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pickles
14-01-2010, 09:57 PM
I would love a dog and realise a puppy would be the best option so I can integrate them with my two rabbits. Obviously the plan is not to leave them together but it would be nice to have them kinda get on and not try to eat each other!

Does anyone successfully combine the two? Can they be left alone? Are there any which are just a definite no go? I would really like a beagle or a cocker spaniel. But both are gun dogs but I just don't know if having been brought up together there is a possiblity to combine both?

Lillian
14-01-2010, 09:59 PM
I have two corgis that are fantastic with the bunnies.

andrea82
14-01-2010, 10:01 PM
We got Heidi at 10mths shes fine with Bob just needs supervision.:wave:

bluebunny
14-01-2010, 10:05 PM
My two staffies are brill with the bunnies:)

indigo
14-01-2010, 10:09 PM
I've got 2 rescued collie x dogs and they both free range alongside the bunny quite happily! i only put Tinkerbell back in her closed pen at night or if i have to go out, the bottom floor of my house is open plan, but i've made sure there are a few hiding places for the dogs to retreat to :)

happybunny22000
14-01-2010, 10:15 PM
a collie :)

pickles
14-01-2010, 10:16 PM
We got Heidi at 10mths shes fine with Bob just needs supervision.:wave:

what is Heidi?

I must admit I was hoping longterm it might be possible to just let them roam about together. Just wasn't sure if I was living in cloud cuckoo land! hehe!

dayle_x
14-01-2010, 10:23 PM
My beagle, and 2 scruffy jrts are fab with the dogs, my nans poodle doesnt like them though, hes a whingy dog haha. i think it just depends how you bring them up.
Beagles are meant to hunt rabbits but ive brought her up with them and she loves them!

coco1200
14-01-2010, 10:27 PM
I thoroughly recommend going to your local rescue and seeing which dogs are most suitable for your needs, there is BOUND to be someone there for you :D:wave:

neenee
14-01-2010, 11:20 PM
I thoroughly recommend going to your local rescue and seeing which dogs are most suitable for your needs, there is BOUND to be someone there for you :D:wave:

I wouldnt risk it. Not if you have rabbits. You never know what the dog is like with smaller animals

Victoria39
14-01-2010, 11:26 PM
Paddy, my cross GSD, who thinks he's a rabbit :lol::lol: hoppily shared his sofa with Mopsey and more recently Norman.

coco1200
14-01-2010, 11:46 PM
I wouldnt risk it. Not if you have rabbits. You never know what the dog is like with smaller animals

dogs from rescue homes are assessed before rehoming... what risk is there if they have been thoroughly assessed? Dogs should not be left alone with rabbits without human supervision regardless.

BB Mommy
14-01-2010, 11:46 PM
I have three dogs-cavalier, shih tzu and a poodle cross.

All are fantastic with the rabbits, but I wouldn't leave them all together unsupervised.
If the doorbell goes all three dogs leg it for the front door (yes,beautifully trained:roll:) and a rabbit could be injured in the kerfuffle.
I have a house rabbit too, but when I'm not around Oscar is safely in his room.
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pickles
14-01-2010, 11:57 PM
Aw... they're ace pics! Thanks! I must admit I feel a lot better knowing I'm not being too ridiculous thinking it is possible... I wouldn't leave them alone. To be honest my rabbits sleep under the bed all day until night time when they come down so I don't think it should be too much of a problem that way...

Just have to be careful I guess.

Any tips on how best to introduce them?

BB Mommy
15-01-2010, 12:16 AM
Slowly and carefully. When my dogs first came here they spent the first few weeks getting used to seeing the buns in their runs - I look for the dogs to show total disinterest in the rabbits before I go any further.

MopsyMops =]
15-01-2010, 12:25 AM
I have a rescue terrier, who absolutely loved my old rabbit Mops.
I've said this SO many times on here, but they used kiss through the bars and everything.

It also depends on how your rabbits take to the dogs, I think :).
Mops wasnt scared at all by Andy. She used to just sit there.
Where as, oggie ( who is basically scared of everything apart from Delila, my bedroom, food and me :roll:) runs at the first site of him. So of course Andy reacted in a different way.

If you particurely want a puppy, there are basically so many in rescues right now. But, I personaly wouldnt completely rule out an older rescue either ;)

pickles
15-01-2010, 12:40 AM
That's good to know. I might take a pop over. I guess the only prob I might face is convincing the rescue that having rabbits and a dog would be ok. Think as I work it might be a prob with a rescue too which is a real shame...

