Portal:Rabbits and hares

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Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha, found in several parts of the world. There are seven different genera in the family classified as rabbits, including the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), cottontail rabbits (genus Sylvilagus; 13 species), and the Amami rabbit (Pentalagus furnessi, an endangered species on Amami Ōshima, Japan). There are many other species of rabbit, and these, along with pikas and hares, make up the order Lagomorpha.

A house rabbit is a domestic rabbit kept as a pet for companionship, who lives inside the home with his owners. House rabbits usually have an indoor pen and a rabbit-safe place to run and exercise, such as a living or family room. They are easily trained to use a litter box and can learn to come when called.

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Rabbit (named Mopsy) sharing an apple with his owner

The House Rabbit Society (HRS) is a non-profit organization based in Richmond, California that rescues and adopts rabbits and educates the community on how to properly care for them. HRS tries to promote responsible rabbit ownership, including the spaying and neutering of all pet rabbits, and proper veterinary care, diet, and exercise. They also advocate the position that pet rabbits should be kept indoors as house rabbits, because they argue that house rabbits live longer, healthier, fuller lives and suffer fewer accidents and health problems.

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Holland Lop
Holland Lops are a breed of rabbit originating in the Netherlands. The breed was recognized by the Netherlands' Governing Rabbit Council in 1964 and the American Rabbit Breeders' Association in 1979. They are popular house pets, known for their sweet temperament and non-aggressive behavior. The breed ties as the smallest breed of the lop-eared rabbits with the American Fuzzy Lop with an ideal weight of 3.0 - 4.0 lbs (1.6 kg) for showing in American Rabbit Breeders' Association sanctioned shows. The most common fur colors are tortoise shell, broken tortoise shell, broken black and black, broken orange, and white.

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—Chinese proverb


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Coat of arms of Corbenay with the three hares motif
Coat of arms of Corbenay with the three hares motif, a circular motif appearing in sacred sites from the Middle and Far East to the churches of southwest England (as the "Tinners' Rabbits"), and historical synagogues in Europe. The symbol features three hares or rabbits chasing each other in a circle. Although its meaning is apparently not explained in contemporary written sources, it is thought to have a range of symbolic or mystical associations with fertility and the lunar cycle.

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Rabbits will sometimes try to chew on wood furniture.

Did you know…

  • … that rabbit teeth never stop growing?
  • … that a pet rabbit can live longer than 10 years?
  • … that arctic hares will travel over a square-mile area in search of food?

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