Domestic rabbit


Domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus f. dom.)

Small Spaniards conquer the world

After the Romans conquered Spain in 206 BC they exported the wild rabbits in other countries for food. Originally the rabbits were held in enclosures surrounded by walls. Brown hares could not be kept because they ran against the walls and injured themselves trying to escape and as they are flight animals. In 1000 AC rabbits first became pets. French monks kept them in cages and selected them according to tameness, adaptability and rapid growth.


Category: Mammal

Stem type: wild rabbits 2000 years ago

Weight: 1,0 kg – 9,0 kg

gestation period: ca. 30 days

feed: grasses, herbs, vegetables, bark

Power: meat, fur; 8-12 hatchlings in one litter; up to 3 litters / year