The key thing to remember when trying to understand your rabbit’s behaviour is that rabbits are prey animals. As such, they are by nature cautious.

The degree to which this affects their behaviour is really a matter of the rabbit’s individual personality and life experience but it does go a long way to explaining their reaction to new circumstances and, in particular, their sometimes violent response to meeting another rabbit.

The Nature of Rabbits

Rabbits are very sociable creatures and enjoy company of their own kind. In the wild rabbits can live in huge numbers. Sadly however many pet rabbits are kept in isolation in small hutches in the garden, causing them to become both lonely and bored. Fortunately more and more people are beginning to understand that rabbits need far more space to exhibit their natural behaviour than they have traditionally been provided by the conventional rabbit hutch and owners are now designing and building much more suitable outdoor accommodation.

Rabbits also make good indoor companions, although as with owning an ‘outdoor’ rabbit, this is not to be entered into lightly. If you would like to know more about keeping a house rabbit, the Rabbit Welfare Association (formerly the British Houserabbit Association) can provide a wealth of information including advising on suitable in-door accommodation and bunny-proofing your home.

Why keep rabbits in pairs?

If you have ever seen two ‘bonded’ rabbits you will understand the obvious pleasure that rabbits get from being with their own kind. Bunnies that are lucky enough to have an enclosed garden in which they can run around will not only run and play together, but also spend time just sitting together, sunbathing (weather permitting!) and grooming each other. The pictures on this page illustrate the behaviour of successfully bonded rabbits.

So, what makes a good ‘pair’?

Young rabbits acquired together from the same litter do not pose too much difficulty. Given the right personalities any combination of two does (females); two bucks (males) where both are neutered on maturity; or a male and a female can all potentially make good pairs. Where one of the pair is a male he must be neutered as soon as he become sexually mature both to avoid unwanted pregnancies and to reduce the aggression that male rabbits in particular tend to show to each other. A word of warning here: male rabbits can remain fertile for some time after neutering therefore if the female is unneutered the prospective pair will need to be kept separately for a few weeks. You will need to take guidance from your vet as advice seems to range from 3 to 6 weeks recommended separation time.

The RSPCA strongly recommends that both male and female rabbits be neutered. Both male and female rabbits rehomed through the RSPCA Bedfordshire South Branch foster scheme will generally always be neutered. The only (rare) exceptions would be if a vet recommends that due to a rabbits age or ill-health it would not be safe to undergo the operation.

The First Introduction

Because of their ‘prey’ instincts, rabbits are naturally territorial, and therefore the best way to introduce them to each other is on neutral territory. The area should be as large as possible but broken up with various obstacles and perhaps a few favourite vegetables to act as distractions. The potential pair should then enter the area simultaneously.

What happens next really depends on the pair. Sometimes after a little ‘eyeing-up’ and perhaps a little chasing the rabbits may lose interest in each other and do their own thing. Often, I’ve found that one of the pair shows far more interest with the other seemingly indifferent to their new follower!

Occasionally the ‘introduction’ may culminate in fighting. If this happens split the pair immediately and try again later, perhaps the following day. Because there is a risk of fighting, it is important that introductions are always undertaken with close supervision so that any fights can be broken up immediately.

Even if the first introduction is relatively non-eventful, the rabbits should still be housed separately at night. This process can be repeated as many times as necessary over the next few days until you regularly see the pair sitting together, or grooming each other.

Bonding Rabbits

At this stage the pair can be shut in the accommodation that they are to share together to see how they react. All being well, they can then be left together but regularly observed to ensure that no fights break out. The introduction process can be greatly assisted by allowing the prospective pair to have their accommodation adjacent to each other. This allows them to size each other up and even form a relationship in their own time through the safety of the wire. This is particularly beneficial where a rabbit is known to be particularly aggressive as their behaviour towards each other can be observed prior to allowing the pair to meet properly. Again, you would watch for the two rabbits spending time just sitting or lying together, albeit with the wire acting as a guard for the time being!

Once bonded, rabbits are generally friends for life. However, if the pair are separated for any length of time, for example if one of the pair requires veterinary treatment, it may be necessary to repeat the introduction process. Equally though, if one of the pair was to pass away it is important to allow your bunny time to grieve before trying to introduce a new friend.

