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What Dog Should I Adopt if I already have a Rabbits

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Altaf, Nov 25, 2021 at 7:06 AM.


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Which dog breed is compatible with rabbits?

  1. Cocker Spaniel

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  2. Yorkie

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  3. Cavapoochon

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  1. Altaf

    Altaf PetForums Newbie

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    Hi everyone!

    I am considering getting a small dog, maybe a Cocker Spaniel, Yorkie, or Cavapoochon. But I am a bit confused. I already have a pair of Lilac rabbits and I was wondering if they'll be okay with a dog. Any ideas?

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  2. Linda Weasel

    Linda Weasel PetForums VIP

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    I can’t imagine that Rabbits (being a prey animal) would be happy living with any dog whatever the breed.

    It would be a very stressful life for them.

    Probably your poll should include ‘no dog’.
     
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  3. simplysardonic

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    I'm inclined to agree, unless the rabbits are securely housed so the dog doesn't get any opportunity to harass them.

    And 'cavapoochon' isn't a breed.
     
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    Are your rabbits kept indoors and outdoors ? It depends on the individual animals you might be better off with a puppy so you can train him to ignore the rabbits as he grows. .perhaps a cavalier spaniel .
    Ive kept rabbits and guinea pigs and dogs and cats altogether. The dogs Ive adopted , were checked to see if they were ok with small furries but you do have to be very careful in your choice. I used a clicker with the adopted to reinforce them to look away .
     
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  5. bunnygeek

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    It will depend on the rabbits, their housing, and your ability to train the dog.

    Terriers are the least likely to be small animal friendly, but still not impossible. I know someone with free range house rabbits plus two Jack Russells who think they are also rabbits.

    Have you had dogs before? Have you trained dogs from the start? This is the key. There's also a chance that no matter how well trained a dog is, they are still reactive to small fluffies. Every dog is an individual. My first pair of rescue rabbits were surrendered at 4 years old as the new dog in the home just wouldn't leave them alone, they had a lifelong fear of hearing dogs play growl (I have no dogs, but the neighbours did).

    Also, yes, Cavapoochon isn't a breed and is generally only bred by puppy farmers and greeders, with no interest in the health of the puppies nor the welfare of the parents they've bred from.
     
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  6. Altaf

    Altaf PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you all for the suggestions.

    @Linda Weasel: You are right about (being a prey animal), that is why I am looking for a smaller breed.

    @simplysardonic: A friend suggested this breed as it doesn't grow much. I have just Googled it and it is there, you may check it

    @kimthecat: My rabbits are kept secured outdoors in a specially built space for them. Cavalier Spaniel is a good idea.
     
  7. Altaf

    Altaf PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you for the detailed reply. Yes, I have been dealing with dogs since my childhood. We had a German Shepherd when I was 7 and then a Cocker Spaniel later. Let's wait for some other expert opinions, especially from those who have kept Dogs and Rabbits together. I am also open for getting other pet animal than dog, like a cat.
     
  8. BlueJay

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    Cats are also predators and more than capable of harming a rabbit.

    Plenty of people keep all sorts of different animals as pets at the same time. Keeping them separate is pretty key - there's usually no need at all for something like a rabbit to interact directly with a dog or a cat. Keep everyone secure and be realistic about what you can manage and provide for both


    * cavapoochons are a cross between three different breeds and as such can vary hugely in personality. They aren't a breed themselves.
     
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    A gundog. a ratter, and a mongrel, I wouldn't I have any of them anywhere near a rabbit and to be honest, I wouldn't risk any breed with rabbits and I don't think it would be fair on the rabbits.
     
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    I'm no expert on rabbits but my daughter has a house rabbit and I would never risk taking my dogs there. Rabbits can die of fright!:(
     
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    Yes you need to be careful. They produce too much adrenaline. There's always ftightening things like fireworks , thunderstorms , foxes
    But it does depend on the animals themselves. My lovely Fred rabbit and Judy . at the bridge now. :)
     
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    Fred bunny and Judy

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    Ginnie and Sabrina

    Ginnie and Sabrina.jpg
     
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    You know what your dogs are like so thats the best thing to do.
     
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    I think the dogs would be more scared of the rabbit, she's a big feisty Lionhead! But not worth the risk.
     
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    :Hilarious Rabibts can be feisty , that actually can attack you and have a nasty bite,
     
  16. Siskin

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    I had a rabbit as a child and the family cat and the bun would take it in turns to chase each other round the garden. It was funny to watch them
     
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    I would never trust them alone together, I had pet rabbits and G-Pigs growing up and whilst they were fine with our cats and dog, the neighbours dog killed one of my bunnies and his GP friend, and one of my current dogs a Cavalier x Bichon has killed several wild bunnies, he is sweet and lovely and an absolute doofus but he is a bunny murderer.
     
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    I had 2 guinea pigs as a child, they were both killed on seperate occasions by dogs. Our own dogs showed no interest , they were killed by visiting dogs very, very quickly. Of course I was heartbroken and after losing the second one would not have any more.
     
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    Lyracollie Crazy hamster lady

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    Think you'll find that a lot of smaller breeds are bred for going down rabbit holes. :oops:
    A lot of households have prey animals coexisting with dogs/cats without any problems but you would have to be willing to keep them separated, especially when unsupervised as even with a well trained dog it's just an accident waiting to happen.

    I have 5 rats at the moment, along with 2 dogs and 2 cats and haven't had any issues but the rats are obviously never allowed out when one of the other animals are around.

    Edited as I just saw they were housed outdoors, if they're secure and you supervise the dog around them then they shouldn't really be able to come into contact with each other surely?
     
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    I walked 2 spaniels ( a working cocker and a sprocker) for someone who also had 2 house rabbits. One day when I went to pick the dogs up, the rabbits had escaped from their cages - an arrangement of 2 big cages pushed together so the rabbits could be together or apart through a door between them. The cages had been pushed apart so there was a gap between the 2 doors into the room. The dogs were bemused, but the rabbits unharmed. A lucky escape for them. If either dog had gone into prey mode, it would have been a bloodbath.
     
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