Rabbits are social animals so consider buying two

Roger Salmon.
Roger Salmon.

Rabbits remain one of the most popular pets, particularly for children.

Owning a pet is not something to be taken lightly, no matter how big, small or expensive they might be.

All animals have needs which, as an owner, you have a duty to meet and rabbits are no exception.

Rabbits are very social animals which means they need contact with their own kind.

Keeping rabbits on their own causes boredom, frustration and fear and is no longer seen as acceptable.

With this in mind you need to consider right from the outset whether you have the space time and finances for two rabbits.

The best mix is a neutered male and a neutered female.

This way you avoid the obvious problem of unwanted babies, but you will also avoid the the chance of fighting too.

Neutering also helps prevent some medical problems later in life.

Just because animals need social contact doesn’t mean they can be happy with just any other animal.

For years people kept rabbits and guinea pigs together but this is not 

They are very different animals and rabbits can seriously injure guinea pigs.

Rabbits want rabbits as friends.

It is not enough to have a small hutch at the end of the garden with your rabbits crammed in like battery hens so always try to get the largest combination of hutch and run that you can afford.

There should be room for all of your rabbits to stretch out comfortably, to take at least three hops from one end to the other and enough height for them to stand up on their hind legs.

The hutch should be sheltered from the worst of the weather, including being shaded from the sun and in the coldest weather you can move it into a garage or shed.

Some people keep rabbits indoors as pets but remember that they benefit from some time spent outdoors to produce vitamin D from sunlight.

Do not feed muesli type food as this is too easy to eat compared with hay and their teeth will overgrow which can have fatal consequences.