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Pet Shops

Many pets shops sell rabbits and this is often where many people buy their first pet rabbit. Although some pet shops may acquire their rabbits from private breeders, the majority obtain their rabbits from commercial breeders to ensure a constant supply. Rabbits supplied by commercial breeders are usually the result of mass breeding programmes aimed […]

Private, Hobbyist and Show Rabbit Breeders

Private, Hobbyist and Show Rabbit Breeders

Private or hobbyist rabbit owners may breed their pet rabbits and many owners of show rabbits also breed their rabbits with the aim of producing future show winners, enhancing breeds and developing new breeds of rabbits but don’t breed their rabbits on a commercial scale. Most private, hobbyist or show rabbit breeders carefully plan their […]

Rescue Shelters

Rescue Shelters

Many rabbits unfortunately become abandoned or homeless through no fault of their own every year due to the owner’s inability to care for the rabbit properly, or a change in the owner’s circumstances and these rabbits end up in rescue shelters. Rabbits will usually have a health check on arrival at the rescue shelter and […]

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Pisces February 19 – March 20

The Pisces rabbit is the most difficult type of rabbit to understand. As they are very sensitive and avoid entering in any situation. At any times these rabbits appear stubborn and pedantic, but this is just a form of insecurity. They make tender lovers as well as dedicated parents. A creative profession, where they can […]

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Aquarius | January 20 – February

This type is a jack rabbit of all trades, who revels in knowing something about everything. Eager for new experiences, Aquarius rabbits like to feel cultured, well-read. and adventurous. These rabbits are skilled in the art of conversation and their words win them allies both at work and in their personal lives.

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Capricorn | December 22 – January 19

Rather down-to-earth and practical than most of their breed, Capricorn rabbits sometimes appear insensitive due to their true nature, for these rabbit are considerate and caring even if they often hide this fact. Rabbits never like to appear vulnerable!. This rabbits strength is that they look after themselves and their loved ones and will go […]

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Sagittarius | November 23 – December 19

Sagittarius rabbits especially enjoy mind-broadening activities such as the art and culture of different countries, whether found in the pages of books or explored on their own two feet. Travel is good for Sagittarius rabbits because it restricts their tendency to be narrow-minded and self-righteous.

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Scorpio | October 24 – November 24

Scorpio rabbits have a high sex drive, which is lucky since they tend to get through a certain number of trial and error relationship before they find a partner with whom they feel secure. They learn from there own mistakes, they do not like to express their feelings and they are sensitive and posses will […]

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Libra | September 24 – October 23

Libra rabbit can be a bit snobbish about things and people they consider vulgar or less well-mannered than themselves. Despite this aloofness, they still have an overpowering need for companionship and understanding from those they love. They know how to look after themselves and they are extremely intelligent.

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Virgo | August 24 – September 23

The Virgo Rabbit is particularly fidgety and prone to nervous tension. This can act as a stimulus to activity or, if undirected, tends to lead to mental overload. Since worrying never helps anybody, Virgo Rabbits must learn to relax and let things take their natural course. By stroking, this rabbit you will find this very […]

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Leo | July 23 – August 23

These rabbits loves to express their feelings. They are flamboyant, self centered and a bit pompous. Nevertheless, they remain generous and loyal to those they love and, when it comes to entertaining well-chosen guest at home, no-one else can match them.

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Cancer | June 22 – July 23

The cancer rabbit like to eat slowly and carefully. Also like comforted and to feel secure in the hutch. The cancer rabbit needs a home and friendly family which lavish love on it. This rabbit is very health and is not likely to fall ill.

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Gemini | May 21 – June 21

Gemini rabbit are very sensitive creatures. They do not like to be cooped in hutch. They like to communicate with there owners. In business negotiations, this rabbit often turns out to be more persuasive than bigger, fiercer creatures. These rabbits are strongly aware of impression they might make to others and take great pains to […]

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Taurus | April 20 – May 20

Taurus rabbits love a life of luxury. These rabbits are charmers a look for affection likes to be kept warm all the times. Prefers a hutch, full of insulation. This rabbit would do well to stop judging others by possessions and concentrate instead on personal well-being.

