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The Ideal Rabbit Pairing

When pairing bunnies for companionship, are opposite sex or same sex pairs better?

Caroline Charland
Posted: April 23, 2014, 9:05 p.m. EDT

two rabbits sitting together
English Spot Freckles & Netherland Dwarf Kahlua/© Courtesy Marilyn Meadows
Rabbits usually do best in pairs or groups so they keep each other company.

Q: Should I get two male or two female rabbits, or one of each? I want my rabbits to keep each other company but not to breed them.

A: In general a neutered male and a spayed female rabbit are an easier match. But at our rescue we do have several same-sex pairs that get along great.

I think its super that you want a pair of rabbits. Rabbits really do well living with at least one other rabbit. They will sleep snuggled up, play together, eat together — it’s the cutest thing to watch. Single rabbits tend to get lonely by themselves.
For your situation, I suggest that you get a pair that is already bonded and spayed or neutered. That way you know they will get along and you won't have to go through the bonding process wondering if they will or will not bond. Sometimes rabbits do not bond, and then they need to be housed separately.

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Posted: April 23, 2014, 9:05 p.m. EDT

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