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Absolutely not. The care of a pet, (specially a rabbit!) should not rest solely on a child's shoulders. Rabbits are extremely hard to take care of, and unless the child is quite mature (ie. 15 and up IMHO) the responsibility should not be put on him or her completely. Parents who leave their pets for their children to take care of, are often exposing the animal to neglect. I read this page on rabbit caring and it does NOT sound like anything any non-adult person can actually handle: http://www.hrschicago.org/dietcarefr.html


This is absolutely not the case. Rabbits can be great pets that TEACH responsibility to kids, not make them irresponsible. I have seen kids at the age of 10 and lower showing rabbits at shows, yes their parents may have to help them learn the routine for feeding and watering their rabbit, but every child will eventually learn. I have written on this site before that Rabbits give opportunities for groups such as 4-H and (later on) FFA. These groups will help teach children better social skills, I know this because I am one of the few it has helped. A rabbit is certainly easier to take care of than a dog, cat, and even a hamster. This is because they typically do not need special medicines for heartworm or need haircuts. They are easier than hamsters because they are harder to loose and are usually not nocturnal, meaning you do not have to go digging in any sort of hut for the rabbit. I absolutely disagree about the opinion disregarding the breed, as Netherland dwarves are a BETTER breed of rabbit than perhaps a Lionhead or a Flemish Giant (FOR KIDS PEOPLE, they would be sorta big to carry). If you are indeed planning on wanting to start in any forms of 4-H rabbits seem the easiest and the most portable animal possible. I hope you have not changed your mind on these wonderful animals and have gotten the wrong idea. -Pokegamer32

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