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Aries | March 21 – April 19

Aries rabbit stands out from his bunny friends, they are very confident. Aries rabbit pride themselves as knowing when to make a right move. A love affair with this rabbit will be emotionally intense and steamy, centered around the home. Be warned: in romance, as with everything else these rabbits do, winning is all important.

Thuringer Rabbit

Thuringer Rabbit

Breed: Thuringer Description: The color of the Thuringer is very similar to the sooty fawn or tortoiseshell. The ground color is, perhaps, a shade darker than the former and is described in the English standard as buff. The entire coat is evenly covered with dark-colored guard hairs, giving an appearance of chamois leather when blended […]

Tan Rabbit

Tan Rabbit

Breed: Tan Description: The body is broad, with a slightly arched back on well-filled hindquarters. The body is of medium length, carried on legs that are straight and of medium bone. The head, which is bold and well-set on a short neck, bears a resemblance to the silver. The ears are short and carried erect. The […]

Smoke Pearl

Smoke Pearl

Breed: Smoke Pearl Description: The smoke pearl, a dilute sable, was bred from sables about 1920. Originally known as smoke beige, the name was changed to smoke pearl in 1932. The colour is an attractive light pearl gray and beige. As with the sable, the smoke is bred in Siamese and marten patterns. In both these […]

Silver Fox Rabbit

Silver Fox

Breed: Silver Fox Description: In America the silver fox is known as the silver marten. The fox was produced by crossing the black and tan rabbit with the chinchilla rabbit. The result is a fur rabbit with the coat qualities of the chinchilla breeds but marked with the pattern of the tan with loss of […]

Silver

Silver Rabbit

Breed: Silver Description: The original color of the silver was silver gray. While controversy surrounds its origin, the silver was probably brought to the Western world by the early Portuguese sailors from Siam or India. A conflicting report indicates that silver grays appeared in litters of wild rabbits in Lincolnshire, England. These rabbits were known […]

Siberian

Siberian

Breed: Siberian Description: The Siberian was produced in England about 1930. Although its ancestry is unclear, it probably owes much to the self-colored English and the English spot. The motivation behind the production of the Siberian was the the desire for rabbits that would provide matching pelts. Although the pelt of the Siberian was the […]

Satin

Satin

Breed: Satin Description: The satin bone is strong and powerful with front legs carried straight. The most important feature is the coat, which should be exceedingly dense, about one and a quarter inches in length. Although the satin pelt has been used in fur work, it is not as successful as was initially expected. The […]

Siamese Sables

Siamese Sables

Breed: Siamese Sables Description: The shadings of the Siamese sable are much more distinct than those of the marten sable. The Siamese is bred in three shades-light, medium and dark sepia. The light variety has better shading. The saddle, face and ears should be dark sepia, shading down to very light sepia on the flanks […]

Rhinelander

Rhinelander

Breed: Rhinelander Description: The ground color is white with a full butterfly marking of black on the nostrils. The eye circles are also black and completely encircle the eye. On the sides of the face there are distinct spots of black and yellow that should not run into the eye circles. The short, strong ears […]

Dalmatian Rex

Dalmatian Rex

Breed: Dalmatian Rex Description: The Dalmatian rex is a very popular breed on the European continent, especially in France. The basic coat color is white with colored spots or patches over the entire body. These spots should be evenly spread and can be black, blue, brown, orange, sooty fawn or any bi-colored combination of these […]

Rex

Rex rabbit

Breed: Rex Description: Perhaps the most popular of all the rex types is the ermine rex. This variety quickly came to the fore when it was first introduced into the rex standards. The ermine is well known for the density of its coat. It is very rare indeed to find one that is thin-coated like […]

Polish

Polish

Breed: Polish Description: The blue-eyed Polish was one of the first coloreds to be seen on the show bench, quickly followed by sables and smokes. Later came the self colors of black and blue, then the Himalayan or Himpole as it is often called. The silver Polish is not often seen, but it does exist […]

