Rabbits are popular pets and can make great companions, but it's important to understand their lifespan before committing to one as a pet. So, how long do rabbits live?
On average, domestic buns live anywhere from 8 to 12 years, with some living up to 15 years or more. Their lifespan depends on several factors, including their breed, size, and overall health.
Larger breeds of rabbits, such as the Giant Rabbit, have a shorter lifespan of 8 to 10 years, while smaller breeds, such as the Netherland Dwarf, can live up to 12 years or more.
In addition to breed and size, the health of a rabbit plays a significant role too. Buns that are kept as indoor pets, have a balanced diet, and get exercise (hoping around counts!) tend to live longer than rabbits kept in isolation with limited space to move.
To ensure your rabbit lives a long and healthy life, it's important to provide them with:
1. Clean and safe living environment. This includes plenty of exercise and opportunities for exploration. Bunnies are social and curious - exploring and being near you, is good for their mental health. I do not recommend letting them hop all over unattended though, that's how cords get chewed... It is also important that they have a clean litter box.
2. Balanced diet: lots of hay, water, quality pellets and some fresh veggies. Less sugar is a good idea, though fresh fruits are ok in moderation. Black oil sunflower seeds and oats are also a great treat.
3. Regular veterinary check-ups: This is especially important if your bunny hops around your yard as they can pick up diseases from what wild rabbits left behind. Your vet will know what your bunny needs to be healthy in your local area. They will also be able to find and treat illness quickly so they don't get out of control.
So, depending on their breed, size, and overall health, rabbits can live anywhere from 8 to 12 years or more. By providing proper care, you can help your rabbit live a long and happy life.