What is a Jersey Wooly?

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A jersey wooly is a small rabbit that has a very fluffy, wool-like fur. It usually has small, upright ears, a small head, and very round body. It is typically black, white, brown, or gray in color. They are normally very gentle animals and a good breed to adopt as a pet.

This breed was first introduced in 1984 at the American Rabbit Breeder's Association (ARBA) convention in Orlando, Florida. A woman named Bonnie Seely from High Bridge, New Jersey is credited with developing the jersey wooly. It was bred by crossing the Netherland dwarf and French angora species together. The ARBA officially recognized this breed in 1988, at their convention which was held in Madison, Wisconsin.

Ideally, this rabbit weighs between 2.5 and 3.5 lbs. (1 to 1.5 kg) when fully grown. The ears of a jersey wooly are usually around 2 and 1/4 to 3 inches (5.72 to 7.62 cm) in length. Its head often has a squared look to it. As a result, this animal is sometimes called a mughead.

The fur of this rabbit is usually wooly, or thick, yet soft to the touch. It can grow very long, but does not normally get matted. It typically needs to be brushed on a regular basis. This could be two to three times a week when the bunny is first born, and monthly after it has reached adulthood. During the summer, pet owners may want to cut the rabbit's fur to help it stay cool.


This type of rabbit can be single or multi-colored. Some have tortoise-shell patterns on their fur, while others may have a silver hue. Many times, the ears and feet of this pet are a different color than the rest of its body. A jersey wooly might also have red, brown, or blue eyes.

Most of these animals are also very intelligent and respond well to training. They are sometimes trained to use a litter box or to walk on a leash. They are often good show rabbits and are often purchased, or bred, for that purpose.

A jersey wooly is typically a very calm, gentle rabbit that enjoys human companionship and affection. It is normally a very even-tempered breed that is not easily frightened or startled by children. Its docile nature can make it a good choice for animal lovers who do not have a lot of time to devote to caring for a pet.


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