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Rabbits in Arkansas

Rabbits were domesticated from the Wild European rabbit centuries ago and were used for meat by early civilizations. The rabbit is commercially raised for meat, wool, fur, and laboratory use. There are many commercial rabbit producers in Arkansas.

Many individuals raise rabbits for meat, hair, and hides as small alternative livestock production. Individuals also keep rabbits as pets, or exhibition, or as a hobby. There are many rabbit breed clubs and pet rabbit groups  in addition to the large American Rabbit Breeders Association.The rabbit is an excellent small livestock project for 4H. Arkansas country agents and extension specialists are available to provide information regarding the husbandry, care, and diseases of rabbits. 

Californian Meat Rabbit

Rabbit Facts

Rabbits were domesticated centuries ago and were used by ancient civilizations as a meat source. In the Middle Ages many breeds were developed through selective breeding. Pet rabbits have been popular since the 19th century and the popularity of exhibiting rabbits continues to increase. 

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Rabbit Husbandry and Care

There are many breeds of rabbits. Some breeds are raised for meat, others for wool and hides, and others for pets and exhibition. This site contains information regarding rabbit husbandry and care.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Arkansas county extension agents and extension specialists receive numerous questions regarding rabbits. If you have a question about rabbits contact your local county agent or extension specialist.