to concentrate on all the work that needed to be done with the Lionheads to have the breed accepted. So the Netherlands began to give way to generation after generation of Lionheads, produced to show to the Breed Standards Committee and achieve the standardisation of the breed. We still have a handful of Netherlands and we concentrate on breeding Smokes, Sables and Otters. Occasionally they do produce the odd Red Eyed White and most of the local magicians have a white bunny that is one of ours. We kept an Otter buck in 2007and he has already won ten ‘best of breeds’ awards. We have two new hopefulls for the 2013 show season.We are  now building our stud of Dwarfs back up. This is a slow process as they have very small litters, if at all.
 

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Mini Lion Lops:We only have a handful of these. We have chosen to enhance the breed ourselves, which is a very slow process, especially when your key doe just will not breed! Our first major show with Lion Lops was The Stafford Six Star Show, where we were very luck to win ‘Best Under Five Months Other Variety Lop’ with a young Agouti doe called Mange Tout. She also made it on to the ‘Victory Row Section’ and we hope that there will be many more successes to follow. 2013 and the Lionlops are gradually coming the way we had hoped. We have been working on Sootyfawn in the process, We have nice Oranges, Sealpoints & a stunning Fawn coming on. 2013- WE WON OUR FIRST BEST LOP, in show.
 

 

Checkers Tri-Dutch
 
 

Tri-coloured Dutch: These are one of the hardest rabbits to breed for showing. In terms of show rabbits, not only do the Dutch markings need to be perfect but the colours within the markings do too. We probably have owned some of the best examples of this breed. The photographs are of Checkers – and yes he is real, we haven’t painted him! We have undertaken the repeat mating for him five times and haven’t yet managed to breed anything as wonderful as him yet.- 2015 Just Checkers left now-who is nine, he will be the last of them. RIP age 10 years 31/7/16. We are no longer breeding these.

 

Checkers Tri-Dutch

 

 


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Perry Mini Lop BuckMini Lops: These are ‘our babies’,   the darlings of the stud, always pleased to see you, always wanting a fuss and seeking attention. We show them under a stud prefix:  M. A. D. Stud,  quite fitting really. We mainly show those with the butterfly pattern, again not an easy thing to do with a white patch in the wrong place earning a disqualification. We have Otters, Chocolates, Fawns, Sooty-Fawns, Oranges & Harlequins plus a few others. 
 
 

To read about our German show click here

Dwarf Fox:
The translation of the German name -FUCHSZWERGE is Dwarf Fox, this doesn't really explain what the breed is, so basically it is a slightly bigger Netherland Dwarf weighing in at up to 3lb 4oz with the ideal being 2lb 40z-3lb,that's 8oz heavier than the Netherland Dwarf. The coat on the Dwarf Fox is that of the much larger Swiss Fox, the coat being the only resemblance to the Swiss Fox breed. Dee's niece aptly put it when she first saw them on their arrival from Germany-- they look like bath "scrunchies" so introducing  "The Dwarf Scrunchies". These will be our  latest project, the goal being firstly to get them accepted and standardized in the UK, Dee will be applying for the colour acceptance certificate from the BRC for the Red colour-although we believe in Europe these are classified as "yellow"- We think someone needs their eyes tested!!!!  We are no longer breeding these.

Bonded pairs:

The buck in these pairs has already been neutered

Click here to see the pairs available

And last but by no means least -there was a  ‘The Display Team’: There was an English Lop, a Belgian Hare, a Continental Giant cross, a Himalayan, and an Argente Noir. which together with one of each of the breeds above makes the full works. Click here to meet them. 2013-As the years have pasted the display team have gradually gone to Rainbow Bridge-these have not been replaced. So with only Hump and Checkers, Pumpkin and  spot left of the team.

2014- Saw Rupert joining us- rescued from an unpleasant fate- as his ears for an English Lop were to short and held both over  on one side- he is the yard rabbit. If you come here to home a baby -you will meet him as he loves the attention and thinks he is helping.

RUPERT ON HIS BIKE

RUPERT TESTING THE HAY

 

 
Baby Rabbits Looking For New Homes
 
Click on the breed you are interested in or Scroll down for more information.
  Our re-homing policy can be viewed by clicking here.  
 
Mini Lion Lops Mini Lops  

 

 

Lionheads Netherland Dwarfs  

 

Bonded Pairs of Bunnies looking for homes- the buck in these pairs has already been neutered. Click here for more info

We some times have adult rabbits looking for new for ever homes- these will be retired show or breeding bunnies, they make ideal companions for rabbits that have lost their partners where a baby rabbit would not be suitable. For more info click here

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