5 day old bunny being held

How Long Do Pet Rabbits Live?

5 day old bunny being held

5 day old bunny by Vivian Evans

How Long Do Pet Rabbits Live?

Rabbits are among the easiest animals to love as pets. These lovable as well as social animals become wonderful companions for many years if you take the time to be knowledgeable about their needs. One of the factors that you will want to consider before getting a pet rabbit is their lifespan. Rabbits can live many years. So, How Long Do Pet Rabbits Live? Answers to this question vary depending on a number of factors. How long your rabbit lives will be dependent on the nature and amount of care your pet bunny will receive during its life, breed, and it’s living environment. Generally, pet bunnies that have been well cared for live longer years than a rabbit that has not been well cared for.

Your Pet Rabbits Lifespan

Its lifespan will be determined by the care and attention you give it while it is under your care. For instance, a well cared for bunny that has been kept indoors and one that has neutered or spayed can live for many years ranging from 8-12 years. What is more, a domesticated rabbit can even live to see its teenage years in some instances. It is not impossible for this to happen. In fact, the oldest bunny documented lived for amazing 18 years.

Other factors that determine a rabbit’s lifespan

Besides the care and attention given to your bunny while under your care, there are several other factors that affects its lifespan:

  •  Size –  The size of a rabbit plays an important role in determining a bunny’s lifespan. Specifically, smaller rabbits are known to live longer than larger rabbits. This means that if your rabbit is dwarf, you can expect it to live for more years than a large pet bunny.
  • Living Environment –  Whether or not your rabbit lives indoors or outdoors. A rabbit that lives indoors tends to have a higher lifespan than one that stays outdoors because it is naturally protected while indoors. Those that stay outdoors are more vulnerable to harsh weather conditions, bacterial infections, predators, and even diseases that can cause premature death of the bunny.
  • Breed –  The breed of your pet rabbit tends to have an influence on its lifespan. Bunnies that are mixed breeds tends to have a longer lifespan than those from pure breeds. So, if you can get one from mixed breeds, the longer you are likely to stay with your lovely companion. Additionally, if you want to add to its lifespan, you may want to consider neutering and spaying it, especially when it is a female rabbit. Female bunnies are especially prone to contracting cancer if they are not spayed.
  • Diet – Remember to observe a balanced diet when feeding your pet rabbit. Their digestive systems are complex and therefore important for them to get proper diet. Most of the health problems for pet rabbits are usually caused by foods incompatible with their digestive system. Ensure that your pet’s diet contains hay, vegetables, fruits and treats as well as constant supply of fresh water.

You can have an impact on how long your rabbit lives

By observing the key factors of living environment and diet you can help prolong the lifespan of your rabbit. If you are choosing a rabbit breed you may want to consider adopting a mixed breed bunny, and not paying more for a pure breed rabbit that may have a shorter life span.  By taking good care of your rabbit and keeping him indoors you can expect your rabbit to live 10 years or more. If you own a rabbit please leave a comment with how old your pet rabbit is.

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Comments

  1. The bunny I had just passed away. He was given to me, so his estimated age was 8.5 years. He was a dwarf, not neutered, lived outside (in FL) but was well taken care of. Showed no sign of disease before passing.

  2. We are so sorry to hear your bunny passed away. Thank you for sharing this information about your bunny.

  3. We had a Netherland dwarf bunny. A baby girl we named Shugga. She passed away just on Monday. She was well cared for and lived indoors all of her life. Next month the would have been just 3 years old. She showed no signs of illness. In fact we were just playing with her on Sunday she loved running around the house. We were very sad and taken by surprise when we came home and she was gone. R.I.P Shugga. I really can’t explain what happened. We did the usual play for a couple hours and back in her cage for bed. Hopefully she went peacefully and not in pain.

  4. our bunny is 9 years old now, he has always lived outdoors and has not been neutered. His companion died at 7.5yrs and we thought he would die of loneliness soon after but he has thrived. He hops about and seems to be much friendlier towards us and have much more energy than when his companion was alive. We feed him veg/hay/pellets every day, with the occasional treat.

  5. Someone gave me a rabbit that someone else had dumped out in my neighborhood . I know that it is a female and was kept in captivity but that is all I know. I have and outside cage and I get her a small inside cage. She will not come out of the smaller cage. I put her in the big cage but she will not come out of the small cage. I bring her in at night and put her in the bath room with the cage door open but she still will not come out. I know you are not supposed to reach in her cage and pull her out so I don’t know what to do. Any help please.

  6. You might try coaxing her out with some food. It’s not unusual for rabbits especially if they were not handled a lot to be very timid and afraid of people. If you try to take her out, move slowly and carefully trying not to injure her. If you pick her up be sure to support her hindquarters. Hope that helps.

  7. Thank you, John, I have tried coaxing her out with food, it doesn’t work. I read that you should not reach into the cage and pull her out, that is there safe place and you should not invade her space. Let her come out on her own, but she will not. When I do get her out and hold her she seems happy to cuddle but she really fights being picked up. So I guess I will just be patient with her for awhile until she decides it is safe to come out on her own.

