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123TJS321
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Ok so my parents are going to let me get a rabbit, however first I need some help with a few questions

1.What breed of rabbit should I get?

2.Male or Female?

3.What tricks can you preform with a rabbit for a semi-cheap price?

4.Anything else you think I should know?



Thank You
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Personally I think a Netherland Dwarf is the best rabbit to use. I'm really not sure if a male or female is the best. They stay fairly small and will fit into most any prop that's built for a rabbit. Things like a duck pan, circus wagon, stuff like that. As for a cheap prop for using a rabbit, I would snag a copy of something like U.F. Grants cardboard illusions. I think it was called Victory cartons or something like that. You can build a cardboard tip over box to produce the rabbit. You can make the box look really nice for next to nothing. Granted it won't last a real long time, but you can always build another.
Hope this helps, Bob.
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Netherland Dwarf female would be a good choice. The males can sometimes become territorial and bite when you stick your hand in their cage. Dwarf Hottots are also good as are mini Lop earred for good temperment. We have used all three, sometimes in the same show.

Sticking with one of the smaller breeds allows you to use more of the rabbit props.

For a truly inexpensive rabbit production (the whole thing can be made for about $1)all you need is a coat hanger and some cloth. Take a coat hanger and bend it so the part where the "hoop" is is round. Have your mother or someone sew a heavy cloth bag big enough to fit your rabbit onto the hoop.

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I have had various breeds of rabbits thru the years. I highly reccomend the polish dwarf, himmalayan, netherland dwarf and the Hotot (my current performing rabbit).
I have found it is the females that are the territorial ones (which is why when you breed bunnies you bring the female to the male's cage) You can keep a female from becoming territorial by keeping a guniea pig in the cage with her, a pet for her so to speak. You must however feed both Guniea pig food so the pigs get thier vitamin C.
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There are a number of dwarf varieties, most of which will work. Don't buy show quality rabbits, they will cost you too much. Find a show rabbit raiser and generally you can get their culls dirt cheap. Nice rabbits, but maybe some little off coloration, etc.
Male or female won't matter unless you get both, then if you don't keep them separate you will have a never ending supply of rabbits.
If you are working in a particular climate, try to get them from a local breeder in that climate who can give you all the ins and outs of caring for them under heat and cold conditions in that part of the country.
Regardless of size, make sure you have a set of nail clippers and know how to use them, even the small ones can scratch the daylights out of you.
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I would buy a large dove pan as its fairly cheap to make a rabbit appear..

Which rabbit? well if you are going to have kids petting it and touching it I would go with a http://lionheadrabbit.net/

These rabbits will sit on top a table and not even jump off.. I have had other dwarf rabbits that bit and don't like to be pet.
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RJE is correct about the males, although I have had a few docile males in the past.
The Hotot is one of my favorite,with that black ring around the eyes.
A large dove pan will not do for the bunny, but rather a large rabbit pan made by (Morrissey Magic) in Toronto.I've used them for many years and fidn that the bunny
sits very comfortable inside.
A tip, if you do get one, bore a large hole on top of the knob holder, this allows more air for the bunny.
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I would advise you to start off with a short haired rabbit. The long haired rabbits require a lot of brushing. You might not want to put up with it. I always use white animals in my acts. It shows up more from far away distances. When you get to a pet shop, try to pick up the rabbits. That will tell you which one is more willing to be friendly to you. The wild ones will usually stay that way.
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A netherland dwarf works great I have had mine for 12 years You should buy a 2 or 3 month old rabbit so you can bond with it Also when they are small you can not tell if it is a male or female.
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I have never had a hateful Netherland buck, and I have owned around 6. However, I owned 1 doe that was very tempermental. Because of her attitude I have never considered buying another Netherland doe.

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I have had great success with a female Netherland Dwarf. I bought mine from a rabbit breeder in NC. I much prefer one with blue eyes. Many folks comment on how beautiful her eyes are.

And you'll likely some day have a bunny prop using black art, so I prefer all white. Once produced, I put her in a top hat. She and the carpet are both safer.
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I also would go with a Netherland Drawf rabbit. A buck will not change is moods as a doe can depending on the time of the month. I know this sounds silly but trust me it can make a difference.

Not knowing where you are located, I would contact the local county Extension Office and get in touch with 4-H clubs. We have lot here in Ohio. Often you can not only get good advice on selecting and caring for a rabbit, you might even find one at a good price. One tip, if you go to a breeder, buy one that is not suitable for show because of the confirmation of it. It might simply be too short of ears.

Hope this helps.

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I vote for netherland dwarf also. And make sure you get one which is white or has a lot of white don't get a darker rabbit, white shows much better... And works better with many production boxes "black" method.

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I've never heard of keeping a Guinea Pig and Rabbit together, although that doesn't mean it is not true. I simply thought they would fight. I have 2 rabbits and 1 Guinea Pig (in addition to the Doves). They all have cages so they sit next to each other, but I have never had them out of the cages together at the same time for fear they might fight with each other (And personally, if they did fight, I would be afraid the Guinea Pig would kill the Rabbits).
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I have 30 plus years having numerous types of pets, and having worked in the pet industry I speak from many years of first hand experience. I have kept G.Pigs & rabbits together and NEVER had them fight
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Thanks, I really did not know that. I may give it a try.

Mike
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On 2009-06-21 20:33, MikeHMagic wrote:
I have kept G.Pigs & rabbits together and NEVER had them fight

I agree because I did the same thing. My cat also learned to get along with my doves, rabbit and guinea pig. My only pet I could not train to get along with others is my ferret.
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Hello,
I just wanted to throw me two cents in. All the advise that's been given is useful. I've been working with rabbits for more than fifty years, and have worn out several top hats. Most of my rabbits have been Polish. I go to local rabbit shows to get the best ones from the breeders. That way I can see how they're taken care of, and handled.
I've found that bucks that are neutered make the best performers for me. They keep their mind on their work if know what I mean. I also think it's smart to get a rabies shot while they are at the vets getting fixed. Even if there's not a chance of your rabbit getting rabies it could save your butt if a child is bitten.

Most of all have fun with your rabbit. Best Wishes! ....... Manyfingers
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I too have had both Netherland dwarf's and Holland Lops. Both have been very good, and I must be lucky as I have never had one that got testy. As for how to get one, I usually go to local county fairs (This is the season for them) and find the 4H tent. Speak with the people in the rabbit tent and you are on your way for just a few dollars normally. You can train them to use a litter box just like a cat and they can become part of not only your show, but part of your family.
As far as productions, a drawer box, bunny box or even a hanky with rings at each corner can be used for production. Tarbell's has a number of ideas you can use, but I wouldn't make any production box out of cardboard, because you might find your rabbit producing itself long before you want it to be. Wood helps to defeat chewing, digging and the occasional "Accident" that would otherwise distroy anything made from cardboard.
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I have a dutch rabbit and he is very calm and a great rabbit for performing with. He was cheap too. I have a breader near me and he breeds dutch rabbits. They usually cost me about $10.00 Good luck
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