Choosing a Pet Rabbit Thats Right For You (DOC) by snoopdoggywuf


Choosing a Pet Rabbit Thats Right For You

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Having a pet rabbit can be such a rewarding experience. But with all the
breeds, sizes and colors, how do you select the rabbit that is just right
for you? This article will help you select that perfect rabbit.

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Choosing the right rabbit for you and your family can be a very exciting
process. There are currently over 40 recognized breeds of rabbits. Many
of the breeds have multiple varieties and colors. Rabbits range in size
from 2 pounds to over 10 pounds. So the choices are very abundant.

Many breeders give different answers regarding the preferred gender for a
pet rabbit. This is compounded by the individual temperament of the
rabbit. Often a doe (girl rabbit) that is not spayed, can become
territorial was she reaches maturity. She may nip at you when reaching
for her or even her food or water dishes. Some does will eliminate that
aggression when a familiar face does the feeding on a daily basis. Some
does we’ve found to be non-aggressive, and yet others can become
territorial towards everybody, but that is very rare. If you do not plan
to breed your rabbit, and you want a doe, it is best to have her spayed
to help reduce the chances that she may protect her den.

Bucks present a different problem all together. Bucks generally are not
aggressive. However, spraying can be a problem. When the buck reaches
maturity he may start to spray his urine everywhere to let the whole
world know he is ready for a mate. Again, not all bucks will do this, and
typically the ones that do, will only do so for a short period of time.
This problem can be eliminated by having the buck neutered.

Grooming is another consideration. The wool breeds such as angoras and
jersey woolies require extra work in grooming. All rabbits need a good
routine of grooming by their caretaker, but the wool breeds require more
time because of the nature of their fur type.

The best way to see and find out about rabbits is to attend a rabbit
show. At the rabbit show you will find many breeders and most of the
breeds of rabbits. To find a show near you visit our calendar page and
search for a show in your state.

I would not recommend buying a rabbit without first seeing it, nor would
I recommend purchasing a rabbit from a pet store. It would be in your
best interest to find a breeder in your area of the breed you think you
would like. Visit with that breeder. See what the conditions are in the
barn. Ask if you can hold a rabbit. Watch the rabbit’s reaction to their
cage being opened. Rabbits that love attention, will immediately come to
the door, some will even make happy grunting type noises. Other rabbits
will immediately go to the back of the cage. If a rabbit moves to the
back its probably not a good rabbit for you.

Most of all have fun. Enjoy your search for that perfect rabbit. There
are many sizes colors and choices and finding the fit for you can be time
consuming but will be very rewarding in the end.

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