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 litters with the aim of producing robust, healthy rabbits of good temperament. Private, hobbyist or show rabbit breeders also regularly handle their young rabbits and so any rabbits they sell are usually confident about being handled. There is also have the opportunity to see the parents and know the exact date of birth of the rabbit it is intended to purchase.
Breeders of show rabbits will have pure bred rabbits and will have aimed to produce rabbits that are of good size and a good example of the rabbit breed in accordance with the breed show standard, often with the intention of keeping some of the young rabbits themselves for showing and selling the surplus rabbits that they don’t keep. If looking for a good example of a particular breed or sure of a purebred rabbit of a particular breed, perhaps with the hope of showing it at rabbit shows in the future, then a breeder of show rabbits is the best place to buy a rabbit.
Private and hobbyist breeders often advertise rabbits for sale on the internet, in local papers, pet shops or vets and are the best place to buy a rabbit for those particularly looking for a baby rabbit raised in a home enviroment and wanting knowledge of their age and history. Show rabbit breeders can usually be located by contacting a relevant rabbit club and are the best place to buy a rabbit for those looking for a purebred rabbit of a particular breed or those who might want to consider showing their rabbit in the future.