  8. Gerard Pouliot
    July 1, 2015 - 7:53 am

    our mixed breed dwarf rabbit (3 lbs–cross between small and miniature) was born July 14 , 2003, and still seems very happy and healthy. He was only spayed 5 years ago, after developing a tumor on a testicle. He has slowed down since: he used to try and jump on any cat he would see, including our 23 lbs cat .
    He is free to roam around all day, but mostly sleeps in his cage at night. He often goes to bed on his own late evening. He usually will stay in the same room as we are. He loves laying on or besides us on the coach, getting petted while we watch TV. He has 3 litter boxes, which he uses most of the time (he was better in earlier years)
    He travels well: we take him along on trips, and he seems to recognize other places he has visited in past years. He eats a lots of greens: Dandelions and Romaine lettuce are his favorites. No carrot . Also goes for dried apples, oatmeal and bread–never liked hay.
    we hope to have him many more years, but we remember our first rabbit before him, who died suddenly overnight at 3 years only

  9. Sounds like you have a great rabbit, my hope for you is that you will get to enjoy each others companionship for many more years. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I share my home with two bunnies, Isabella and Winston. Isabella is a typical white bunny and was found on the side of the road as a baby along with 2 littermates. She was the only survivor . Winston is a fluffy white lion head. After having Izzy spayed and she settled in I thought she might be lonely so I adopted Winston. He had not been well cared for at all. I had him neutered and he and Isabella now live quite contentedly in my living room in a 6 x 5 foot pen. I also have a secure outdoor area where they and my kitties can enjoy the sun, flowers and fresh air in the warmer months. Izzy is 4 and the vet figures Winston is 5 or 6. Thanks for letting me share my little story

  11. Thanks for sharing your bunnies with us Renee! They sound like great companions and allowing them to roam outside in a secure area is great. Taking good care of your bunnies is the best thing you can do to make sure they live out a long and healthy life.

  12. I have had 4 rabbits. All were the white albino type (magician pull out of hat type). All lived outside. The first one lived to be 7.5 but began a sort of head tilt, than couldn’t stand up w/out falling over. She died a short time after these symptoms. The 2nd ran away after almost a year. Broke out of cage. She was a bitter and didn’t really like being held. By #3 I had learned more about rabbits, litter trained her and she was very sweet, much like #1. Than a dog tore up her cage and killed her.
    #4 was not quite as sweet as 1 & 3 and did bite on occasion. But after a short illness died at about 5 and change. We had #5, also a female, but she was an indoor bunny, mixed between full sized and mini and was not fully white. We decided to have her fixed but the vet must have made some type of error as she died 2 days after surgery. She was 2. Now we have #6. HE is 3, lives indoors, has a all day supply of hay and timothy pellets. After the experience with the vet last time, I’m not going to get him fixed. He definitely doesn’t like being held, will bite on occasion and uses a litter box in his cage and outside when he runs free, mostly in evenings. After all this experience, my advise is to get one as young as safely possible. (8 weeks) and train it to be held, loved, kissed and use a litter box. That should eliminate the biting. As far as getting him/her fixed, just realize the so called “best exotic vet” may not be the best. If you live in South Fl, don’t use a certain female vet/doctor (name will not be listed). But if you use only male docs, you will avoid her. Good luck all

  13. Thanks JD for sharing about how long your rabbits have lived and their stories.

  14. we have had our male rabbit Sam for apprx 12 yrs. we owned the mom and we saw sam born. He passed last night. was indoor pet and was well cared for. he was very large around 10-15 pounds

  15. Thank you for sharing Mitzi. I am sorry for the loss of Sam.

  16. I have had many Bunny and my oldest was 14 he was inside have his life out side the rest he was a lionhead mix well cared for

  17. Can someone inform me? I have never owned a house rabbit but have discovered a beautiful one that I learned has been abandoned by an owner. This rabbit has been on the loose in the woods where I live for some six months. I want to care for it and take him to a vet or adopt him but am not sure of how my yorkie said might react. Don’t know what to feed him, etc. all help welcome.

  18. My current rabbit is an indoor neutered mix between mini rex and mini lop. He came from a breeder who was trying to develop a new mini rex lop breed. He’s 8 years and still going strong. He even survived a hawk attack when he was young. The two rabbits I had from pet stores growing up both passed much ealier – one at 1.5 years and another at 4 years.

  19. Emily, thank you so much for sharing about your pet rabbit! He sounds like a wonderful and strong bunny. Thanks again!

  20. Hi Sharyn,

    Thank you for your post! Regarding acclimating your new friend to your yorkie pup, I would proceed with caution. Your new pet is going to need to adjust to you and his/her new environment to begin with. Adding in a dog will be a lot for the rabbit to take in. If the yorkie is well behaved, as in does not snap, bark or lunge at the rabbit, then you might be able to gradually get them used to each other. Sometimes over a period of weeks and even months this can be accomplished. I would think long-term, rewarding both animals excessively for all positive behavior and never emphasizing the negative behavior as they will associate punishment with each other. That can lead to hostility. Start out with bunny in the cage and the dog on its leash to test the waters. Move very slowly and be thorough in observing their reactions. A bunny can die of shock from a dog even so much as barking at it. Never leave them alone together as something might happen even by accident. Hope this is helpful.

  21. Got a rabbit last yr. She’s lovable and funny. Very smart. We let her out in the front yard every once in a while. She loves it and knows when to go back in the house.