Introducing rabbits is not an exact science and the time and method used may vary depending upon the animals concerned. Although it may sound rather a complicated and lengthy process, the potential rewards far outweigh the time and effort involved. You may be lucky and the pair may immediately ‘hit it off’ or it may take a little longer. Either way, the rewards for both you and your rabbit should make it worth it.

If you would like any further advice or information, please contact Alison Sutton Branch Manager alison.sutton@rspca-bedfordshiresouth.org.uk

65 Comments

  1. Hello,

    Thank you for the advice on this website – it has been very helpful!

    I have two male bunnies called Rolland and Ralphie, they are four months old. They came to me as a pair (the two were stuck together like glue at the pet shop!!). Up until recently they have had a very special bond but last week had a very bad fight, which luckily I was there to break up. Now they can’t seem to be near each other without fighting immediately.

    Ralphie was very poorly a few weeks ago so the vet has said he can’t be neutered yet, but she is happy to go ahead with neutering Rolland on Wednesday. I’m hoping this will help a great deal.

    The rabbits have had the run of my flat since they got here so I was wondering if you have some advice for rebonding bunnies that have lost their bond? Should I still find some neutral territory? Is it important to let them have a sniff of each other even though they are fighting right now or shall I just keep them totally separate?

    Rolland is much bigger than Ralphie so I need to be careful at monitoring the fights as Ralphie came out of the first fight quite hurt with cuts all over his face and neck 🙁 🙁

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,
    Kate

  2. I will say that from past experience we don’t have many positive results with male/male bonding but that doesn’t mean it can’t work. We never recommend it because at any time, even after a few years for some reason they can go from loving one another to fighting.

    I would keep them apart for now until both are neutered, I appreciate one can’t be neutered but if you try to bond after one has been done and then this works well they will need to be separated when the other is fit enough and the bond will be broken for a period of time again.

    I have attached a bonding guide which may be of use, I suggest you go back to basics with bonding and start from scratch and take it very slowly. Let them live side by side but through a divide, swap them over in their living arrangements to get use to each other’s smells again. Pick a neutral space to try the first introduction again.

  3. Hi,

    Thank you for the post – it’s really helpful.

    I have a female house rabbit who roams free in our living area. She has a hutch which we leave open all of the time and she hops in and out as she pleases but she is fully litter trained and we no longer close this when we are out. We are adopting a male rabbit to bond with her (both have been neutered and have had time to recover) and I am slightly concerned about how to house them.

    I understand that they need to be introduced in neutral territory but I have read conflicting advice about when they are out together. Some websites say that I should let Bonnie (our existing female rabbit) roam free in the living area and put the new bunny in her cage so that she no longer sees it as her territory, others suggest that I should buy a new cage for the male rabbit and have them both shut away unless they are supervised. I suppose that the mid point would be to buy a new cage for the new male rabbit but still to let Bonnie roam free around this (keeping her cage for her if she wants to go into it).

    Do you have any advice please? I don’t want to unsettle her so would like to make this as easy as possible for them both!

    Thank you.

  4. hi, I have just adopted a lionhead rabbit male neutered 1year old and want to bond with my 1 year old neutered female!! living in separate hutches at night and in separate cages side by side in the day. in traduced them to each other in my utility room today and the female attacked my male rabbit straight away so I separated them and put them back outside in there cages in the grass! is this normal, as this is all new to me and I would like them to bond. any advice would be much appreciated.

    regards
    samantha

  5. Hi. I have a 5 year old neutered house rabbit. He has always been by himself. I’ve started working a lot recently and I feel awful for leaving him home alone. I am curious as to whether he’d be better off in a pair, but worried as he’s always been on his own from leaving the pet shop at 8 weeks old. I was just wondering what the best advice was on pairing him and whether I should? And what sex or ages rabbit to pair with ?

    • Sorry for the late reply. We always recommend rabbits should have a friend as they are social animals. I would bond him with a neutered female and not another male. Try and find one a similar age but a few years difference should be fine. Bonding will need to be considered and if you email me at fosterbuns@gmail.com I will send you a bonding guide.

