A few Tips on finding the Best Pet Rabbit Breed for you
by Dean Erickson
Read up on rabbit breeds before you choose the best rabbit for
you and your family.
Rabbits are popular pets. Children especially find them adorable.
Of course, our culture sees rabbits as both pets and as food.
Rabbits are raised for their meat and wild rabbits are hunted for
sport. But despite the pet or prey paradox rabbits are always
popular pet choices. They are naturally seen as cute, and are
aloof, almost cat-like in their character. As pets rabbits are
usually kept in a cage but some owners do allow the go free in
their enclosed residence.
There are several different types of rabbit breeds. The breed of
domestic rabbit we tend to have as a pet is the European breed of
rabbit. There are breeds of large rabbits, breeds of dwarf
rabbits and middle-sized breeds. particularly popular breeds are
the Angora rabbit breed and the Rex rabbit breed.
There are two easy ways to think about breeds of pet rabbits.
1. According to rabbit breed size.
Rabbits come in these breed sizes: giant, large, medium, small
and dwarf. Some breeds are available in one or more sizes.
Typical giant breeds include the Flemish Giant, the Giant Angora
and the Giant Chinchilla. The Giant Angora, for example, weighs
around 10 pounds and over, while the Dwarf Hotot weighs up to
two-and-a-half pounds. The Angora breed, an ancient breed
originating in Turkey and known for its exquisite coat, also
comes in a large and medium-sized breed, called the French Angora
and the English Angora, respectively.
2. According to rabbit breed grooming requirements.
Rabbits have different grooming demands depending on their coats.
The longer the coat the more time you'll have to commit to
grooming your pet. Obviously the Angora rabbit breed is the most
difficult to take care of. Giant Angoras, for example, have very
long fur and really should be brushed every day. The Rex rabbit
breed has also been bred for its velvety coat, but is not as high
demand as the Angora. The Mini Rex breed has a plush coat, but it
is short so it is relatively easy to care for. American
Chinchillas are also easy to care for. Their coat is short and
really only needs a weekly grooming.
To learn more about rabbit breeds use an Internet search engine
to bring up websites dedicated to information about rabbit
breeds. There you'll also find pictures of rabbit breeds and lots
of information on all the different breeds of rabbit. Websites
such as Petpeoplesplace.com offer detailed descriptions of each
breed, such as size, physical attributes and personality, as well
as tips on grooming.
Dean Erickson. Journalist, and web site builder Dean Erickson
lives in Texas. He is the owner and co-editor of
rabbit-breeds.info on which you will find a longer, more detailed
version of this article.