Rabbits make fantastic pets. They are great company, and can be very cuddly. Rabbit owners are often surprised at how clever rabbits can be, learning to toilet train, walk on a lead and play games. Their cheeky antics can be amusing and enjoyable to watch.
There are many different breeds of rabbits, and species tends to have unique personality and behaviour traits. Before choosing a rabbit, do some research into different breeds, to identify which would fit best into your lifestyle. For instance, larger breeds need more space and long haired breeds require a lot of grooming. You can talk to your local vet, rabbit club, read books or search online about different rabbit breeds (e.g. see articles such as Rabbit Breeds Australia)
It is a common misconception that rabbits are an easy or low maintenance pet. They actually require a high standard of care, quality housing, and good environmental enrichment, to stay happy and healthy. Perhaps most importantly, most rabbits are highly social animals – it is unnatural and cruel to leave them alone for long periods of time.
Rabbit ownership is a serious commitment for 6-12 years, depending on the type of rabbit you choose.
Read about your rabbits's welfare needs, along with an overview of pet rabbit care, including housing, health, environmental enrichment, grooming, behaviour and diet. Find out more the serious rabbit diseases, Calicivirus and Myxomatosis.
Read the Guidelines on keeping pet rabbits, which were developed by the Victorian Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, and have been approved by the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security."