  6. Hi there, we currently have a bonded pair, almost 7months old, mini lops. One buck (neutered) and one doe. We are thinking of getting a third bunny. Do you think it would be possible to introduce another doe to the pair? Would you recommend we spay the girls? Many thanks!

    • We never recommend adding a 3rd rabbit to an already bonded pair but some people have had success with it. We also always reccomend all rabbits male and female be neutered. These are the reasons why

      THE RSPCA STRONGLY SUGGESTS THAT ALL RABBITS THAT ARE NOT INTENDED FOR
      BREEDING SHOULD BE NEUTERED.
      There are several benefits to neutering your rabbits, both from a
      behavioural and a health point of view. If you neuter your rabbits, you not
      only prevent the risk of unwanted litters, you also reduce the risk of tumours
      in females and may reduce territorial aggression and undesired sexual
      behaviours in both sexes.
      WELFARE CONCERNS
      Intact (un-neutered) female rabbits are at a high risk of developing tumours
      (uterine adenocarcinoma is the most common tumour of female rabbits). In
      females older than 3 years of age, incidence may approach 80%.
      Intact rabbits within the same enclosure may show territorial aggression and
      undesired sexual behaviours such as fighting and urine spraying (in males),
      particularly if the rabbits have inadequate space and are not provided with
      suitable hiding places. Neutering reduces the likelihood of fighting in both
      male and female rabbits, which allows rabbits, which are social animals, to be
      kept in friendly pairs or groups.
      RECOMMENDATIONS
      If your rabbit is not intended for breeding, the RSPCA recommends that you
      neuter your rabbit, as this can improve your rabbit’s behaviour and health.
      Neutering can take place at 12 weeks of age for males and 16 weeks of age
      for females. Rabbits must always be provided with adequate space,
      enrichment and multiple hiding places.
      The best pair bond for pet rabbits is considered to be a neutered male and a
      neutered female. Neutering may help the female-male bond by ensuring
      neither is frustrated by hormones produced by the other rabbit and by
      reducing the likelihood of fighting. Same-sex pairs of neutered rabbits from
      the same litter can also make a good pair combination. Although neutered
      same-sex pairs can occasionally have disputes, these are much less likely if
      they are introduced before 12 weeks of age, or are from the same litter.
      If an owner is concerned about their rabbit’s behaviour, they should first get
      their pet checked by a vet to rule out any form of illness or injury which could
      be causing the behaviour and, if necessary they can then be referred to an
      appropriate behaviour expert. The RSPCA would recommend consulting a
      clinical animal behaviourist recognised by the Association for the Study of
      Animal Behaviour (ASAB) or the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors
      (APBC).

      I hope this helps

  7. Hi i have a 2 yr old rescued neutred female ive had her a year and after failed adult bonding was told to try baby so got an 8 wk old male and recently introduced them put in together straight away in day and separated at night fir 5 days they seem to be ok good signs grooming each otger eating together snuggling although female seems passive to baby big problem is the 8baby keeps trying to mount mainly back end but also on head female keeps running away and doesnt take kindly to it no fighting as such until we tried to move them into older rabbits bif hutch on her old territory so went back to small hutch on neutral ground but baby still being a pest mounting worried for older bun please help.

    • Sometimes mounting is a dominance thing not just a mating issue. He will need neutering at 16 weeks but check with the vet. If they are fully bonded I wouldn’t keep separating them. Do they have a large hutch and run? Just make sure there are places for them to escape to if they want some alone time. Making sure they have lots of space and things to enrich them will help. If you need any further help please email fosterbuns@gmail.com and I will see if I can offer any other advice.

  8. Thank you for the advice, I have a 4 year old female rabbit who until recently had a 4 year old male for company. We had to have him put down sadly and now don’t know whether to try and introduce another rabbit, she was very dominant and protective and we can’t help feeling she’ll not cope well with another. Also no idea whether another male or female would be better?

    • We would always recommend rabbits having a friend unless a vet advises otherwise. She may be dominant but when bonding you never know who she will like. A neutered male is the best pairing; if you email me at fosterbuns@gmail.com I can send you a bonding guide.

