A rabbit as a pet can be a wonderful addition to a family. They have an average life span of 8 – 12 years so they can be companions for an entire childhood. Most are gentle and become used to petting but some can be aggressive. This is for several reason including hormones, previous owners or fear but bad behaviour can be overcome with the right treatment. You need to realise though they do take some work in caring for them.
One of your first consideration is the breed to buy.
Just like other animals different breeds produce a variety of sizes and colours. From one end of the scale is the tiny dwarf rabbit while at the other extreme is the giant variety. Each brings its own pros and cons which you need to weigh up.
While each breed will offer a variation of size and colour there can also be numerous care and health matters involved. My own pet for example is a dwarf variety and is prone to malocclusions, an overgrowth of her front teeth where they become tusks. This problem forces a visit every six weeks to the vet to have her teeth snipped short.
Another consideration when picking the breed you will have, is where you pet is going to live.
Rabbits are very intelligent and possess the ability to be house-trained and learn to use a litter tray just like cat. Alternatively you may feel having your furry friend live outdoors in a hutch preferable.
If you opt for a hutch you’ll need to ensure it allows plenty of space and ideally have an attached run or cage so the rabbit can exercise. Keeping a pet locked in a small cage day after day is cruel. You can of course build a hutch if you have the required carpentry skills but make sure the finished project is well built and secure. While outside all manner of creatures like dogs or foxes may pay a visit.