Palomino Rabbit Breed

Palomino

Breed: Palomino Description: The palomino lynx is bright orange with a pure white under-color. The whole coat is evenly ticked with lilac-colored hairs, giving the coat an attractive two-toned look. The ticking is one of the biggest failings in palominos; it should be evenly distributed, neither too light nor too heavy. If the ticking is […]

New Zealand White

New Zealand White

Breed: New Zealand White Description: A New Zealand White rabbit bred in England. White fur is preferred commercially because it can be dyed to other colours and patterns to simulate more expensive pelts. The original New Zealand white was believed to have come from the shores of that country. The New Zealand white is an […]

New Zealand Red

New Zealand Red

Breed: New Zealand Red Description: The actual color of the New Zealand red is known in horse breeding circles as sorrel. It is not as deep as chestnut nor as light as the tan rabbit. If the red is too dark it is inclined to be rather untidy; if it is too light, it is […]

New Zealand Black

New Zealand Black

Breed: New Zealand Black Description: The latest color to be produced, the black, has the same meat and fur qualities as its earlier counterparts and is also rapidly becoming popular as an exhibition rabbit. The color should be jet black right down the fur, with no rusty or brown tinge. The toenails should be dark […]

Netherland dwarf lop

Netherland dwarf lop

Breed: Netherland dwarf lop Description: This red-eyed white Netherland dwarf mother rabbit is rather long in the body, but when mated with the right of buck it produced typical Netherland dwarf bunnies. The Netherland dwarf breed has contributed to the formation of the dwarf breed has contributed to the formation of the dwarf lop. The […]

Marten Sable

Marten Sable

Breed: Marten Sable Description: The medium-sized marten should be neat and cobby. The backs very slightly arched with well rounded rump and hind quarters. According to the English standard, the ears should be small, neat and carried erect. Many marten sables fail on the ears, which are Often much too long and wide with spoon-shaped […]

English lop

English lop

Breed: English lop Description: A two year old English lop. Judges consider not only the length of ears but also the substance or thickness. Paper-thin ears are faulted.

French lop rabbit

French lop rabbit

Breed: French lop rabbit Description: A breed colour of dwarf lop. Any colour is acceptable provided that the fur appears good and lustrous. A French lop rabbit with butterfly-shaped smut and marked areas on the head and neck.

Lop

Lop

Breed: Lop Description: The head is wide and bold, held on a short, thick-set neck. The ears, which are 12 to 15 inches long, are much shorter than on the English lop. The ears form a ridge on the crown of the head adding to the boldness and distinctive head shape. “King of the Fancy” […]

Lilac

Lilac

Breed: Lilac Description: The pinkish dove shade is much more uniform over the entire rabbit; the blue cast is much less common. A good lilac is pleasing to the eye; the coat should be deep and soft to the touch. There should also be a warm glow to the rabbit resulting from the pinkish dove […]

Himalayan

Himalayan

Breed: Himalayan Description: The ears should be as short as possible, but well-coloured without any presence of rusty shade or white hairs. Good-coloured ears are usually well-covered with fur; bad-coloured ears seem to have a bare edge along the entire length of the ear. The Himalayan’s tail is carried well tucked in; it should be […]

Havana

Havana

Breed: Havana Description: The ideal coat is one inch long, very dense and glossy, fine in texture and lying close to the body. Strangely, thin-coated Havanas excel in color. But because color is of secondary importance, these specimens should probably be disregarded in favor of the better coated rabbits. Although the fur is soft, it […]

Harlequin

Harlequin

Breed: Harlequin Description: The flesh should be firm and not soft, a feature that made the harlequin popular as a meat rabbit during the war years. The limbs are of medium bone, strong and well-muscled. The general eye color is hazel, but brown or blue eyes are also seen occasionally. This breed of fancy rabbit […]

