Purchasing Your Pet Rabbit
You’ve decided you want a rabbit for a pet but don’t know where to start. Rather diving in, take the time to research how to care for a rabbit and what breed of rabbit will work best for you and/or your family. There are 47 different breeds recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) — each of them with their own unique personality and needs.
Wool breeds (angora, , fuzzy lop, etc) require regular grooming to keep their fur free from mats. Some breeds tend to be more high strung than others — but there are always exceptions. Some breeds get very large (12+ pounds). Do you want a rabbit that big? Several breeds are small or mini breeds. A 2 pound rabbit is obviously more delicate than a 12 pound rabbit . Will small children be handling the rabbit (they should always be supervised)?
Rabbits have strong back legs and their first instinct when frightened are to use those back legs — expect to be scratched. Never declaw a rabbit! If the rabbit gets out or is attacked by a cat or dog in your yard while exercising, it has NO way to defend itself.
I strongly believe, for a variety of reasons, that it’s best to purchase your pet from a responsible breeder rather than a flea market or pet store. Please click here to read an article covering this topic.
The ARBA logo to the left under Memberships will take you to a site which shows pictures of each breed and from there you can visit many of the sites for those individual breeds. While I appreciate each of the breeds, I have my favorites. When you fall in love with a particular breed, it will get “under your skin” and you’ll stick with it.
So if you’ve decided to get a rabbit, take the time to select the right one. You never know, I may just see you at the show tables some day 🙂
- How to Care for Pet Rabbits (fox4kc.com)