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Big Bunnies Or Little Bunnies - Which Make The Best Pets?

Updated on July 15, 2008




When looking for a pet bunny, one has many to choose from, but the biggest deciding factor for many potential bunny owners is what size bunny they should buy. Some people buying bunnies for children think that a smaller bunny might be a better buy, whereas people with large back yards think that a larger bunny would be a better fit. Funnily enough, both of these assumptions are wrong. Smaller bunnies are often too wrigly and delicate for handling by children, and larger bunnies tend to be more lethargic and less in need of exercise than their smaller counterparts.

Both big and small bunnies can make great pets, all you need to do is assess what sort of home you can give a bunny, and who will be its owner, to decide whether to buy a big bunny or a small one. To help you make this decision, here are a breif listing of various traits which are associated with rabbits of various sizes, and some links to further information that you might find useful.

Mini Rabbits

Mini bunnies, such as mini lops, tend to be quite energetic and need plenty of space to run in. This means a very large cage, or better still, living indoors. They can also be very active and wriggly whilst being handled, and this can make them unsuitable for smaller children, who can accidentally harm the bunny by being too rough with it. Mini rabbits are also known to sometimes be quite grumpy and more aggressive than bigger bunnies.

Mid Sized Rabbits

Mid sized rabbits, such as New Zealand White rabbits, Rex rabbits, and other similar breeds are good pets for children as they tend to be larger and more robust. They are also known for being more laid back than smaller rabbits, and less likely to bite, nip, or scratch. Mid sized rabbits are normally not too big to handle, which means that children can pet and play with them quite easily.

Giant Rabbits

Giant rabbits, like the Flemish Giant, can take up a lot of space and will need a very big bunny house and run. They also eat a lot more food than smaller rabbits. The benefit of having giant rabbits is that they are known for their relaxed temperaments, and don't tend to run around as much as the smaller breeds, preferring to often just laze around like a cat. Of course, one has to be prepared for some strange reactions when people see your big bunny, a giant rabbit normally grows up to seven kilograms, or fifteen pounds!


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      yumilicious1 9 years ago


      great info,

      i have a rex- she is almost like a pet dog

      she does tricks:

      when i pat the chair she will jump up beside me!

      cute huh?

      in the summer- she would follow us everywhere outside, would lay down under my chair and bug me till we would pet her!




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      monitor 9 years ago from The world.

      This is some useful information for people wanting to get a bunny for their children, Bunniez. Size is indeed important but I wonder if that picture of that monster rabbit is actually real... ? I doubt any child could lift anything that size! Great hub!

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