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Florida White

Breed: Florida White Description: The ideal weight for bucks and does is five pounds and the registration weight for both sexes is between four and six pounds. The Florida white is another breed that was created by fanciers with a specific need in mind. The breed originated in Florida to satisfy the demand for a […]

Flemish giant

Flemish giant

Breed: Flemish giant Description: Color is of the utmost importance. The first color was steel gray. The gray must be very dark over the entire rabbit’s body. A darker face is allowed. Rustiness is a common failing with this color, perhaps due to the mixing of the colors, especially with sandy colored rabbits. The belly […]

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English

Breed: English Description: The entire length of the spine is marked with a herring-bone pattern. The saddle, as this line is called, should run from the base of the ears, along the full length of the rabbit and onto the top side of the tail. Faults here include blotchy marking, thin and undefined herring-bone, broken […]

Tri-Coloured Dutch

Tri-Coloured Dutch

Breed: Tri-Coloured Description: The front legs and feet are completely white, as in the Dutch. The Dutch saddle is also present, but into this is incorporated the alternate bands of black and golden orange of the harlequin. The hind feet stops of the Dutch complete the pattern with each one being a different color, one […]

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Dutch

Breed: Dutch Description: The blaze is the strip of white flanked on either side by the cheeks of the predominant color of the predominant color of the rabbit. If the cheeks are too wide, it gives the impression that the blaze is too narrow, the blaze is too wide. The cheeks actually begin between the […]

Cinnamon Rabbit

Cinnamon

Breed: Cinnamon Description: The Cinnamon is a breed recognised in the United States. Complete absence of markings (butterfly smut, dark extremities, eye circles) is a disqualification in the Cinnamon.

American Giant Chinchilla

American Giant Chinchilla

Breed: American Giant Chinchilla Description: The American giant chinchilla is another type of American Chinchilla. It was derived by crossing the standard chin with Flemish giants. Ed stahl of Missouri is the original producer of this breed, which is important for its meat qualities. The basic type is much the same as the same as […]

Chinchilla giganta rabbit

Chinchilla giganta rabbit

Breed: Chinchilla giganta rabbit Description: Breeders have found that very large breeds are not always profitable for the meat market. Their growth rate may be slow, and they will need much more food. The meat-bone ratio may also be small. The chinchilla giganta was produced in England by Chris Wren in the early 1920’s. It […]

American Chinchilla

American Chinchilla

Breed: American Chinchilla Description: The American was at one time called the heavyweight chinchilla and is a result of selecting the largest of the standard chins and aiming for a larger, more meaty type of rabbit. The length is medium, but the hips are rounded and full. The back of the American chin has a […]

Chinchilla

Chinchilla

Breed: Chinchilla Description: The Angora has been used successfully in the make up of the chinchilla, giving the coat its full density. It has also produced some bad faults, the most common of which is the appearance of woolly coats. Light-colored cheeks are also a direct result of the Angora introduction, as is a too […]

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Californian

Breed: Californian Description: The entire body color is pure white with the black point markings of the Himalayan although the nose blaze is not as pronounced. The body is medium long, the back slightly rounded but full on the sides and shoulders. Notice the strong resemblance of the head markings of this Californian is a […]

British Giant

British Giant

Breed: British Giant Description: The coat is judged for its density and thickness (three-quarters to an inch long). The accepted colors are white (true white, not cream, with blue or pink eyes), black (black to blue, with blue or brown eyes), dark steel gray (evenly ticked, with brown eyes), brown gray (evenly ticked, with blue, gray […]

Blanc De Hotot

Blanc De Hotot

Breed: Blanc de Hotot Description: The type of the Hotot is much more thickset than the Bouscat, giving the rabbit a squarish look. It is also a little smaller, measuring between eight and 10 inches in length. The blanc de Hotot also originated in France, but it is much less well known than the Bouscat. […]

Blanc De Bouscat

Blanc De Bouscat

Breed: Blanc de bouscat Description: The blanc de Bouscat, almost unknown in the United States, is also quite rare in England, although it does enjoy a small group of followers. As its name suggests, the Bouscat is of French origin. It was produced by Mssr. Paul Dulon of Gironde in 1910. The Bouscat is very […]

Black fox

Black fox

Breed: Black fox Description: In this breed the silver-tripped guard hairs on the side of the body are considered beautiful, and the entrant is not penalised.

