Abbey Green Rabbit Stud

Purebred Mini Lop & Netherland Dwarf Rabbits

Adopting an Abbey Green Bunny at Christmas

So you would like to bring home a bunny for Christmas... Have you thought about the following...?

Is a rabbit the right pet for my family?
While they don't require walking, and wont bark to disrupt the neighbours, there are still important care requirements to ensure your rabbit has a long and happy life.  Read our care information to get a sense of whats involved. A happy rabbit is one that has social interaction and stimulation (eg. playtime and cuddles) in addition to it's basic needs being met (safety, a clean shelter, appropriate diet and fresh water, vet care as needed). The more love and gentle attention you give a rabbit, the more friendly and interactive it will be. If you have young children, supervision will be needed to ensure the rabbit is handled safely. Rabbits can make great pets if you understand their requirements.

Which rabbit breed is suitable?

Abbey Green produces mini lop, netherland dwarf and mini plush lops. From time to time, we may have adult rabbits available for re-homing (rescue/rehome or retired from breeding). On each breed's For Sale page, we have some information about the physical description and usual personality type. 

Mini lops and mini plush lops are generally well suited for children as they are naturally inquisitive, and fairly robust for their size.   They are super intelligent and great fun for all ages. The mini plush lop is also great for families who are more prone to allergies due to their unique hypo-allergenic velvet coat.  Mini plush lops are a relatively new breed, which combines the best traits of the mini lop and mini rex, to create a friendly, interactive and visually appealing rabbit with lopped ears and a soft, short, hypoallergenic velvet coat. It was a breed in development since the 1990's, until the hard work and persistence of devoted breeders paid off and they were accepted in Australia in 2014. 

Netherland dwarf is a smaller variety and hence a little more fragile in bone structure. Better suited for older children and adults, or children who are very gentle.

Is this the best timing?
In the past at Abbey Green, we had deliberately not had babies available for adoption at Christmas and Easter time, for fear that the poor animal became a 'holiday fad' and forgotten once the novelty wears off. We have since changed our stance on this, as we receive many enquiries throughout the year from families who have planned well in advance. Holiday time can be a great time to bring a new pet home, as the family are home from work/school to help settle the bunny in. We remain selective about the homes that adopt our precious babies, so please don't be offended if we ask a few questions to help us ensure our bunnies are a good fit. Our bunnies are not  'throw-away' gifts. Some considerations are:
- Are you commited to care for the pet for the next 7-10years?
- How will you help the pet feel safe and secure if there are visitors for Christmas celebrations?
- Who will care for your new family member if you have a holiday planned?
We reserve the right to refuse sale if we consider it in the best interests of the bunny.  

So how do we make it happen?
Look for details of available babies on the website under the For Sale section - we usually list our Christmas babies in late Nov - early Dec. This includes photos, colour and sex. If you see a baby bunny that you might like to meet, proceed to the Purchase Information page for relevant information. 


As a general rule, we like for people to visit and meet the rabbit they are considering to adopt. This allows you to get a feel for their personality and ask questions. We understand its not always easy to visit (time/travel), you may want to surprise your family, or you may have your heart set on a particular bunny and don't want to risk missing out. In these cases, please provide a little information about the home you are offering, and we can arrange for a deposit via bank transfer. 

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve the rabbit of your choice. Rabbits are not considered sold until deposit is received (cash or bank transfer, NO eftpos sorry). 

What about collection?
The babies will be 8 weeks old and available for collection the week before Christmas. Its important to keep things quiet the first few days to minimise stress from changing environments. Don't forget, a rabbit's natural defence is to run and hide, but in a new home they won't know where they can go for safety. Therefore, collection is NOT AVAILABLE Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The excitement of Christmas morning can be difficult to keep things calm and quiet, hence its vital to have bunny settled into their new hutch in advance. Some families have found the garage (provided its a cool area), ensuite or parents bedroom, or grandparents/friend's home as helpful places to hide a surprise bunny and its hutch - thankfully they are quiet little critters and won't ruin the secret with noise.