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How to become a rabbit breeder

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The answer is deceptively simple: educate yourself on rabbits, purchase a pair of unrelated rabbits.

You don’t need to register or become a member of ARBA. Their breeder listings can get you some exposure, but a google business page will work better and it’s free. All you really need is to do some research before you get rabbits then apply what you’ve learned.

If you have any trouble (and at some point you undoubtedly will) it helps to have a mentor or an expert you can consult. This usually comes in the form of a vet or another breeder in your area. (Watch out for toxic breeders) Some places offer courses or textbooks, but be leery of any that don’t have a scientific background/foundation. Folksy remedies will lead you to ruin.

While starting as a rabbit breeder seems simple you will not be able to make it a full time occupation without funding, time and effort. It is a tough field because it has been poorly managed. The animals have been devalued, the valuation system in place revolves around the show industry which is appalling, and the animals themselves are often poorly bred and kept in a number of poor conditions.

Despite all this there are no barriers to entry in the field and you can do a lot of good in a short period of time. I’ve been at this for a few years and I’ve impacted every possible aspect of the field except for the fiber industry. Angoras would not survive the Florida climate. I have saved dozens of wild rabbits, saved dozens of domestic rabbits, supported non profit food security programs, seeded several rabbitries, and educated the public. My rabbits live in homes all over the state of Florida and in multiple countries. My research has taken me all over the world and I’ve met individuals in dozens of organizations all working towards the same goal: improving the welfare of rabbits.

If you need any help getting started as a breeder, Wildlife rehabber or rescue for rabbits I would be more than happy to help and save you a lot of blood sweat and tears. All customers receive free unlimited consultations. I also offer educational courses and hourly rate consultations. If you wish to build a rescue or rehab facility my help is free. Lots of rabbits are in need and I could use all the help I can get. Best of luck!

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