Best 10 Rabbit Breeds as Pets for Children
Some rabbit breeds are a lot more difficult to befriend and gain the trust of than others. Whilst the giant breeds are gorgeous and usually very friendly, their long bodies make them susceptible to injury, meaning that they are not ideal pets for children.
They also have much shorter life spans, averaging at around 5-6 years, though for some giant breeds it is rare for a rabbit to live past the age of 4 years!
The Sussex Rabbit
The Sussex rabbit, whilst still a relatively new breed, is making a name for itself as a perfect pet. It is friendly, docile and inquisitive, as well as very intelligent, making it easy to teach this breed tricks. Prone to greediness, this rabbit breed can get very fat very quickly so it is best to monitor their weight and reduce treats if you feel your bun has become rounder than she should be.
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Himalayan rabbits are one of the most popular breeds for children, they are friendly, interested in everything you do and easy-going. They also have a beautiful appearance - a sleek, White body with a dark nose and dark ears. This breed is probably the cuddliest of all rabbit breeds and one of the most playful, but with this they require lots of stimulation in the form of attention and toys.
In appearance the Californian rabbit breed is very similar to the Himalayan, but they are much larger and can weigh up to 12lbs. They are laid-back, friendly and calm creatures who love attention from people and make very affectionate pets for families.
Thrianta rabbits have a cuddly teddy-bear like appearance and are renowned as gentle, friendly and social animals. They have a red-brown coloured coat, and are silky soft. They weigh around 5-6lbs and do very well as show rabbits, as well as making ideal pets for families with young children.
Dutch rabbits have a beautiful appearance and are usually white and black or white and brown in colour. They are calm and friendly, but may need some encouragement to begin with as they can be shy. They are only 5lbs when they are fully grown, which is a good size for children.
Florida White Rabbits
The Florida White, as the name suggests is a pure white rabbit, usually with pink eyes. Originally these rabbits were just used for meat and laboratory test subjects, but more recently they have become extremely popular in shows and as pets. They are relatively small, weighing around 4.5-6lbs and are incredibly tolerant, so again, are a brilliant pet for children.
Japanese Harlequin Rabbits
Japanese harlequin rabbits are wonderful pets - especially if you want a rabbit that can learn tricks to a point it has been considered 'dog-like'. This is a very intelligent bunny, and is also gentle, calm and fun. They love people but showing this breed is exceptionally difficult as their markings have to be perfect! The body is usually black, with two orange bands around it and one orange stripe down the middle of the face.
Chinchilla rabbits are beautiful with a sweet-nature and calm, friendly temperament. They are renowned for their amazingly soft fur and everyone loves stroking them. They are a good breed to keep if you are looking for a house-rabbit, but also do fine outdoors.
French Lop Rabbits
The French Lop is the largest of all the lop breeds and can weigh up to 14lbs. They are wonderful pets - especially if you want a gentle giant with floppy ears who will always be affectionate, ready for a cuddle and will always be there ready to greet you and socialise when you get home.
Havana rabbits are often shown competitively and usually come out top. They are often solid black in colour, with short ears and big eyes, and are extremely playful and social, though most won't be content cuddling for long periods of time as they get bored. They weigh between 4.5-6.5lbs so are an ideal weight for kids.