Wild vs Domestic Rabbits
See the Difference

*Wild Rabbits Are Only Rescued When Injured*

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Side by Side

Wild & Domestic

When seen side by side, wild and domestic rabbits have some distinct differences. The easiest way to differentiate domestics from wilds is when the rabbit is black, white, gray, striped, or spotted: these are domestics!

Wild Rabbit

Found In Many Areas

Wild rabbits can appear in your backyard, at a park, on your street, or green areas around your city.

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Cottontails

Many Different Types Of Cottontails

Though there are many different types of Cottontails, the one thing they have in common are their white fluffy tails. Where they may differ is in size and a little in their colouring.

  • Desert Cottontail

  • Mountain Cottontail*

  • Eastern Cottontail

  • Mexican Cottontail

  • Dice's Cottontail

  • Robust Cottontail

  • And many more

Even though most of Southern Alberta is not in the mountains, the most common Cottontail is the Mountain Cottontail.

White-Tailed Jack Rabbit/Hare

One of Two Southern Alberta Jack Rabbit/Hares

White-tailed jackrabbits and snowshoe hares molt into white fur during the winter months while a rabbit’s (like the Cottontails above and our Domestic Rabbits) fur retains its color throughout the year.

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Snowshoe Rabbit/Hare

One of Two Southern Alberta Rabbit/Hares

 It has the name "snowshoe" because of the large size of its hind feet. Snowshoe hares have especially large, furry feet that help them to move atop snow in the winter. They also have a snow-white winter coat that turns brown when the snow melts each spring. It takes about ten weeks for the coat to completely change color.