So beware of sentences that begin “Lops are…” or “Angoras are…”. Such generalizations usually act as screens that obscure the particular, individual animal and focus instead on a (usually inaccurate) abstract.Most rabbits, if they are bred intentionally, as opposed to accidentally, are bred for appearance, not personality.To say that lops are mellow is no different than saying that blondes are dumb or Sagittarians tactless.Once the blinders of generalization are removed, the world becomes a much more interesting place.
Mellow rabbits lounge around any old way, dangling from your arm, in the middle of a busy room.
Irritable rabbits have pinched, crabby facial expressions, just like that nasty bank teller who makes you feel like you’re imposing on her when you withdraw your money from her bank. As a student of rabbit nature, these are the observations to treasure.
One of the great dangers of breed generalizations is that they can become self-fulfilling prophecies. If your dwarf rabbit bites you, oh well, everyone knows they’re irritable, and nothing can be done about it. More than one dwarf rabbit has ended up at an animal shelter because of behavior that would have been accepted and dealt with in a breed that doesn’t have a reputation for aggressiveness.
Another insidious aspect of stereotyping is it allows entire groups of animals to be categorized
and then discarded. The terms “lab rabbit” and “meat rabbit” are examples. What’s the difference between a lab rabbit and a house rabbit? Not a thing, as anyone can tell you who has rescued the former and watched her transform into the latter. It’s all in the name, but the very act of naming supports the notion that some rabbits belong in labs and some in stew-pots.
Your rabbit is his very own self and nobody else. The process of getting to know him, and vice-versa, requires no generalizing. In fact, it is a very particular experience, shared by the two of you. His beauty does not reside in whether he has “papers” any more than his love for you is based on your ancestry.
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