• Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Lagomorpha
  • Family: Leporidae
  • Genus: Oryctolagus
  • Species: Oryctolagus cuniculus
  • Wild rabbits and domestic rabbits have more or less the same genes
  • Domestication of wild animals was one of the most important steps in the development of agriculture. Dogs, cows, sheep, goats and pigs were domesticated between 15,000 and 9,000 years ago, but the rabbit held out until 1400 years ago
  • There are many different breeds of domestic rabbit, with various sizes, temperaments, and care requirements. As with breeds of dogs, rabbit breeds were selectively bred by humans at different times to achieve certain desired characteristics (including coat color and texture, size, and body shape). There are 48 rabbit breeds recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association in the United States and over 50 rabbit breeds recognized by the British Rabbit Council. There are many more breeds of rabbits worldwide