  22. I have a black dwarf rabbit since 2001 and I was wondering how long they live. When we adopted it from my son’s summer camp I thought it would last about five years. He is at least 14 years old now. We keep it in a cage with us in our family room and leave his door open for him to go in and out as he pleases. Lately, he wants to stay in his cage and very seldom comes out. We feed him rabbit diet from pet store and occasionally carrots and lettuce. He is starting to develop a loss of hair under his eyes. Does anyone know what this is from?

  23. I had a beautiful white and gray rabbit named Mr. Snuggleupugus, for short, Snuggles. I originally bought him for my nephew to have at my house, but he quickly became very attached to me, as I often carried him around in my housecoat pocket in the mornings as I drank coffee and let him sit next to me at my desk to work. He lived inside only, but went out on leash walks often, and was allowed to play in my fenced backyard when the weather was nice and not too hot. He was pretty big at about 17 lbs. I didn’t realize the importance of neuter for a rabbit until he developed a testicular tumor. I had the tumor removed and had him neutered by a fantastic vet!! This was when he was about 10. He was an amazing and loving companion and my Border Collie, Maggie, absolutely adored him!! When he was just a few months shy of his 15th birthday, he had a stroke. He had always loved being rocked and especially loved this after the stroke. After rocking him and taking him out for 2 days, I decided that it was time to help him cross the Rainbow Bridge. He had completely lost his quality of life. He couldn’t stand on his own, he had to have help from me to balance, which I managed by using his leash wrapped around his body to help him stand and move. I had decided to take him the next day to my vet, but while rocking later that night, he passed quietly in my arms. He would have been 15 yrs old in 3 more months. I miss him terribly, but have yet to get another. Treat your rabbit well and they will offer you many years of friendship and love. Also, for those that do not know, be very careful with rabbits outside. They are highly prone to heat stroke. If you must keep your rabbit outdoors, I suggest freezing 2 litre bottles of water and putting one in their cage during the hot days. Switch it out as it thaws. This will give them something to lay against to keep cool. They love it!!

  24. Currently I own 3 rabbits right now 6 yr old 11 lb spayed New Zealand, 3yr old spayed 3 lb dutch cross and a 1 yr old 2 lb neutered polish cross. All rescues and all taken care of really well, exercised daily out of their cage, fresh veggies and unlimited amount of hay with minimal pellets. All spayed/neutered at a young age as there was behavioural issues such as cage aggression, mounting, aggression towards my cats, spraying and for some strange reason biting people they didn’t know. Not only do I not see any of these issues anymore the health benefits of doing this procedure will lengthen the life greatly of all my rabbits. With 90% of female rabbits #1 cause of death is due to ovarian/uterine cancer! Crazy fact that is! It is preventable. I did my research and found a rabbit savvy vet that I trusted! Rabbits are very sensitive under anesthetic so it is important to find a vet that deals with them all the time. So in the end its a win,win for me! I enjoy my bunnies very much and they are my little fur babies. Crazy how different their personalities are. What great little pets! It is important to me that they live a healthy and long life!

  25. I have one female bunny named Sammie. She is 12.5yrs old and still holding strong! I also had another male rabbit, but he passed away last year at the age of 11.5yrs old. Both are Dutch rabbits, Sammie weighing in at around 4-5lbs and Slurpee (my husband works for 7-Eleven Corporate lol) weighed around 6-7lbs. I’ve always fed them fresh greens, apples, strawberry tops, carrots, celery and many other fresh fruits and veggies. They also love their Timothy hay! I’ve had them inside their whole lives and built them a three story playhouse that they loved until I had to break it down recently for fall concerns for my sweet elderly Sammie girl. She gets a little wobbly at times these days…but she’s still the happiest bunny around. ???? Buns are the best!!!

  26. We have has Lightning for over 4 years. Although he is my daughter’s bunny, I claim him as my own, and I have nicknamed him Bunches… That is short for Hunny Bunny.. Which tuned into Hunny Bunches, and now, just Bunch or Bunches. The main problem we have had with Bunches is keeping his bottom clean. He has allowed me to give him warm showers to clean his bottom, and this is when he cuddles! I think he knows we are trying to help him feel good.

    We have an indoor pen for him, and we let him out to play with us, the cat, and the two dogs, as often as possible. The cat is his favorite playmate! They run around and chase each other constantly! They are so fun to watch!

    Bunches was neutered a few years ago, he does not like to be picked up or held, but he loves to be petted! He is my morning buddy, as I talk with him and give him treats before I leave for work every day. He knows he is a good bunny! We are hoping to have Bunches for a long, long time!

  27. My rabbit Charlie is 12 years old he lives indoors ,Charlie is a lot less active than he was but still happy and healthy.His partner passed away 2 years ago aged 10

  28. Our rabbit unfortunately just died at the weekend age 5. We live in Turkey.
    No sign of illness. He lived happily free in our back garden with our cocker spaniel. They used to run round the garden in circles chasing . The rabbit ate the dogs dry biscuits and the dog loved the rabbits variety of good. Very odd pair. Used to sleep in their under balcony storage come kennel together in complete harmony.

  29. hi i just got my female bunny a few days ago. she was shy at first but snuggles and love is what i am starting to get. i have not had a pet after losing my best furry friend after 11 amazing years about 5 years ago.but i saw he and fell in love. she is about a year and a half old but i worrie about he not being fixed but i want to get her fixed. the only thing is i dont have the money for a few months and i dont want anything to happen to her. this little furry animal that i finaly opened up to i dont wanna lose her to cancer or anything of the sort. i was hoping someone could put my mind at ease.

