When we think of rabbits most of us automatically are reminded of Easter, others will think of their experiences with rabbits, whether it’s there own or not. Rabbits are one of the cutest pets you can own and some can compare this to owning a cat, low maintenance and the lack of responsibility needed to take care of them(this does not apply to all rabbits). This will all be about rabbits, different types of rabbits and how to maintain them.
We think of rabbits as harmless and gentle when really some can be aggressive just as some dogs may be. Smaller rabbits are prone to being more aggressive just as smaller dogs can be. This is because if they feel threatened, usually by much larger things, they become really defensive/aggressive, and they will react just as those dogs would. Rabbits cannot bark but they sure will grunt at you, they do bite you and they will thumb if they feel danger; Thumping is associated with rabbit communication, mostly attributed with warnings or if it’s really pissed off!
There are many types of Rabbits but I will be naming the most popular breeds:
Continental Giant Rabbit
The Flemish and Continental Giant Rabbit are of the largest breeds of rabbits and are the most passive(clearly they have no need to feel threatened by anything). These can weigh anywhere from 15 – 50 pounds. The Largest Rabbit in the World costs up to $4000 in annual feeding fees and is insured for a whopping $1.6 million and his own body guard.
The Netherland Dwarf, Lionhead Rabbit, Miniature and Mini Lop, Polish Rabbit and the Britannia Petites are the smallest rabbit breeds. Because these are small breeds does not mean they are a small worry. These are the rabbits that are most likely to be aggressive(NOT all of them would be) but they would bite if feeling threatened. These breeds are also the most energetic and will need plenty of space to run around, because they will be doing that all day!
To adjust your rabbit to it’s surrounds you must first place it in a cage or small quite area fit only for them, where they can observe all faces and remain at peace. After that period is when you can allow your bunny to roam freely. If you bunny is stressed it will have diarrhea, which can be treated with oatmeal. Make sure your bunny receives plenty of fiber. As a bunny you should turn them on their backs , you would notice them instantly going to sleep, but this is not sleep they are in a trance. By doing this earlier on they will adjust to this and will make grooming them much easier, unlike having to hold down your dog at the pet groomers.
Have fun choosing and owning your own pet rabbit! It will be a pleasure.