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Rabbits USA: Be Breed Smart

A happy owner/bunny bond begins when you choose a breed that suits your lifestyle and expectations.

By Audrey Pavia

Rabbits are cute, sweet and fun. Once you decide rabbits are the right pet for you, it’s hard to go wrong. Or is it? Choosing the right breed of rabbit can make the difference between a successful or a strained relationship with your bunny.

Even though many rabbits look pretty much the same at first glance, breeds can differ significantly in a number of areas. Size, care requirements and personality are three important factors that should be considered when choosing the right breed of bunny.

How Big?
Size matters, especially when you are talking about rabbits. Rabbits range from just a few pounds to as much as 14 pounds. The amount of room you need for a small rabbit is going to be a lot less than what you’ll need for a large one. A few small-breed rabbits can live in a cage that might only accommodate one large-breed rabbit.

Big rabbits need larger exercise pens, too, as well as larger litter boxes. They are also more difficult to lift and carry than their smaller cousins.

On the other hand, for families with children, large rabbits can be a much better choice. They are less delicate than smaller rabbits, and tend to be calmer in temperament.

**For the full article, pick up the 2008 issue of Rabbits USA or click here to buy the issue.**

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