It is best to obtain
a rabbit from an animal shelter or rescue group.
for adoption from WHS will come to you already spayed
or neutered and well socialized. WHS also microchips
all rabbits. Adult rabbits make great choices since
their size and personalities are known and they
are easier to litter-box train than babies. You
will also find the most accurate information on
rabbit behavior and care from WHS and organizations
like the House Rabbit Society. Purchasing a rabbit
from a breeder or pet store encourages over-breeding.
Rabbits are bred for appearances rather than temperament.
Rabbit personalities vary greatly from one rabbit
to the next even among littermates. Rabbits can
be silly, timid, shy, curious, and high spirited
regardless of sex or breed type. They show affection
in characteristic ways; choosing to sit near you,
climbing on your back or nibbling at your socks.
Some will even lick your hands or face. Even feisty
rabbits can become affectionate companions, if given
a chance to bloom. Spaying or neutering eliminates
many behavior problems and prevents many rabbit
diseases. Smaller rabbits such as dwarfs are usually
more active than larger rabbits. They are able to
jump much higher than their larger cousins because
of their lighter weight. The average life span for
a spayed or neutered house rabbit is eight to ten
years, although many live even longer.