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About Rabbits

Rabbits are mammals that belong to the Leporidae family under the Lagomorph order and have short furry tails, elongated ears and hind legs.  Find out more about rabbits.

Rabbits are mammals which belong to the Lagomorph order that is split into the Leporidae family (hares and rabbits) and the Ochotonidae family (pikas). Lagamorphs resemble large rodents with one pair of large incisor teeth that continually grow but also have 2 peg teeth behind the upper incisors.

Members of the Leporidae family (Leporids) have short furry tails, elongated ears and hind legs and the Leporidae family includes over 50 species of rabbits.

Rabbits have eyes located on the side of their heads and this gives them a broad, almost 360°, field of vision with just a blind spot in front of their nose. Their large ears give them a good sense of hearing and they also have a well-developed sense of smell.

The rabbit species widely kept as a pet is Oryctolagus cuniculus and is also known as the European Rabbit, domestic rabbit or pet rabbit. Within this species of rabbit various rabbits breeds have been developed by enhancing different characteristics through selective breeding over many years. Today there is a wide range of pet rabbit breeds available in a variety of coat types and colours.

Rabbits are herbivores (plant eating) animals and are most active at dawn and dusk and often nap during the day.

Rabbits have a high reproduction rate.