Rabbit As PetWritten by Amanda Gates
Rabbits are one of most popular pets, apart from dogs and cats. They look attractive, lovely, gentle, friendly and cute. They are easy to take care and undemanding in terms of care and housing. They will settle well either indoor or outdoor, at home.
There are 40 species of rabbits and hares worldwide. All domesticated rabbits are originated from European rabbits. The scientific name for domestic rabbit is Oryctolagus cuniculus.
Typically, domesticated rabbits weigh between 2.2-221lb (1-10kg). The domesticated rabbits can be fed on commercially produced rabbit food, pellets, hay, green food, root vegetables, tree bark, herbs and apple.
The gestation period of a rabbit is 31 days and typical litter size ranges from 6-8 young. The lifespan varies with breed.
Keeping a rabbit as pet requires a good training system to prevent unnecessary destructions or hassle. For example, furniture and carpet chewing problems, pseudo pregnancy symptoms, litter problems, fights, behavioral problems, rabbit-house worries, sickness, fleas, predators and etc. Nevertheless, these challenges can be overcome when owners have knowledge and experience to deal with them. Thus, one of recommended ways to acquire important knowledge is to read widely and exchange practical information with experienced rabbit owners.
Westies for Sale - Avoiding the Perils of Purebred Puppy PurchasesWritten by Jeff Cuckson
In purebred West Highland Terrier puppy market, there are few rules or laws governing who may breed dogs, and then advertise Westies for sale. Both ancestry and breeding environment will affect quality of Westies offered for sale, and some breeders are a lot less careful about these details than others.
Never buy first Westie you find, from first breeder you come across advertising Westies for sale. Take time to learn about both breed and breeder to avoid an expensive mistake, and heart-breaking loss of a dog due to health problems.
Because of inbreeding required to produce specific size, shape, talents, and coats, all pure breeds are prone to genetic defects. Westies offered for sale in purebred market are no different.
First educate yourself about health problems that often occur in Westies, and then be prepared to question sellers about steps they have taken to avoid them. Westies for sale from a conscientious breeder will come with clear records of their ancestry up to three to four generations, and will often have undergone genetic testing to find possible defects.
'Backyard Breeders' are individuals who purchase Westies with plan to breed them at home, and then offer Westie puppies for sale to offset their expenses. 'Puppy Mills' breed their dogs with goal of having each bitch produce as many Westies for sale in least possible amount of time.
Neither type of breeder is likely to know or care about eventual health of dogs they offer for sale. The Westies for sale at pet stores, or other retail establishments, usually come from one of these sources. All three should be avoided. There are home breeders who are avid hobbyists, and are conscientious about dogs they breed. There are also respectable kennels that ensure that Westies they offer are well cared-for. Westies for sale from these sources are what you are looking for.