Easter is a Time for Celebration – Not a Surprise Addition to the Household.
The Easter Bunny will soon be making his rounds and children are already looking forward to the gifts and treats tucked inside their baskets on Easter morning. One gift that often finds its way into that basket is a child’s very own Easter Bunny. Though these adorable little bundles of fluff are the star of the day, that same bunny sitting in a basket on Easter morning will often meet an unfortunate fate after the newness and the holiday wears off.
Rabbits are indeed a wonderful animal to own! Many people are surprised to learn that there are 49 distinct breeds of rabbits! From the lopped-eared Holland, to the velvet-coated Mini Rex; each has their own unique characteristics.
They are a versatile animal that appeal to individuals with varying interests and are among the fastest growing projects for 4H and FFA. Whether as a pet or to begin breeding your own line of pedigreed show animals, rabbits are a 7+ year commitment. They are not “starter” pets, and they are not disposable.
The American Rabbit Breeders Association has been advising new breeders and promoting responsible rabbit ownership for over 100 years.
“I wasn’t aware of ARBA when I got my first rabbit, but one of my friends said I should check them out. I joined their club and they sent a book about rabbit care that had more information than the books I saw at the store. They also have a pretty cool magazine that comes every other month that the whole family loves to read. It has articles about different breeds but my favorite section is called Rabbits 101. It’s for people like me who have never owned a rabbit. I wish I had known about them before I got my rabbit.”
Yes, we love the increased interest in rabbits this time of year, and we genuinely welcome that interest. That is why we want you to consider learning all you can about rabbit ownership before you buy. Make it a family project to select the breed of rabbit that is right for you. Then together contact a responsible breeder to help you find the perfect rabbit for you and your family.