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Razargh
09-07-2012, 03:08 AM
Hey guys, I'm Martin and i'm currently looking to purchase a British Giant but can't seem to find anywhere near me who breed or sell. I live in Hereford (Herefordshire) Anyone able to give some pointers on where abouts to look?

Jack's-Jane
09-07-2012, 06:43 AM
Hello

This site is not really geared toward Breeders selling Rabbits as it is a pro Rescue site, promoting the rehoming of all the tens of thousands of unwanted Rabbits in Rescues all over the UK.

Have you done a search on the Rabbit Rehome part of this site ?

Here are a few

http://www.rabbitrehome.org.uk/search.asp?inlocation=&RabAge=&RabSex=&RabBond=%25&breed=3

If you still decide to obtain a Rabbit from a Breeder then the British Rabbit Council have contact details of Breeders. HOWEVER, their list is no real guarantee of how 'good' the individual Breeder may be. All you need to be a member of the BRC is the ability to pay a subscription.

http://www.thebrc.org/breeders-list.htm

Good luck :)

MotherPanda
09-07-2012, 07:34 AM
Ooh their are some lovely big boys and girls in rescues - lots of peole don't understand their needs or just how big they get!

Good luck in finding your bunny.

catherine09
09-07-2012, 09:37 AM
A lot of the Wakefield rescue that's going on at the minute seem to be giants....not 100% sure what a british giant looks like but it's worth a try looking at that thread and seeing which rescues are involved, then having a look at the buns they have.

I've seen 2 rescues take on giants, couple of NZW crosses and some other giant breed (not sure what type but they had MASSIVE ears and are currently nursing kits so the babies will be available once neutered)

molly35
09-07-2012, 10:54 AM
Rabbits are generally better off in pairs. Little angels in essex often have 'big uns' in

MoBo
09-07-2012, 11:11 AM
Ohhh how exciting :love:

I suggest looking in the rescue/rehoming centres - there are a lot of bunnies needing loving homes xxxx

Saj
09-07-2012, 11:13 AM
my geography isnt brilliant as to how far herefordshire is from yorkshire but DYLAN on the link Jack's jane sent really stood out to me - simply gorgeous!!!:love:

Razargh
09-07-2012, 04:15 PM
Thanks for your help guys. I don't mind re-homing a rabbit there are some beautiful ones on that site but sadly just too far away.

Malorey
09-07-2012, 04:23 PM
I hope you are able to find yourself the Rabbit you are looking for!

Though, one thing that's always bothered me on forums, is when they overdue the whole 'rescue' thing. I all am for the rescue of animals, I mean, most my animals have been rescued, and I volunteer at the local Animal Shelters, but when someone wants to go to a breeder for an animal, and are asking for a breeder, why push the rescue option at them? If someone wants to go to a breeder, why not help them find a responsible breeder? I know in the past when I've looked for a breeder on forums, and everyone is telling me to go to rescue, that it got annoying fast, especially when in some circumstances I do not want to get a rescued animal. While this may not bother or be the case with the OP ... just something to think about. Like I said, I'm all for rescue, but sometimes people do not wish to go that route; especially if they want to know where their animal is coming from, it's heritage, want to breed themselves, or show, etc. ;)

Georgeypudding
09-07-2012, 04:24 PM
Thanks for your help guys. I don't mind re-homing a rabbit there are some beautiful ones on that site but sadly just too far away.

we quite often arrange something called a rabbit run on this forum :wave: infact we transport allsorts of animals! I recently had a gerbil brought down from Dundee to the east midlands!

Georgeypudding
09-07-2012, 04:25 PM
I hope you are able to find yourself the Rabbit you are looking for!

