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 as they get older. They may see a new rabbit as an intruder
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.
Originally my rabbits were all kept separately as I was breeding them.
After having them neutered, they all lived happily together, 3 makes and 2 females. Unfortunately as they have ages, and lived their lives through, there are only 2 males left
(2)Male and male combination will fight unless both are neutered.
Two males may still fight after being neutered
Evan if both are neutered they may or may not bond
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. Unfortunately this may not be successful
Keeping the rabbits together at the veterinary surgery could help
My 3 males were all neutered later in their lives, and have easily bonded, spending their days in their run area together, however I waited a few months after surgery to chance putting them in together
(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.
It is stated that 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 6 months
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 they 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 called Bortadella, which causes rabbits no harm
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.
My two Cavoodle dogs have a friendly relationship with my rabbits
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