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Lop eared Rabbits as pets

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Just read a book about Lop Eared bunnies. They sound like great pets. Anyone have them? Are they really as friendly as dogs? Can they really coexist with dogs and cats?
 

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I grew up on a farm and rabbits are pretty dumb (compared to dogs and cats) and they poop like crazy. I don't think they are smart enough to be as friendly as dogs. Dogs and cats would be their natural predators.

Here is someone's experience with keeping rabbits as pets: http://www.mindspring.com/~tbgray/rabbits.htm
 
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We had 2 rabbits and they did poop like crazy. We ended up giving them both away. They were so cute but the endless poop, pee and smell made me give them away. We kept them inside for the most part, and that probably was part of the problem.

I still miss them, but don't miss the mess.

The kids promissed they'd take care of them, but of course I was the one left cleaning the cages.

I'd say pass - unless you want to constantly clean up after them.
 

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Honest people swear lop ears are different from other rabits

I looked at adoption sites and lop ear owners swear they are smarter, more affectionate and more trainable than plain old rabbits.Most seem to have free range of the house and are letter box trained. ANY ONE OWN THEM???
 

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Here is a good article about training your dogs not to eat the rabbit - it says they should never be left alone together and that high-strung dogs are not good candidates to become bunny buddies. http://www.rabbit.org/journal/1/dogs.html
 

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I have a lop-eared rabbit and he is a wonderful pet! I adopted him from the local animal shelter where I volunteer...basically because no one else wanted him and I felt sorry for him. Now I can't imagine life without him :) He is litter box trained, follows me all around the house and is actually far friendlier than our cat. He even comes when called !
To make good pets (and for their health,) rabbits should be spayed or neutered, just like a dog or cat. My bun is not afraid of my cat in the least, but the cat is very jealous of him, so I don't trust them alone together. I have heard that some cats (and dogs) and bunnies can co-exist peacefully but I would introduce them slowly and watch them carefully. Rabbits can make great pets, but in general they are easily frightened, so a quiet household is best. They aren't good pets for children..(too delicate) contrary to popular opinion. Check the "House Rabbit Society" website for lots of good information that will help you decide if a rabbit is a good pet for you. Good luck!
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I looked at adoption sites and lop ear owners swear they are smarter, more affectionate and more trainable than plain old rabbits.Most seem to have free range of the house and are letter box trained. ANY ONE OWN THEM???
Have had a dwarf lop ear for 4 years now. A real charmer, affectionate, gentle and sweet nature. Yes, she is litter box trained and walks on a lead outside the home :p (not desexed - lots of wild rabbits around). The key to enjoying a rabbit is understanding their behaviour. Doesn't like to be picked up but loves to be patted whilst on the floor, periodically likes to mark her territory by peeing on the furniture :(, needs to chew and likes apple branches but also computer and electrical cables, cushions, furniture. Shows affection by purring like a cat, licking and also hopping around us in circles whilst pooping :annoyed:. Plays by "throwing" things so needs to have suitable things to throw rather than food and water bowls. Lets us know she wants to go out for a walk by pulling on our trouser legs (or in the absence of trousers, biting our legs). Walking a rabbit on a lead involves having a long lead (mine is 10 foot long with harness fitting) and unlike a dog you run after the rabbit and stop them from going places you don't want to go (under bushes etc). Having rabbit poop in the garden attracts more rabbits. Haven't experienced having a dog/cat and rabbit but do know that our rabbit loves to "visit" other animals - chickens, horses and the neighbours unfriendly snarling dog :eek: . We now keep our rabbit in a hutch during our absence from the home but she comes in to join us in the evening.
 

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Our neighbors went on vacation and we took care of their rabbit for a while. I can't add anything to what others have said except they POOP and PEE a lot. They can be litter box trained and frankly, I think my husband preferred the rabbit to the cat. Neither like to be held but the rabbit would come to you when you wanted it to, versus the cat who only came when IT wanted to.:shrug: This one also bit (I don't know if it was for attention but, it got my husband's attention a couple of times!
 
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Had one years ago

Had one years ago when I lived in an apartment. It was fine as a pet until he started chewing on cords and eating the paint off the balcony. My sister also had one and left it with my Mom one weekend. It got really warm that weekend and the rabbit died from heat exhaustion.
Bart
 

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I have had both "normal" and lop eared bunnnies - we got all of them young, and ALL were litter box trained. I had no problem with them with either my cat or my shelties. I don't know if I would trust most dogs with them. Depends on the individual animal - my sister's cat sleeps curled up with her guinea pig, and her schnauzer, mini dach, cat and 2 guinea pigs all get along fine
 

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As others have mentioned..they do chew! I picked up the phone to make a call one day ...the phone was dead & I realized Bun had chewed through the cord when I wasn't looking! So you have to 'rabbit proof' your house...I bought aquarium tubing and put it around exposed wires, phone cords, etc !
 
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