Wednesday, August 3, 2016

How to Choose the Right Pet Rabbit

   Before making any decision to get a pet rabbit for your family, take the time to educate yourself about her needs and her care. Pet rabbits are not an impulse purchase, such as for Easter or other holidays. Pet rabbits may not be the best choice for a family with younger children, as kids like to carry around and "love" their pets, which can end up being harmful for both child and bunny! 
   Pet rabbits require the same consideration, caring, love, work, expense and commitment that goes into the choice to add any dog, cat or other animal as a member of your family. Learn about what it takes to be a responsible pet parent, in this case a responsible pet rabbit parent, ahead of time!
   The following information is from the Petfinder.com website about "Choosing a Bunny Buddy"

   “There are more than four dozen recognized breeds of domestic rabbits, which vary in size, color, fur type, body type and ear type. Weight can range from about two pounds to more than 20 pounds. Many breeds are very striking in appearance, and they attract buyers with their good looks. As with other species, however, the mixed breed often has a kind of offbeat appeal, and what breeders see as faults can add charm and distinctiveness. Owners of mixed breeds delight, for example, in their “unicorn lops” (one ear up, one ear down) or “helicop lops” (both ears straight out to the side).   A frequent misunderstanding is that smaller breeds require less living space than larger ones, but even the smallest dwarf bunny can be extremely energetic and needs room to run. Temperaments of individual rabbits—even within a breed—can vary tremendously. The larger breeds (many of whom are sold as “meat” or “lab” rabbits) are sometimes described as “gentle giants,” with calm and placid dispositions nicely suited to family life.   Male rabbits tend to spray, and females tend to be territorial, but these patterns are significantly reduced or eliminated by neutering. A mature (older than one year), neutered rabbit is often a better choice as a family pet than a younger rabbit, whose “raging hormones” can result in undesirable behaviors. All in all, the best way to select a companion rabbit is to set aside preconceptions regarding breed, sex and age, and to meet the rabbit and interact with him for long enough to get a feel for his individual personality.”

    The entire article is available here "Do Rabbits Make Good Pets?"