what rabbit breed is the best

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by HeIsKing, Sep 19, 2016.

  1. HeIsKing

    HeIsKing Out Of The Brooder

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    my family is thinking about getting a rabbit. which breed would be the best as a pet, and also be good with kids? i have a 3 year old sister. i was looking into ether a Dutch, California, Harlequin, or a Thrianta rabbit. though since we have never had a rabbit i have no idea, except for what i have read.
    thank you for all your help in advance.
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  2. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dutch, Mini Rex, or Lionhead are the probably the best pet breeds.
     
  3. MissSister

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    Will he/she be in the house? In a tractor or pasture? In a cage?
    A free-range-ish house rabbit would probably be a laid back breed, like any type of lop or large breed.
    One that is caged up will be sad, but perhaps less sad if it were a commercial meat hybrid that is "used" to confinement like the Californian. Those tend to be a bit aggressive though, but not always.
    I keep mine in tractors and pastures, and one like Tans and runner breeds and different types of dwarfs and small breeds do the best in this setting. Any rabbit can be kept outdoors however.
    Not all rabbits fit their breed stereotype.
     
  4. HeIsKing

    HeIsKing Out Of The Brooder

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    we will probably have it in a cage outside, but I am home all day so it will be out of the cage a lot.
     
  5. Weehopper

    Weehopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lops were originally bred to be pets. If you want a mini rabbit, there are mini lops. I would recommend finding a breeder, or going to a local rabbit show, and ask questions.. Do as much research on rabbit care and feeding, as you can before you make your purchase.
     
  6. Silkie2

    Silkie2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a mini rex and he is the sweetest boy!
    if you are gonna get a bunny for a pet i recommend spaying or neutering it, it will make them a whole lot less aggressive (and it will help with other things)
    the more room the bunny has the better, if you keep it in a cage you might want to build a pen for it.
    lops,dutch, and mini rex are my favorites
     
  7. DutchBunny03

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    Larger rabbits are more gentle, so would make great pets. All rabbits make great pets of course, including my personal favorite, the Dutch, but a larger breed like a Harlequin or Chinchilla are better with kids(Harlequins are probably the most elaborately marked rabbits EVER. Very beautiful bunnies)
     
  8. Silkie2

    Silkie2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The larger the more gentle yes!
    But they also have bigger health problems and need A LOT of space!
    But yes, they are friendly and gentle :)
     
  9. DutchBunny03

    DutchBunny03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Super huge rabbits, like Flemish giants, need super bug hutches. But the medium breeds, such as the Harlequin, dont. Rabbits only need the space in square footage equivalent to their weight. For example, a 10 pound rabbit needs a minimum of 10 sq.ft. Harlequins are 9-11 pounds, so an 11sq.ft. hutch should be fine. I have never heard that larger rabbits have more health problems. In addition to my Dutch herd, I have a couple Rhilander/New Zealand crosses that are about 10 pounds, and i have never had any health issues with them
     
  10. DutchBunny03

    DutchBunny03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But, then again, every bunny is different.
     

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