Do rabbits make good pets?
Enter #bunnies on Instagram, and you’ll be one of the over three million people smitten with the too-cute-for-its-own-business animals. But does it make a good house pet? Unlike cats and dogs, who are considered predators, rabbits are prey. It’s not in the furry little creatures’ nature to enjoy being picked up because that’s how predators capture them. You have to take a more deliberate approach to earn a bunny’s trust, according to the House Rabbit Society. You can do this by getting down to its level and spending time with them out of its cage (rabbit proof the room first). Gently handle, pet, and interact with it softly, and you will have the cuddly snuggle bunny of your dreams.
The Dutch Rabbit is one of the most popular and recognisable breeds. The Dutch rabbit’s popularity is likely due its gentle and friendly disposition.
The Harlequin rabbit comes in two gorgeous varieties – the Japanese and Magpie. The Japanese rabbit is orange or fawn and either black, blue, chocolate, or lilac. The Magpie is white and either black, blue, chocolate, or lilac and both varieties are around four kilograms of stunning beauty. When it comes to showing the Harlequin at a rabbit show (yes, those exist), the colour split on the face must be clearly discernible or the rabbit will be disqualified. Precise markings or not, the Harlequin is a sweet and gentle breed, who is active and curious. In the world of rabbit mothers, it takes top honours alongside the Dutch rabbit, for its maternal nurturing.