VickiP
15-01-2010, 12:59 AM
That's good to know. I might take a pop over. I guess the only prob I might face is convincing the rescue that having rabbits and a dog would be ok. Think as I work it might be a prob with a rescue too which is a real shame...

:wave: I would be really careful about introducing a dog to rabbits, although a puppy will be easier, I don't think it's wise to get a puppy however if it will be unattended for anymore than 4 hours a day. I don't think it's significant which breed it is apart from practical issues like the rabbit being trodden on etc it is really about how the dog is brought up. My dog is senior nearly 11 and shows absolutely no interest in the rabbits however, I haven't bothered because I am able to rota them around quite easily and I would rather if they need to be in the garden at the same time in the summer that they were safely in their run and the dog will actually protect them at that point. Animals are funny and I can imagine it does work but, you have to weigh up the risk with the benefit. I think my rabbits are happy without interacting with the dog, she sees them and vice versa and in fact will protect them in the sense if a cat or other intruder like a fox was around she would chase them off but, for me I like the fact that she is disinterested and the rabbits are aswell now, if she walks past them in their enclosures they just look at her they don't move, whereas Gizmo used to jump if she went by. Good luck give it lots of thought, a dog is a big commitment.

coco1200
15-01-2010, 08:55 AM
That's good to know. I might take a pop over. I guess the only prob I might face is convincing the rescue that having rabbits and a dog would be ok. Think as I work it might be a prob with a rescue too which is a real shame...

Can I just ask where abouts you are? I could possibly recommend some rescues in your area for you...

People have very successfully introduced adult dogs to buns, but it really does depend on the dogs temperament, and the rescue will advice you which dog is most suitable... I don't think it would be a problem for you. Also, there are more and more puppies being bought into rescue, so you could always end up getting a pup! These (http://www.dogsblog.com/freya-willow-callie-and-finn-9-week-old-male-and-female-collie-cross/) these (http://www.dogsblog.com/caspar-11-week-old-male-staffordshire-bull-terrier/) and these (http://www.dogsblog.com/happy-sleepy-doc-grumpy-dopey-sneezy-and-bashful/) puppies have just come into rescue too :wave:

crackerz
15-01-2010, 09:07 AM
We have a border collie and he is really gentle with our 2 frenchies but I wouldn't let him near our smaller buns as he is a great big clumsy thing:roll:

He can only watch the big buns through the gate when we are out. I am more worried about Doona doing him some damage.........

I suppose it depends on the individual dog.

Bunnykids
15-01-2010, 09:12 AM
We have a Golden Retreiver dog who is 6 this year.
We got two mini lops last june and he is great with them.
Introduced them slowly to each other and he loves to kiss them through the run bars.:love:

He keeps the cats away from them as well,that like to wander into the garden.

Stator
15-01-2010, 10:37 AM
If you have rabbits stick with rabbits.

Dogs call kill rabbits with one single bite. Why on earth would you want to risk it?

I know everyone says they "know" their dogs, but the fact is that noone completely understands everything that their dog thinks.

If the dog gets too close to the rabbit the rabbit may bite the dog, and you can't know how your dog will react when it thinks it's being attacked.

BunMom
15-01-2010, 11:09 AM
:wave:Dogs and bunnies can live in the same household quite happily:) The important thing is not the breed, but the temperament. Personally, I would choose either a very mellow puppy or an adult dog. I know a rambuctious puppy would terrorize my rabbits but they are quite happy with my sedate Corgi. My GSD on the other hand, has tried to attack one of the rabbits and is not allowed around them at all. In fact, I lodge a chair under the door handle to the bunny room because she will open the door and go in. She is ten years old and has a very high prey drive and herding instinct-still.

I agree with what Janak said, go to a good rescue who is serious about finding the right home for their dogs and thoroughly evaluates their temperament. Good luck finding your perfect companion:)

youngbunny2
15-01-2010, 11:24 AM
We have a cavalier king charles and she and the buns get on like a house on fire.you need a puppy to grow up with the buns to learn what they are and to be gentle.

abbymarysmokey
15-01-2010, 11:29 AM
I found it more difficult to introduce a puppy to rabbits..mainly because puppies are naturally more excitable and tend to go through stages of teething and nipping...so could hurt a delicate animal like a rabbit without intending to cause harm.

I introduced my dog to my first house rabbits when he was about 10 years old (I can't remember his exact age), and found it much easier because he was much calmer and less inclined to want to play and chase.