  9. Hi, just wondered if I could get some advice please. I’ve had my bunny for just over 6 years. She has free run of the back garden during the day and is locked into her 6′ long cage at night. Is it too late to introduce a friend for her? She looks lonely. I had two guinea pigs who live indoors but on nice days I’ll pop them into a run in the garden. I’ve thought about popping the rabbit in with them but they’re very skittish.

    • Please don’t pair the piggy’s up with the rabbit, we have seen the result of this too often. A rabbits back legs are very strong and they can do damage to the little piggy’s very easily. They don’t mean to but it does happen. We always recommend bunnies living in pairs, things that will also help her is being neutered and have you considered having a run attached to the hutch so she can have 24/7 access if you need bonding advice we have a good guide, email me fosterbuns@gmail.com and I will happily forward you one.

  10. Hi. Just looking for advice on bonding. We are collecting two baby bunnies male and female. One a week older. I read you can place babies together but looking for advice once neutered as they will have already been housed together. House bunnies. Many thx

  11. Hi. We adopted a year (ish) old neutered male rabbit earlier this year. He is litter trained, has free reign of the house and is very tame, I have never been bitten by him not even a nip. He loves nose strokes.
    Recently we adopted him a friend, we had her spayed as soon as possible and kept her alone to heal. She’s around 7 months old and is very active. She loves to hop around a lot and gives kisses very freely. We thought they would be a perfect match.
    Today we introduced them for the first time. Until now she has had downstairs to herself and he’s been upstairs. We arranged a neutral pen with lots of hay veggies and water and simultaneously put them in. They IMMEDIATELY went into a serious fight. We split them up and there were no injuries sustained by either bun, we allowed our girl to stay in the pen and our boy to sit just outside it and eat his veggies there where they can smell each other which went well. In this stage they even both did flops! But on reintroduction to the pen they fought again. We tried a few times and did have a very small amount of success when they walked past each other without fighting, but then we popped them back to their respective floors. They are both absolutely fine now and we will try a second session tomorrow, and have read a lot online about bonding, but any extra tips would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you 🙂

  12. Hi – we’ve had 2 outdoor male rabbits for 4 weeks (they are 12 weeks old) and last night one died suddenly. I’m worried about the other one now. Will he get lonely on his own and should I introduce another rabbit to him? A male or female? When should I do this? Does he need time to grieve? Thanks.

  13. Tina Gosden CouzensJune 8, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Hi there. I have a 1 year old male and would. Like to introduce a baby female. The male is very nippy and has nipped the baby although has not fought with her.

    Any advice

    • You need to take the bonding slowly and hopefully the male will then accept his new friend. Hopefully he is neutered and she will be done at the right age. There is sometimes a little aggression as one of the bunnies normally has to be in change. I have emailed you a bonding guide which hopefully will help.

  14. Hi,

    We have 2 one year old rabbits – a dwarf lop male and a female Rex. They are allowed to roam in our enclosed garden but also have hutches that are left open for them.
    We are looking to get another rabbit (a baby female lion head) and wondered if we would be best to get 2 babies so that the one new one wouldn’t possibly get left out? We would obviously introduce them gradually to the ones we already have. Thank you.

    • As a rescue we don’t re home our rabbits to be part of an existing bonded pair unless the new owner has experience of doing this. Because of this I am unable to offer advice as it’s not something we had experience of. There are a lot of rabbit forums around and I am sure some owners on there will be able to offer advice.

  15. Hello,
    I currently own a 9 month old spayed female Netherland dwarf and plan on adopting an 11 week old Holland lop male. My question is should I keep them in completely separate cages near each other until he is neutered at 16 weeks or should I try to introduce them before he is neutered? I just feel like 5 weeks plus 2 weeks of healing time is a long time for them to live as neighbors without having the opportunity try and bond. Thanks in advance!

    • From experience I would recommend keeping them apart until he is neutered. You risk breaking the bond if you do it before as they will need time apart till he heals after. Letting them live side by side is the best thing to do, even swap them to live in each other’s cages.

  16. Hi, we are looking at buying a pair of mini lops/ mini lion lops. From your advice I see that the same litter is best. We would get them neutered when old enough. Would you recommend 2 females, 2 males or combination.? Also would 3 be too many to keep together/better/worse than a pair? Any advice much appreciated.

