Pets complete a home for single people and families. Children
often desire pets more than adults do as they think animals are cute and fun to have. Adults of course know the
work required. Like any pet, rabbits need care. They need to go to the vet, get feed daily, and have their domain
cleaned. When you decide to purchase a rabbit, you will need to know exactly what is required of
Choosing the right rabbit for you and your family can be a very
exciting process. Before we get into your rabbits needs, you will want to know a few of the species
available. There are currently over 40 recognized breeds of rabbits. Many of the breeds have multiple
varieties and colours. Rabbits range in size from 2 pounds to over 10 pounds. So, the choices are very abundant.
Most common are cottontails, dwarf, and lop-eared rabbits for pets. The dwarf rabbit is small and best kept
indoors, while the cottontails are not as sensitive to the weather and can be housed outside in moderate climates.
The lop-eared rabbits like the cottontails grow to be a good size and have long floppy ears. The type of rabbit you
wish to have for a pet will in part decide on the care.
Many breeders give different answers regarding the preferred
gender for a pet rabbit. This is compounded by the individual temperament of the rabbit. Often a doe (girl rabbit)
that is not spayed, can become territorial was she reaches maturity. She may nip at you when reaching for her or
even her food or water dishes.
Some doe’s will eliminate that aggression when a familiar face
does the feeding on a daily basis. Some doe’s can be found to be non-aggressive, and yet others can become
territorial towards everybody, but that is very rare. If you do not plan to breed your rabbit, and you want a doe,
it is best to have her spayed to help reduce the chances that she may protect her den.
Bucks present a different problem all together. Bucks generally
are not aggressive. However, spraying can be a problem. When the buck reaches maturity, he may start to spray his
urine everywhere to let the whole world know he is ready for a mate. Again, not all bucks will do this, and
typically the ones that do, will only do so for a short period of time. This problem can be eliminated by having
the buck neutered.
Grooming is another consideration. The wool breeds such as
angoras and jersey woollies require extra work in grooming. All rabbits need a good routine of grooming by their
caretaker, but the wool breeds require more time because of the nature of their fur type.
The best way to see and find out about rabbits is to attend a
rabbit show. At the rabbit show you will find many breeders and most of the breeds of rabbits. To find a show near
visit the different web sites for rabbit shows and search for a show in your state.
I would not recommend buying a rabbit without first seeing it,
nor would I recommend purchasing a rabbit from a pet store. It would be in your best interest to find a breeder in
your area of the breed you think you would like. Visit with that breeder. See what the conditions are in the barn.
Ask if you can hold a rabbit. Watch the rabbit’s reaction to their cage being opened.
Rabbits that love attention, will immediately come to the door,
some will even make happy grunting type noises. Other rabbits will immediately go to the back of the cage. If a
rabbit moves to the back its probably not a good rabbit for you.
Most of all have fun. Enjoy your search for that perfect rabbit.
There are many sizes colours and choices and finding the fit for you can be time consuming but will be very
rewarding in the end.