Rabbit

Growth Size

Depending on variety of Rabbit, they grow to an average length of 20 – 50cm, and an average weight of 2kg.

Lifespan

8 – 12 years.

Temperament

Temperament usually varies from rabbit to rabbit. It depends on the breed and their experiences before making it to your home. Some rabbits may be more alert and fearful, whereas others could be relaxed and happily sit in your lap for pats. Rabbits will do well living in the same hutch as Guinea Pigs.

Training Difficulty

Rabbits are actually quite intelligent and not too difficult to train. However, you will need to use the right methods, such as food incentives.

Recommended Owners

Rabbits can make excellent pets for children, under adult supervision.

Origin

French monks are credited with first domesticating the Rabbit in the 5th century as a food source. Domesticated Rabbits were later introduced around the world, travelling with sailors. They were brought to Australia by the First Fleet in 1788. It wasn't until the 1820s that Rabbit breeding had taken off enough to warrant the first Rabbit Fancier show.

Diet

Rabbits need to be fed a diet consisting mostly of grass or hay. This is to ensure they get enough fibre to promote normal digestion. Commercial pellets and kitchen vegetable scraps (except for corn, beans, or peas) should also be provided.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

Rabbits shed every three months and should be brushed daily throughout the shedding period. When not shedding, short hair varieties can be brushed weekly, but long haired Rabbits should be brushed daily. Use a soft bristle brush so as not to damage their sensitive skin. Regular brushing is important to remove loose hair from Rabbits. They will groom themselves like a cat, but unlike a cat they cannot vomit. So if too much hair is ingested it blocks the stomach instead of being coughed up as a hairball.

Comments

Rabbits have excellent eyesight. They have close to a 360 degree panoramic field of vision, with only a small blind spot in front of their nose. This enables them to easily spot and evade predators in the wild.