How Much Do Rabbits Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 13, 2018

Rabbits make great pets for your own home use, or if you wish, you can also show them at local county fairs.

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How much do rabbits cost?

According to the ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders Association), there are many breeds you can choose from when considering a purchase.  One of the most common rabbits for households are the Dwarfs.  This breed, as well as others, will typically be in the $5 to $75 range.  The cost comes down to the breed and who you plan on purchasing the rabbit from.  A “normal” breed, such as one you can find at a local adoption shelter, will often cost less than $75, while a specific and rare breed can cost north of $100.  Just like a champion bloodline dog or cat, a champion bloodline rabbit can cost just as much.

Adoptions at many of your local shelters will vary anywhere from an optional personal donation to $75+.  Most adoption centers will start you off with food, supplies and sometimes a cage.

A more exotic rabbit, such as an Angora, can cost upwards of $175.

My House Rabbit broke down her rabbit costs and the total, including supplies, was around $330 to $390 for the initial costs.  Ongoing supplies, such as the ones listed below, would cost about $85 per month.

Type of RabbitCost
American Chinchilla Rabbits Cost$20 to $40
English Angora Rabbits Cost$50 to $250
Dwarf Rabbits Cost$15 to $60
Harlequin Rabbits Cost$20 to $50
Holland Lop Rabbits Cost$30 to $35
Lionhead Rabbits Cost$10 to $50
Netherland Dwarf Rabbits Cost$120 to $185
Standard Rex Rabbits Cost$15 to $50

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

If you’re going to adopt, many centers are going to give you a starter guide and some simple supplies to get you started.  The same can be said about breeders.  Some may include supplies and a starter kit, while others will only include simple paperwork and health certificate.

What are the extra costs?

A cage will be needed to house your rabbit.  Many experts will warn you to keep your rabbit in cages all the time when not supervised.  These cages can range anywhere from $30 to $150+ depending 0n the size, features and brand.  If you plan on allowing your rabbit to sleep outside in a hutch, this can cost $100 to $225.

A litter box will be needed in order for the rabbit to use the bathroom.  The litter box will cost $10 to $50.  The litter will need to be purchased monthly depending on how many rabbits you have.

Cleaning supplies will be necessary when you need to clean up the cage after messes or during a weekly cleanup.  Cleaning supplies start at $10.

Cord protectors will be an absolute must if you allow your rabbit to roam around the house.

According to PetEducation.com, rabbits prefer to sleep in a nesting type area.  Since this nesting will need to be changed weekly, it can be similar to purchasing litter.  Nesting will cost around $8 to $20 a bag.

Like most animals, rabbits will also want toys to play with so they can keep entertained.  These toys will cost anywhere from $1 to $20.

Food will also be needed as well, along with fresh water.  This food will vary from $5 to $20 a bag, depending on the brand and size.  Greens and vegetables, if purchased from a grocery store, can cost up to $50 per month.  This will depend on the vegetables you purchase.

Don’t forget vet care may be required if your rabbit does get sick.  The average vet visit, without any sort of procedure, will cost $50 at a minimum.  Neutering or spaying a rabbit, in the beginning, can cost $120 to $250.

Rabbits love to eat on treats like rosemary and mint.  These treats can cost a few dollars per bag.

If you plan on traveling with your rabbit, a small carrier can cost $20 to $35.

Rabbit supply checklist

  1. Bedding
  2. Brush
  3. Cage and/or hutch for outdoor living
  4. Carrier (if traveling)
  5. Cleaning products
  6. Cord covers
  7. Food and water dish
  8. Litter box and litter
  9. Pellets
  10. Toys
  11. Treats

How can I save money?

Consider finding a rabbit rescue in your area.  These rescues will only require that you give them a small donation, sometimes under $25.  Also, these adoption centers will also neuter the rabbits before they offer them up for adoption.  This can save you more than $150.

Keep your eyes peeled in the newspaper.  You will find some farmers or families will have a litter of baby bunnies they will give away for free.

Try websites, such as SaveABunny.org, to find a center in your area.

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Was it worth it?  

  1. Dighi (Dhaka,  Bangladesh) paid $10 and said:

    I brought a British Giant and a Chocolate Dutch which bred almost every month.Now the dad’s dead, his children breed :P. Just like 15 out of 2!

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. ashley (davie,  florida) paid $20 and said:

    it was a special offer for easter.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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