The rabbit is a boy's favorite, needing, of course, much more space than a bird. It can be best kept in a dry shed, ventilated at top only, and well lighted. The floors are usually of earth, but are better if made of concrete or paving stones, for convenience in keeping clean. Even a rough shed open at the front is much better than none at all, or a large door or shutter fixed over a couple of hutches. The rabbit will not thrive without light, and it is very susceptible to bad weather, being subject to "snuffles" (a kind of influenza) and other disorders.

A breeding hutch should not be less than three feet long and eighteen inches wide, with a partition a foot from one end, to make a sleeping chamber. Near this must be a round hole, for the doe to pass in and out, with a sliding shutter to close it. Rabbits are very prolific, having usually eight or ten young four times a year. These should not be taken from their parents till they are six weeks old.

The rabbit is easily kept, feeding on grass, hay, vegetable food, fruit, scraps of bread, and almost any fresh vegetable matter. The cuttings and clippings of the kitchen are welcome to the hutch. It is easy, however, to give too much food, and wrong to give it wet. Some kind of grain or seed is the basis of sound rabbit food, oats being the best. It is wise to give only a little food at a time, and keep the rabbits rather hungry. Overfeeding is bad.

In addition to the common rabbit, there are many fancy breeds, among them the Lop-eared, the Horn, the Angora, and the Maltese. Some of these are very odd-looking, but none of them are as handsome as the pure white, pink-eyed breed.