    • We would recommend a male and female pairing. Two females can work as well but from experience male/male is not the best pairing. Two is best and getting them neutered is at the appropriate age is recommended. Have you looked at local rabbit rescues as there are a lot of bunnies out their looking for new homes.

      Good luck with your bunnies.

  17. Hi,

    I have 2 female bunnies (sisters) 1 years old in August, had them since they were babies, both neutered and bonded from day 1. They live outside in a large hutch, but get the run of our enclosed garden regularly when we are at home. My boyfriends sister has a male uneutered bunny (4 years old) who is very very calm and loves cuddles with us, but has shown aggression towards another male bunny in the past, therefore has been kept alone.
    We want to take this bunny on and give him a better home/company, but I am worried he will fight with my two. Is there anything that I can do that’ll make it better for them all?

    • If you try and bond him with your two bonded rabbits you risk them falling out and even fighting. You can bond 3 rabbits but from our experience it takes a lot of time and patience and not always successful. You would be advisable to find a rabbit rescue local to you or check out some of the rabbit forums and find somebody who has done this. The male rabbit would be better bonded with a neutered female not a male.

  18. Hi, I have 1 male and 1 female rabbit and we are in the process of bonding them…they’ve gone from fighting every time they were together ( after a few minutes) to now being together no problem in the garden! The female is still wary of the male as he has attacked her a lot but they even licked each other today so going in the right direction with a lot of patience…. now, the question is to know when to introduce her in his hutch and how to do it? In fact, our plan is to have them both in the same hutch/run and at the moment they are in different ones. Hope you can help! Thanks

  19. Hi I had two neutered female lop bunnies a yr old and from the same litter. However, one has recently escaped and I don’t have much hope that I will get her back. My remaining girl looks rather sad and lost. Please can you advise on how long is enough time before I find a neutered female or male for her as company and how to introduce them. I don’t have a spare hutch but do have a run and a indoor cage. What do you suggest. Thanks

  20. Hi I have two 4 month old lion head Rex cross . They are brother and sister . And loved each other until I got the boy castrated . Kept them separated in adjoining hutches while he was recouperatin. Now the female seems wary of him and even had a little fight when re introduced in neutral territory. I know I may have to bond them . But she will have to be spayed soon will I have to bond them again after that too . What would be the best course of action . Keep them separate until I get her spayed . Or bond them twice

  21. Hiya I have a 4 year old neutered male and sadly our female passed away about 4 weeks ago. I was so worried about him being on his own that we homed a neutered female about the same age. I was reading your post and you mentioned grieving time….what sort of time will our male need before we introduce them? Many thanks ☺

  22. Hi we have two young male rabbits and have both been neutered about four weeks now. They live in two separate hutch’s due to a fight before they’re castration. We have tried to re introduce them but unfortunately it ended up into a fight. So we have kept them separated. We let them out each night for a run around separately so they can come up and smell each other through the cages but we still get them scratching and nibbling at the cage to get at each other. I would really like them to get along and one day be rehoused together. Any advice will be really appreciated

  23. Hi, I have a 5 month old female bunny. She seems to be getting very bored being on her own. We are looking at getting another soon whilst she is still young and we can introduce them. Would we be best to get one a similar age, male or female? We only have one hutch will we need to get another? thankyou

  24. Hi I had 2 male lop eared rabbits from same litter they were best friends. Unfortunately someone opened my cage at weekend an they got out. We got one bad but no idea were the other has gone. O don’t don’t my rabbit to be on his own but will he take to another rabbit after losing his brother.

  25. Hi l bought 2 males together and were fine for about 3 month’s then started fighting. I had them both neutered and have kept them separated for 7 weeks. I tried putting them together at 4 weeks but they started fighting. Do you think l could try again now. I let 1 out of there cage at a time and they always go up to the other and sniff him and sit by the other ones cage but not sure if there ready yet.

