How To: Choose the rabbit that's best for children

Choose the rabbit that's best for children

Learn how to choose the rabbit that's best for children. There's probably not a kid out there who wouldn't love a pet bunny, but rabbits and children can be a tough combination. To make the match a happy one, follow these steps.

You Will Need

* A rabbit rescuer or breeder
* Rabbit books, magazines, and websites for research

Step 1. Realize your responsibilities

Realize, first of all, that you're the one who should care for the rabbit—not your children. Kids can help with a bunny's care, but as with a dog or cat, a grownup needs to be in charge.

Step 2. Forget pet-store bunnies

Make a resolution not to consider pet-store bunnies, no matter how cute they are.

Step 3. Don't buy on impulse

Never get a rabbit on impulse! Rabbits need almost as much care as cats or dogs. So do your homework.

Step 4. Assess your kids' personalities

Make a realistic assessment of your kids' personalities. If they're excitable or intensely active, a rabbit might not be a good choice right now. If they're calm and good at taking directions, a bunny should fit in well.

Step 5. Get the right rabbit

Look for an adult rabbit that's large and mellow, not a baby that's small and skittish. In general, bigger bunny breeds are more relaxed than dwarf breeds, and less easily stressed out by busy families.

Step 6. Warn kids not to pick up bunny

No matter how mellow a bunny is, she won't like being picked up and carried by your kids. While you're conducting your search, remind your children that it's okay to pat a bunny but not to pick her up.

Step 7. Bunny-proof your home

Taking the time to find the right bunny will make her arrival much smoother. When you've located the right rabbit for your family, start preparing.

FACT: In addition to being easy to housebreak, rabbits can be trained to come when you call, to fetch objects that you throw, and even to play tag.

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