Portal:Rabbits and hares

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A young English Spot rabbit with chocolate markings

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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A Standard Chinchilla eating a leaf
Chinchilla rabbits originated in France and were bred to standard by M. J. Dybowski. They were introduced to the United States in 1919. Apart from the Standard Chinchilla, there are two other breeds recognized by the ARBA: The American Chinchilla or "Heavyweight Chinchilla" is larger than the Standard Chinchilla but otherwise identical. The Giant Chinchilla is a result of crosses between Chinchilla and Flemish Giant breeds; it originates in the United States.

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Easter bunny postcard, circa early-20th-century
An early-20th-century Easter postcard depicting rabbits. The character of the Easter Bunny was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Frankenau's De ovis paschalibus ("About Easter Eggs"), referring to an Alsatian tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter Eggs. Since antiquity, rabbits and hares have been regarded as fertility symbols thanks to being prolific breeders.


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At a German rabbit show


Did you know…

  • … that rabbits can be litter trained?
  • … that when a rabbit is happy it jumps into the air (this is called "binkies")?
  • … that hares sleep during the day and are active at night?

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