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CrazyBunnies
22-03-2010, 07:51 PM
As in with other bunnies, I know that bonding doesn't always work out, but what breed of rabbit are easiest to bond/friendliest ?

LilVicky
22-03-2010, 07:55 PM
i think it depends on the rabbit itself, its personality etc

*Spider*
22-03-2010, 07:56 PM
I really hate it when people ask this question (sorry - not having a go)
It's like asking which nationality of people are friendlier.
Everybun has their own personality :) (Plus neutering works wonders)

CrazyBunnies
22-03-2010, 08:08 PM
Oh sorry

Hoppit!
22-03-2010, 08:20 PM
I'm not an expert with different breeds, as I've only ever had my pair. They're Dutch and love each other to pieces, but then they're littermates so that might make a difference.

Do you have a bunny already? If I were you I'd have a look at some local rescues. Maybe give them a ring first, and ask if they have a bun which fits your requirments? :) Then you can take your little one along and see which they bond with best - most rescues will let you do this and help with the bonding process.

Welcome to the site, by the way! :wave:

TeflonsShadow
22-03-2010, 08:29 PM
I dont think a certain breed is friendly etc etc, I have had: silver foxes, large dwarf lop, a netherland dwarf and a polish dwarf and even a wildie and all were lovely and friendly. I think it is dependant on the individual bun, perhaps go to a local Rabbit Rescue and visit them, rescues can tell you what personality the buns have, and are more reliable than breeders because rescues spend more time with their buns if you know what I mean, plus you can go and meet them yourself and will be able to judge whether they are friendly or a bit fearful etc. :) Good luck.

Pie
22-03-2010, 08:29 PM
I do think it depends on the bunny and tbh I have had Pie neutered and she didnt change in her personality at all. She still gets nippy and teritorial when I catch her on her bad days! :roll:

I do think that all the french lops I have owned and met have been wonderful though. :love:

isla
22-03-2010, 08:35 PM
I rescued a dutch that was pretty friendly with people, cats and dogs but hated all other rabbits - she's now rehomed with a very very amazing owner and a cat.

My 2 rabbits love each other and food, nothing else.

It really does depend on the bun in question, alot of buns are just shy though and just need to learn to trust their owner.

tintin
22-03-2010, 11:20 PM
I have read a couple of times that the bigger rabbits are more friendly and that netherland dwarfs are a bit timid and highly strung. We have nethie dwarves and one runs off and hates being touched, whilst the other is curious and adventurous and lets you stroke him - so I guess personality does come into it as we bought both together and they have been treated the same.

x-vic-x
22-03-2010, 11:26 PM
A mini rex (Kylo) was the friendlest I have ever had and a standard rex (Esme) was the most aggressive. Although Esme has completely changed know she has been neutered.

georgie_f
23-03-2010, 12:08 AM
I think there are actually two ways of asking the 'which bun is the friendliest' question...

- Which breed is friendliest to humans.
- Which breed is friendliest to other rabbits.

The latter question is unanswerable! :lol: Wether or not two buns will get along is completely dependant on the individual bunnies personalities. They do not see each other as being different breeds. Your bunny will not react differently to a dutch compared to a french lop with the same personality types for example.

I find there are breeds that are friendlier towards people though. In my experience, some breeds are a bit skittish and aren't to bothered about human company where as some are very laid back and like nothing more than to sit for hours with their humans having nose rubs and cuddles. I think every one on here will agree that giant buns are very people friendly. Of course, there are always exceptions!

TeflonsShadow
23-03-2010, 12:13 AM
I have read a couple of times that the bigger rabbits are more friendly and that netherland dwarfs are a bit timid and highly strung. We have nethie dwarves and one runs off and hates being touched, whilst the other is curious and adventurous and lets you stroke him - so I guess personality does come into it as we bought both together and they have been treated the same.

There is nothing wrong with nethies... mine is not highly strung at all.... I dont agree with this generalising to the breed, my Winter, a polish dwarf, is meant to be aggressive, according to people who think they are so clever and I will inform you she is not.

I am fed up of people judging a breed on its 'charactoristics' ... its as bad as judging breeds of dogs that are bound to be aggressive.

