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How long does it take for a rabbit to grow into adults?

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March 09, 2012 6:59PM

According to the Standard of Perfection of the American Rabbit Breeders' Association, rabbits are considered adults at the age of 6 months.

Rabbits reach sexual maturity around 4 months of age.

Rabbits tend to reach a mature size at around six months of age.

Males and females reach sexual maturity at different times: females at around 16 weeks and males at around 14 weeks. Large breeds ("giants") reach sexual maturity later than the smaller and medium-sized breeds: it could take them as much as 9 months.

When it comes to diet and behaviour, rabbits aren't considered adults until about 1 year. Rabbits younger than one year are often much more energetic than older rabbits. To learn more about a healthy rabbit diet (for juveniles vs. adults), see the related questions below for details and links.