We would recommend that anyone thinking of buying a rabbit does not go out and buy one on impulse
for a child or because they see one in a pet shop that looks cute. Think about the time a pet takes bearing in mind
they will need their toilet corner cleaned out daily and the hutch fully cleaned out and disinfected once a week, your rabbit
will also need daily feeding, clean water daily and hay daily. Also you will need to think about who will look after
your pet when you go on holiday.
A rabbits lifespan can be anywhere between 5 - 10 years depending on the breed that you choose,
so its not just for a couple of months or years and they need cleaning and care in the winter months too.
However if you still think a rabbit is for you then I would recommend going along to a local rabbit
show or getting a rabbit book on the breeds to see what size of rabbit would suit you. If you do not have time for this
then seek advice from an experienced breeder who will be able to give you advice and if they do not have the breed that you
want would be able to put you in contact with someone who does.
Rabbits vary in size enormously for the Giant French Lops who weigh in at the 10lb - 18lb mark to
the tiny Netherland Dwarf at around 2lb - 3lb - and they all start off small so it's not really worth buying a rabbit if you
are not sure of the parentage, its best to wait and get the breed of rabbit you really want from a breeder.
You also need to immunise your rabbit against myxamatosis and VHD annually, so there will
be vet bills to consider too.