It can be a very exciting process to choose the right rabbit for you and your family. There are currently over 40 recognized breeds of rabbits. For many rabbits, they have multiple varieties and colors. When it comes to rabbits, they range in size from 2 pounds to over 10 pounds. This means that the choices are abundant.
There are a lot of breeders that give different answers regarding the preferred gender for a pet rabbit. Not to mention that this is compounded by the individual temperament of the rabbit. A doe, or female rabbit, that is not spayed, can become territorial as she reaches maturity. It is possible for her to nip at you when reaching for her or even her food or water dishes. There are does that will eliminate that aggression when a familiar face will do the feeding on a daily basis. There are does that are non-aggressive as well and yet there are others that can become territorial towards everybody, but that is very rare. If you want a doe but you do not plan to breed your rabbit, then it is best to have her spayed to help reduce the chances that she may protect her den.
Presenting a different problem altogether are bucks. The fact is, bucks are generally not aggressive. However, spraying can be a problem. A buck may start to spray his urine everywhere to let the whole world know he is ready for a mate when he reaches maturity. Remember that not bucks do this and the ones that do will typically only do so for a short period of time. You can eliminate the problem if you have the buck neutered.
Grooming is another consideration. Extra work in grooming is required for the wool breeds such as angoras and jersey woolies. All rabbits need a good routine of grooming by their caretaker, but the wool breeds require more time because of the nature of their fur type.
If you want to see and find out about rabbits, then the best way is to attend a rabbit show. What you will find at the rabbit show are many breeders and most of the breeds of rabbits. In order to find a show near you, you need to visit our calendar page and search for a show in your state.
I would not recommend purchasing a rabbit from a pet store nor would I recommend buying a rabbit without seeing it first. It would be in your best interest to find a breeder in your area of the breed you think you would like. Visit with that breeder. You need to see what the conditions are in the barn. How about asking if you can hold a rabbit? Watch the rabbit’s reaction to their cage being opened. Rabbits that love attention, will immediately come to the door, some will even make happy grunting type noises. Then there are rabbits that will immediately go to the back of the cage. It is probably not a good rabbit for you if a rabbit moves to the back.
The most important thing here is to have fun. Go ahead and enjoy your search for that perfect rabbit. Trying to find the fit for you can be time consuming but will be very rewarding in the end since there are many colors and choices.