Is So you have decided to get a pet
rabbit. Do you know what to look for when choosing one?
You may want to do a little homework before bringing any
particular bunny home or you could end up with a pet
that does not fit your expectations. A healthy and
properly cared for domesticated rabbit can have a
lifespan of roughly 7-12 years, so you will want to make
sure you (and your family) are a good fit for the bunny
you choose. Below are some factors to consider when
picking out one of these lovable critters.
Decide first whether you want your pet large or small.
Some breeds of bunnies get quite big and might not be
right for where you are going to keep them at home. You
can choose from the tiny ones that weigh only 2 to 4
pounds all the way up to the 9 pounds and over
varieties. Determine how much room the animal will have
to move around in and then match the rabbit to fit the
Each Pet Rabbit has its own personality. However, the
breed of the bunny also influences its general behavior.
So look at the characteristics of each type of rabbit to
see what behavioral tendencies are associated with that
breed. If you want one that is relaxed and more laid
back look for one that is bred naturally to have this
trait. The Jersey wooly is an example. Now if you want
one that is a bit more curious, the Holland lops might
make a good choice. Are you experienced with having pets
and want a bunny that is excitable? The Netherland dwarf
may be right-up-your-alley.
Type of Fur
What does the type of fur have to do which what type of
bunny you choose? It impacts how much physical grooming
you have to do. If you do not mind spending time taking
care of your then the length of fur will not matter to
you. However, if you want to do less maintenance on the
coat, then look for the shorter-haired ones to own.
There are four kinds of fur for these animals. Normal
fur is what most of the rabbits have. It is short, soft
and can hold its shape as the animals are being petted.
The Rex type of fur is very velvety and soft to the
touch and only on a small number of breeds. The flyback
fur is a short fur that bounces right back after being
rubbed towards the shoulder from the rump. Now the
rollback just falls back in place gently after being
petted on backwards. Now the wool breeds have hairs that
are a few inches in length. These breeds will take the
Now along with the tips above for choosing your Pet
Rabbit, remember that the body shapes vary between bunny
breeds too. You have the semi-arched as in the Flemish
Giant, compact version like the Holland lops, full-arch
variety as in the Britannia petite, and the commercial
versions such as the Giant Angora.
Now that you know what to look for when choosing your
Pet Rabbit you will be able to pick the perfect one out
for you. These are fun animals to have at your house
whether inside or out. As with any pet they are a
responsibility and need love and care, but they are
worth it all.
You need to take into account the
following factors with most any type or breed of rabbit.
Having a rabbit can sometimes a little challenging for
new pet owners because bunnies prefer eating only
certain foods. This can sometimes be confusing since
they seem to chew up everything in sight when they are
first bought into a new environment but they are not
eating everything they see; just gnawing on kinda like a
dog does with a bone.
Consider a Rabbit's Natural Actions
This is an important factor to take into account
especially if you have kids. While they can get use to
it, rabbits don't typically like it when someone tries
to hold or touch them. Rabbits can have a tendency to
scratch, bite or even kick, trying to free or protect
themselves from people. So if you are looking for a pet
for small kids to play with, this might not be the best
option. It may harm your children due to its lack of
Rabbits Can Take Longer Than Other Pets To Adapt To a
A bunny can take more time to adapt you and your family
than other pet do. So you will need a lot of patience to
take your relationships with your pet to the best level.
Therefore a rabbit may not be the most suitable option
for kids (or grow ups) who are impatient about
Rabbits Can Be Destructive
A bunny can be very destructive, especially inside the
home. They tend to chew everything they see. So you will
need to always keep them under supervision and to take
away all the inappropriate things away, which will cause
you some inconvenience at home. For example, this pet
may chew up your cable and electrical cords if you do
not keep them away from such items.
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