Dwarf rabbits are seen as the smallest breed of all domestic bunnies, and 2 breeds are seen as small enough to be a dwarf: the Netherland Dwarf and Polish bunny.
Just how much does a dwarf bunny cost?
The expense of a dwarf bunny will depend upon the exact breed, however, a lot of dwarf bunnies, typically the Netherland Dwarf, can be adopted for $25 to $75, with the exception of show-quality rabbits. Higher quality baby bunnies, depending upon the colors, markings, where you live and the breeder, can cost as much as $100 to $200.
The Sugar Bunny Rabbitry, a breeder we were able to find online, said that they sell their bunnies for $85 to $125.
On GumTree, a popular online marketplace, there were almost 25 dwarf bunny advertisements at the time of this writing, with rates varying from $250 for a pure-blooded Netherland Dwarf to just $70 for a fully vaccinated Netherland Dwarf.
Hobbly Classifieds, another site comparable to GumTree, had 50+ listings varying from $25 to $100.
What is going to be included in the adoption cost?
A trustworthy breeder or rescue group, at a minimum, should include in the adoption fee a medical examination by a certified vet and up to date vaccination. Many breeders will also include a small care package, how-to-care guides, and a health assurance.
What are the additional expenses?
Adopting the rabbit is only the start. You will also need to take into account the one-time expenses such as the cage ($150), food/water bowls ($10), litter box ($10), bed linen ($20), toys ($15), grooming products ($20) and a smaller-size carrier ($25).
Aside from the one-time charges, the repeating charges, like for any other family pet, will consist of the hay, which has to be easily available 24 hr a day ($10/month), greens/veggies ($30/month), pellets ($5/month), litter ($10/month) and periodic veterinarian consultations ($75 + any fees for tests required).
At adoption, if your breeder didn’t add the necessary vaccinations, then this must also be taken into account. While they aren’t required in the United States, dwarf rabbits are vulnerable to Myxomatosis, a viral illness transmitted through parasites and viral hemorrhagic illness, a lethal type of calicivirus. Aside from these vaccinations, it’s also a good idea to use a flea medication and dewormer a minimum of two times a year.
Some breeders might deliver a rabbit upon adoption if one isn’t easily found in your geographical area. Shipping, depending upon the travel distance, can cost $200 to $300.
Tips to keep in mind
The Netherland Dwarf, a small bunny with short ears, weighs less than 3 pounds and is available in a wide variety of colors, like black, white, orange, tortoiseshell, and agouti. The Polish rabbit, on the other hand, has a somewhat smaller sized head and narrower shoulders when compared to the Netherland breed. The Polish can weigh closer to 4 pounds and is readily available in pretty much the same colors. Both bunnies will measure 8 to 12 inches.
The typical life expectancy can vary from 6 to 12 years when held in captivity in captivity.
An indoor cage, if you choose to keep your bunny inside your home, ought to be, at a minimum, 4 to 6 times larger than the bunny’s length. A good cage needs to allow a medium-sized bunny to make 3 to 4 successive hops from one side to the other. If left outside, a shelter is very much crucial to protect your bunny from the outside elements.
When picking greens or veggies for your bunny, safe options, according to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, consist of broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, endive, kale, mint, parsley, and radicchio. Fruits, while you can offer them as food, ought to be kept to a minimum.
How can you save some money?
Think about adopting instead of purchasing a dwarf rabbit. There are numerous bunnies that need a family, and the adoption charges can be much less than purchasing a show quality bunny.
Feeding a rabbit is reasonably inexpensive, however, you can minimize the expenses of hay if you live near a hay farm. According to BinkyBunny, if you live near a hay farm, horse hay, when acquired wholesale, can bring the expenses down considerably.