Domesticated Rabbit Natural History
These rabbits usually reach weights of between 5 and 8 pounds, and lengths of between 12 and 18 inches on average.
Habitat and Distribution
The domesticated rabbit does not have a natural range, however stems from selectively bred European wild rabbits, which can be found all over the European continent. In some areas these domesticated breeds have once again become feral after escaping and have mixed with wild rabbits. In these instances they will seek out burrows in fields and woodland for shelter.
Domesticated rabbits have been recorded living as long as 9 to 12 years.
The main diet of these rabbits would in the wild consist of grasses and other ground covering plants, however in their common captive home they are generally fed on commercially available rabbit feed.
Groups and Breeding
Rabbits are social animals which can live in large groups peacefully as long as all the rabbits have bonded, which may only result after a period of fighting or dominance related behaviour to establish a hierarchy in the group.
This rabbit does not face any threats as it is bred in large numbers in captivity where whether it is used as a pet, for its fur or for meat, its numbers are constantly increasing.
Since the 1970s rabbits are not only shown in competitions but can also win their owners rosettes in show jumping competitions.
During Your Day Out in Kent
You can see our domesticated rabbit in the pet village off of the reptile house. This is also home to guinea pigs, chipmunks, cloud rats and mice.