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FLEMISH FOR A PET? WHY & WHY NOT.

Posted by Linda Bates on September 9, 2015 at 12:45 AM

Flemish can make exellent pets, but it depends on what you are looking for in a pet. Rabbits in general DO NOT enjoy being held. They will let you know that by scratching and sometimes even biting. If you are looking for a pet you can hold, perhaps a rabbit is not for you. Rabbits do best with mature children who understand proper handling. 

I get many calls from people wanting to buy the youngest rabbits available as pets for their children. They want the rabbit to grow up with their kids and other pets, and think that is the best idea. Here is my 2 cents.

Just as you don't buy a young green horse for a child that has no experience, you shouldn't buy a young rabbit for children either. Here is why: Young rabbits don't begin to be influenced by hormones until they are about 4 months old. If purchased before that age, you have no idea what their true disposition will be. Some get cranky due to hormones, some do not. You don't know which will be affected until the time comes. So the sweet 10 week old kit can get quite nasty by 12-14 weeks old. Also, when a young rabbit is going through it's adolescent age (5-8 months) they can be a bit defiant and test you, even acting out if not wanting to be held. They also may become hard to potty train at this age as well. This is a stage that many children don't understand and can make worse by over handling the rabbit.

My recommendation is to look at rabbits that are about 6 months old or older. At that age the breeder will know exactly what type of personality the rabbit has and if it has clean potty habits or not.. Not all rabbits will use a litter box, but most will with some guidance. I have never had an older rabbit have a hard time adjusting to life with children or other pets. Most do very well and enjoy the company. I highly recommend over six months of age to know exactly what you are getting. Something to think about.

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