I have a male Rottweiler who has a bit of a prey drive, but he is easily controlled. For example when the cats go flying around the house, he gets very excited and I can tell he would love to give chase. The rest of the time he is fine around the cats and even cuddles with the male.
Would it be a terrible idea to bring a bunny into the house? Harley spends a good part of the day out doors and the rabbit would obviously have a cage. I would never leave them unsupervised together and probably wouldn't allow much interaction anyway. I strongly feel that the rabbit would have to be moving pretty fast for Harley to ever think about chasing. I mentioned wanting a bunny to my mom and she thinks it would be cruel to the rabbit. She says the poor thing will live in terror evey minute.
Is she right or can I make things work? Should I choose another kind of pet like a puppy? I ask now b/c this is the time of year when most of the breeders in my area have babies available. They stop breeding during the summer months.
I don't think I would do it if he and the bunny are pretty much going to have to stay separated at all times. Constantly keeping two animals apart in the same household is a pain in the butt. I know this first hand.
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Hello. I first want to start by saying that I know exactly what you are going through. : ) I've raised rabbits my whole life and they are... well IDK, I guess they're just neat. I currently have one large Broken-Black Satin. I got her in March last year and in August, my family brought a hyper, 8 week old puppy into our lives. I love both my animals to death and prayed they'd get along. At first Shasta, my lab, would not get away from her and her cage. We couldn't even find time to bond with her because of it. And of course Bambi, (The Rabbit) was startled at first, but her happy, laid back personality kicked in and in about a week, they became good freinds. Shasta still takes it to far sometimes by lunging at her cage or barking at her way to much, which allways makes her jump. But other than that, my overall opinion to you about getting a rabbit while having a well rounded dog, is go for it! Just make sure that you pick a rabbit that is perfect for you and your Rottie. It must have a good attitude towards getting handle by you and just be tolerant of people in general. Thats because it will be more likley to tolerate your pup. It will be ready for the attention! (And trust me, Your pup WILL give your new addition plenty of attention.)
PS- I would defiently recomend a Male rabbit. They seem to be a little sweeter.
Thanx for reading! <3Rosie
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I had rabbits growing up, and trust me, they can book it just as fast as the cats! As well as the jumping in midair several feet off the ground, the thumping (conviently alerting the pup 'hey, I'm about to bolt'), the climbing up on things (mine would climb up to the top of my closet by jumping shelf to shelf), the Rottie will find a bunny - especially a young, active one- very intriquing. Also, rabbits and other small animals bring out the prey drive in a dog more than a cat would, and a rabbit, unlike a cat, has nothing to defend itself with against a dog. Other rabbits, it could bite or use its back feet to claw with, but the only way to defend itself against a predator is to a.) freeze or b.) RUN VERY FAST. We got our Cardi-mix Sydney after the rabbits, and he was good with them, but he was a herding dog, had no prey-drive. Just shuffled them about the yard after us and stopped them from trying to bolt. Our larger male rabbit was comfortable (in time) with the dog, but none of the girls ever were, even though Syd would never show any interest in hurting them. Rabbits need some time out of the cage every day, in a rabbit-proofed room or outdoor run, for socializing with you but also for the exercise, they aren't happy just in a little hutch all the time. They are typically nervous critters with delicate constitutions, an excess of heat, cold, or stress can be fatal, though socializing with your pup will take help with the stress it may not mean friendship between the two. Or ever trust them in the same room together even with you present, if he has any bit of prey-drive. It doesn't seem fair for one or the other to be shut up alone most of the time. Furthermore, rabbits also bring the prey instinct out in housecats. Which is why with our six we won't consider rabbits now, though I would adore one. A full-grown housecat is capable of catching and killing a young rabbit, or a full grown dwarf rabbit. A pup may be a better choice.