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German shepherd and rabbits

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Gina2019, Mar 17, 2021.


  1. Gina2019

    Gina2019 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi Everyone, looking for some advice. We have 2 house rabbits that roam freely around the house. My partner is looking to get a puppy, a german shepherd and we are wondering whether anyone has any experience in introducing puppies to rabbits?

    Any advice would be appreciated

    Thanks
     
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    O2.0 PetForums VIP

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    Honestly it sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.
    GSDs are very trainable and in theory you could eventually train the pup to leave the rabbits alone, but in the meantime the potential for your rabbits coming to serious harm is pretty high. Not to mention their stress levels would concern me too.

    Even once the pup has enough impulse control and training to leave them alone, I would never trust a dog and a rabbit alone together. I don't leave my dogs and cats alone together either.
     
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    When I was a teenager I had an outside rabbit and dogs and a cat who killed rabbits regularly. They all palled up and the cat started jumping in the rabbit run and keeping him company. One day the rabbit jumped out and cat and rabbit were spotted walking down the road side by side. At the same time a big breed puppy is quite likely to kill a pet rabbit by mistake or give them a heart attack.
     
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    neverforgotten2020 PetForums Junior

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    I wouldn’t risk it at all. The stress caused to the rabbits is enough to kill them. If they have always been house rabbits, it will be impossible to move them outside and into a run.
     
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    puppymadness PetForums Senior

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    I have a German shepherd cross and she has very high prey drive. I wouldn't risk it I'm afraid.
     
  6. LotsaDots

    LotsaDots PetForums Senior

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    It could probably be done with very careful management but you'd have to confine them to separate rooms for a long time until they are OK together. Even then I wouldn't ever leave them alone.
    My terrier won't touch my mums ducks when they are in the yard but a duckling escaped once in to the field and she had killed it before she knew what she was doing.She almost had an escaped Guinea pig aswell but won't touch them in a run or hutch.
     
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    Blitz PetForums VIP

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    My standard poodles and collie x played tuggy with my daughter's guinea pig when I forgot he was loose in the kitchen. Somehow they didnt kill him though he had a puncture that affected his lungs later so he did not really survive. They were scared of the chinchillas though.
     
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    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    No. Not fair to the rabbits. Tell your partner to wait until the rabbits have lived out their lives.
     
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    I see dead Bunnies....
     
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