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Need Opinion Please! (About Rabbits)
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KellyGa    Posted 04-10-2004 at 18:33:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Okay, Shelby wants a pet rabbit. I have consulted with two experts already, Clay and Cindi. Unfortunately, their answers are conflicting.

Clay says: Get a young buck, spoil him rotten, and he will be her baby for life.

Cindi says: Get a doe, the bucks can be gross and unruly at times.

Now, in my experience with animals, the girls always seem to be better animals. I had a rabbit, and Angora, many years ago. Terrorized the cats, chased them all over the house. It never bit, but was never cuddly.

Also, being a pet, I would consider getting this animal fixed, boy or girl, if it makes for a better pet, just like it does a cat or dog.

I want to know which is best, is there a best, or is it pot luck, because they all have a different personality? Are they better animals if they are fixed, and if so, which is better a doe or a buck? If getting them fixed makes no difference, they will act the same, which is the best a doe or a buck?

Thanks in advance, don't want to make any mistakes. I want to get the best one for Shelby. :)

Oh, the kind of rabbit she is getting, it's just from the feed store, where I get my chickens, but they are a soft caramel light brown color. Very soft hair.

RayP(MI)    Posted 04-11-2004 at 18:06:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Perhaps the variety has more to do with personality than male/female. Larger breeds like Flemish Giant seem particularly docile. Also had a nice bunch of Holland Lops that are friendly to a fault. French Lops are pretty docile. Himalayen also are sought by some of our 4-Hers, cause of their temperment. French Angoras we have are also a friendly bunch - but high maintenance, as their hair needs constant attention to keep from knotting and matting. Wife raises them for their fur - spins and knits it. Some of the following breeds we have had, have had a few bad tempered ones - Dutch, Netherland Dwarf, Mini-Rex, Checkered Giant.

Sarah    Posted 04-11-2004 at 12:41:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have rabbits of my own, and I think it personally depends on the rabbit itself.
We have both and it all depends on how much they are handled, and worked with,etc.
Some of our males, are sweeter than some of our females, and some of our females are sweeter than our other males.
I love them all though.
I love my animals. Includes, goats, llamas, dogs, chickens(not my favorite) , ducks, and rabbits.
I am just a animal type of person.
They never fuss, complain,etc.
Thanks ,
Happy Easter!

donna in w.v    Posted 04-10-2004 at 20:00:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
all our rabbits are new zealand white giants and they are quite docile,even the bucks.

DD    Posted 04-10-2004 at 19:05:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kelly, I don't know nothin about rabbits but I can tell ya about Guinea Pigs : ) With them it makes no difference male or female, it only matters that she holds this critter alot and spends alot of time with it otherwise it'll get skiddish and won't want her to if it's anything like the Guineas we've had. Same goes for hamsters. Make it clear to her that she's not gonna be able to just slack off on the attention after a few weeks when the "new" wears off of it. Most any of those Lil critters will respond to how they are treated. They'll pick up on it if she loves em and is gentle with em or not. I got a MENTAL hamster a few years back cuz my neighbors decided their kid had tortured her enough. I never was able to calm her down. Just be careful and Good Luck : )

Aprille    Posted 04-16-2004 at 06:02:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I had a Dutch male that was very sweet but would only let me hold him and as he aged he then became a bit of a thumper..I let him out with our new kitties and he bit!!(Defending territory..)Otherwise a good guy..Not real particular about Guineas tho..the squeaks alone can make ya think you are hurting them!!(Altho I heard tell mine was more vocal than most..) Hope it all works out!

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