There is no such thing as a breed of rabbit that is more human friendly.

What a stupid idea.

georgie_f
23-03-2010, 12:22 AM
There is nothing wrong with nethies... mine is not highly strung at all.... I dont agree with this generalising to the breed, my Winter, a polish dwarf, is meant to be aggressive, according to people who think they are so clever and I will inform you she is not.

I am fed up of people judging a breed on its 'charactoristics' ... its as bad as judging breeds of dogs that are bound to be aggressive.

There is no such thing as a breed of rabbit that is more human friendly.

What a stupid idea.

Wow, I do love it when people call me stupid for trying to help. :roll:

I didn't mention any breeds that are not human friendly, I just pointed out that just about every one on here would say giants are very friendly towards people.

TeflonsShadow
23-03-2010, 12:23 AM
Wow, I do love it when people call me stupid for trying to help. :roll:

I didn't mention any breeds that are not human friendly, I just pointed out that just about every one on here would say giants are very friendly towards people.

Not you, the whole idea. Its a fantasy that certain breeds come with a two sentence blurb on what they should be like......:roll:

Every rabbit is an individual with their own interests and personalities..... not predetermined by their breed.

georgie_f
23-03-2010, 12:33 AM
Jeanna, I know how much you love your little buns so I can totally understand where you're coming from but I don't think anyone has said anything bad about nethies or polish buns. Tintin mearly said they had two nethies - a friendly one and a not so friendly one. I didn't see anything degrogatory to little buns written anywhere unless I just missed it.

There isn't a 'personalty standard' for any particular breed of bunny, I agree completely, but there are a few breeds that I think it's fair to label as people friendly. For example, the giants. I don't think I've seen a single thread on RU about a unfriendly giant bun.

It was me who wrote the 'friendliest to people' bit and you called that a stupid idea so I kind of think that was directed at me. I didn't mean any offence with it, I was just trying to help the OP with her question.

I'm sorry if the way I worded it upset you. :oops:

TeflonsShadow
23-03-2010, 12:41 AM
Jeanna, I know how much you love your little buns so I can totally understand where you're coming from but I don't think anyone has said anything bad about nethies or polish buns. Tintin mearly said they had two nethies - a friendly one and a not so friendly one. I didn't see anything degrogatory to little buns written anywhere unless I just missed it.

There isn't a 'personalty standard' for any particular breed of bunny, I agree completely, but there are a few breeds that I think it's fair to label as people friendly. For example, the giants. I don't think I've seen a single thread on RU about a unfriendly giant bun.

It was me who wrote the 'friendliest to people' bit and you called that a stupid idea so I kind of think that was directed at me. I didn't mean any offence with it, I was just trying to help the OP with her question.

I'm sorry if the way I worded it upset you. :oops:

Im not upset at you, I am just annoyed at people asking what is the friendliest breed, as I have said, every bun is an individual, the best place to go if you have character traits in mind would be to go a rescue, as all decent rescues give a paragraph on each of their available rabbits behaviour and charactor......

This is not a personal attack, I think I was already writing before you even posted the entry at the top of this page.

I am sure there must be some giants out there that arent friendly, but if you think about it, MOST if not ALL people on here with giants are great bunny mummys..... and less end up in rescues because people are FAR less likely to impulse buy a giant from pets at home due to their price.....

Im just a little wound up this evening, annnoyed at people judging creatures due to their breed, either dog or rabbit, I dont think its a useful way to look at life or individuals. :evil:

Seriously though, OP, if you want a human friendly rabbit, please, go to your local rescue and have a look, there will be individuals there that meet your criteria. Baby buns havent fully developed so wont have fully developed their character.

Thanks

georgie_f
23-03-2010, 12:50 AM
Now that I can understand, there are so many stories and threads around the site at the moment about devil rabbits and evil dogs. :shock: It's not good for the soul.

I think the only way to find a bunny with a good personality is to go and meet them! It's impossible to tell from photographs/breed recommendations and I know our local RSPCA writes 'friendly' on every single rabbit they have in. So I wouldn't be entirely trusting of what some rescues (or pet shops) would tell me.

