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How long do bunnies live?

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Domesticated rabbits have a life span of about 9 years depending on size, breed and several other factors; wild rabbits, on the other hand, have very high mortality rates. Both European rabbits and Eastern cottontail rabbits, two common species, rarely live more than a year due to predators.

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Even domesticated rabbits that are kept outdoors are at serious risk for predation by stray dogs or cats, raccoons, hawks or other local predators. Whether or not a rabbit has been neutered is another factor in its longevity. Females with intact reproductive organs are at a high risk for cancer. Males also have reduced life spans if they are kept intact. Smaller breeds live longer than larger breeds; large breeds have an average life span of 5 years, while small breeds can live 10 years or even into their teens.

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