It is unwise to buy one rabbit with the ideas of getting a second one later on.
Rabbits are territorial, and will not easily allow another rabbit in their territory
It is better to buy two together right at the start
(1)Male and Female combination works well.
The male needs to be neutered, as constant pregnancy is not desirable.
Even if both are neutered they will still occasionally mount each other. A neutered male / female combination is the best scenario.
(2)Male and male combination will fight unless both are neutered.
Two neutered males make an excellent combination (if together since young)
They need to be neutered by 4 months, or as soon as possible after the testicles have descended. They may then need to be re-bonded after returning from the vet, as they will have picked up different smells. Keeping the rabbits together at the veterinary surgery will help
I had a friend who kept 4 desexed males together who all got along well, but when she added a fifth, the last one became left out and sat alone even though they didn’t fight. There was occasional mounting behavior between them all, just to establish dominance. These bunnies had free run of the back yard. They were not all housed together in a small hutch.
(3)Two Females get along well only if together since young.
As they mature, one may become more dominant than the other, and de-sexing of one or both is desirable
Occasional mounting is acceptable as testing for dominance is frequently checked out. This is not necessarily sexual behavior or aggression.
(4): Male (or) Female ?
Generally males make better pets. Females may have a personality change with maturity. This is not always the case.
Most rabbits handled gently and often will remain friendly.
Female rabbits have a 60-80% chance of contracting uterine cancer by 3-5 years of age.
Some vets recommend routine preventative hysterectomy.
To neuter a female is more expensive than a male as the operation is more extensive and risky.
The owner needs to weigh up the operation risk and cost, against the risk of cancer.
Neuter males at 4 months and females after 6months
Males are best to be neutered for their own contentment: other-wise escape is on their mind to find a mate.
Males, if not neutered will spray to mark territory. You cannot teach them not to do this.The only solution is neutering.
(5) Rabbits and guinea pigs generally get along well, however with maturity, the rabbit may start to mount and bully the guinea pig. It is necessary to neuter the rabbit.
Guinea pigs can be infected with a respiratory disease from rabbits.
Guinea pigs tend to be more timid than rabbits, scuttling away to hide. This can make rabbits less sociable.
It’s not the best combination, but better than living in solitary confinement.
The Guinea pigs will develop a dependent relationship on the rabbit.
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(6) Other animals can befriend a rabbit: however you must ensure the rabbit’s safety
I have heard of people who have kept their rabbit with a turtle, a pet rat, a duck, a dog or a cat.
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