Beveren

Beveren

Breed: Beveren Description: The blue Beveren should be a lavender shade right down to the skin; the white should be pure white with no hint of yellow stain or colored hairs; the black should be deep, jet black with a dark blue undercolor and the brown should be an even shade of nutria brown with […]

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Belgian Hare

Breed: Belgian Hare Description: The Belgian hare at one time was the most popular fancy rabbit. It was responsible for bringing the domestic rabbit to the attention of thousands of people both in the United Kingdom and the United States. Although called a hare, it is in fact a rabbit. It was once believed that […]

Rabbit Management

Rabbit Management

Good management is essential if the rabbitry is to be run in an efficient manner. The main ingredient of good management is regularity-it is threaded through a whole multitude of jobs that must be performed to keep the rabbitry clean and in good order. Good livestock management is not acquired overnight. It comes with practice […]

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The Role of Genetics

Genetics is the study of heredity. According to the dictionary, genetics is “the tendency of like to beget like.” Genetics explains the factors that enable the rabbit to pass on the familiar characteristics of its species. For rabbit breeders, the purpose of studying genetics is to produce better rabbits. This is achieved by selecting the […]

Commercial Rabbit Production

Commercial Rabbit Production

Man has been raising rabbits for meat production for hundreds of years. All rabbit meat is edible. It is rich in protein and very easily digested. The meat obtained from the domestic rabbit is different from that of the wild rabbit. Domestic rabbit meat is more tender and carries more fat than that of the […]

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Organisations

The American Rabbit Breeders Association or the A.R.B.A., as it is commonly called, was created as the governing body of a handful of rabbit breeders in Illinois about 1915. The initial idea behind the A.R.B.A. was to organize a group that would safeguard the interests of the ordinary rabbit breeder who kept and reared rabbits […]

Anatomy and physiology

Anatomy and physiology

Perfect hygiene is nearly impossible. For example, although the use of a separate sweeping brush for each hutch would be ideal and would restrict the spread of disease from one hutch to another, it would be impractical. Not many rabbitries are in a position to be able to use a different brush for each hutch. […]

Ailment and Disease

Ailment and Disease

Rabbit make good pets. they are clean, docile and intelligent. Rabbit can be kept as pets as pets where it is impractical to keep other animals such as dogs and cats. A rabbit can be housed in the simplest of pens, it makes little or no noise and, if properly looked after, it does not […]

Some sensible advice about breeding

The Basics of Breeding

Rabbits are famous for their ability to reproduce in large numbers. In the wild state, the does have been known to produce as many as four or five litters a year. The number of litters born in a year depends upon the rabbit’s environment. The survival of the young is also largely dependent on the […]

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Food & Feeding

There is some truth to the myth that rabbits will eat just about anything and that they can be fed on any old scraps from the kitchen It is true that the domestic rabbit will eat as much green food as is placed before it, but that does not mean that the rabbit will be […]

Did you know? Some handy hints & tips

The Rabbit’s place in the world

For a long time, rabbits were taxonomically classed within the order Rodentia, a large (about 40070 of the total) body of mammals that are commonly called rodents. The order Rodentia includes not only the common mouse and rat but also gerbils, hamsters, lemmings, porcupines and beavers, to name only a few others. Today zoologists consider […]

Angente

Angente

Breed: Angente Brun Description: This breed is exactly the same as the blue except the color is brown. It is not a well-known color and is rarely seen now. It was brought into England around the 1920’s from France. Its unpopularity made it very rare indeed. In 1941 it was recreated by H.D. Dowie. Dowie […]

Angora

Angora

Breed: Angora Description: It is fitting that the Angora be listed among the first breeds because it begins with the first letter of the alphabet but also because it is one of the oldest breeds of rabbit and the forerunner of the fancy rabbit. The Angora is believed to have originated in Turkey hundreds of […]

