Last Updated on October 27, 2021 by Rei
It’s a common myth that rabbits are considered dumb/stupid and fragile due to people assuming they are untrainable(just cute!). But, rabbits are actually intelligent enough to be trained because they are able to memorize, solve problems, and react to cues trainers use to train pets.
Most people also compare the trainability of cats and dogs to rabbits. But, cats and dogs are predator animals, while rabbits are prey creatures, their intelligence and training approaches should be tackled differently because prey creatures have more anxiety than predators.
Now that I’ve given you the gist of the article, read on as I explain the article in more detail:
Are rabbits intelligent?
Contrary to popular belief rabbits are actually quite intelligent because they are able to memorize and respond to cues — which means they can be trained.
The myth that rabbits are stupid likely occurs due to the fact that rabbits are not popular pets. Unlike dogs and cats, which have been trained ever since humans domesticate them, rabbits are only seen as a source of meat until recently.
Another reason why people would think that rabbits are dumb is due to their anxiety towards everything that moves. It’s kinda hard to train an animal when they’re anxious all the time.
That’s why it’s important that rabbit owners gain their rabbit’s trust before attempting to train them. Your rabbit should also be comfortable with your home before attempting any training.
Finally, rabbits are actually emotionally intelligent. They are extremely social towards their kind(and humans once they trust them). Rabbits also feel a wide range of emotions including love, irritability, insecurity, jealousy, anger, fear, and grief(some even die after the death of their partner).
Can rabbits be trained?
Contrary to popular belief, rabbits are trainable. They respond well to positive reinforcement methods like clickers. This means you can pretty much train your rabbits any tricks you want.
Unneutered rabbits are harder to litter train because they have the instinct to spray their urine everywhere to mark their territory, which can be lessened once they’re neutered/spayed.
Here are some examples of tricks you can teach your rabbits:
- High five/shake
Here’s a great guide on how to get started on training your rabbit:
Are wild rabbits smart?
In the wild, only the toughest and smartest survive. When it comes to rabbits, it’s no different. Wild rabbits are extremely clever and quick to react to any potential danger because one mistake could lead to their death.
Anyone who hunted cottontails would tell you that rabbits are very, very fast to react and are great at running away to safety. Wild rabbits can also remember where to quickly hide if they’re trying to flee from danger.
While pet rabbits have us to protect them from dangers so breeders are not looking to breed the most intelligent rabbits but more on looks/meat. So I would say compared to wild and domesticated rabbits, wild rabbits would win when it comes to intelligence.
Contrary to popular beliefs, rabbits are not stupid. Rabbits are capable of using logic to solve problems, memorize, and they can learn tricks because they can respond to cues trainers use to train pets.
Rabbits can also be litter trained quite easily compared to other animals because rabbits are creatures of habit. But you must first get them neutered to remove their natural instinct to spray urine everywhere to mark their territory.
Finally, rabbits are also emotionally intelligent. They can feel a wide range of emotions like love, irritability, insecurity, jealousy, anger, fear, and grief.
Some rabbits would even die right after their partner’s death due to extreme grief.