Though, one thing that's always bothered me on forums, is when they overdue the whole 'rescue' thing. I all am for the rescue of animals, I mean, most my animals have been rescued, and I volunteer at the local Animal Shelters, but when someone wants to go to a breeder for an animal, and are asking for a breeder, why push the rescue option at them? If someone wants to go to a breeder, why not help them find a responsible breeder? I know in the past when I've looked for a breeder on forums, and everyone is telling me to go to rescue, that it got annoying fast, especially when in some circumstances I do not want to get a rescued animal. While this may not bother or be the case with the OP ... just something to think about. Like I said, I'm all for rescue, but sometimes people do not wish to go that route; especially if they want to know where their animal is coming from, it's heritage, want to breed themselves, or show, etc. ;)

because this forum doesnt support breeders ;)

Saj
09-07-2012, 04:27 PM
yeh, like georgypudding says - pick one you really like the look of, tell us all and the forum people can look into it

wonderfully helpful people on here

Razargh
09-07-2012, 04:34 PM
Well that has made it more interesting.

Gus & Dylan have interested me.
http://www.rabbitrehome.org.uk/moreinfo.asp?RabID=28778

Sadly I cannot support 2 rabbits at the moment so Dylan is out of the option.

Saj
09-07-2012, 04:53 PM
So Gus it is.

I havent had to ask for a transport request before but i believe the rescues have to post the request. I would therefore contact the RSPCA in Macclesfield first and speak with them via the number on the site. They can tell you the homecheck etc requirements and process prior to you actually getting the rabbit.

georgeypudding or anyone - do you know if it's worth Razargh also PM'ing Soad? Im trying to be helpful but Im not the expert!!!:lol:

Aly&Poppy<3
09-07-2012, 04:53 PM
Awww :love: If you can't afford two buns at the moment will you be able to eventually? I don't mean that to sound awful so I'm sorry if it does! I mean as in they are social animals so keeping them on their own is a little unfair unless it's a house rabbit, then it can wait! :D Have you looked into rabbit costs? They can be expensive and are not the cheap and easy pets they are sold as which probably why there as so many in rescues :(

Good luck for your search :wave: I'm sure there is a giant rescue bun out there waiting for you :love:

Georgeypudding
09-07-2012, 04:59 PM
So Gus it is.

I havent had to ask for a transport request before but i believe the rescues have to post the request. I would therefore contact the RSPCA in Macclesfield first and speak with them via the number on the site. They can tell you the homecheck etc requirements and process prior to you actually getting the rabbit.

georgeypudding or anyone - do you know if it's worth Razargh also PM'ing Soad? Im trying to be helpful but Im not the expert!!!:lol:

Unfortunatly unless Razargh already has another rabbit that rescue will not rehome to him/her :cry: BUT there are a few rabbits out there that need to be rehomed as single rabbits.

Razargh, would you consider a different breed?

Razargh
09-07-2012, 05:00 PM
Well I have just put a call in for two small Dwarf Rabbits which are at my local RSPCA. If they have been re-homed then I may be able to push and get LJ and Dylan, thankfully costs don't matter to me at the moment just want someone to keep me company.

Saj
09-07-2012, 05:02 PM
oh yes, i saw the "single bit" without reading the full story! hahaha:oops:

I am bias and would recommend a nethie dwarf or a dutch! i have them and they are lurvly and their space is bigger for them as they are smaller. It is widely commented that small rabbits can be more aggressive but my pair are really tame. are other differences if ur interested, worth reading..

Georgeypudding
09-07-2012, 05:03 PM
Well I have just put a call in for two small Dwarf Rabbits which are at my local RSPCA. If they have been re-homed then I may be able to push and get LJ and Dylan, thankfully costs don't matter to me at the moment just want someone to keep me company.

2 rabbits really are much better than 1 ;) but double trouble :lol:

Once you have had your home check and the rabbits are reserved you can PM SOAD and ask for a transport request to be put up on the forum :wave:

Aly&Poppy<3
09-07-2012, 05:08 PM
Well I have just put a call in for two small Dwarf Rabbits which are at my local RSPCA. If they have been re-homed then I may be able to push and get LJ and Dylan, thankfully costs don't matter to me at the moment just want someone to keep me company.

