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« on: May 11, 2016, 01:59:05 AM »
Well, one of my mother's coworkers has given me the opportunity to own a rabbit as a pet. A few problems: I have no information whatsoever about this rabbit, I almost always have little time for anything other than school and housework, and I own a dog that would most likely try to eat the rabbit. Suggestions? I'll update this when I find out more about this rabbit.
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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2016, 08:36:56 PM »
Rabbits are high-maintenance and expensive pets, and your dog may really pose a problem, so I don't think getting a pet rabbit would be a very good idea for you at the moment.  It would probably depend on what you find out about this specific rabbit.  Did you learn anything about him/her?
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2016, 04:31:26 AM »
Having a dog might be a problem, but don't let that along discourage you (although, you really need to think this thru) because it is indeed possible to have them both and in good terms (an ex-friend of mine had a hunter dog playing with his pet rabbit for ages).

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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2016, 11:59:05 AM »
I have pet rabbits, actually recently had offspring. There are many things you have to consider when having a pet rabbit, they require a lot of attention and care. For that reason investigate thoroughly in specialized forums and report very good videos on you tube.

My recommendation is to first investigate the care you need your rabbit, what you can eat, get ready to live their habitat, neutering the rabbit to be more docile, etc.

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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2016, 03:45:36 PM »
Well, I met the rabbit today. It hates my guts and I think I would rather just buy one. I won't get one soon though, my dog would be a huge problem. Thanks for the help!
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2016, 01:36:10 PM »
Hehehe any information you need, we're here to help Strifer   :frost
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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2016, 03:42:07 PM »
Well, I suppose that settles it, then. I wonder why it disliked you so much.
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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2016, 12:22:22 AM »
I went through a small phase of wanting a pet rabbit after discovering Watership Down ( I mean, who wouldn't) but I did the some  research thankfully and I'm glad I didn't get one on impulse (or at all). Never a good idea. They are really quite a handful, I think I would've made a bad mistake getting one. But just because they aren't the right pets for me, doesn't mean they aren't the right pets for you. The best thing you can do is research, join rabbit forums (this one doesn't count :P) and educate yourself so you know what you're getting yourself into.

Some important things to take into consideration: They can live for up to 10 years, sometimes more. I know ol' Richybro made it seem like they drop like flies, but take elil, shining wires, fire sticks, white blindess and tyrants out of the equation and your left with some old ass rabbits. We're talking The Thearah old, maybe older. These guys are a huge commitment.
Secondly, it's becoming common practice to neuter/spay rabbits, and given their long lifespan I would highly recommend doing so. Not only will it greatly benefit their health but will reduce hormonal related behaviour. General Woundwort wasn't neutered and look what happened. Maybe if he got the snip snip done when he was rescued as a kitten, he would've still been living in a cage. The horny bastard.
Thirdly, to Clovers great pleasure, keeping rabbits outside, confined to a hutch is now becoming a thing of the past. No more farm raids for Hazel, this fine piece of doe is now indoors.

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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2016, 12:28:08 AM »
Quote from: Strifer on May 12 2016, 11:45:36 AM
Well, I met the rabbit today. It hates my guts and I think I would rather just buy one. I won't get one soon though, my dog would be a huge problem. Thanks for the help!
Sounds like you got a Bigwig. This is rarely good news. Ideally, you want a Pipkin.

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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2016, 12:29:36 AM »
Hey BILBIL... did I ever tell you that you are awesome? That whole paragraph was both informative and funny as hell, man :D

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« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2016, 02:11:33 AM »
Yeah, I don't think I will get a pet rabbit until well after I'm done with college. I would still love to have one, but I can settle for waiting.

Speaking of which, did you know that domesticated foxes actually exist? There was an experiment (a successful one) in Siberia to select the tamer features of a fox, and now I believe they sell them to fund further research. I just thought it was interesting.
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« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2016, 02:35:57 AM »
I once saw a video of someone owning an Arctic Fox. The animal seemed happy enough.

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« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2016, 08:32:11 PM »
Quote from: BigwigIsLoveBigwigIsLife on May 13 2016, 08:22:22 PM
I went through a small phase of wanting a pet rabbit after discovering Watership Down ( I mean, who wouldn't) but I did the some  research thankfully and I'm glad I didn't get one on impulse (or at all). Never a good idea. They are really quite a handful, I think I would've made a bad mistake getting one. But just because they aren't the right pets for me, doesn't mean they aren't the right pets for you. The best thing you can do is research, join rabbit forums (this one doesn't count :P) and educate yourself so you know what you're getting yourself into.

Some important things to take into consideration: They can live for up to 10 years, sometimes more. I know ol' Richybro made it seem like they drop like flies, but take elil, shining wires, fire sticks, white blindess and tyrants out of the equation and your left with some old ass rabbits. We're talking The Thearah old, maybe older. These guys are a huge commitment.
Secondly, it's becoming common practice to neuter/spay rabbits, and given their long lifespan I would highly recommend doing so. Not only will it greatly benefit their health but will reduce hormonal related behaviour. General Woundwort wasn't neutered and look what happened. Maybe if he got the snip snip done when he was rescued as a kitten, he would've still been living in a cage. The horny bastard.
Thirdly, to Clovers great pleasure, keeping rabbits outside, confined to a hutch is now becoming a thing of the past. No more farm raids for Hazel, this fine piece of doe is now indoors.
That's the funniest post I've read in a long time, and I agree with what you say.

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« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2016, 05:09:42 AM »
Quote from: Strifer on May 13 2016, 10:11:33 PM
Yeah, I don't think I will get a pet rabbit until well after I'm done with college. I would still love to have one, but I can settle for waiting.

Speaking of which, did you know that domesticated foxes actually exist? There was an experiment (a successful one) in Siberia to select the tamer features of a fox, and now I believe they sell them to fund further research. I just thought it was interesting.
I've heard about that experiment. It took lots and lots of generations to get docile foxes. I think they were silver foxes? I didn't know they were actually selling them now, though. That's pretty cool.

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I once saw a video of someone owning an Arctic Fox. The animal seemed happy enough.
If I've learned anything from the Sawtooth wolves (look it up; super fascinating stuff), it's possible to coexist with undomesticated canines as long as you do not treat them like pets and give them autonomy. Treat them with respect, and they will return it. Not everyone is capable of this, however, so you'll likely never see something like the Sawtooth wolf experiment again.

I'm surprised someone could own an Arctic Fox. Do you know where? I can't imagine it being legal in the US or Canada, but I'm honestly clueless about wildlife laws.
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« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2016, 05:11:04 AM »
I have absolutely no idea where one could get a fox, but I imagine it isn't easy.
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