  30. I have a pure bread BEW holland lop. She’s so beautiful. All white with blue eyes. Shes only a yr old. I hope she lives for many yrs. I want to bread her.

  31. Our medium size white rabbit with a black dot at his back passed away this noon after 6.5 years of having him. He was well cared, indoor, fed with hay, carrot, kale, green vege, pellets and drinking water. He is a friendly, funny, loving, mischievous bunny. He used to hop onto the couch where I slept just to sit on my face if he saw me sleeping on the couch. We travelled with him on car to San Francisco, Las Vegas and Pebble beach. We left him free in the office room and eat with us in the living room. He used to bite off my shoe strap or bottle rubble when he was young, to claim his territory. He lost weight after I got pregnant. He accidentally ate two apples couple weeks ago. Is this the reason he passed away? Doctor said he passed away due to his heart failure.

  32. I work at a veterinary clinic and someone had dropped of a cute, super sweet black and white bunny. Instead of calling animal control (we only take care of dogs and cats) i decided to take him home! I took him to another vet and had him neutered. They said he was a very young rabbit no more than 6 months old. I’ve had him a year now and he is just an absolute wonder pet! He does live outside which I’m sure he prefers. He gets his revolution medication every month to prevent mites. I adore him ❤️

  33. I have a female dutch who is around 5 now, I got her around 1 year old. She is very friendly and will come right up to people when she feels like it. I have tried to keep her outside but with running room, not in a cage. She has a big yard now and loves to dig and run. I would bring her inside but my roommates won’t let me and she has been outside so long now I don’t think she would go in the pan again. She likes to lick me and has never bitten me. I love that little bunny. Best pet ever, I hope she lives a long life. She isn’t fixed, but I think it may be too late to do that.

  34. Our hollandlop bunny died this morning. His name was Sumo, 6 yrs old, indoor bunny. He is loveable, likes to be cuddle, like a baby. We take him with us for traveks, he likes to seat by the arm rest and look out. My husband takes naps and he does too beside him. He would snip you for attention, for food, to be pet or if he wants to go outside the deck. He owns the basement, and comes up if we’re home. He would follow you and straight to his bowl or by the fridge waiting for food. He likes, carrots, kale, banana, grapes, apples, fav. soy nuts, peanuts,lettuce. But lately he’d been sick, loose droppings, until one night he’s very ill. Gave water to hydrate him but morning came, he’s gone. We cried, and hoping to revived him but. .. truly miss him… Sumo was my bday gift from our daughter. Sumo gave a lot of joy to us, best buddy, my garden buddy, when the house is quite, he is there to delight you. R.I.P my baby Sumo.

  35. I have a satin rabbit who is 2 and a half years old. I acquired him from a reptile store. He was bred to be snake food, so I wonder how long his life expectancy will be. I was told with his particular breeding that he may not be the brightest rabbit or a great pet. Trixie is amazing, loving, and smart as a whip. I had him neutered, he eats great food with a lot of variety, and he has a half of a room to himself. He cuddles with a cat everyday, and I do my best to give him a provide a wonderful and fulfilling life, but I wonder since he is a “feeder” rabbit, how long he will live. He’s my sweet boy, so I hope he’s with me a long time.

  36. I just spent a lot of time and money building a big outdoor hutch for my rabbits. I have one which has mostly been kept inside in her cage other than free time when we let her out. The other is her mother which was transitioned from indoor to outdoor and has been fully outdoors for several months now. My issue is I had planned on them being able to stay in this huge hutch we built for them outside. I believe the mother is pregnant by a wild rabbit who is almost always in our yard as well. My plan to house them together has been going horrible as the mother is very aggressive to her daughter and the poor baby squeals and is terrified. Someone please help! I don’t know what to do and I feel so bad!

  37. A sad day for our family, especially my oldest daughter. Her pet rabbit, Flowie, passed away today or late last night. He was approximately 9 years old and was a mixed breed male. When we first got him, we were told he was a female, and later we found out differently. So “Flower” became Flowie (she was 7 or 8 when we got him). He was a good boy but pulled some pretty ornery tricks when he was young and left good memories. But today there are lots of tears. Rest in peace, Flowie Boy. We loved you and will miss you.

  38. I have a rabbit that I have had for 4 years. I don’t know what breed it is. It’s white with black spots. It uses a liter box. She has access to go in and out. I have a fenced in yard. So she can run an play with the dogs. She eats tator chips, popcorn, crackers . Even hard dog food. It is a very different rabbit. I’m just trying to find out how long it’s life span is. ?

  39. My babyjust passed at 7 years I feel so sad and miss him so much he lived indoors and has never been in a cage, I’m nit sure what happened he stopped eating Saturday and died Sunday I hope it want my fault not getting him to the vet ASAP I had him cremated and in in the process of making a shadow box, I feel like I can’t stop crying, I loved him so.

  40. I have a 10 year old neutered male dwarf bunny named Marley. He stopped eating recently and we’re going to take him in to the vet to get looked at tomorrow. He’s always been healthy – weird sudden change, but maybe that’s because he’s 10… Praying everything goes okay tomorrow.