  26. Hi I’m wondering If you can help me. I’ve had a female rabbit for 5 years and then we got a male baby bunny. The hit it off after a couple of weeks. They were lovely together. Then unfortunately we lost the baby bunny when he went in for his castration. He had a major reaction to the anaesthetic. We got another male bunny. He was 9 months when we got him. He is 10 months now. They fought straight away. They are not grooming each other but still fight. I can’t leave them alone at all. I had them inside tonight and they started grooming each other and hopping round the dining room. Them all of a sudden just turned on each other. They have a habit of biting each other underneath which then causes them to fight. When I tried to separate them I got bitten. Have you got any advice

  27. Hi there. We have a nearly 5 month old sibling pair of rabbits that had a litter of 4 a week ago. The male is booked in to be spayed today, we are looking to get mum done once babies are weaned. They both had a very strong bond before the pregnancy, and although they are separated at the moment they can see and smell each other, so hopefully that bond will remain intact until they can go back together again.

    My question please is what are the chances of us keeping one of the female babies and them all getting on together. I presume mum would be okay, but what about dad. Is he likely to accept having another female around and how old should baby be before they meet.

    Many thanks.

  28. Help please!?!?! I have 2 male rabbits from same litter and all been fine but one had an accident and required to have an emergency castration last night! I tried to re introduce them and after few minutes the one that’s me neutered started fight with the one that’s still intact! Should I get the intact one neutered in order for them to be bond again or will they never be able to be together again? Thanks

    • Hi Janet. Yes I would get you other male neutered asap. You need to give them time apart but being able to live side by side through a divide. Then re introduce them very slowly, this can sometimes take weeks. I have emailed you a bonding guide.

      Hope this helps

  29. I have a mini female lop who was bereaved a few months ago. She had a lovely close relationship with her sister who sadly passed away during an accident in our garden – the cause of which has now been rectified. Having seen them pruning each other and lying together I would like her to have that kind of relationship with another bunny.
    I was a little reluctant to have her spayed her having already had one trauma but I went ahead having read this was best for various reasons and that her new partner should be a neutered male.
    I tried to bond her with a neighbour’s male rabbit who needed to be separated from his male siblng as they were fighting. I introduced them on relatively neutral territory after a period of them being side by side in seperate cages. It didn’t go well as the buck attacked herseveral times once finally face to face and again the next day and the next day.

    So now I am thinking a recently castrated baby buck? would that bondng process go smoother than a more mature buck?
    would it be better to go for the same breed, a mini lop or doesn’t it matter what breed?

    I realise intro-ing a doe to a buck is the best way around but it is a doe I have.

    I think the next bondng attempt will be our last so any advice great;y received.

  30. Very recently introduced my two rabbits. Both had been neutered so found that they could focus on loving eachother rather than their more natural urges lol.

    Found some decent tips for mixing rabbits of different genders below:
    https://rabbitspot.com/mixing-male-and-female-rabbits/

    Hopefully this is some help

  31. We’ve got a bonded male and female and a pair of bonded males and wanted to see if they could all live together. When we rescued the 2 pair of bonded males we discussed this with the adoption team at pets at home and they said it would all be ok if we flowed the bonding rules. However we are finding the the dominant male in each pair are not able to meet without fighting even after many introductions. Can I get some advice please?

  32. Hi, after telling myself not to get a boy and a girl on Saturday I will be picking up a boy and a girl. They are 8 weeks old from the same litter, Im going to have them both neautered but until then should we keep them apart immediately or could they live together for a couple of weeks and then be split until they have been “fixed”? If so, would it be worthwhile to keep allowing them to see each other (us holding them next to each other for example) will this help us bond them as I want them to live together. Thanks.

  33. Hello, I have just re homed a male rabbit and I am his third owner. He is six years old and the previous two owners kept him outside and didn’t have him neutered.
    I have a spare bedroom, so he is in the house with me now and has adapted very well to the new space.
    He has his cage in there but the rest of the room is a run, with toys etc.
    I have managed to litter train him and he does not “spray”.
    What troubles me is he is alone, so two questions please:
    1. Is it too late to neuter him ? (He appears in good health) ?
    2. Would an older female be appropriate or a baby female ?

    • We have neutered rabbits at that age but always on the advice of a vet so i would check with yours. I would suggest an older female maybe over 2 rather than a baby as they can be a bit to energetic for older bunnies. I think it’s a good idea to get him a friend. I will email you a bonding guide in case you need it in the future.

