Can Different Breeds Of Rabbits Live Together?

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can different breeds of rabbits live together

Last Updated on August 2, 2021 by Rei

About a year ago after I moved to a bigger place, I was planning on getting another rabbit so that Tyr and Freya could have another friend(the more the merrier right?). Then, I wonder can I get a Flemish giant or other larger breeds of rabbits?

Would that cause any problem to Tyr and Freya who are both New Zealand rabbits? After digging thru the internet for a couple of hours I finally found the answer:

Unlike us, rabbits don’t really care or know that other rabbits are different breeds. What rabbit owners need to think about when picking a companion for their rabbits is the other rabbit’s personality, size, and whether or not it’s neutered.

In this article, I would be talking about whether or not two different breeds of rabbits can live together. I would also talk about the benefits and downsides of having two different breeds of rabbits living together and more.

So without further ado, let’s get started.

What breeds of rabbits live well together?

The breed of rabbits doesn’t really matter when it comes to living together. What matters is the rabbit’s personality and if your space/rabbit’s cage is small, pick a breed that’s appropriate.

Just like us, different rabbits have different personalities. Some are dominant while others are submissive. When choosing a rabbit to live together, instead of the breed, you should focus more on the rabbit’s age, personality, and whether it’s neutered.

The first thing you should know is whether or not the rabbit is neutered. Unneutered rabbits tend to be more aggressive due to hormones and could fight with other rabbits.

Also, rabbits’ age should be close to one another because younger rabbits tend to be more playful and random while older rabbits prefer to just chill. This could irritate the older rabbit and ensue a fight depending on its personality.

Lastly, before bonding your rabbits, make sure to ask the rescue(if your rabbit is bought ask the staff) about the temper of your chosen rabbit.

At what age can you bond rabbits that are different breeds?

The age of the rabbit doesn’t matter as much when bonding them. What matters is whether or not both rabbits are neutered and it’s personality.

While age can affect the rabbit’s personality(old=more chill, young=playful), what ultimately matters when choosing a companion to your rabbit is your rabbit’s temper and personality.

Older rabbits that tend to prefer to be left alone and would get angry if disturbed and if someone is close to their territory should be avoided to be bonded with young rabbits who tend to be playful and random.

Can different breeds and gender of rabbits live together?

Can different breeds and gender of rabbits live together?
Can different breeds and gender of rabbits live together?

Yes, different breeds and different gender of rabbits can live together as long as both rabbits are neutered. Rabbits don’t discriminate by breeds, as long as both of them are rabbits they can become lifelong companions.

The only concern when bonding different breeds and gender of rabbits is whether or not you want to have kits later on. If not make sure that you get them neutered first to ensure that this will not happen.

Remember that rabbits are fertile between 8-12 weeks, but should wait until 6 months old to be allowed to breed for better results.

Neutering also lessens the destructive behaviors of rabbits due to hormones.

What are the benefits of different breeds of rabbits living together?

What are the benefits of different breeds of rabbits living together?
What are the benefits of different breeds of rabbits living together?

There are no direct benefits of different breeds of rabbits living together because rabbits don’t care if their companion has different color or breed.

What rabbits really care about is that they have a companion because rabbits are social creatures and they require constant social interactions to be happy and healthy.

What’s the drawback of different breeds of rabbits living together?

What's the drawback of different breeds of rabbits living together?
What’s the drawback of different breeds of rabbits living together?

One drawback is the rabbit’s size especially if your cage is small. Rabbits need a lot of space to be happy and healthy.

This size difference is especially important to look out for when one of the rabbits is territorial. This could cause a fight especially if one or both rabbits are unneutered.

Cramping a mini lop with a Flemish giant cause a problem due to their size difference. This could be fixed by having larger cages or separating the two rabbits entirely if one of the rabbits is aggressive.

How to safely bond different breeds of rabbit?

How to safely bond different breeds of rabbit?
How to safely bond different breeds of rabbit?

Bonding different breeds of rabbits are the same as bonding rabbits that are the same breed. What’s important is whether or not both the rabbits are neutered and their personality.

Neutering both rabbits regardless of the breed would ensure that hormonally related aggression would not happen. Also, if your rabbit is a rescue or bought, it’s a good idea to ask the staff about the rabbit’s personality.

Some rabbits, even neutered, are territorial and would still fight other rabbits if they get close to their home or food. Preferably, pick a rabbit that’s more friendly if your intention is to find a companion for your rabbit.

Summary

Rabbit doesn’t care whether or not the other one has different breeds. What matters is the other rabbit’s personality, size, and if it’s neutered.

Neutering is important because it could lessen or remove the rabbit’s hormonal-related behaviors like fighting regardless of breed.

The size of the rabbit is also important because if the owners have limited space, having a Flemish giant and a mini lop could cause a problem because every rabbit needs their personal space.

And lastly, before getting your rabbit their companion, ask the staff about the other rabbit’s personality. Even neutered rabbits can get territorial and aggressive if that’s their personality.

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Sources and further reading

  • Buseth, Marit Emilie., and Richard A. Saunders. Rabbit Behaviour, Health, and Care. CABI, 2014.
  • Lebas, F. The Rabbit: Husbandry, Health, and Production. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 1997.
  • Patry, Karen, et al. The Rabbit-Raising Problem Solver: Your Questions Answered about Housing, Feeding, Behavior, Health Care, Breeding, and Kindling. Storey Publishing, 2014.