Checkered Giant Rabbit Breed

American Checkered Giant

Breed: American Checkered Giant Description: Two colours are recognized, black and blue. All coloured markings-butterfly or nose markings, eye circles, cheek spots, ears, spine markings, tail and side markings-are to be clear and distinct. Although it is called the American giant, this breed originated in Germany. Its origins are a mystery. Some authorities maintain that […]

American

American

Breed: American Description: The American is one of the many breeds of rabbits recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. It comes in either blue or white coat. Their eyes should be pink in the white variety and blue in the blue variety. This is a medium size rabbit; ideal weight for a buck is […]

Alaskan

Alaskan

Breed: Alaska Description: This breed originated from Germany from Himalayan and argente rabbits. It is a medium-size breed; A registration weight of six and a half to eight and half pounds is required.There is no visible neck in this cobby or dumpy breed. The fur is intensely black and shiny on the surface, even the […]

Did you know? Some handy hints & tips

Did you know? Some handy hints & tips

A male rabbit is called a ‘buck’, a female is a ‘doe’ and babies are called ‘kittens’. In the wild, rabbits are social animals and live in groups. However, domestic rabbits do like their own space so great care must be taken if you decide that “two’s company”. Litter-mates are possibly the best option although […]

Some sensible advice about breeding

Some sensible advice about breeding

Think very carefully before you breed from your rabbit. The gestation (pregnancy) period for a rabbit is 32 days and a litter can be any size between 2 and 9 so make sure you have good homes for all the possible babies. You will usually need a larger hutch and more food for the rabbit; […]

Vital Vaccinations

Vital Vaccinations

All rabbits should have annual vaccinations against myxomatosis and VHD. The first injection can be given at 10 weeks, the second 3 – 4 weeks later. Ask your vet not to do both injections together as this can cause side effects. Both diseases are highly contagious and do not need ‘rabbit-to-rabbit’ contact to spread; they […]

Feeding your rabbit

Feeding your rabbit

Whether you feed once or twice a day, it is important to refill your rabbit’s pot at the same time every day.  Rabbits are creatures of habit and they know when it is breakfast or dinner time! Most pet shops sell a number of complete foods, but remember that hay and water should also be […]

The bedding your rabbit will need

The bedding your rabbit will need

Your rabbit’s hutch will be its home so make sure it is really comfortable. for bedding, wood shaving are ideal as they are clean and absorbent. Sometimes straw and hay on the top of the shaving help with insulation. If shavings are difficult to obtain, shredded paper is an option if used not on its […]

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Some good advice on housing your rabbit

Most reputable pet shops sell good quality hutches ideal for the pet rabbit in the garden. As rabbits can have a long life span, make sure you buy one which is sturdy, secure (from animals trying to get in as well as the rabbit trying to escape) and waterproof.There are many different styles of hutch, the […]

How to handle your rabbit

How to handle your rabbit

When taking a rabbit out of a hutch it should always feel safe. Approach it from the front placing one hand under its stomach and the other supporting its hind quarters – to stop it reversing – and take most of the weight. Gently lift it and bring it forward into your body so it cannot […]

What to look for in a rabbit

What to look for in a rabbit

Where possible ask to see the mother of the baby as this will give you a guide to the size your baby will grow to when mature. Also, if she is healthy and happy, the babies will have had a good start and stand a better chance of survival. Check that the baby rabbit’s eyes […]

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Which breed?

There are over 50 breeds of rabbit and over 500 varieties. They vary greatly in size, colour and coat and can weigh anything from 2 pounds to 16 lb-plus like the Vlaamse reus on the right. You need to think about who the rabbit is for and what they will expect from it. For example, […]

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Buying a Rabbit

Before buying a rabbit there are many points to consider. Like all animals, a Rabbit will make demands upon your time. It will need daily food and fresh water, regular grooming and company. And of course, its hutch and pen will need regular cleaning in all weathers. Rabbits can live to between 8 and 10 […]