Rabbit in the grass

How long do rabbits live?

  • Domesticated rabbits can live between eight to 12 years
  • Rabbits require the right diet, suitable housing and companionship to keep them happy throughout their lives
  • Keeping your rabbit's vaccinations up to date will help prevent illness and disease

Rabbits, just like other domesticated animals, have an average lifespan which can help an owner keep their bunny in optimum health in every stage of life.

Unlike their wild relatives, who live for an average of one to two years, domesticated rabbits can live between eight to 12 years. This is because they are not exposed to disease, food scarcity and predators.

Do some rabbit breeds live longer than others?

There hasn’t been enough research into this to know for sure, but it’s thought that, like dogs, larger breeds of rabbit tend to live shorter lives than smaller breeds.

What can I do to help my rabbit live a long and happy life?

There is a common misconception that rabbits are low maintenance and many bunnies suffer as a result.

Rabbits need the right diet for their species as well as the correct housing and companionship. They also need enrichment and mental stimulation to keep them happy and to live a long life.

Additionally, keeping your rabbit's annual vaccinations up to date will help prevent illness and disease.


— Page last updated 25/08/2021

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