How To Identify Different Breeds Of Rabbits
An expert in rabbit care describes some of the breeds available, to help you decide which one is right for you.
Hi. My name's Marie, and I'm the Deputy Manager of the small animal department at Wood Green Animal Shelters, and today I'm going to help you identify suitable rabbit breeds. When considering taking on a rabbit as your first pet, it's important to find a rabbit that suits you, and that you are able to provide the suitable care for.
There are many different types of breeds out there, and many of these are in rescue shelters, so please do go to your local rescue shelter as well. The most common breed is the Dwarf Lop, and these aren't small rabbits, so please do try to think about this. They do need a large space, even possibly free range of an enclosed garden.
Breeds such as your Netherland Dwarfs and Small Lionheads, they are quite scared of loud noises and of big families. So they're not necessarily suited to children. The smaller breed rabbit, such as the Netherland Dwarf still require just as much space as your bigger rabbit.
They're very active, and they can live for easily ten to twelve years. So they still need a large run and hutch joined together, of at least ten to twelve feet. If you're looking for a breed that's maybe really confident with your family and is happy to bound up to you and say hello, a breed such as a Flemish Giant, or the French Lop are fantastic for family environments.
The other breed is also the Rex breeds, and you need to be cautious with what sort of accommodation you can provide for these, because their coat types, they can get sore feet. So it's important you can provide a nice garden filled with grass where they can have soft bedding to keep their feet cozy and safe. The other one would be the Lionhead and the Cashmeres.
These can require quite a lot of grooming: up to two to three times a week for at least an hour. So it's important you can actually ensure that you can provide this for the rest of the rabbit's life, as it is quite a large and daunting task to take on. These rabbits' coats can matt really easily, so it's important that you really can provide this care for the rabbits, as they do depend on this for you.
Overall, the majority of the breeds can make fantastic pets, a rabbit for your family. Just ensure that you kept them in pairs, they're neutered, they're vaccinated, and you can provide the correct accommodation for them. And remember, just because they're small, they still need a big accommodation. .