Huxley The House Rabbit

Yes I am the crazy house rabbit lady! There’s absolutely no going back. I’ve been sucked into the world of being a bunny mummy and I absolutely blooming love it! Huxley is our beautiful house rabbit that we have had since 26th March 2017. We got him when he was roughly 4 months old, but sadly we don’t know his actual date of birth.

I hope you’re ready for some house rabbit picture spam!




Gotcha Day

We actually collected Huxley on Mother’s Day, which was pretty lovely as I have previously written about how Mother’s Day really sucks for me. This was a lovely way to bring some cheer to an otherwise miserable day.

Huxley is now such a huge part of our lives. In fact, I’ve mentioned him so many time in various blog posts before, like when I said I gave up my dream of having a dining table and got a rabbit instead, or when I wrote about having a huge run for Huxley to play in when writing about my dream garden, that I thought it was about time the poor boy had a proper introduction. Not forgetting my constant house rabbit spam on Instagram.

About Huxley the house bunny at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

Rex Rabbit Breed

Huxley is a beautiful white Rex rabbit. His fur is gorgeously soft and plush. Rex rabbits have a dense and luxurious coat on them, so they were bred in France to take advantage of this beautifully soft fur gene. The Rex breed was first shown in Paris in 1925 and has been recognised as a standard breed since 1925; the Rex breed quickly became one of the most popular breeds of domesticated rabbits. Their fur is velvety and dense and Rex rabbits tend to have short, curly whiskers – some don’t have any whiskers at all!

Huxley is mainly white, with little flecks of brown on his ears and black circles around his eyes. All the vets he has seen for vaccinations and check ups have commented on his “eyeliner” and his beautiful soft coat.

To sum up his appearance: he’s wonderfully soft and squishy.

About Huxley the house rabbit at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

About Huxley the house rabbit at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

About Huxley the house rabbit at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

Temperament

Rex rabbits are known naturally for their gentle and loving temperament. The Rex is supposedly one of the most intelligent breeds of rabbits, and due to their strong maternal instincts, Rex’s are sometimes used to foster rejected kits. At some point in the future, we’d like to get Huxley a lady friend and I may consider another Rex as they do live nicely together. All that depends on what’s around at all the RSPCA adoption centres, however, as we are planning on rescuing rabbit number 2.

Huxley loves his human company and is a very cuddly little bunny. He gets on really well with Luke (3 years old) and sometimes will even flop down next to him on the sofa. Rabbits aren’t usually cuddly animals, so I think we got really lucky with our bunny. He will lick you arms, legs, neck, chest and, if he’s given the opportunity, he will also lick your face. At first I was slightly concerned he was going to bite me, but it turns out that rabbits lick for affection and not salt, so unless my arms taste like carrot, he’s unlikely to ever bite. He is even super loving when he’s at the vets too!

Basically, he’s the best cuddle bunny about.

About Huxley the house rabbit at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

About Huxley the house rabbit at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk





About Huxley the house rabbit at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

About Huxley the house rabbit at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

House Rabbit Cage

Huxley is, as I have mentioned, a house rabbit. That means that he has a nice big indoors hutch in my living room which he lives in during the night and whenever no body is at home. For the rest of the time, he’s roaming around the living room and the kitchen. We have plans to expand his exploration space to the corridor too, but we are still in the process of rabbit proofing. Rabbits are quite keen on chewing cables! So we need to cover all that stuff up before he can explore further.

He does have a huge amount of space to play in at the moment though, the corridor is just an added extra!

About Huxley the house rabbit at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

About Huxley the house rabbit at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

 

Before getting Huxley, we put in a lot of hours researching the costs and needs associated with keeping a rabbit. They’re not like other small animals, and there are considerable extra costs that come with a rabbit – it’s more like having a tiny puppy than a hamster. They have veterinary needs, which of course cost money, as well as the need for pet insurance as rabbits do live for a very long time (some for 10-12 years) and treatment for illnesses can be extremely costly.

About Huxley the house rabbit at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

About Huxley the house rabbit at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

 

Best Friend

As I mentioned earlier, Huxley has become a huge part of my life and is a very well loved member of our family. He’s a bit like a puppy dog; he licks and kisses you, follows you around and plays with you. As I type this, he’s currently snoozing next to me and it is utterly adorable. Unfortunately, it’s summer and there’s now white bunny fur all over my laptop (he usually doesn’t moult, but you can’t blame them in summer, can you?), but I don’t mind at all. Having Hux in our life has really added something special and we would never change our minds or wonder if getting a rabbit was the right choice for us – it definitely was! I hope Huxley is with us for a long time and lives a happy life!