  34. Hi, I have 3 rabbits. They’re all on seperate hutches, 2 boys and 1 girl. They’re all 5 years old and have never been in contact with each other. I would love it if they would all get along and if I could get them to make friends it would just be amazing. However I fear it’s too late 🙁 I hope not. The boys came together from the adoption centre but unfortunately my naive self split them up at a young age. Do you think it’s possible? If not do you think I would be better off introducing the girl to one of the boys first?

    • Hi Mary

      Hopefully they are all neutered. If so I would suggest bonding one of the males with the female and consider getting another female for the other male. We have never had great success with bonding trios so don’t recommend it. You may be able to find a rescue that has had success and can offer help and advice. If you would like a copy of a bonding guide we use then please email info@rspca-bedfordshiresouth.org.uk and I will gladly send you a copy.

  35. We had 2 sister rabbits that lived each other so much. One passed away the other day and we aren’t sure why. We have talked about getting another female so ours isn’t lonely. Do you think she’s better left by herself or trying to pair her with a friend?

    • Hi Stephanie
      We always recommend rabbits should live in pairs so I would consider getting her a neutered male bunny as a partner. Male/female pairing works best in our opinion. Just make sure you take things slowly.

  36. Hi I am about to buy a pair of rabbits from the same litter and want to know if there is a problem with having two bucks? I can’t have a doe and a buck because it isn’t practical for us to keep them separate after they’ve been spayed / neutered. The cost of having two does spayed is considerably more than neutering two bucks which is why I want to pair two bucks. Please advise if there is any major problem with this idea.

    Thanks

    Jason

    • Hi Jason
      In my opinion two males do not work but I am sure some people have managed to have male pairs. They will both will need neutering at 4 months if this isn’t done there is a good chance they will fight and cause a lot of harm to each other. The best pairing is a male and female with male being neutered at 4 months and female at 6 months. Neutering is not just to stop them having babies it benefits their health as well. If you don’t neuter they will fight, sometimes this happens around 4-5 months sometimes it happens after a year.

  37. Hi Alison thanks for the advice. Doesn’t sound like an exact science so we might still go for 2 bucks as we had 2 doe’s before and there was some humping and 1 of the doe’s asserted her dominance but for most of the time they lived happily and were very affectionate.

    Thanks

    Jason

  38. I have 2 5 month old rabbits which live together in a hutch, but soon will be adopting a girl baby bunny around 8 weeks old which was abanded by its Mum, will I be able to introduce her too my other 2 rabbits or will she have to have to get her own mate?

    • Dear Alice

      You maybe able to bond the 3 bunnies, it will take time and you take a risk of upsetting the already bonded pair. If you put the baby bunny with the other two you will also need to remove her at 5-6 months to neuter so this could also break the bond. The best advise would be to get her another bunny as a mate.

  39. I’m about to take on three boy bunnies at 7 weeks old after their mother died suddenly and their owner can’t cope. Can they live together or will I have problems? They are small lionheads. Need to know so I can organise cages. Thanks

  40. Hi i have a 18 month old buck (unneutered) would I be ok getting a doe to put in a cage directly next to it plan to keep them separated with wire until able to get both neutered.

  41. Hi,
    Sadly, our Doe lost her bonded brother when she was just 10 weeks old, she is now 12 weeks and would like to introduce her to a 8 week old buck. Do you think they will be young enough to bond? Is there anything I can do to help smooth the process?
    We will be getting them both neutered as soon as they are of age and weight.

    Thank you in advance for your help.

    • Bonding can be done at any age just be careful when you neuter as they will need seperating while they recover from the operation. You may need to re bond after this.

  42. Hi we have a neutered 2 yr old male rabbit. If we were to get another would you recommend a youngster or older rescue? Thanks

    • Trying to get one of the same age is alsways a good idea but we have bonded bunnies of different age. At two he should take to a young bunny.

  43. Hi, We lost one of our female bunnies last November. Its been a year now that our girl has been on her own. We were hoping to get another girl, to keep her company. We were so unsure of doing this, as we did not want to cause her any stress of introducing a new friend. What would you suggest to make the pairing up easy and less stressful. Any advice would be appreciated.

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