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Post by lillyt95 on Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:36 am

Hi, I have some questions about bonding rabbits as I have been getting a lot of mixed information and would like to hear from people with experience or are informed.

I currently have a 1 year old male neutered mini lop and have been looking at getting him a friend, and I have fallen in love with a little baby boy mini rex.
I have been told that the two boys will be able to get on fine after both are neutered
But I have also been told that mini rexes are bossy and they won't get on with other rabbits, regardless of gender.

Which information is correct or can anyone else give me some more information? Thank you!
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Re: Bonding Rabbits

Post by Tuckerbunnies on Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:51 am

An ideal bonding is better really between a female and male, you can bond males but I personally wouldn't advise it as they can go on to fight and serious injuries can be caused as when males fight they go for the genital area . We have tried to bond males that were neutered and gone on to have to split them up due to fighting, one was seriously hurt round the genital area.

This may help it does mention bonding males.

http://cottontails-rescue.org.uk/bonding-bunnies/

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Post by Father Jack on Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:40 pm

Speak to Sparky. Theo and Reuben are bonded males Smile
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Post by Sparky on Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:04 pm

I wouldn't advise it, to be honest. Yes, Theo and Reuben are 'bonded' and get on ok. We gave them a try as they are both incredibly laid-back, and they have been together about three months. But we do occasionally find a bit of Theo's fur has been pulled and Humum is keeping a close eye on them, she suspects it would not take much disruption for the bond to break down. They do not groom each other and are far more pals than a truly bonded pair.

I would go for an adult neutered female from a rescue (I assume they have such things in Aus?). If it's anything like over here, you will have your choice from thousands of beautiful buns and have no problem finding one you fall in love with. Adults are great because their personality has developed and you can get a good match with your current bun (in fact it is best to take him along and let him choose).

We've been through the bun teenage stage several times, with our own buns, fosters and rescues, and are in no hurry to do it again  Laughing
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Post by cheryl'n'bruce'flo on Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:15 pm

I agree with Sparky and Maysie: we all know of bonded males but more often than not such pairings do not work. A neutered female is a much better option. And I would also disagree with your info on mini rexes. The classification of bun's personality by breed isn't reliable. You have to judge each individual bun on it's merits.


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Post by marleyNfriends on Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:48 pm

I agree with others here. Neutered male and female pairs tend to make for a closer, and easier bond with fewer problems. Ideally you should take your current bun to a rescue to chose his own friend, as this makes the bonding process even easier, as you have a head start and know that your bun and the other bun seem to like each other. Two males can get on, but If I wouldnt bond a same sex pair if I had the option to bond him with a female.

All I can really add, is that before you attempt a bond yourself, do as much reading as you can, and learn the basics of bunny behaviour and body language. It really helps!
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