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"Discover Everything You Need To Know About Your Pet Rabbit!"
by Andrea Austin
Different breeds have different features, and these features can make a pet more or less suitable to your lifestyle. Therefore, you should be aware of what to expect from each breed to see if it will be appropriate for you, your family, and your living space.
Large breeds (12 to 16 pounds, or even bigger!) generally make better pets for families with young children, as smaller animals may be more prone to getting hurt by an infant or toddlers hands. Moreover, as rabbits dont tend to like to be picked up, a large rabbit that sits on the floor beside a child will make for a better situation all around. Larger rabbits are usually less skittish than smaller ones, and they are more capable of taking care of themselves when they feel anxious.
In addition, the lifespan of a rabbit generally increases in proportion to his size. Larger rabbits tend to live the longest, up to 15 years in some cases.
On the downside, larger rabbits obviously require more space. This is an especially important point to consider if your pet is going to be spending lots of time inside a cage ...since, obviously, the cage will need to be bigger and therefore probably more expensive. (More on cages later in this book.)
- Flemish Giants (up to 20 pounds!)
- Giant Lops
- Tan checkered giants
- White giants
Medium breeds generally weigh in at around 7 to 12 pounds, falling right between small rabbits and giants on the size spectrum.
Again, if you have a responsible child who wants a pet rabbit, a medium breed as opposed to a small or dwarf breed is recommended. This is, as in the case of giant breeds, largely due to the fact that bigger rabbits are better able to fend for themselves. Medium and large rabbits are easier to pet because their heads are bigger, making them more appropriate for children, who love to stroke the fuzzy creatures.
- English lops (warning: they have very large ears, see below!)
- Red New Zealands
- Blue Viennese
- Castor Rex
- Fox Rabbit
Small-breed rabbits tend to fall somewhere in between 3 and 7 pounds, making them adorable but more delicate than larger rabbits. As a general rule, the smaller the rabbit, the more excitable he will be. Therefore, small breeds are not recommended as highly for children as larger breeds.
However, a smaller rabbit may be ideal for a living space in which there are close quarters. A small breed will require a smaller cage, of course, so if space is at a premium for you, this may be an important consideration.
- Small Chinchillas
- Black and-tans
As the name suggests, dwarf-breed rabbits are the smallest of all, weighing in at as little as 2 pounds. They are incredibly cute to observe, but their temperaments are not necessarily as charming as their appearance. Whereas giants are tamer and more docile, dwarfs tend to be quite aggressive and full of energy. (Keep in mind, of course, that individual rabbits have their own unique personality, much of which does NOT depend on breed!) This can be great if you also have a lot of energy, but if you want a rabbit who can take care of himself and does not necessarily need your attention all the time, perhaps choose a larger breed.
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