 

About Huxley the house rabbit at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

About Huxley the house rabbit at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

As you can see, he’s our best friend. He loves cuddles and kisses and I love him to the moon and back.




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27 Comments

  1. June 23, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    Look at the size of his ears! They are absolutely enormous! This is funny timing as we’ve recently started looking into maybe getting a rabbit – will definitely have to check back here when we’ve thought about it more carefully!

    • Lukeosaurus And Me
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      June 24, 2017 / 11:08 am

      That’s a Rex thing I think, I love his sticky uppy ears! I know lots of people prefer loppy bunnies but we fell in love with him instantly. I will be writing a few guides in the future about how to prepare yourself for getting a house rabbit, the essentials, etc. Hopefully they’ll come in handy for some people too! šŸ™‚

  2. June 23, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    We just got a rabbit and I am in love, never used to be such a fan of them but after being at my parents for a few house I’ve totally changed my mind. Also, what a cutie you have there!

    • Lukeosaurus And Me
      Author
      June 24, 2017 / 11:07 am

      Oh I would never look back now, they’re gorgeous creatures and fabulous pets! Do you parents have bunnies then?

    • Lukeosaurus And Me
      Author
      June 24, 2017 / 11:04 am

      Aw lovely! I can’t wait until we can get another. We don’t have any outside space as we live in a flat, so we have him indoors instead.

  3. June 24, 2017 / 11:21 am

    Aww so cute! This takes me back to getting my first pet rabbit as a child – so many happy memories šŸ™‚

    • Lukeosaurus And Me
      Author
      June 27, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      We had bunnies when I was little too. I don’t remember lots about them because I was a bit too young, but I remember I loved them and had photos of them on my wall!

  4. June 24, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    Oh he is gorgeous! My son is obsessed with Rabbits. He would love a house Rabbit as a pet!

    • Lukeosaurus And Me
      Author
      June 27, 2017 / 1:35 pm

      Aw bless him. They are gorgeous creatures.

  5. June 25, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    He is gorgeous, my pup would be so jealous and jealous that Huxley is allowed on the sofa. I bet you get a lot of bunny cuddles!

    • Lukeosaurus And Me
      Author
      June 27, 2017 / 1:35 pm

      Haha, there’s no way we could keep him off the sofa, even if we tried!

    • Lukeosaurus And Me
      Author
      June 27, 2017 / 1:35 pm

      Thank you! šŸ™‚

  6. June 26, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    He is beautiful. I had rabbits as a child and have toyed with the idea of getting one for my son but we just don’t have the time to devote to a pet right now. This does make me wish we could though!

    • Lukeosaurus And Me
      Author
      June 27, 2017 / 1:35 pm

      They do take up a lot of time. At least with Huxley being such a softy, all that time and money is rewarding, but if I had a rabbit that cost me loads and hated me, it would be tricky!

  7. June 26, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    You are so lucky he is cuddly and affectionate! As you say rabbits are not usually this way. I love bunny spam!

    • Lukeosaurus And Me
      Author
      June 27, 2017 / 1:19 pm

      We really are! We are so lucky and I hope that even after he has another bunny to play with, he will still give us attention too.

  8. Sarah Ann
    June 26, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    He is adorable and looks so affectionate! When I was younger I went to my friend’s house as she had a rabbit but her rabbit really didn’t like human contact and it put me off. Yours is adorable though – I just want to give him a cuddle!

    • Lukeosaurus And Me
      Author
      June 27, 2017 / 1:18 pm

      I think we really did get so lucky with our bunny. Loads aren’t very cuddly and ours still isn’t really a fan of being picked up or actually “cuddled”. He just sits on you when he wants love and does his own thing the rest of the time. We do get very excited when he does come and give us attention though, he is such a cutie!

    • Lukeosaurus And Me
      Author
      June 27, 2017 / 1:18 pm

      Thank you so much! I love his name šŸ˜€

  9. June 28, 2017 / 5:56 am

    He is very cute! I would live a house rabbit but it is most definately a no from my husband. Plus we have carpet through out so I am not sure I could deal with the house training stage! But he’s adorable, I particularly love the close up shot of his ears and it’s lovely he gets on so well with your little one x
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    • Lukeosaurus And Me
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      June 30, 2017 / 2:51 pm

      I did have to convince by other half over the course of a few months šŸ˜‰

  10. Dani
    July 10, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    Oh my goodness – Huxley is so cute!
    What a great name šŸ™‚

    Dani x

    • Lukeosaurus And Me
      Author
      July 12, 2017 / 2:12 pm

      Aw thank you so much!

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