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What Is The Lifespan Of A Pet Rabbit?

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Let’s be honest, before you get a new pet, you need to know how long they are going to live. It’s not for morbid reasons, but pets are big responsibilities. If you know that you are going to move home somewhere else in ten years, and they don’t allow pets, you need to allow for that. So, what is the lifespan of a pet rabbit? There are a lot of factors that determine how long you can expect a rabbit’s life span. For example, breed and size have a large effect, along with their diet and where they live. Indoor pet rabbits with a good, varied diet will live longer than outdoor rabbits without a varied and balanced diet.

The size of the rabbit makes a lot of difference too. Yes, overfeeding them is going to cause issues, the same as it does with humans. However, the larger the breed, the shorter their life, generally speaking. The shortest lifespan of a rabbit is about five years, with 8 out of 15 main breeds having lifespans of around 5-8 years. Some, such as the Angora and Mini Lop can live for up to 14 years. The oldest rabbit is called Mick, he is an Agouti rabbit, and on February 9th, 2019, he was the world’s oldest at 16 years old.

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