|There are a few factors that you need to take into consideration when choosing a rabbit. Consider each one carefully to ensure you make the correct decision for yourself, your family and your new pet. |
Your personal and family circumstances will play an important part in your decision on what breed of rabbit to buy. Long haired rabbits will require a lot of grooming, larger rabbits will require a larger hutch and more space to exercise, some are more active than others and some rabbits are more suited to families with children than others. You should research the many different breeds of rabbit to ensure you choose the correct one for you and your family.
Male or Female
If your rabbit is just going to be a family pet and you are not buying one for breeding purposes, it doesn't really matter if you get a buck (male) or a doe (female). However, it is important that when you go to choose a rabbit, they must be separated by sex. If they are not or the seller cannot tell the sex of the rabbits, then they should be avoided as you run the risk of buying a pregnant female rabbit.
Selecting a Rabbit
When you have decided that you are going to get a rabbit and where you are going to get it from, then all you need to do is choose it!
When choosing a rabbit you should look at all the rabbits in the cage and make sure that they all appear healthy. The cage should be clean, there should be plenty of food and water and the rabbits should be well cared for.
The rabbits should be over 6 weeks old and you should make sure they are alert, bright eyed and clean. A rabbit should be avoided if it shows any signs of ill health such as sticky eyes, a runny nose, a dirty back end or is inactive.