BB Mommy
15-01-2010, 11:33 AM
I found it more difficult to introduce a puppy to rabbits..mainly because puppies are naturally more excitable and tend to go through stages of teething and nipping...so could hurt a delicate animal like a rabbit without intending to cause harm.

I introduced my dog to my first house rabbits when he was about 10 years old (I can't remember his exact age), and found it much easier because he was much calmer and less inclined to want to play and chase.

I agree here. Sally was 8yrs old when I got her and introduced her to rabbits, Frankie was 3 yrs,and they were both really easy.

Spike was 5 months and took a lot longer to calm down, and for the first year he wasn't allowed access with them as he found it really hard not to chase them when they ran. He's fine now though:D

youngbunny2
15-01-2010, 11:38 AM
we never had any problems with jess as a puppy.she is so gentle and just sat watching them,we had the odd sniff at them but nothing else.yet my dads dogs came over and went for the them through the bars!

pipkoi
15-01-2010, 11:43 AM
We have 3 Cocker Spaniels but they are pets. We don't work them & they all get on really well. Sailor is still relatively new to us but no problems.
With Bayley our last rabbit, I trusted them implicitly with one another but we don't leave them unattended. Toby & Bayley used to lie or curl up next to each other to sleep. Dylan was a rescue & I would recommend this - rescued from the hell hole called a puppy farm. Pm me if you want some contacts
Good luck with your search.

Bluesmum
15-01-2010, 11:57 AM
Jan you sod......Cally and Willow :love::love::love::love:
I really would stay away from any kind of sight hound though....unless they are older and the 'chase' instinct has gone.

areia
15-01-2010, 12:45 PM
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sorry this pic screams the caption moooooooooooooom its gonna eattttttt mee :lol:


i will be honest at the list of breeds that are with bunnies staffs, and jack russells for instance, without this site i wouldnt dream of allowing a bun near them,

but it all boils down to time, training and temprement, though i will say for me i would never leave a bun or dog together unsupervised no matter how much i trusted them

areia
15-01-2010, 12:47 PM
just remembered my freind has 2 shitz sues (typo) one was pertified of the buns the other wanted to eat them, she got very sneeky too trying to slide along my floor thinking no one would see her moving :lol:

Mackers
15-01-2010, 12:50 PM
My two border collies live in harmony with my rabbits. I used to have a houserabbit who lived free range with my collie and German Shepherd. The dogs were terrified of the rabbit :lol: and they'd both been introduced to her as rescued adult dogs.

It CAN be done but you need to be realistic about how much training you need to do to ensure the safety of all concerned. I'd say it was easier introducing adult dogs to rabbits than puppies since pups can be very over-excitable and boisterous.

clutterydrawer
15-01-2010, 05:08 PM
I thoroughly recommend going to your local rescue and seeing which dogs are most suitable for your needs, there is BOUND to be someone there for you :D:wave:

totally agree with this :) My current housemate has a rescue dog, she is some kind of doberman/collie mixup we think and has a very timid and flighty nature. She is utterly terrified of the bunnies, poor thing, and will run and hide if they come near her.

I think it's totaly possible to combine buns and dog/s but you need to be very careful and even when you think you know your dog 100% and have had him for years, still never leave him unsupervised with the bunnies...just not worth it.

in my situation I think it's more likley the bunnies would hurt the dog than that she would hurt them, but I still wouldn't leave them alone together, and the bunny cage is in a separate room to the dog while I'm at work. hope it works out for you too :)

*Spider*
15-01-2010, 05:15 PM
I have a border collie and he's awesomes with the bunnies!

Your best bet is probably to go to a rescue where they have a dog that is used to small animals and cats etc.
I know there was a case on here where someone had to rehome their house bunnies as they bought a puppy that ended up taking a dislike to the buns. Go to a rescue, get a dog that gets on with rabbits, give a dog the second chance at life it deserves, job done!!

DaisyDewi
15-01-2010, 05:18 PM
I look after my cousins Cocker Spaniel, he used to chase the rabbits when they ran-but he was never socialised with any as a puppy- but now he isnt bothered by them, he's just kinda got used to them! they run free in the garden while he's in the garden as well.
I also look after a Patterdale Terrier sometimes and they were bred to chase small animals so will generally chase anything that moves but she was bought up with a rabbit and is so friendly towards Daisy and Dewi-she just sits next to the run watching them and is quite happy to go in the run with them and try to play with them!! So even breeds bred for hunting can be fine with rabbits :)