I truly believe that you just 'know' when it's the right bunny too. :love:

georgie_f
23-03-2010, 12:53 AM
Just wanted to add that you are correct that giants aren't impulse bought so much but they are prone to being neglected/miss-treated - often unintentionally. Giants are much harder to care for due to sheer size and thus often find themselves in too small hutches (even if they'd be perfectly acceptable for smaller buns) or lacking in vet care because their bills are so much higher.

VickiP
23-03-2010, 01:15 AM
I think it is all dependant on how the bunny has been handled from birth by people, how it has been interacted with and whether it has learnt to trust people or fear them. All bunnies want to be friendly in my view and the fact some aren't is usually testimony to abuse or neglect or both. Fear manifests in aggression in most species of animals and some humans too. Best thing to do is spend time with a bunny you like and that seems to respond well, ask for it to come out of its enclosure and you sit on the floor or lay down and let it come to you. Inside even the most aggressive rabbit somewhere I think is a cuddle bun, it just needs time and patience and understanding and above all love to make it unlearn the behaviour that probably helped it survive whatever it endured to make it aggressive and keep people away.

Lillian
23-03-2010, 02:20 AM
I think it is all dependant on how the bunny has been handled from birth by people, how it has been interacted with and whether it has learnt to trust people or fear them. All bunnies want to be friendly in my view and the fact some aren't is usually testimony to abuse or neglect or both. Fear manifests in aggression in most species of animals and some humans too. Best thing to do is spend time with a bunny you like and that seems to respond well, ask for it to come out of its enclosure and you sit on the floor or lay down and let it come to you. Inside even the most aggressive rabbit somewhere I think is a cuddle bun, it just needs time and patience and understanding and above all love to make it unlearn the behaviour that probably helped it survive whatever it endured to make it aggressive and keep people away.

Couldn't of put it better myself :thumb: Great post!!

tintin
23-03-2010, 11:33 AM
If you read my post through you would see that I said I had read certain things about the characteristic of certain breeds. I then went on to say that we have two of the same breed but who have different personailities - obviously disproving the idea that rabbits personalities are wholly dependent upon the genetics/breed.

I don't have a problem with a new member asking which breeds are friendliest - it's understandable that someone would like a pet they can easily interact with. I don't think anybody is 'judging' rabbits.

I think new members and casual readers may well think twice about returning to the forum if they feel their contributions aren't valued.

*Spider*
23-03-2010, 12:46 PM
My friendliest rabbits are Heinz 57's! (Cross breeds)

cally73
23-03-2010, 08:20 PM
Well I got my nethie Peppa, from a local and very good pet shop and she was constantly out and getting cuddles from people and she is just so friendly. She is a real cuddle bun. I have a cross breed George who lives with her from a rescue centre and he hates being touched he will eat from your hands but is off if you stroke him. Then I have Pumpkin and Snowy who are lionheads and were from breeders and they are so laid back and friendly too.
As a previous post said it totally depends on the personality of the rabbit:wave:

purplebumble
24-03-2010, 11:40 PM
the most outgoing sociable friendly and cleanest bunny i have ever owned was a weeny mini lop.

oscar was amazing.

friendly but i didnt understand for a bunny she was showing me friendship was my first house bun a very bad dental dwarf lop.

our heinz 57 bun was pretty friendly too....but oscar was the ffriendliest bun ever. but he wanted his human pal not the rabbit wifey and so he really gave her hell but once bonded they were deep in love and he helped her get used to humans so shed even sleep alongside me sat on the floor. once he died shes never been that bunny again.

bertie saved her life by appearing and hes a lovley lazy old soul but hes also a dirty old bun...poops where he likes and sometimes territorial wees or got caught short wee or oops over the edge wee...but i love him to bits. hes loving soft anf norty but has a heck of a temper and if he chases you or decides to nip you hard..then you run! but hes been the friendliest bun with other buns except since he and bif unbonded in nov.

bandit was a lionhead cross from a rescue and he was the sweetest little bun so friendly and good with other buns..except willow...once she was fully grown he was always beating her up:shock:

little casper we took in for a very short life was a weeny bun but with big ears..heinz 57...and he was friendly with everything!

merlins friendlky but a bit shy..cuddly when he wants it and loves playing with the cats.......he loves to play with other buns but doesnt get why they beat him up..he just wants to play or have a cuddle.