  41. I have dwalf x French lop he is 6years old he lived in a big wooden wendyhouse with is sister she passed away this week plus i handtreared those 2 as there mam pass away when there were just under 2 weeks old i thought he would pine for her he enjoys it food to him self no.more. her chasing him lol

  42. Our rabbit was just diagnosed with breast cancer. She is 7. Would having her spayed have reduced her cancer risk?

  43. We had a silver martin boy named Leonardo who was neutered at 1 year old. He passed away last year at 7 years old. We still have his companion Peach who is spayed, she is about 7 now. Always indoor with lots of cage space and free roaming time. She is starting to show signs of aging, nit sure if her breed but she weighs about 6lbs.

  44. My husband and I have a bunny we found when he was about 2 weeks old. He had a badly broken leg and chewed up ear. We named him George. George is not 6 months old and thriving, despite his crookedly healed let and birth-defect arm joints. (We took him to the vet for care once a week, and he wore splints and jackets for the first 4.5 months of his life.) He is so happy and sweet! Doesn’t like to be picked up, has a wee bit of a side-ways hop, but he definitely is a sweet bunny.

  45. I adopted my bunny from the shelter when he was 3.9years old. His name is Ash but I call him B -Boy (short for bunny boy) or sometimes just B. I love this bunny so much I came online to check their life span. B-Boy is 11 years old. He lives in an (open door) spare bedroom. He occasionally hops out into the hall but will quickly run back into his bedroom if he hears anyone approaching. I initially got my Bun for my daughter but probably also for me too. Cause she long since got tired of bunny. He still loves her anyway & will run to her & give her kisses when she visits with him. B-Boy loves to be petted & goes into a “trance” when I stroke Hus head. He will be kissing my ankle & if I start stroking his head his kisses will slowly come to a stop as he goes into a happy trance. If I stop he will nudge my hand for me to keep on going. Bunny Boy lives indoors. I feed him Timothy hay, pellets, veggies. In the summer I grow radishes & parsley for my boy. His favorite veggies are fennel, parsley, & radish tops with occasional fresh strawberry(with their green tops). He does not like to be picked up but he does like to be cuddled. So I will lay on the floor beside him & pet & kiss his head & tell him that he’s the best bunny in the whole world. He seems to really like this. B is a mixed American Standard. I really believe bunnies make one of the best pets to own. Thanks for allowing me to share my story 🙂

  46. I have a Netherlands Dwarf bunny, she’s about 8 years old. She lives in a cage indoors and I let her run around inside about twice a week, but I should do it more. I feed her mostly food pellets, but we give her lettuce, parsley, and hay sometimes. She always has water and I clean her cage once a week. She’s not spayed, though. How long do you think she’ll live?

  47. My bunny turned 10 today! He hasnt been neutered and survived a bout with cancer and is going strong! Hes a mini rex broken. His name is cow.

  48. I had 2 rabbits they live outside in a big enclosure at night and all the garden during the day but unfortunately a cat killed Clark….I hate cats..clover was lonely so I hit another primrose from sspca she is lovely they get on great but she won’t let me pick her up and I’m desperate for a cuddle they eat well fruit veg pellets grass but they refuse to go into bed unless they get there treat whether it be chocolate, cake or cookies only a tiny bit, they also come on and out of house happily and lie in front of tv they are soooo cute I just love them.vet says they are perfect happy days but I still miss Clark of course x

  49. Sorry for your loss of Clark. Just take it slow and spend some time each day trying to handle the new one, eventually she should start to warm up to you holding her.

  50. Thanks for sharing about B . Sounds like B is lucky to have such a caring owner. May B live many more years.

  51. I can’t say for sure but you should have several more years with your bun. I would encourage you to feed her less pellets and more fresh hay. Just like people, proper exercise and a good diet goes a long way to living a healthier longer life. Thanks for sharing!

  52. How is Marley doing? I hope everything worked out. Thanks for sharing.

  53. Sorry for your loss Tammy. Have you decided to get another rabbit?

  54. Thank you for sharing this!. Sorry for your loss of Flowie.

  55. Thanks for sharing about Sumo. Sorry for your loss.

  56. I have a male neutered lion head rabbit. When I got buddy they said he was about 2 years old and I’ve had him for 9 years. Buddy has kitty litter in his kennel and doesn’t have any wetting accidents and very few droppings outside the litter box. I take buddy outside when I’m out and he follows me around the yard. He loves children and chases them when they run. He always stays in the yard and doesn’t run off. He also likes to push a rubber ball around the house. I did not know about including hay in the diet, so I will purchase that.

  57. My bunny, Ginger, passed away Monday night. I adopted her 8 years ago, so we are not sure how old she was. She was a very large mixed breed rabbit. She was an indoor rabbit. I fed her Timothy hay pellets, hay, and the occasional treat. She loved strawberry tops and romaine lettuce leaves. I noticed Sunday she wasn’t eating or drinking and was very lethargic. I called the vet, and we decided I would bring her in to see her in the morning. I had a feeling she would not make it through the night. Part of me regrets not rushing her to an emergency vet, but another part is thankful she died at home peacefully.

  58. Sorry for your loss of Ginger. I have added her name to our list of rabbit names.

  59. Hi , I have a question how long do rabbits live ? My rabbit just passed suddenly she was very well taken care of shes about 5 years old indoor living we kelp her in a cage inside I had pen I whould let her run around in outside I always stayed outside with her . I rasied her on a bottle. She was my Fur baby she didn’t show no signs of any illnesses at all . Rip honey bun. Any info is greatly appreciated thanks .

