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    Anyone Had Any Experiences With Rabbits And Dogs Together?

    Just got a puppy yesterday and had a rabbit for over 2 years, I have read that these 2 pets can get along after alot of work from stories on the internet... I was looking for more personal stories from people I 'know' more about.... So does anyone live with both a rabbit and a dog? How do they get along with each other?

    Don't start with the whole 'You'll be having rabbit pie soon if you keep them together' or something.... Just gets old.....
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    Many years ago we had a rabbit that chased the dog around the garden. Never caught him.

    No reason why they shouldn't get along.

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    christuttiett;6780283

    Many years ago we had a rabbit that chased the dog around the garden. … Many years ago we had a rabbit that chased the dog around the garden. Never caught him.No reason why they shouldn't get along.



    i dont think this one want want to chase an alsation around the garden when the dog grows up :w00t:

    Thanks for post :thumbsup:

    We had a big white rabbit that we kept in a hutch in the garden. One morning he managed to get out and our springer spaniel got hold of him and broke it's neck. :-(

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    phatboy123;6780308

    thought you were a guy … thought you were a guy tbh...http://hubpages.com/hub/Bunny---Puppy-Relations--Can-Rabbits-and-Dogs-be-friendshttp://www.netmums.com/coffeehouse/house-garden-194/garden-plants-animals-610/327859-can-dog-friends-rabbit.htmlIt seems you want to get the puppy used to your bunny's from an early start.



    What do you mean by 'thought you were a guy tbh'?

    The top one of them links i have already read, that was one i was referring to in the OP....

    I'll read the second one now :thumbsup:

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    tregs;6780315

    We had a big white rabbit that we kept in a hutch in the garden. One … We had a big white rabbit that we kept in a hutch in the garden. One morning he managed to get out and our springer spaniel got hold of him and broke it's neck. :-(



    he's not in a hutch though, he lives inside so they are going to be around each other alot of the time so maybe this would be different...

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    jellybaby22;6780312

    my aunt used to have two rabbits and a dog...i wouldnt say they got on … my aunt used to have two rabbits and a dog...i wouldnt say they got on but they eventually ignored each other....u so know u are going to get dead rabbit jokes BL :roll:



    Hopefully not because people might actually listen to the OP (I live in hope)

    Where did the rabbits live? In hutch or house?

    borolad94;6780323

    What do you mean by 'thought you were a guy tbh'?The top one of them … What do you mean by 'thought you were a guy tbh'?The top one of them links i have already read, that was one i was referring to in the OP....I'll read the second one now :thumbsup:



    It was a joke, no need to get all insecure about it.

    The second link seemed the best anyhow....
    there's a few you tube vids on the subject as well. :thumbsup:

    Yep, very tasty in a pie!

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    phatboy123;6780350

    It was a joke, no need to get all insecure about it.The second link … It was a joke, no need to get all insecure about it.The second link seemed the best anyhow.... there's a few you tube vids on the subject as well. :thumbsup:



    I wasn't getting insecure, i just don't know what you mean :?

    My old neighbour had an alsation that attacked my dog and my girlfriends daughter but shared a house with rabbits.

    I would imagine every situation is different if the dog gets above his station he may decide to attack the rabbit.

    My father had a dog years ago that didnt like any other animals eg cats and rabbits but liked kids!

    My dog goes for the rabbit.

    Just being friendly i think, never hurt it.

    Wouldnt leave them alone together though

    Introduce them slowly, making sure that the dog can see that you are stroking the rabbit and that its like one of the family, It may be agood idea to do this inside then the dog understands more, then leave them together and keep an eye on them, it should be fine aslong as your dog is a bit of a softie.

    I know its not the same but my sister has a rabbit and 2 cats and they always get on, the rabbit runs around the garden all the time as its hutch is always open and when we open the back door it comes running to us.

    borolad94;6780373

    I wasn't getting insecure, i just don't know what you mean :?



