Types of Pet Rabbits
There are many types of pet rabbits in the world. Knowing which one you want as a pet may be a bit difficult if you are not really familiar with rabbits. One of the best ways to see a lot of different types in one place is to visit a rabbit show.
If you look at the website for the American Rabbit Breeders Association, you can find listings of all the shows being held in the next few months. Take note of any being held near you and go visit on show day. You won't believe how many types of pet rabbits you'll see.
While you are at the show, you can talk to the exhibitors about their breeds and learn a lot. Stop by the judging table and listen to the judge as they mention the good and bad points of each animal.
If you find a breed you like, you can learn a lot about how to choose a good specimen by listening to the judge.
Do not interrupt the judge during judging! Spectators are expected to stand and watch. Once all the animals are placed and the class is over, sometimes you can ask a question if there is time.
What size of pet do you want? Do you want it to be small, medium or large? Large rabbits can weigh anywhere from 12 pounds on up to over 20. Meat rabbits are a bit smaller, ranging from 6 to 12 pounds. They often make excellent pets. Smaller rabbits range from 4 to 7 pounds, and dwarf rabbits range between 2 to 4 pounds.
Each of these types of pet rabbits will need a cage suitable to their mature size. Larger rabbits will eat more and fill their trays with more manure than small rabbits, but they are very laid back and relaxed. Smaller rabbits tend to be more excitable and energetic, which may be cute at first, but you may tire of chasing it all over the house when it is time for them to go back in their cage for the night.
Personality is More Important than Color
While you may have fallen in love with that beautiful Siamese Sable Netherland Dwarf, he or she may have a nasty temper. Don't be afraid to ask about temperament when you are going to buy a rabbit. After all, you want a pet, not an attack rabbit. Taking the time to ask questions and find out what types of pet rabbits will fit in with your life best is as important as when you are choosing a dog.
A good breeder will be honest about a rabbit's temperament and will tell you whether a rabbit may be too challenging for a new rabbit person or not. So while that Siamese Sable may not be a suitable pet, perhaps its littermate, who is white with darker ears and nose, may be a real lover who enjoys cuddling. Don't let appearance turn you off to what could be an awesome pet rabbit.
Many people will turn down a rabbit when it has red eyes because they think they are evil. They aren't. It is just a genetic issue that removes the pigment from the eyes, making them look red. White rabbits and pointed white rabbits have this gene.
You can often get a good price on pet quality rabbits that don't quite make the standard for showing. This is especially true for marked breeds like the Dutch where the standard expects very specific markings. Pet quality rabbits are just as healthy and full of personality, they just won't cut it on the show table. Sometimes these types of pet rabbits are sold to pet stores or you may find them listed in the paper or on sites like Craigslist.
If you have the choice between paying a lot for a pet rabbit in the pet store or getting one from a breeder, choose the breeder. They may give you a better deal price wise, you'll be able to get some real information about the breed and how to care for it, and you don't have to worry about getting the wrong information from a pet store.
Boy or Girl?
Traditionally, it has been stated many times that bucks (male rabbits) make better pets than does (girl rabbits). This may be true, but it doesn't mean that if you choose a doe that you'll get a bad pet. Pet does can be spayed so they won't get aggressive or hormonal when they hit maturity. It can also prevent uterine cancer. Bucks do tend to be very loving, however, so choose one you like, regardless of sex.
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