the biggest bun was my frenchie doe willow who lived to just before her second birthday.....she was docile and friendly unless oyu smelt of her enemy bif..then...run!!!
she dominatyed bertie even...nothing could get the better of her..except bif!!!

all buns have the ability to be friendly but each version of friendly is widely varied.

i adopted bertie when he was 18 months old and he was friendly because hed gone form stud bun to pet....and the littlest boy would go into berties open shed and open huge hutch and crawl in and wrap his arms around him and go to sleep. so bertie loves it when in the mood you get on the floor and hug him like a big toy...or he gets up on the bed settee and settle down for a cuddle and hug and he purrs.

but our little oscar was just as soppy.

Rosiesmummy
24-03-2010, 11:51 PM
i have a french lop and he is so cuddly and friendly :love: we are getting him a wifey soon and just praying we are lucky enough to get a similar temperament but something tells me i,ll not be that lucky and prob end up with the devil rabbit :lol:

Elena
24-03-2010, 11:57 PM
Although I agree with the people saying that saying one certain breed is more popular is too sweeping there is definitely a distinct difference in personality between my lops and my lionheads.

The lops initially are much more friendly and trusting while the lionheads take longer to accept new people.

Mischa is my most clingy bun, he'll want to be with me all the time if he could (apart from when food is on offer of course!) and Mini is starting to copy him.

WeeBarraxO
25-03-2010, 12:01 AM
Well I have nethies, a dwarf lop & a lionhead x

my nethies have very diff personalities ..

Smokey - the most gentle and loving bunny with the hoomins loves cuddles, and is the same with the bunnys
Magic - likes to cuddle for a little while the gets fed up and squirms to get away with the hoomins, but with the bunnies she is either terrified of them .. or wants to kill them :roll:,

My dwarf lop Angel - the friendliest bun you will ever meet wouldn't hurt a fly, but isn't to keep on hoomin cuddles

My lionhead x Buffy - rather fiesty with bunnies, but loves a right good cuddle with the hoomins :love:

TeflonsShadow
25-03-2010, 12:05 AM
The lion head I rescued was a right softy. I will not be swayed in my opinion, it is not breed that determines 'friendliness', but upbringing.

Elena
25-03-2010, 09:48 AM
The lion head I rescued was a right softy. I will not be swayed in my opinion, it is not breed that determines 'friendliness', but upbringing.

Hmm, could be very true. Smudge is only young and Nutmeg wasn't handled much before she came here (isn't handled here much either purely because (a) she doesn't like and (b) we very rarely have need to pick them up.

bunlover
25-03-2010, 10:09 AM
As in with other bunnies, I know that bonding doesn't always work out, but what breed of rabbit are easiest to bond/friendliest ?

if you are looking fora rabbit to bond with yoru exsisting rabbit then the best thing to do is to speed date the bunnies at your local rescue that way your bun can pick its own freind its a bit like me saying...ohhh he is a gorgoues bloke....yet you might thinnk hes horrrible! lol and same with whom we have things in common with rabbits are the same while most will bond i alwasy think its nicest if the bunny can pick its own pal its not always possible and kitty and coco were an arranged marriage but i looked for a bun of a similar age anda to have a laid back temperment to go with his boistrous one... it depends on the current bunny you have on what you will be looking fro asimilar size is not nessaerily a must but it can help if one bun is weaker than the other (ie age/athriuts/disability) etc.
hope this helps come on guys lets not argue bunnys all have own personalitys and they have to be judged as individuals however you may find a bunny who is scared can with time and patience and love become very confident its all in the personality and upbringing in saying that i had a bun who was not scared of us but prefered company of rabbits to humans and thats fine by me as long as they are happy. judge a bunny by its own merits not by its breed xx

Elena
25-03-2010, 11:01 AM
This is a difference between being scared all the time and wanting cuddles and them initiating that contact. Nutmeg is NOT scared all the time but she will not tolerate being picked up. She'll come and sniff you and even sit on your lap if you sit on the floor with treats but being picked up? No way. Whereas Mischa will let you, he'll come up to you, follow you like a lap dog, lick your face, etc.