Fun Facts About Rabbits

There are some fun facts about rabbits that rabbit owners and breeders will want to know. People raise rabbits for various reasons: some people keep rabbits as pets, some breed rabbits for rabbit shows, some raise rabbits for food and some raise rabbits to make yarn from their fur. Rabbits can be good house pets if they're properly tamed. Some will even learn to respond to their names or use a litter box.

Here are some interesting things to know about rabbits:

  • Twice, once in 1978 and again in 1999, there were two large litters of 24 babies. These litters are the largest ever born. A typical rabbit litter ranges from 1 to 12 kits, or baby rabbits.
  • The longest ears on a rabbit are 31.125 inches long. The biggest bunny weighted 26 pounds, 7 ounces.
  • The smallest wild rabbit bred weighed less than a pound. This particular rabbit is known as the Little Idaho rabbit, or Pygmy Rabbit.
  • The oldest rabbit lived to be 19 years old. Rabbits generally live five to seven years.
  • The highest recorded rabbit jump is one meter. The longest recorded jump is three meters.
  • Rabbits have 18 toenails. There are four on each of the back feet, and five on each of the front feet.
  • Rabbits have a second tooth behind each upper incisor. These are known as peg teeth for their peg-like shape.
  • There are more than 150 different rabbit colors.
  • Across the different breeds and different colors, rabbits only have five different eye colors: brown, blue-grey, blue, pink and marbled.
  • Rabbits can see behind them without turning their heads, because of the placement of their eyes.
  • Female rabbits have a bifurcated uterus. They can carry two litters of different gestational ages sired by two different bucks, but this is not recommended.
  • Rabbits are often sterile during the summer. Their fertility returns once temperatures cool.
  • Rabbits are most active at dawn and dusk. 
  • Rabbits are not rodents. They are lagomorphs and are related to hares and pikas.
  • Rabbits are social creatures that live in small groups in the wild. This separates them from hares, which tend to be solitary.
  • A rabbit cage should be four times larger than the rabbit's adult size and built to keep predators out.
  • Rabbits are naturally timid because they are prey animals. Holding and playing with your rabbit daily will help to tame it.
  • Rabbits aren't good pets for small children, who may handle the animal too roughly or frighten it with sudden moves.
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