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What Size Bunnies Make The Best Pets?

Updated on November 3, 2007

So many bunnies, which one is for you?

There is a lot to consider when you're thinking about getting a pet rabbit, and size is an important factor that should be taken into consideration. There is more to the suitability of various rabbit sizes to various living situations, so don't just automatically assume that because you live in a small apartment you should be limited to looking at Mini Rabbits.

Rabbits really come in three main sizes. There are the mini breeds, such as the Mini Lop or Dwarf, the more regular sized rabbits, such as the New Zealand White, and the giant breeds such as the Flemish Giant. When it comes to choosing which sort of bunny will make the best pet for you, there are several factors which come into play.

Mini Rabbits

Some say that Mini Rabbits tend to be less friendly than their larger counterparts, this may or may not be true dependent on the nature of the particular bunny you happen to own. What is true is that mini rabbits tend to have large amounts of energy and love to run around a lot. Think of them a little like terriers and you'll get the idea. These are definitely not rabbits to get and keep in a very small cage. They can also be very delicate indeed, and may be problematic when it comes to being handled. Small children especially should be supervised around these types of rabbit, and it is a little unfortunate that these bunnies end up as children's pets more often than the medium sized breeds which may be a better fit in terms of temperament.

Medium Sized Rabbits

In many ways, a medium sized rabbit gets you the best of both worlds. They generally have a fairly docile and friendly nature, especially in the case of the New Zealand White rabbit, and they are solid enough to be handled more easily than their smaller counterparts. They still need plenty of room to stretch their legs in however, and they enjoy running and jumping and playing just as much as the Mini's and Dwarf breeds do, though they may not do it quite so much.

Giant Rabbits

Giant Rabbits certainly are beautifully big bunnies, so they need quite a bit of room when it comes to housing. They also require a great deal of feed due to their great size, so that may be a consideration if you are considering one of these gentle giants. Unlike smaller breeds, giant rabbits often tend to be less active in general, and are often gentle and affectionate, so if you're after a big lazy lump that puts many small dogs to shame in terms of size, a Giant Rabbit may be the pet for you.


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