Choosing a Rabbit

Once you are sure a rabbit is for you, you need to also consider if you want a baby (known as kit) or an adult, male or female, one or two.

Did you know

Rabbits have complex digestive systems. Food is passed through their gut and this is how caecotrophs are produced, rabbits then eat the caecotrophs and the food is re-ingested.

Choosing a Rabbit

Baby or adult

Rabbit kits are friendly, cuddly and easy to handle, but are very energetic from one day to the next. The ideal age to consider a rabbit it is a few months old, or possibly over 1 year old.

Male or female

Like us rabbits are unique and the personality is not determined by their gender! Hormones will affect how they behave, but these hormones will settle once the rabbit has been neutered. They need to be neutered though, to avoid fighting between same sex pairs or unwanted litters, females especially as they are prone to getting diseases.

How many rabbits?

Something else to consider is that rabbits are naturally sociable so it is highly recommended to keep them in pairs, otherwise they will suffer from loneliness. If you already have a rabbit in your house and want a bunny friend, then make sure both are neutered prior to the first meeting and take the necessary steps. Go to the company section to get more advice to help two rabbits or more get along.

Breeds


Read up on breed information. In the UK there are around 80 breeds and there can be several varieties within the breeds. There are pros and cons to large and small breeds, larger breeds will need more room and may be a more suitable pet for older children. Smaller breeds are easier to handle, but smaller children may seem them as toys so they can be poorly handled. However, young children should always be closely supervised when handling any pets.