Did you know….?
- It is estimated that there are between 1.6 and 2 million pet rabbits in the UK.
- In 2004, 4.6% of UK households owned a rabbit.
- There are 67 breeds and 531 varieties of rabbit. The smallest breed is the Netherland Dwarf Rabbit, weighing just 1kg when fully grown, and one of the largest is the Flemish Giant Rabbit, which weighs up to 6kg.
- Female rabbits are called does, male rabbits are called bucks and baby rabbits are called kittens. Litters usually contain between six and eight kittens. However, the largest litter ever recorded had 24 kittens.
- Rabbits usually live to about seven or eight years old, but many live over 10 years.
- Rabbits and hares are not rodents like rats, mice and guinea pigs – they’re known as leporids.
- Rabbits produce two types of droppings, the first of which they re-ingest.
- Rabbits commonly suffer from osteoporosis if they are not allowed enough exercise. Osteoporosis can also be the result of a diet low in calcium.
- A rabbit chews 120 times a minute and has 17,000 tastebuds. That’s 7,000 more than humans and 15,000 more than dogs.
- At least 80% of rabbits in the UK are not being fed correctly. One of the most common reasons for rabbits becoming ill is a poor diet, often lacking essential components such as forage.
- 30% of rabbits in the UK are obese, possibly due to their sedentary life as domestic pets, compared to their life in the wild.
- 75% of rabbits seen by vets are diagnosed with dental problems. Rabbits’ teeth grow continuously by about 2-3mm a week and whilst in the wild gnawing on rough vegetation wears them down, many domestic rabbits don’t get the opportunity to do this and their teeth often need to be filed down by a vet. A rabbit’s nails may also need to be clipped if the rabbit doesn’t get enough exercise.