  60. Sorry for the loss of your honey bun Virginia. She died fairly young as most rabbits live at least 6 years with 12 years being the high end. The average lifespan is around 9 years old but it really depends on the breed of rabbit and living conditions.

  61. I’m concerned about our sweet almost-solid-black rabbit, Smoke Monster. We rescued him nearly six years ago from our idiot next door neighbors who let him roam the streets and never fed him (that we could see). He came onto our driveway a lot, and we fed him & gave him water. One day, my daughter held out her hand and instead of running away, he came right to. One rescued bunny added to our menagerie. We have no idea how old he is, but the vet said he was at least two years old when we rescued him.

    Yesterday, he was knocking over his food and running in his cage. Today, our sweet little bunny is lethargic and barely moving. My daughter thinks he probably won’t make it through the night. She has been holding him since she got home from work. He seems to be getting stiff in her arms.

    Is it normal for a bunny to get that sick that fast? Or could it be that he is a lot older than we thought, and that it’s just old age?

    Our hearts are breaking. We have lost two dwarf hamsters, seven guinea pigs, one rat, and a 14-year-old Shih Tzu over the last several years. We lost our last four guinea pigs in the span of a week; one of them apparently had a respiratory infection and passed it to the others. Our two Shih Tzus, one Havanese, and one rat will miss him a lot. He is the man of the house, as all the rest have been girls.

  62. Please help my house rabbit stardust is 6 years old he has a cage with a litter tray which is open so he’s free to roam in & out day & night but just recently he’s not using his tray & going on the carpet & he seems to be getting soiled on his back end,he keeps facing the wall I tried bathing him last night to get it all off,nothing has changed with his diet (please help I love him to bits )

  63. Tracey,

    it sounds like your rabbit is ill. You should consult a vet asap if his condition doesn’t improve. Thanks for posting.

  64. CJ,

    It’s not unusual for a bunny to get really sick over night and pass away. It looks like he might be close to 8 years old which is the lifespan of a lot of rabbits. Your best bet is to take him to a vet to get looked at if his condition worsens. Hoping for the best outcome for your bunny and family. Thanks for posting.

  65. Thank you for the answer, John.

    Our sweet baby let out a squeal we have never heard from any animal before. My daughter held him longer, and we put him back in his cage. He squealed again very loudly about an hour later.

    I checked on him around 2:00 am the next morning, and our sweetie had crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I think that last squeal might have been right before his last breath.

    I am so thankful that he did not suffer long. He was a good bunny, and we gave him a good life & happy home. Our little Havanese is missing her chase-around-the-house playmate. Animals know. They just do.

  66. Hi I have a dwarf rabbit and she is 12 weeks old, I was reading how long she likely to live for?, my bunny is health and she a indoor bunny! she had her first set of injection and has lots of play and comes out to bond with us.
    Trying to train her to go toilet in one place! it work until my partner charge the lay out of her cage, (say in book that keep moving the cage around to help your bunny live longer)

  67. Thank you for the information. We have had a few rabbits over the years and had two for best part of 7 years which sadly passed away this passed weekend. We are devestated as they had the freedom of our house both inside and out. Sleeping in our room every night and played all over our garden during the day.
    The one suffered from bladder problems throughout his life and sadly passed on in a peaceful manner. His companion both males who has been neutered got down and after an X-ray at the vet found to have an enlarged heart. Sadly the vet told us there wasn’t much information in the medical field on what to do for an enlarged heart and sadly passed away 40 hours later. We have buried them together as they were so close but are so sad that two healthy bunnies who seemed as happy as could be deteriated with visits to the vet during this time sadly left us so fast. We knew the one left behind would be depressed and pine for his life long mate but are so sad and down it happened so fast. We wanted to give him the love his pal had given him but we didn’t get the opportunity. If you really love your rabbits and give them the best they are the most rewarding pets and really made us all so happy. We will never forget our two little guys and love the pm forever. Peter, Natasha, Reagan and Jordan.

  68. Our mixed breed, small bunny was born outside during a brutal snow storm in Alaska. We got him from a friend & named him Blizzard. He has lived outside in a hutch his entire life, in all seasons & many more blizzards. I went out to give him hay & treats this morning & change his frozen water bottle. His body was still warm but he was dead. He was 11 years old.

  69. My 7.8 years old bunny named Truffle just pass away.Very sad and I already miss her. Unfortunately I wasn’t home and my daughter found her.She was sweat and loved to watch TV.She will be greatly missed.Lots of tears…R.I.P

  70. I have 3 Bunnies we have had them since they were babies. All females they have there disagreements I would see. They live in a Hutch that’s in an Enclosed Atrium. Last night I found one on its back she had died probably 10-15 mins before I found her. I have no idea what it could of caused it they have water feed hay and get carrots from time to time. It broke my heart and just don’t want to lose anymore.

  71. I just got a bunny and it’s 8 1/2 weeks old and she is a cross bread between a lion head and a floppy eared bunny. She’s the cutest

  72. Our rabbit is just over 11 years old . He is a neutered male .
    He lives outside most of the time , but when cold comes indoors . He has had myxamatosis , he got bitten by his half brother , he also had to have a toe removed when it was infected . He never bites and I give him fresh food each morning and evening . He eats nuggets , too . I am hoping he will break the record !

