Looking for a Pet: Consider a Rabbit

They may be cute and cuddly. They may be as playful as a puppy or kitten, but they’re also curious and mischievous, and they love to chew. If your kids leave their clothes on the floor, if you have tassels and strings hanging from your drapes or furniture, you’ll quickly learn that chewing is one of your new pet’s favorite pastimes. If bunny’s a house pet, don’t leave bunny home alone without supervision. And if your computer or any of your appliances quit working, it’s a good bet to check electrical cord for teeth marks.

You’ll most certainly have a little expense in preparing a home for your new friend. You’ll need a hutch or cage to keep him or her out of trouble during the night or when you’re not watching. Your pet supply store will probably have an assortment of housing facilities in an assortment of prices. Or if you’re handy with tools, build one yourself. Just don’t use chicken wire, or put slats too close together; be careful there’s nothing with which the rabbit could hurt itself. Don’t keep your rabbit confined too long. They’re sociable critters and get lonely.

Other expenses may include normal health care that you should provide for any pet. Spaying and neutering, vaccinations, treatment for fleas. And don’t forget to watch for other health problems, especially those that are specific to rabbits.

Rabbits usually don’t like to be held so they’re not a lap sitting animal or a child’s playmate. They are quiet, clean, and for the most part, like to be left alone. They do, however, like a large area where they can move around and explore. Make sure they have room to exercise. Provide a door to their hutch to allow free access. They’re more comfortable if they have a safe place to go to.

Rabbit owners are unanimous in the praise of their pets. Like most other pets, all have different personalities, bond well with their owners, and are easily trained using treats and the same techniques as for training a dog.

We cannot emphasize enough though, do your homework. And if you think a rabbit is a pet you could live with, check with a pet shelter near you. They frequently have rabbits available.

Just remember, any pet needs love and proper care. Because of their nature, rabbits need a little care more than a dog or cat. Make sure you’re committed.

Friendly Rabbit Breeds: What Breed of Rabbit Makes the Best Pet?

When choosing a pet rabbit, breed is one of the major factors to consider. Rabbits vary a great deal from breed to breed in terms of temperament, lifespan, care needs and ease of handling. With more than 60 rabbit breeds and over 500 varieties worldwide, there are many to choose from; this article gives information on the breeds most commonly seen as pets.

Rabbit breeds are classified into four sizes – dwarf, small/medium, large and giant. As a general rule of thumb, the smaller the breed, the longer the lifespan, with dwarf breeds having an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years while giant breeds have a shorter lifespan of 5 to 6 years.

Size also has a bearing on temperament, with the larger breeds tending to be more laid back and friendly, while the smaller or dwarf breeds can be very energetic, highly strung and more difficult to handle. Long haired breeds such as the Angora need almost daily brushing while very short haired breeds like the Rex need no brushing whatsoever.

Therefore, the ‘best’ pet rabbit breed in terms of friendliness and ease of care would be a large breed e.g. English Spot, New Zealand, Californian, Standard Rex or French Lop. Dutch and Himalayan rabbits are also friendly and easy going, despite being a small/medium size.

The most common pet breeds seen today are dwarf or small breeds e.g. Netherland Dwarf, Dwarf Lop, Mini Lop, Holland Lop, Lionhead, Mini Lion Lop, Polish, Mini Rex etc. These have been breed to look small and cute with rounded heads, however, these breeds have a far higher risk of dental disease which can be very costly to treat. They are also not recommended for inexperienced rabbit keepers or children as their lively, energetic nature makes them more difficult to handle.

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