Rabbits are one of the most popular pets out there and with research their lifespans have increased. This is due to the quality of care they are recieving from fantastic owners like yourself.
There are plenty of factors to improving your pet rabbits life span and we will be focusing on these so we can help you keep your furry friend around longer!
Rabbit breeds and differing lifespan
There is an expected average lifespan of around 8-12 years old, however this does change based on the breed of your pet rabbit.
For example, larger rabbits tend to live for a shorter time than their smaller counterparts but “dwarfs” or “mini lops” tend to live shorter than their slightly bigger cousins.
As such, the longest lifespan breeds are miniatures & mini lops. So if you have a Flemish Giant, it may be bigger and cuddly, but it may not live as long sadly.
Your Rabbits Health & Nutrition – How that impacts its lifespan
Rabbits have a very specific diet and as such have very specific nutritional needs. Your rabbits diet can change depending on its living situation, breed, size and what your vet says!
Nutrition is one of the most important factors with your rabbits health, as such, you’ll need a balance of treats, fruits, pellets and vitamins.
Your vet may supply you with medicinal vitamins or specific diet plans to help with this.
We highly suggest not feeding your rabbit only pellets, this can be extremely unhealthy and can lead to a short life span and weight issues.
Rabbits require constant amounts of grass hay, there are various different types of hay based on your rabbits age.
But for the most part, your rabbit will need an unlimited supply of fresh grass hay.
Some special pelleted diets for rabbits can be found online, but it’s always worth reading from a credited source.
Always change the hay regularly (Every 2 days at the very most), if this is left without being changed it is prone to picking up bacteria which can harm your rabbit.
This can lead to illnesses and parasites, which if left untreated can shorten your rabbits lifespan and cause them pain.
Always practice good hygeine with your rabbit
If you can, always wash your hands before handling your rabbit and after as this will prevent any unnecessary illnesses and is a great way to keep your rabbit healthy.
Always keep your rabbits cage clean, there’s a thorough routine that needs to be kept with your rabbits cage as this is their haven.
When you can, give it a thorough clean once a week, washing the flooring.
If you have a free-roam rabbit, you may be able to focus on washing this less often (Another few days).
Remember to regularly take your rabbit to the vetinarian for check ups, doing so saved our rabbit Link from developing an illness from worms.
Please also note that we highly suggest spaying or neutering your rabbit as this can help lengthen its lifespan.
Unfortunately, female rabbits are very prone to uterine & mammary cancer where are a male rabbit can develop testicular cancer.
When you neuter / spay your rabbit, you are increasing their lifespan and highly decreasing the likelihood of your rabbit developing cancer.
Your rabbits lifestyle & exercise
Rabbits are very social and energetic little creatures. They love to binky and do zoomies.
As such, they need lots of space, lots of entertainment and to NOT BE KEPT IN THEIR CAGE.
Mental stimulation is very important for your rabbit, due to this, playing with them a lot will keep them out of trouble and your furniture in one piece.
Rabbits can live indoors and outdoors, but Link is an indoor rabbit and as such needs to have more room to run about and toys to play with.
It’s also essential that your rabbit has things to chew on, this can be part of toys but there are often soft wood toys that your rabbit can rip and break apart which help.
If your rabbit does not get the space & enrichment it requires, your rabbit may end up having a shorter life span due to a lack of health.
Keeping a calm home for your rabbit
It is very important to keep a calm household for your rabbit, they’re very prone to being scared as they are prey animals. This means they can die due to extreme amounts of stress and by going into shock.
This is why we do not suggest keeping a cat or dog with your rabbit, be very careful with young children as they may cause your rabbit to attack in self-defence.
If your rabbit is asleep or resting (Often they keep their eyes open when sleeping), it’s best to stay as quiet as possible.
If possible, gently wake your rabbit if you need to by giving them cuddles and pets
What is the average age for my breed of rabbit?
This is mostly a collation of information and a rough figure. This can change based on how well you look after your little fur friend and their size / if they are a cross-breed.
- Wild Rabbit: 6 – 7 years
- Dwarf Rabbit: 8 – 9 years
- Giant Rabbit: 4-6 years
- Rex Rabbit: 5 – 11 years
- Polish Rabbits: 8 – 10 years
- Lop Eared Rabbit: 5 – 10 years
- Lionhead Rabbits: 7 – 9 years
What is the oldest age for a rabbit on record?
Hazel was the oldest rabbit to back in 2009 and held the record in the Guiness Book of World Records after several vets declared that their age was 14 as of March 13, 2008.
However, a new champion has come forward, Mick, the agouti rabbit who comes from Berwyn, Illinois, USA was awarded the oldest rabbit by the Guiness World Records after his 16th birthday on 9th February 2019.
In terms of the past, the oldest prior was a Wild-born Flopsy from Australia who born in 1964 live for a whopping 18 years!