Dwarfies :love: I want a dwarf husband for Poppy :lol: I hope it's good news for you :wave:

Babsie
09-07-2012, 05:17 PM
I hope you are able to find yourself the Rabbit you are looking for!

Though, one thing that's always bothered me on forums, is when they overdue the whole 'rescue' thing. I all am for the rescue of animals, I mean, most my animals have been rescued, and I volunteer at the local Animal Shelters, but when someone wants to go to a breeder for an animal, and are asking for a breeder, why push the rescue option at them? If someone wants to go to a breeder, why not help them find a responsible breeder? I know in the past when I've looked for a breeder on forums, and everyone is telling me to go to rescue, that it got annoying fast, especially when in some circumstances I do not want to get a rescued animal. While this may not bother or be the case with the OP ... just something to think about. Like I said, I'm all for rescue, but sometimes people do not wish to go that route; especially if they want to know where their animal is coming from, it's heritage, want to breed themselves, or show, etc. ;)

Actually, the first reply gave a link to rabbit breeders.

I think that sometimes people are looking for a rabbit and think the only options are a breeder or somewhere like P@H, without realising there are lovely rabbits - some of which may be eminently suitable - in rescues, looking for good homes.

With approx 35,000 rabbits looking to be re-homed, I do not think it unreasonable that people suggest looking at the rescue option.

Kavanne
09-07-2012, 05:35 PM
because this forum doesnt support breeders ;)

Why can't we be tolerant of people who decide they do want to get a rabbit from a breeder.

(not that it matters now!)

Georgeypudding
09-07-2012, 05:51 PM
Why can't we be tolerant of people who decide they do want to get a rabbit from a breeder.

(not that it matters now!)

Because we like to give people advice on rescuing. We still have to be nice to everyone no matter what they decide to do :wave:

KarenM
09-07-2012, 06:38 PM
Why can't we be tolerant of people who decide they do want to get a rabbit from a breeder.

(not that it matters now!)

Georgeypudding meant that the forum doesn't support breeders in the sense that we don't allow breeders to advertise their babies for sale; breeders are welcome to join though &, likewise, people should also be polite to those who are looking to buy from a breeder, even if they don't necessarily agree. :D If ever anybody feels that members aren't being polite/tolerant then the best thing to do is bring it to our attention by reporting the post.

That doesn't mean that members aren't allowed to make other suggestions to the OP though as long as they're polite about it; which everybody in the thread has been. Many people aren't aware that rabbit rescues exist even or, if they do, may not be aware just how full those rescues are.

Georgeypudding
09-07-2012, 06:48 PM
Georgeypudding meant that the forum doesn't support breeders in the sense that we don't allow breeders to advertise their babies for sale; breeders are welcome to join though &, likewise, people should also be polite to those who are looking to buy from a breeder, even if they don't necessarily agree. :D If ever anybody feels that members aren't being polite/tolerant then the best thing to do is bring it to our attention by reporting the post.

That doesn't mean that members aren't allowed to make other suggestions to the OP though as long as they're polite about it; which everybody in the thread has been. Many people aren't aware that rabbit rescues exist even or, if they do, may not be aware just how full those rescues are.

Yes, sorry for any confusion caused. Im totally knackered and my sentances keep coming out wrong :lol:

Saj
09-07-2012, 07:39 PM
back to Razargh, that's really good news! all rabbits are lovely but dwarfs are better!!!!

do let us know how you get on with the rehoming process, and yes, lots of pics and questions, we likey

MotherPanda
09-07-2012, 08:48 PM
I think lots of people don't realise that you can even get pure bred babies from rescues - which Is why I would always recommend a rescue to anyone, lots of people really don't know how bad the rabbit situation is in the uk, or what wonderful pets are waiting behind their doors! Rescue rabbits are also cheaper, many come neutered and vaccinated for the year, for a minimal donation - much cheaper than trying to do it all yourself.

I hope nobody feels upset by our suggesting it? Many of us have bought pets from breeders/pet shops in the past, but now I know a lot more about rabbits I will never recommend anyone buy a rabbit from a pet shop - not till rescues are no longer needed.

