What is the difference between wild rabbits and pet rabbits?

other than the fact of a wild rabbit being wild
wild rabbits are wild, unowned... Pet rabbits were probably born in captivity and are pets...
wild ones are 'tastier'
One can go out & play when they want to the others can't
the difference is that a wild rabbait would run away if you tried o pick it up. a pet rabbit would not do that.
well wild rabbit are harder to keep contained and they really don't like being contained becuz they are used to being free and in open spaces. and pet rabbits have been in cages from the day they are born so they know that that's there limited space.
the only difference are pet rabbits are domesticated as far as i know?
Not much difference, My children found a baby wild rabbit once after their dad mowed the lawn and the mother abandoned him. We tried to tame him and it seemed to work for awhile but one day he bit my son & seemed to act wild so we had to let him go. I guess you can't really fully tame a wild rabbit.
Wild rabbits are not domesticated - and with domestication you get different rabbit "breeds." (Like different dog breeds). They're the same species, but we've engineered them over time to be pets, look prettier, have longer fur, etc., etc.

For instance, here's an Angora rabbit (a lot of clothing items made with rabbit fur are made using Angora fur)

Vs. a wild generic rabbit:
wild rabbits can have rabies
pet rabbits are born in a cage but if you put a wiled rabbet in a cage it might get scared to deth and die thats all i know
wild rabbits taste nicer and are less fatty, also tame rabbits wont die of shock when you pick them up

wild rabbits are scared of everything, they will even freeze at loud noises!
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Domestic, or pet rabbits, are too tame to live in the wild. Even if they won't let you handle them, they are used to being fed and having water available at all times. They do not have the survival skills that wild rabbits have. They would not know how to build themselves a den to keep warm, they don't know how do low their heart rate to conserve energy in the winter and they wouldn't know which plants were healthy or poisonous to them. Once a rabbit is domesticated, their natural instincts start to go away. And the more generations there are, the less survival skills they have.

I have two pet rabbits that live indoors in large cages and are litter-trained. This site helped me with alot of questions I had for taking care of them. It has lists of what to feed them and how to litter train and how big their cages are. Hope this helps. And above all, don't keep your pet rabbit outdoors.

Generally, a wild rabbit will have unkempt fur, dark "wild" eyes, and will be VICIOUS if subdued by humans.
I have had two pet rabbits, one was a dwarf that was friendly yet timid, only allowing petting when he was in his cage. The second was a large bundle of love who wanted nothing more than to be cuddled and played with all the time.
My friend Terry had a wild rabbit as a pet for a few years. I wouldn't even call it a pet, it was still wild. Whenever one of us would get near the cage, it woud hiss and bare its teeth, clawing at us from inside the cage. The rabbit would only permit Terry to open the cage, for feeding and cleaning, yet Terry couldn't even "pet" the rabbit. Just pick it up, have her father clean the cage and put food in, then put the rabbit back inside.
Why keep a wild rabbit? Its cruel. What kind of life is it going to have, kept in a cage, unloved by humans and with no other contacts from rabbits or otherwise...
Domesticated rabbits vary in size, color, coat, temperament, and life expectancy.
Wild bunnies are smaller, lighter, a bit more skittish, and only come in that scruffy camouflage brown with a cotton tail. and usually don't live more than 2 years.


Dawn, if it was a "him" then his hormones were starting to rage. My bunny nearly severed the joint of my little finger before he got snipped.
um why ? youre not thinking of keeping a wild one as a pet are you?
Not a lot of difference. its all in the up bringing. A wild rabbit can be friendly although you probably couldn't get close enough to find out, and equally a domestic rabbit can be vicious.

I have 2 half wild bunnies. Their mother, a domestic rabbit, liked to escape from its previous owner. She had a bit too much fun out there and as a result she had numerous babies 2 weeks after I adopted her.

They're not vicious at all although they are timid, but that's more down to the fact that I don't handle them a lot. They have a large pen and the run of the garden when I'm around to check them. Bunny heaven!
Brer Rabbit was a wild one and he was pretty smart and making all the pet rabbits...very dumb animals.
none inept wild ones are wild

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