  73. Hi,

    I had a bunny, half dwarf and half lion head. He died last Wednesday. I am so very sad. He was 9.5yrs old. Overall, I thought he would live much longer because he was always running around and acting normal, just like he was when he was a little baby. But he didn’t eat as much lately as he was constipated, but that always happened to him and he always bounced back but I guess this time he couldn’t. I should have taken him to the vet sooner but he still acted normal. I miss him. Now after reading alot of people’s comments saying theirs lived 12+ years and even into their teens just confirms more to me that he died too young and should have lived longer. I loved him like I would my own child.

    :’ (

    RIP My Sweet Bilbo

  74. I have owned4 rabbits, the most recent died only3 days ago at 9 yrs, 10 days! He was such an old man, and my other bunnies have passed around 8. I take such great care of them and feed them high quality food. I don’t know why they don’t live longer. So sad.

  75. My rabbit will be 12 years old and 6 months on April 11, 2017. He just lost his vision in his right eye 1 month ago due to cataracts. Beside that, he’s still healthy, eating nicely, loving being cuddled. He always lived in our house. He sleeps most of the time now, taking mini walk around the rooms in the house and going back to sleep. He was neutered when he was 6 months old.

  76. Jack was my rescue bunny, we got him from our local RSPCA centre in 2008 and were told that he was approx. 2 yrs old. He was bonded with my female bunny Lulu for 6yrs, sadly she died of unknown causes. We didn’t want him to be lonely so Daisy came along, once again a rescue. She was quite timid but soon learnt to trust us. She bonded with Jack after a couple of months, sadly she died a year later, age 2yrs, His next female companion was Poppy, 1yr and another rescue, she arrived August 2015. Once again Jack bonded well with her. Sadly Jack died last Sunday evening at the vets following a dental procedure. I
    have cried a million tears for him and my other beloved bunnies. Jack was 9yrs old. It has a left a massive void in my world and I am heart broken, he was the sweetest soul. All my bunnies have been spayed/neutered and all lived outside together in the same large hutch, all had regular checks at the vets and had a healthy varied diet. Poppy is now alone and so sad to see. I will find her another mate but at the moment I can’t contemplate it, it is too soon. Bunnies are the sweetest, gentle creatures and deserve the best.

  77. Our pet bunny(Hoppy) is 14 years old. He loves to play and be cuddled by the family, but has slowed down with age. Unfortunately, I fear in the last week he has broken his back leg and will not be able to tolerate any surgery at his age if it is needed. I hope that our trip to the vet will result in splinting the leg so he can make a full recovery.

  78. Our Lucky is 12 years old and doing wonderful. You’d never know his age by how he acts and jumps. He is super spoiled and loved very much.

  79. Hello,My name is Kelli and we bought a rabbit for her on Easter 4 years ago n was told that it was a male thanks to the web we just now meaning today that we found out he is a she..Not that we care about the sex but she is so great this is our first rabbit n she is wonderful loves to play with the 2 cats that we have and the dog,which he is a big boy but the rabbit runs along with them and all he is so spoiled he knows when i come in the room if he is put away i will let him out..I never knew that a rabbit could be such a wonderful pet she is trained to go to the potty on paper in another room when she is out of her cage..We love her so much and want to tell you thanks for your help..

  80. Have had a few bunnies over the last ten years, Flopsy my first was I believe, though not being spiritual in the least an angel, he just seemed to get me and came into my life at a pretty tough time and his comfort was invaluable. Before he died I bought Benjamin, a timid and quiet extra large lip rabbit who sat in the corner of his cage for a full week without budging. When I introduced Flopsy to him, it was pretty impressive how he just seemed to somehow calm Benjy down and though Flipsy died a few weeks later, I think somehow he knew his time was short and since then ( Five years ago) Benjamin has been the best of friends, he literally goes everywhere with me and at night, he sleeps in the knook of my arm and wakes me up in the morning by licking my face and when I am endlessly writing manuscripts he sits at my feet patiently. Being a little anti social, rabbits have saved and shaped my life and some part of me will always hold onto the wildly irrational assumption that Flopsy was a spiritual soul put on this earth just for me. He taught me to be softer, kinder and more forgiving. The power of love huh.

  81. Our Dutch rabbit has lived outside in a hutch for 10 years! He still seems active and healthy. We have never taken him to a vet.

  82. I have just had to lay to rest my grand-daughters 10 year old bunny Lilly , she was heart broken and am amazed to admit so was I. Lilly was bought so Amelia would learn how to love and look after somebody other than herself, and I must admit from the tender age of 4 she loved that bunny, every weekend and after school she would come to mine to make sure Lilly was ok , I thought as she got older it would fall to me to be the care giver but no she did it all. That bunny did not like me at all and would only have Amelia tend to her , she even bit me a few times and Amelia would just laugh and say ” what’s naughty nana done to you” , but I have to admit she grew on me in a funny way so Lilly were ever you are be nice please and learn to share x

  83. Our rabbit (cookie dough) came to us as a rescue from an elementary school classroom. We had no idea how old she was when we got her. But she was at least 2 years old. She was pretty mean and vicious so she lives in the garage, but as she has aged she likes to be handled more. She spends Saturday and Sunday days on the lawn and just hangs out. We have had her for almost 10 years now and she is still going strong.