Back to giant bunnies.... Giant buns :love::love::love:

or dwarfies... or normal sized buns... or... or... I love all the bunnies :) :love::love:

As to affordability I don't think it's much more expensive to have two rabbits than one, as long as insurance is sorted out, and vaccinations saved up for :)

Malorey
09-07-2012, 10:06 PM
I find it interesting how much different it is between areas when it comes to animals in need. I've never even seen any animal looking for a home through rescue in my area that was not a dog or cat, while it seems over in the UK & areas, you get a lot of rodents & rabbits in your shelter (among dogs & cats, and others of course). I live in Wisconsin in the USA, and we are known for country land & cows, and even if I wanted to adopt a cow or horse from a rescue, I'd have to travel hours, same for if I wanted to adopt a hamster or mouse.


I hope nobody feels upset by our suggesting it? Many of us have bought pets from breeders/pet shops in the past, but now I know a lot more about rabbits I will never recommend anyone buy a rabbit from a pet shop - not till rescues are no longer needed.

Do you mean suggesting rabbit rescue? Although this post probably isn't directed at me, just thought I'd mention I'm not upset by the suggestion, just that not everyone wants to rescue no matter how many animals may need homes. I witness the amount of cats and dogs in shelters every week by volunteering, but I still have plans to get another Miniature Schnauzer from a breeder as my next dog, ya know? I just think if one asks for a breeder, and wants to get from a breeder, I'd help them find a responsible breeder than not help at all by suggesting an option they possibly may not want to go, you know? ;)

~

Anyways, I don't mean to bring the topic off hand, but I just sometimes have to say something on things I read. (:roll:) Again OP, hope you are able to find the bunny you are looking for! ;)

Razargh
14-07-2012, 12:50 AM
I've got two dwarf lops coming next week. These will be my first pet anyone got any advice on how to keep them indoors?

*lily*
14-07-2012, 07:40 AM
I've got two dwarf lops coming next week. These will be my first pet anyone got any advice on how to keep them indoors?

Dwarf lops are large rabbits, my Louie is nearly as big as my cat!

Keeping them totally freerange is the best way in my opinion ;) It is also cheaper, and easier, to rabbit proof your house!

I use puppy panels around my computer and television when I'm not in the room to protect wires from sharp teeth! These are the only wires that are accessible so everywhere else is safe for Louie.

He has a littertray in the kitchen/dining room, a blanket to lie on and his food is in there also, making that his base. He sleeps wherever he feels like, usually in a doorway!

Georgeypudding
14-07-2012, 08:54 AM
buy wire protectors! You can get sort of tube things that go around your wires :wave: wires to rabbits are tree roots, they're in the way and must be destroyed :lol:
Be aware of plants, make sure they're bunny safe
Be prepared to loose the buttons on your tv remote :lol:

Aly&Poppy<3
14-07-2012, 11:19 AM
As free range as you can get, a large litter tray (storage box maybe) full of hay, hay, hay and hay ;) water bowls (ceramic dog bowls) Protect your wires! A soft blanket to lie on :love:

Dwarf lops can be big like *lily* said, my Lola is small and a dwarf lop but Donny is a massive dwarf lop :lol:

Roseberry
14-07-2012, 02:25 PM
I have an indoor bunny. you will also need some good litter, with 2 rabbits you will probably need to change it every day, maybe less if you have 2 litter trays. My bunny has three corner trays which i change 2/3 days, depending on how much he uses each one. i also recommend a good hoover! and if you have any carpet you are precious about, buy some cheap rubber backed rugs for while they are settling in. having a house rabbit it very rewarding and i hope you will love it as much as i do, its worth it (despite my post starting off a little negative...)

Roseberry
14-07-2012, 02:26 PM
Be prepared to loose the buttons on your tv remote :lol:

Generally, hide anything made of rubber, or any food they might be able to get access to. (or any remmants of food, or something which smells even the slightest bit of food......)