Rabbits were introduced in Minecraft way back on July 2, 2014, in a snapshot build for Java version 1.8. This cute little animal also introduced several new bunny-related items, including mutton, Rabbit Hide, and the Rabbit’s Foot. Like other animals, they can be corralled and bred. But before you can start populating your farm, you’ll need to know how to tame rabbits. Here’s how the process works.
How to Tame Rabbits in Minecraft
Before you can tame a rabbit, you need to find one. Rabbits can be found in several biomes in Minecraft, such as:
- Flower Forests
- Frozen Rivers
- Snowy Taigas
- Giant Tree Taigas
Once you find some, they’ll usually be in a small group of two or three. However, an update for version 1.9 added a troublesome trait to rabbits: They’ll try to avoid you if you get within eight blocks of them. If you happen to be holding a Carrot or Dandelion, they will follow you for a short while, but may lose interest and wander. This is where the lead (or leash) comes in. If you can get close enough to one, you can attach the lead and bring it back to a pen. If you don’t have one already, here’s how to make a lead.
After you’ve brought them back to a pen, you’re ready for the final step. To breed rabbits, you need to feed them dandelions. Feeding them dandelions will cause them to reproduce, resulting in a baby rabbit. They reproduce quickly, so it won’t take long to notice that their fur patterns vary. As it turns out, their colors change based on the biome their parents are from.
For a neat Easter Egg, try using the name “Toast” when creating a name tag. Attach it to your rabbit and it will take on a black-and-white color scheme. This little secret was put into the game as a memorial for a fan who had lost a black and white bunny named Toast.
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