Animal Stories - New Zealand Rabbits

Animal-World Information about: New Zealand Rabbits

   You can't help falling in love with a New Zealand rabbit, especially when it gently nudges you, wanting a petting on its soft snowy white fur!
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Mariah - 2011-08-18
Help! I've got a nz male rabbit who is just barely three months old and has taken to spraying! It is marking its territory in the house too so I have not allowed him inside ever since! He is the only rabbit. I never knew a rabbit could mature so quickly. Does anyone have this problem or any solutions/suggestions please, as I do not want to get rid of him.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-19
    A male rabbit is going to spray unless you have him neutered. Better for the rabbit to have him neutered if he is to be a pet. They live longer too.
  • Anita Jensen - 2012-01-26
    Get him fixed. My New Zeland did the same around 3 months of age. I got him fixed at a local Vet (it was hard to find a Vet that would fix a bunny in my area and do it for a reasonable price, so I suggest you call around to get all the pricing information you can! At least males are cheaper to fix, anywhere!) I paid $57 for the procedure. I dropped him off at 8am and he was ready to come home by 12:30pm, so it is a fairy quick and easy process. My bunny, Bun-Bun, is now 10 months old and has totally stopped spraying. Bun-Bun is an indoor bunny with free rain to the entire house all day long, although we cage him at night time (so he wont eat all our cords and molding). We also have 3 indoor cats. My Vet told me that my bunny probably began to spray because of the cats. So, if you have other animals or are around other animals where your bunny can smell them on you that might be what started the problem. Rabbits are fully grown at 12 weeks (3 months) of age though, so this really isnt all that early.
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  • judy Enslow - 2013-02-26
    hi there.Get him spayed and he won't spray your local vet.good luck.
Alyssa - 2003-12-27
This is the rabbit I am going to get. I am looking to buy two in my area (one doe, one buck) so I can breed them!

hally - 2003-12-09
i have this breed of rabbit and he is so gental but unfortently hes blind and is only a coupel mounts old but i keep him with another rabbit and that rabbit helps him get around. but i still feel bad for the little thang

Bunny Lover - 2011-05-09
Guess what! I litter trained my new zealand white, Fuzz! I am so happy!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-05-09
    That is so cool! Makes life great for both of you, congratulations.
  • Leila - 2011-05-27
    Thats great! I've just got my 4 week old rabbit and am busy training it to use the box by putting him in regularly. Any tips how you did it?
  • LUVURBUNS - 2011-07-11

    Look at the top comment and read my reply.
  • Bunny Lover - 2011-08-27
    Sad to say,my bun Fuzz is now in heaven. :( But I can tell you how I litter trained her: I put the box where she did her business:) and she eventually learned to go in the box!

    Rest in Peace, Fuzz
  • Mariah - 2011-08-27
    Its so sad to hear of dear Fuzz...I hope you do get another one and also enjoy her as much! My potty-trained bunny has taken to spraying in the house and with sadness I say that I have to banish him outside.
    Rest in peace, Fuzz...
Abby - 2012-08-23
I just bought a rabbit yesterday (my first one, I'm loving it) her name is Lilly and she is a sweetheart. I was told she was a new Zealand, but she is the color of a wild rabbit, like a cottontail rabbit. Any thoughts on that?

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  • kenny - 2012-08-28
    I like have this New Zealand
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-24
    New Zealands come in just about every color that there is.  Here are some photos of New Zealand Rabbits where you can see many of their colors.
  • Erin - 2012-09-24
    I am not familiar with New Zealand's but if you talk to a breeder or do an internet search on the colors of New Zealand rabbits you will get more information. Sorry, I'm not more helpful!
jess - 2011-05-14
I'm thinking about getting a 2 NZ whites for breeding but unsure about what size cage I should get for them.

Any info would be greatly apprieciated

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-15
    Recommended size of cage for 1 NZ is 30 X 36 and you have two. I built a cage 5 feet wide by 8 feet long and 5 feet high out of bird cage 8 guage wire. There was room for nesting places - I used dog houses and there was room for a litter. You can buy the wire precut from Morton with cage clips etc. I lived in Florida so mine were outside but off the ground and had a tin roof so they didn't get wet. It is easy.
  • Leila - 2011-05-27
    Always provide rabbits with the biggest space possible. They must also be given freedom of at least a portion of the garden at least for a specified time. The more natural, the better. Did you get your rabbits?
rylee - 2007-07-11
they poop so much, so you have clean them up about twice a week.

Loretta - 2012-05-04
What can I bathe my bunny in? What can I use on him?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-04
    You do not bathe a bunny as they are extremely clean and wash their coat similar to a cat. If needed, you can brush them to remove excess or lose fur.
  • stu - 2012-10-21
    take your bunny swimming, try and keep their ears out of water to avoid problems. my 2 new z's love it and my valvetteen rex hav a blast. obviously make sure the lake or water your dipping them in is safe. if u swim in it they will....this will also give them somethin todo .(grooming all afternoon)
Verity Johnson - 2007-11-12
My New Zealand white is very calm and very nice.

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  • Anonymous - 2012-10-20
    I agree
jessica - 2006-04-13
I have a new zealand named Trixie, and she is the BEST rabbit ever! My friend also has one and Trixie and Lilly get along very well. New Zealands are my favorite type of rabbits! Trixie is my best freinds and she is the most lovable, gentle, and fun rabbit ever! She loves to be taken out for walks and loves rooming around inside! Someday I wish to raise a farm for all new zealands! If any child is thinking about getting a rabbit then I strongley suggest new zealands! You won't regret! To me New Zealands are like little furry friends that just want to have fun and be cared for! They're gentle, fun, and great for kids!