  84. Jessica Rowell
    June 4, 2017 - 6:27 pm

    I have a Rex rabbit. A friend of mine had given him to me and my husband a couple years ago. She wasn’t sure of his age but our vet said he was about 4 or 5. He’s about 7 or so now and he’s very lively and active. He’s cage trained which is wonderful. Whenever we let him out to get some exercise, he’ll go back into his cage to go to the bathroom. Pretty neat. My only problem with letting him out of the cage is he has this issue with eating my carpet. Really confusing honestly. I think he’s going to be around for a long time.

  85. We lost our lop ear rabbit named LeRoy yesterday. He was a retired breeder. The person we got him from said he was born in 2012. We had him for 2 years. I have always suspected he was older than that. He lived in a large and secure outdoor rabbit apartment with my dutch rabbits. We let all of our rabbits out for playtime in the yard. Over the past few months he would tire out fairly fast and want to go back in his house. When he was done playing he would periscope and look up at his door. We took him to the vet 2 weeks ago because I noticed he was becoming incontinent. They cleaned him and shaved his bottom and sent him home with some ointment. For 2 weeks his mom and I washed him and put the ointment on him. He never put up a fuss with the daily butt baths because he understood we were trying to take care of him. The afternoon of the day before he passed away I could tell he didn’t have much time left. I gave him all the greens and pellets we could eat and that was a lot. He had a bigger than usual piece of banana for dessert. Leroy was a big boy. He weighed around 10 lbs. In a weeks time he had lost a considerable amount of weight and was drinking excessive amounts of water. He was dying of organ failure. I was there with him when he passed away. He went peacefully. He knew I was there with him. I talked to him and rubbed his ears. I didn’t want him to die alone. I’m sure he was confused and afraid so I tried to comfort him. I don’t know what his life was like before we had him but, I know he enjoyed his all to short stay he had with us. We gave him good food and lots of attention. He loved his greens and hay. He got a small piece of fruit once a week for a treat. We will certainly miss having him.

  86. I just lost my sweet nearly 14 year old Dutch bunny. She was 3 months shy of her 14th bday. ❤️

  87. We just lost our beautiful rabbit . She was coming up to her 4th birthday . She was fine and had a check up on sat and this morning she passed away . Feeling lost and can’t stop crying . X she was a home rabbit and it’s killing me to know that home rabbits should live longer and we loved her to bits

  88. I have 3 buns. The bonded pair are lops. The doe is about 5 years and very chunky but she loves to run fast. 🙂 She’s called Miranda. The buck is very small and had terrible malocclusion when I first saw him. He had a dental extraction and he eats just fine now. A few yeas ago he developed a cataract. Over time his eye became inflamed and he eventually had an enucleation. He gets about ok using his good eye and other senses. He has metacam twice a day to help with some stiffness in his spine. I called him Sage because he was long in the tooth when we met. 🙂 He is a lovely affectionate bunnie and is about 7 years old.
    My oldest bunnie is called Verity. She is an agouti and is very affectionate. She looks like a “roundabout” rabbit in the UK. I have had her since she was 8 weeks old kit. She was so small she could fit in the palm of my hand. She had huge long ears which she eventually grew into. She had her 10th birthday earlier this year. 🙂

  89. My rabbit, who we named snuggles because she loved cuddles passed away in my arms last night, she was only 8 years old and I can’t help but feel it was my fault 😢 unless she was having a cuddle she never got out of her cage to run around because I couldn’t tell what my dog would do, a very friendly dog they used to kiss each other through the cage, but it’s in his nature as a terrier to hunt.
    I loved snuggles so much and we were very close, I sobbed for hours last night. She is buried in my garden and I am painting a very large white pebble with her name etc on.
    I will not replace her, 1 because she was unique and 2 because it wouldn’t be fair on it as we have a dog, I had snuggles before my dog and we lived somewhere else where I could let her out without the risk of him getting her, but life dictated a house move and we were no longer able to let her run around.
    I am riddled with guilt 😢😢😢😢😢😢

  90. just lot my rabbit today, he was almost 5 and a half and a outdoor continental giant cross french lop. he was a huge thing but was gentle with people kids and all other pets. he lived outdoors. tears running down my face as im typing im just totally gutted. wont be the same not seeing him in the garden. some would say its only a rabbit, but he was part of the family x

  91. John..Thanks for this site…I have 2 albinos..Both fixed..The boy, Jack Frost, turns 8 yrs this month, for sure, a NZ White, weighs 9.5 Lbs…The girl, Miss Grace Slick, I rescued off the street 9 yrs ago this month, not sure…Think she may be a NZ/ Florida White mix, as she only comes in @ 6.5 Lbs…Both beautiful animals…Never thought I would have rabbits as pets…@ 61 Yrs of age, when my friends cross the Rainbow Bridge, that will be the end of rabbits for me…I am so glad that I got to know the species, they can make great pets..Thanks again John…..JK

  92. So sorry for for your loss Tracy.

  93. I have a rex/ mini lop mix unspayed indoor rabbit. She is 6 in September and still hopping strong. So far she’s been free of any health concerns. In her free time she loves chasing balloons and the cat!

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