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What are the characteristics of rabbits?

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Learn about the veterinary topic of Description and Physical Characteristics of Rabbits. Find specific details on this topic and related topics from the Merck Vet Manual. read more

Characteristics of Rabbits By Evka Vašková, Slovakia, Europe Editor's Note: Because little information about rabbits as companion animals is available in her country, the author has made many of her own discoveries after years of observing and interacting with house rabbits. read more

Rabbits are small, herbivorous mammals with acute sight and hearing. They hide from predators using these characteristics, along with their speed, and often retreat to underground burrows. Together with hares, they make up family Leporidae, and with both hares and pikas, order Lagomorpha (lagomorphs). read more

Rabbits vary in color and size, ranging in weight from 2 to 16 pounds (1 to 7 kilograms), depending on breed. Pet rabbits that have been well taken care of and spayed or neutered early in life have a life expectancy of 8 to 12 years. read more

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