It is easy to identify children who are already responsible at their young age. When I was still teaching piano lessons in a local school, children known to be responsible were normally the fastest to learn. Parents have different ways when teaching their children to be more responsible. One of the unique ways to do it is to give your child a pet that is suitable for his or her age.
One of the most suitable pets for children is a rabbit or bunny. Bunnies are cute, cuddly and will not likely cause any harm to your kid. They are also easy to care for. You could delegate most of the basic caring tasks such as combing, exercise and feeding to your child. This will in turn teach him or her to be a responsible kid.
There are best bunny breeds that are suitable for children. One of them is the lionhead bunnies. These bunnies are a relatively new breed but are gaining in popularity among bunny lovers. They are now one of the cutest breeds of bunnies, thanks to their lion-like mane around their head. Lionhead bunnies are generally good natured, playful and lively, but often timid. Generally, they are not recommended for very young children as a pet because they require experienced handling. But if your kid is able to care for this pet, it is a sign of him or her being a mature and responsible owner.
Another small breed of rabbits for children is the Harlequin. They are docile, playful and intelligent and gentle. Because of their size, they are also easy to hold and snuggle. You would be surprised that this breed can be litter box-trained and can respond to their name. Palomino is another wonderful breed of bunnies for children. It also has a good temperament and can easily get along well with people especially children.
While smaller rabbits are more ideal for children for easy handling and safety purposes, there are also notable large breeds that are popular among kids. One of them is the Flemish Giant which is known for its docile characteristics. These rabbits can grow more than 20 pounds, are child-friendly and are not scary at all. They also don’t bite and would love lounging on a couch.
When choosing a rabbit for your pet, regardless of its breed, the gender is an important consideration. The bucks or male rabbit are often the best choice for children as they are more laid back and attention seekers. In comparison, does or female rabbits become more territorial and are overly protective of their space once they begin to nest. Their unpredictable moods may not be ideal for children.
Additionally, when it comes to sizes, small breeds have the advantage of requiring smaller cages and smaller amounts of food in their diet. They also tend to be more playful than their larger counterparts. But of course, it will still boil down to you and your kid’s personal choice.
Giving children their own pet while still young has many benefits. One of them is teaching them to grow responsibly. If you are considering giving your kid a pet bunny, be sure to research more about the personalities of each breed of bunny you are considering.