How to Choose a Rabbit
It is important to choose a healthy pet! Also, being informed about your rabbits care is important.
1. Look at the overall body condition - the rabbit should be neither fat nor skinny, with no swellings.
2. The rabbit's coat should be well groomed, with no bare patches. Check for soiling around the rear end, as this may indicate a problem with diarrhea.
3. Look at the ears, they should be pink, not red, and free of discharge. The ear flaps shouldn't be damaged.
4. The eyes should be bright and free from discharge. Check the coat around the eyes for signs of wetness or tear staining.
5. Check the nose - it should also be free of discharge.
6. Try to get a look at the teeth, they should not be overgrown and should be well-aligned. Also check for wet or matted fur on the chin.
7. Observe the rabbit's breathing, which should be quiet and not labored.
8. Watch the rabbit move around. It should have no signs of lameness, stiffness, or reluctance to move around. Check it's feet and legs looking for injuries.
9. Look at the rabbit's surroundings. A rabbit kept in clean conditions, without crowding will have less exposure to stress and disease.
10. Observe how the rabbit reacts to people. Ideally pick a rabbit that is relatively calm about being approached and petted. If possible, hold the rabbit you are selecting and see how easy it is for you to handle.
1. It is wise to resist the temptation to adopt a sickly rabbit unless prepared for the possibility of expensive treatment and possible heartbreak.
2. When buying from a breeder, make sure they are breeding for a specific goal (e.g. temperament and health).