How to Find Reputable Rabbit Breeders 2017-10-16T00:01:12+00:00

A lot of reputable breeders tend to get harsh words from rescue advocates these days due to the neglegance of irresponsible breeders. Those people live in teepees with blinds over their eyes.

There comes a time in most everyone’s lives that they have wanted to purchase/adopt a companion and new family member.

**This article is to inform pet buyers, this is not directed towards meat breeders in any way**

Of course there are choices to be made when making this decision.

• Should I buy from a breeder?

• Should I rescue from a shelter?

These are two important questions to ask yourself. Each one has it’s own pros and cons.

Pros/Cons of buying from a breeder

Pros

• You know where your new companion comes from and his/her history

• Most likely they will be babies and you can train them how you like

• Breeders carry certain breeds of the new companion pal you are looking for

Cons

• You don’t know if the breeder is a mill

• Sometimes breeders aren’t honest

• Irresponsible breeders will sell you anything to make a quick buck

Pros/Cons of adopting from a shelter

Pros

• You get to save a life

• You more than likely will be adopting an already fixed companion

Cons

• You don’t know the history

• Sometimes shelter animals can have behavior issues

• Shelter pets often times have hidden fears/personalities


There are pros and there are cons to both. However, buying from a breeder does not make you any less of a human being.

Let me tell you how you can find a responsible breeder.

There are some crucial facts you need to take note of when searching for a good breeder.

• What breeds do they have?

• Are their animals that have been sold healthy and free of risks?

• What do their diets consist of?

Let’s go through these questions.

  1. What breeds do they have?

    1. You need to know what you are looking for when you arrive at a breeders homestead. Take note of breed standards for what you are looking for. Make sure the breeders animals meet standards for the breed. Some breeders will lie about the breed of an animal just to make some easy cash. THIS is a clear sign of an irresponsible breeder.
  2. Are their animals that are being sold/have been sold healthy and clean? (Rabbits ONLY)

    1. As pointed out by a fellow breeder there are many points to look for in a healthy rabbit you just purchased. Let’s take a look at some clues to determine whether or not the breeder you bought from is responsible. Like a fellow breeder had stated, the conditions of the rabbit will reflect on the conditions of their rabbitry.
      1. Dull coats can often times mean poor conditions
      2. Diahrrea is a sign that your rabbit could be sick
      3. Is your new rabbit malnourished or thin?
      4. Glossy eyes, ear mites, or fur mites?
      5. Check for genetic defects, like splayed legs or misaligned teeth
      6. Most importantly never buy a sick rabbit
  3. What do their diets consist of?

    1. RESEARCH! Whatever species of animal you are purchasing, please research a proper diet and make sure the breeder is up to date on feeding their animals the proper diet they need.
  4. Are they willing to allow me to see their animals and setups?

    1. Normally if you ask a breeder to email or text you some pictures of their setups/animals they will more than likely oblige.
    2. A lot of breeders do not feel comfortable allowing strangers into their homes as it exposes their families to outside dangers. It also can expose their rabbits to outside diseases and parasites.

Breeders aren’t afraid of answering all your questions! On a final note, most (not all) reputable breeders will send home a small bag of food that the animal is on, a care sheet, and a health guarantee for x amount time.

*NOTE: Most responsible/reputable breeders don’t make a profit. They more than likely go in the hole due to spoiling and actually caring for their animals as family.

I have included a link HERE to the American Rabbit Breeders Association’s PDF file on recommendations for rabbit care.

If I am missing something please comment below to add to this post!

**Disclaimer: As a breeder myself I advocate for rescues/shelters as well as responsible breeders.