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.
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.
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.
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.