Dee has been a member of the British Rabbit Council for over 30 years and a member of the Rabbit Welfare Association for over 10 years. We keep and breed five types of rabbits these are:Mini Lion lops, Mini Lops, Lionheads,and Netherland Dwarfs. We also have three house rabbits- Socks, Rubin and Rimmer plus several very elderly ex-display team bunnies, being Hump the French Lop plus two terriers Pippa & Zeeba.
We are hobbyist show rabbit breeder who shows all over the country, either at rabbit shows or as a private display at country shows, garden shows and family shows. The best place it is said to get a pet rabbit from is directly from a private hobbyist show rabbit breeder. However, it should also be remembered when looking to home a rabbit that many rescue centres also have rabbits looking for new homes, please check if any rescues have the breed you are looking for. If you are not going to breed or show yourself then it doesn't matter how pedigree or not a rabbit is, just how healthy it is and what it looks like. Rabbit rescues are inundated with unwanted rabbits, often bought from pet stores or the result of unwanted litters from rabbits that were bought from a pet shop that could not even sex a baby rabbit. Please help the rabbit rescues if you can. Remember that a true rabbit rescue will only rescue and re-home rabbits and not breed them as well.
The advantages of getting a rabbit from a private hobbyist show rabbit breeder like ourselves is that our breeding has been carefully planned and thought through with regard to producing robust, healthy rabbits of good temperament and hopefully we can sex our offspring correctly. We have only pure bred rabbits and aim to produce rabbits that are of good size and a good example of the breed in accordance with the breed show standard, with the intention of keeping some of the young rabbits for ourselves for showing and or new breeding stock. However there will always be surplus rabbits that do not come up to show standard that we don't keep. These are offered to people wanting a rabbit, or to other show breeders looking to introduce a new blood line.
All of my rabbits are kept and cared for to the highest standard. We breed purely for ourselves and show purposes, and our rabbits are not breed for profit making. We pride myself on looking after my Rabbits, breeding them for our own personal pleasure, and only letting my surplus bunnies that are 11 weeks plus go to suitable homes. We can and do refuse a home, if we believe that the person or family are not suitable. Any funds they generate are used for the up-keep and welfare of our rabbits. Anyone breeding and keeping rabbits correctly will make a loss on the sale of these rabbits. We regularly handle our young rabbits, this makes them confident about being handled, and all our rabbits leave us hand tame. We will take the time to make sure you understand what is involved with keeping and caring for rabbits. We will show you how to approach and handle your chosen one.
We will also give you a starter pack, this includes a week’s worth of the food that rabbit has been eating, information on vaccinations, worming and care, and on-going advice for the care and well -being of your rabbit. A neutering and bonding service is available for people wanting pairs or a companion for an existing bunny that's on its own.
In July 2008 Dee launched an internet shop to help fund our every growing bunny family. If you are homing a bunny from us, please also support us by buying your cage or your accessories from Dee's shop. click here. If you decide to go elsewhere or you already have a cage please check with us beforehand that it is suitable for the breed of rabbit that you are wishing to home. If you have the wrong size cage we will not let you have one of our bunnies
Don't be surprised if we give you the third degree, we need to make sure you are a suitable owner and you have the correct size home and understand a rabbit requires a commitment of care for it during its life. This could be 5-10 years or longer. The commitment required in caring for your rabbit includes not only routine feeding, care and time spent with the rabbit but also the provision of veterinary treatment if the rabbit becomes ill which can be costly. Although proper care will go a long way to ensuring that any rabbit remains happy and healthy there may still be times when prompt veterinary treatment is needed and once a rabbit is ill it can deteriorate quickly. Insurance companies do offer veterinary insurance cover for rabbits.
Potential owners must be 18 years old and more or accompanied by an adult. All rabbits are health checked by myself or Richard or by a vet if you so wish (cost to be covered by you) prior to leaving for their new home. We will only let rabbits that we are happy with go to new homes. If you would like to reserve a rabbit or rabbits, we will require a small non-refundable deposit to secure the rabbit of your choice; your deposit will only be returned due to unforeseen circumstances on our behalf and not because you have changed your mind.
If you are still interested in giving a bunny/s a home, you need to decide which breed is best for you. Here at Dee's Bunnies we can best match you with your ideal one. Various babies are available throughout the year. Please return to the top of this page, and click on the different breed button links.
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