Clem is the matriarch of this bunny family. She’s the first of 3 siblings that joined our family two years ago. She and her sister DJ have different personalities, different looks but they’re as emotionally bonded as my sister and I are as hooman sisters. Together they protect their families and territory, make time for naps, cuddles and of course snacks in equal measure.
From the moment little Clem came into our lives, she stole our hearts and kept us laughing with her antics. You don’t know if you’ll catch her in the act… you know, hanging off a ledge eyeing her target of a snack (mine or hers), making impossible leaps to get to a delicious pay off, etc. No risk is too large if there’s something yummy at play.
Clem’s outgoing and warm personality is often passed to her little ones. Some of our favorite funny and cuddly baby buns are from Clem. And like their mom, they often have adventurous spirits , loving personalities and of course a desire to find the next great snack!
We love our Clem, even if she causes a little more chaos than your average bun. Her big warm heart and hilarious personality makes the extra clean ups from her misadventures worth it. And she continues to be a loving sister to DJ, mommy to her babies and fluffy matriarch to our Cuddly Buns clan.
Bringing home a pet rabbit can be a really enriching life experience. Their soft fur and twitchy noses are hard to resist. Even though these little furry friends are quiet, don’t mistake that for a lack of personality or charm!
Breed: The breed ultimately helps you find particular characteristics like size and grooming requirements.
Temperament: A vital concept when selecting a pet puppy but ignored in the rabbit trade. In reality rabbit personalities and temperaments are all across the board. The domestic rabbit has been bred for centuries and their breeding has been primarily been focused on meat and fur production. A good breeder can tell you which one of their bunnies are moody and which are friendly. When bringing a rabbit to a home with small children, it’s important you get one with a great temperament.
Socialization: Rabbits are a bit like cats, they are inherently fearful of people. With zero exposure to people they are fearful and fearful animals have been known to defend themselves. It is socialization that makes a great pet bunny. A well socialized pet bunny behaves more like a puppy; they circle your feet, beg, kiss, sleep on or next to you and want your attention. A poorly socialized rabbit will hide under furniture, they will shy away from being touched.
This is the first of a few posts we’ll share to help bunny curious folks like yourself when making the decision to add a bunny to your home. We decided to start this endeavor because we love animals so much and when I saw how few bunny breeders understood the nature of bunnies and how important it is to raise them ethically and with lots of love and care from day 1 of their lives, I wanted to change that.
When Mini had her first little ones, they were so tiny. All babies are small but these were mini like their mom’s name. And the runt was so wee that we weren’t sure he was going to make it. But he did make it and he ended up being our family’s favorite mini miracle.
When I decided to start this journey of ethical breeding and raising a free-roam colony of bunnies, I had no idea how much these large eyed, furry little characters would become such a central part of my entire family’s lives. It’s impossible not to love these bunnies especially since you start to see their personalities from the moment they open their little eyes and begin to explore the world around them.
Maybe it’s the pandemic and being in a time when there are so many negative things happening in the world and in the news, but we have all become captives to our beloved bunnies who have taken over our home. There’s not a day that passes when we spend most of our time obsessively cuddling, petting, feeding and laughing about these funny and sweet bunnies.
And of course a household filled with a colony of adult to newborn rabbits means we do a lot of work to keep up with our battle of humans vs bunny poop, but we rarely complain because the love and joy we feel when holding, kissing and just enjoying seeing our bunnies happily binky or napping is an inexplicable kind of happiness.