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Bunny Basics

It is best to obtain a rabbit from an animal shelter or rescue group.

Rabbits available for adoption from WHS will come to you already spayed or neutered and well socialized. 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 & Life Span

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.

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