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You know how it is, you just buy a pair, and then maybe one or two more, and before you know it they're breeding like, well, rabbits.

We started off with a pair of males and Dexter very quickly became immersed in the world of fancy rabbit breeding and showing. Many of his bunnies are award winners and he recently has started making enough from the sale of his kits to start contributing towards the fund we keep for buying new horses.

He started off naming them after Watership Down characters, but I think he's running out names and has moved on to a general "nature" theme.

Cearan Mhoire Dandelion, Campion, Butterbur, Rosamond, Vilthuril, Pipkin, Acorn, Buckthorn, Holly, & Blackberry

The spotty bunnies are my favourites. Their colours all have long fancy names that I can never manage to keep straight. Dexter has tried to explain the difference between Charlie, False Charlie, and broken a million times, but it never sticks.

Cearan Mhoire Fiver, Clover, Betony, Nyreem, Cowslip, Threar, & Toadflax

The Dutch rabbits are lovely, but I don't know if it's the breed or maybe a snappish doe passing on her temperament, but they're not as friendly as the other bunnies and I don't fancy the times when we have to take them to the vet.

Cearan Mhoire Inlé Rah, Laurel, Nightshade, Hazel, Pine Needles, Willow, & Silver

Outdoor time can be difficult with the solid rabbits as they blend with their surroundings much better than the other colours and sometimes we miss one when it's time to round them all up.

Cearan Mhoire Haystack, Starry Night, Pimpernel, Strawberry, Celandine, Violet, & Laburnum

The lops and angoras are new additions to the bunny army; I believe our first pairs were the result of a trade with another breeder.

Violet, the dark-eyed white, was supposed to be in the photo with the other solid colours, but she's never where she should be.