    Bless.

    just the kind of info you want ]here
    it seems important to not let the dog get jealous of the rabbit

    good luck :thumbsup:

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    And thats why we didn't get a greyhound ^^^^

    My dog loves my sisters rabbit, licks it and treats it like a pup v cute,

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    Bubbles1986;6780483

    My dog loves my sisters rabbit, licks it and treats it like a pup v cute,



    What kind?

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    You might get a Rog! or a Dobbit! If they love each other that is!

    Seriously, whatever you do, I would introduce them slowly. When I was about 10, our Rabbit went into, what we now know as, shock when we had a new cat. We thought it was dead so my dad took it round the back of the shed and ended it's suffering.
    Now we know all you have to do is bring them inside next to a fire and they'll come back to life no problem.

    Good luck with it!

    ive got two dogs two cats a parrot and a chinchilla they all get on fine as it goes parrot beats up the cats if he gets the chance

    hi borolad is your rabbit vaccinated? as if it isn't you shouldn't have it around your puppy as he's not vaccinated yet :thumbsup:

    cheerleader;6780677

    hi borolad is your rabbit vaccinated? as if it isn't you shouldn't … hi borolad is your rabbit vaccinated? as if it isn't you shouldn't have it around your puppy as he's not vaccinated yet :thumbsup:



    Yes he's fully vaccinated, :-D They getting on well, Leland is a bit "miffed" to say the least and now knows that if he sits at the top of the stairs Riley can't get to him (yet) ,, It's actually the Rabbit that has the upper hand atm as the dog just thinks he is one of his brother or sisters

    what type is your dog? some breeds are more tolerant than others. my brother has two staffordshire bull terriers and one of them is massive, he looks like a pit bull. Their guinea pig bully's him. They all lay infront of the fire and the guinea pig is the boss. Your dog will be curious but don't shout right away, just keep an eye on them and if the dog is staring very intensely say something. As long as you keep watch for the first while and teach the dog no when it gets "too" interested, things will be fine. Once they form a bond things should be fine from then on.

    frollickingfrill;6780733

    Yes he's fully vaccinated, :-D They getting on well, Leland is a bit … Yes he's fully vaccinated, :-D They getting on well, Leland is a bit "miffed" to say the least and now knows that if he sits at the top of the stairs Riley can't get to him (yet) ,, It's actually the Rabbit that has the upper hand atm as the dog just thinks he is one of his brother or sisters



    :lol: my puppy is 3 months old today & likes to play with our cat's ears..... that is until he pins her down to stop her & then she starts yelping :lol:

    mcnally32;6780807

    what type is your dog? some breeds are more tolerant than others. my … what type is your dog? some breeds are more tolerant than others. my brother has two staffordshire bull terriers and one of them is massive, he looks like a pit bull. Their guinea pig bully's him. They all lay infront of the fire and the guinea pig is the boss. Your dog will be curious but don't shout right away, just keep an eye on them and if the dog is staring very intensely say something. As long as you keep watch for the first while and teach the dog no when it gets "too" interested, things will be fine. Once they form a bond things should be fine from then on.



    He's an german shepard, but is about the same size atm as the rabbit....

    frollickingfrill;6780883

    He's an german shepard, but is about the same size atm as the rabbit....



    My sis used to have house rabbits and she had a German Shepherd too,they were fine together:thumbsup:

    i dont fink you should let them breed though

    I would be careful if i were you!!!!


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    Make sure you don't give it any rabbit flavoured dog food, it might get a taste for it :giggle:

    Hope you are both well x x

    mcnally32;6780807

    what type is your dog? some breeds are more tolerant than others. my … what type is your dog? some breeds are more tolerant than others. my brother has two staffordshire bull terriers and one of them is massive, he looks like a pit bull. Their guinea pig bully's him. They all lay infront of the fire and the guinea pig is the boss. Your dog will be curious but don't shout right away, just keep an eye on them and if the dog is staring very intensely say something. As long as you keep watch for the first while and teach the dog no when it gets "too" interested, things will be fine. Once they form a bond things should be fine from then on.



    Yes... the tolerance would come down to the breed of dog, & the temperament of both animals. Some rabbits can be incredibly grumpy! Watch out for them stamping the ground & then kicking out backwards. A rabbit bite is also quite painful if unexpected. Picking up a rabbit when in distress can leave you scratched & bleeding too.

