Have you ever wondered……how long do rabbits live? Surely a rabbit can't live for more than a couple of years right?
Well, surprisingly enough a pet rabbit has an average life expectancy of around 6-10 years. In fact, a rabbit that lives indoors with the proper care and handling will usually live into the teens!
According to the Guiness Book of World Records the worlds oldest rabbit died at the age of 18. With the proper diet, regular heath checkups and some good genetics your pet rabbit is going to be around for a while.
Why is this so important to understand? Picking out a pet rabbit is a lot like picking out a dog or cat.
A rabbit is a commitment that's going to last for several years and they're going to be a part of your family for a long time.
The overall size of a rabbit is generally a good indicator of it's temperament and life expectancy.
Larger rabbits like the giant breeds for example are often very laid back with a gentle temperament but they're more susceptible to disease and other health problems. On average these larger breeds will usually live for around 5 years.
Smaller breed rabbits like the dwarf breeds often live much longer than the giant breeds. Although their temperament isn't as "laid back" these smaller breeds often live 10, 11 or even 12 years.
Purebred rabbits typically have a shorter lifespan than a mixed bread and their living conditions also have an influence.
For example, on average an outdoor rabbit will have a shorter life expectancy than a rabbit that lives inside simply because of the hazards and climate changes associated with being outside.
The life expectancy of a wild rabbit is much shorter than our domestic pets. In fact, a wild rabbit usually only lives for about a year….sometimes two.
Wild rabbits don't live very long because of a variety of different factors. Disease, harsh winter conditions, lack of food and predators all influence how long the rabbit will live.
Although it seems harsh, this is natures way of balancing the rabbit population.
Before you rush out and buy a rabbit take a few things into consideration:
First, a rabbit is going to be part of your family for several years or longer.
Second, rabbits require constant care and maintenance to keep them healthy. Proper food selection, handling and even an occasional trip to your local vet are all necessary to raise a happy rabbit.