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Topic: Rabbit personalities
Message: Posted by: SpiffnikHopkins (Oct 22, 2002 04:29PM)
I have a few questions about rabbits personalities and charactor. There's not so much rabbit care info so I thought I'd start a new thread.

I'm thinking of getting either a mini lop or a dwarf lop and wondered if they could be harnessed and walked on a lead? What if I took them to a big open field and let them run around, would they come back or just take off into the great unknown the first chance they got, and would they come when I called them?

I know French lops can be put on a lead. If anyone has any information on these or other breeds, it would be helpful

Message: Posted by: Magicduck (Oct 22, 2002 10:56PM)
If I had a number of rabbits. I do not think, as far as personalities, that there is all that much variation in their personalities. I have found that the males are often friendlier than the females... in my experience. I had a rabbit that did not mind being "tethered" in the yard in a harness. A harness is better than a collar. A typical collar will be thrown by a rabbit. Even with a harness, if the rabbit can get at it, or the lead, with it's teeth they will be cut. I actually used a light chain for the tether leash... otherwise the rabbit is likely to cut loose.

I have let rabbits out, many never went very far. Others clearly would go away if they could. Personally, I do not trust rabbits enough, or their judgement, to let them run around without some type of control. If a large dog should wander by, and go aggressive, your rabbit will be gone... probably forever and maybe be killed.

As far as walking rabbits. I had a rabbit I took many places. He had a harness and leash. He created quite a stir everywhere he went. The fact is, as we moved from place to place we carried him. When we got where we were going we would let him down. Unlike a dog, rabbits sort of amble as they want, not very far and they are distracted by everything good to eat. So it is more like plugging along after the rabbit, as oppossed to going on a walk like with a dog. A cat on a leash is probably about the same as a bunny.

Message: Posted by: SpiffnikHopkins (Oct 24, 2002 02:26AM)
What kind of bunnies are you talking about? I know French lops take easily to being on a lead. I'm really more wondering if anyone has done this with a mini or dwarf lop.


Anyone else have responses for me? I'd love to hear from more of you.
Message: Posted by: Magicduck (Oct 25, 2002 01:04AM)
Just the rabbits I have had in general, which is a number of varieties... Dutch, New Zealand, Heinz, lops and others. Sure you can put them on a lead, but unless your experience is way different than mine it is nothing at all like taking a well-trained dog for a walk... where you actually can go for a brisk walk and end up where you want. The bunny will stay on the lead, if you are there to keep him from chewing thru it, but most of them just hop around interested in the grass, clover and eats.

If, on the other hand, you leave a rabbit on a lead in the yard for a few hours you will probably find he has gotten bored with the lead and started chewing if he can. As far as the walk with a rabbit, they certainly do not "heel" and win obedience competitions as a dog could.

Message: Posted by: J.S.llusionDesigns (Jun 18, 2004 07:38PM)
Just a little tip bunnys personalities vary by breed.
Message: Posted by: Tom James (Jun 18, 2004 10:44PM)
I have a dutch and I have had her for about a month. She has no problem being put on a lead, and if you are going to use one find the harnes and lead that is made by superpets usa. It comes togeather for about 8 to 10 dollars. She still is not to use to being handled to much but it will take time.