    If the dog is established in the home already he will defend his territory with the introduction of another pack member (the rabbit, or any other mammal that is shown affection) & may try to show dominance towards it.

    I wouldn't put a new rabbit into a home with a Whippet or a Greyhound, for instance, but if the rabbit was an established family member & the dog was being introduced into your household then you should be OK as long as you are quick & firm to say "No" if/when it goes for the smaller animal.

    PS. Teach your dog to defend your children (or your other pets) & you instantly get a guard dog for your house (or wherever your loved ones are when with your dog). Teach you dog to defend your home (instead) & it may decide it has a higher pack rank than the other household members.

    BFN,

    fp.

    (Life-long dog owner with the exception of a 6 month period, and previous rabbit owner; maximum animal occupancy count: 2 dogs, 15 rabbits, 2 chinchillas, 3 hamsters, & 1 guinea pig!... Back to just 2 dogs now due to a recent loss of our third canine pet in the last two weeks)

    We had a netherland dwarf rabbit and then picked up a cocker spaniel pup, the rabbit was never out of the hutch with the dog - the dog being a puppy was fascinated by the rabbit and would go up and bark at her or run round her cage. The rabbit seemed to find it quite entertaining and would run round the cage to match the dog, she was a very strongwilled rabbit that didn't let anything muck her about though.

    John

    Johnmcl7;6781296

    We had a netherland dwarf rabbit and then picked up a cocker spaniel pup, … We had a netherland dwarf rabbit and then picked up a cocker spaniel pup, the rabbit was never out of the hutch with the dog - the dog being a puppy was fascinated by the rabbit and would go up and bark at her or run round her cage. The rabbit seemed to find it quite entertaining and would run round the cage to match the dog, she was a very strongwilled rabbit that didn't let anything muck her about though.John



    I had a lot of Netherland Dwarfs (mainly lop-eared); I can well believe that was very funny to watch.

    If we're honest, though, Cocker Spaniels are only kept off the top of the "Stupidest Dog of the Year" awards list by Red Setters.

    PS. I meant to say above that any dog belonging to the Terrier classification (Jack Russell, Cairn, Westie, Airedale, Yorkshire [but not quite as much, they'll just "yap"] etc) is likely to be interested in a smaller mammal enough to hunt it (especially if it burrows underground).

    BFN,

    fp.

    we have a labrador and he is fine with our house rabbit, if anything she (rabbit) will chase him if he gets in her way. She sometimes sits in his bed and he lets her. I suppose it depends on the temperament of each animal, until you are sure they are ok together I would not leave them together alone.

    kidcat;6781409

    we have a labrador and he is fine with our house rabbit, if anything … we have a labrador and he is fine with our house rabbit, if anything she (rabbit) will chase him if he gets in her way. She sometimes sits in his bed and he lets her. I suppose it depends on the temperament of each animal, until you are sure they are ok together I would not leave them together alone.



    Same here. Our old black lab ( not old at the time!) got on well with our house rabbit but they weren't ever left alone together and the rabbit 'lived' in a hutch in the garage.

    fanpages;6781123

    (Life-long dog owner with the exception of a 6 month period, and previous … (Life-long dog owner with the exception of a 6 month period, and previous rabbit owner; maximum animal occupancy count: 2 dogs, 15 rabbits, 2 chinchillas, 3 hamsters, & 1 guinea pig!... Back to just 2 dogs now due to a recent loss of our third canine pet in the last two weeks)


    sorry for your loss :-(
    you certainly had your hands full with all of those :shock:

    fanpages;6781404

    I had a lot of Netherland Dwarfs (mainly lop-eared); I can well … I had a lot of Netherland Dwarfs (mainly lop-eared); I can well believe that was very funny to watch.If we're honest, though, Cocker Spaniels are only kept off the top of the "Stupidest Dog of the Year" awards list by Red Setters.



    I'm not sure how you come to that conclusion, working spaniels generally score well on both intelligence and obedience hence they are fairly common as working dogs.

    John

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    They're getting there bless em...

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