Information About the Domestic rabbit
|A pet rabbit sitting on grass in Switzerland|
|O. c. domesticus|
A domestic or domesticated rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)—more commonly known as a pet rabbit, a bunny, a bun, or a bunny rabbit—is a species of European rabbit. A domestic rabbit kept as a pet may be considered a pocket pet, depending on its size. A male rabbit is known as a buck, a female is a doe, and a young rabbit is a kit, or kitten.
Rabbits were first used by the Romans as sources of food and fur, and have been kept as pets in Western nations since the 19th century. Beginning in the 1980s, the idea of the domestic rabbit as a house companion, a so-called house rabbit, was promoted. Rabbits can be litter box-trained and come when called, but they need exercise and can damage a house that is not “rabbit proof.” Unwanted rabbits end up in animal shelters, especially after the Easter season. Because they have become invasive in Australia, pet rabbits are banned in the state of Queensland.